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EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece has been updated following Wednesday’s Senate vote to extend the opt-out period until 2019 The Australian government agreed to extend the opt-out period for citizens from a soon-to-be-mandatory centralised online medical record system on Wednesday, bowing to pressure about unresolved privacy and data security concerns. Australians […]
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Croakey by Melissa Stoneham And Siddhanth Shar.. - 7h ago
In an era of billboard-creep, where our most iconic landmarks appear to be for sale to the highest bidder, even the sky may not be the limit for lobby groups. And as we see multinational corporations intrude ever-further into our public and private spaces, there’s a real cost to health, […]
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Pressure is mounting on the Australian government to extend the opt-out period for citizens from a soon-to-be-mandatory centralised online medical record system, amid unresolved concerns about privacy and data security. The Senate voted 35-22 this week for the My Health Record opt-out window, which is due to lapse on Thursday […]
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Introduction by Croakey: This Friday, participants in a #CroakeyGO in Melbourne will have the chance for a guided tour through the history of community health in Victoria. We will pass the site of the former Collingwood Free Medical Mission Dispensary, as well as many other landmarks reminding how the community […]
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Introduction by Croakey: Good government is possible. That is the message Dr Peter Tait recently shared with delegates at the Australian Public Health Conference in Cairns. Currently, Tait writes below, Australia functions as an electoral oligarchy, whereby political power rests with wealthy corporates and an acquiescent government. But we retain […]
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Australian doctors have joined a global pushback against America’s National Rifle Association over an incendiary social media post urging “self-important” medicos to “stay in their lane” on the issue of gun control, following yet another mass shooting in the United States. The NRA post, which was prompted by the publication […]
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights groups have condemned as “regressive” proposed adoption reforms being considered by the New South Wales parliament this week, saying they present “harrowing echoes of the Stolen Generations for our communities”. Under changes mooted to the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW), children in foster care will […]
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Marie McInerney writes:  “If I can leave you with one message today, it is that we are listening – and we will continue to listen because it is absolutely vital we ensure the NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme] delivers strong outcomes for people with psychosocial disability.” They were the closing […]
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With the Morrison government announcing a Productivity Commission inquiry into the impact of mental health on the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve wellbeing, it defies belief that a landmark national survey of our mental health appears to have been shelved. A recent forum of Australian […]
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It’s woefully underfunded by governments and receives little attention in discussions around Closing the Gap, despite being a leading cause of preventable ill-health. In this piece for the Public Health Association of Australia‘s National Public Health Student Think Tank Competition, run in conjunction with the PHAA’s recent national conference, Olivia […]
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