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An invitation and a note of explanation to Croakey readers

If you have read the funding arrangements for Croakey, you will understand that editing this blog is, by necessity, very much a part-time activity for me.

I am usually writing and editing articles in haste around multiple other commitments. Often I am wanting to alert readers to new reports/research etc that may be of interest, and my main aim is to provide a link to the primary source with, if there is time, some quick commentary and context. Similarly, I know that many of Croakey’s other contributors are likewise pressed for time, with schedules that are already overloaded.

All of which is to say that I rely on the contributors and readers of Croakey to help with pointing out errors and omissions in the posts (and hopefully also forgiving me for some of the embarrassing failures in late-night spelling and punctuation).

So that is my note of explanation. Here is the invitation…

Every few months I compile a summary of Croakey posts for the 250-plus members of the Crikey Health and Medical Panel. I’ve had a few requests from other people to go on the mailing list.

So I’ve started a “Croakey Update” email list for general readers. If you would like to go on this list, please either email me direct or post your details below.

But please be aware this is a somewhat sporadic arrangement. Sometimes I manage to get the email organised every month. But more often it is every two months or so. I also include readership data from Google Analytics (as per here).

I am also going to start posting the compilation at Croakey, as per below.

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Summary of Croakey posts, 3 May-11 July (Excluding budget coverage which was compiled separately in May)

These posts are grouped into the following categories:

Climate change

Indigenous health

Rural and remote health

Physician assistants

Infectious diseases and vaccination-related issues

Social determinants of health

Gambling, and general public health issues

Tobacco

Food-related matters

Australasian Cochrane Symposium

Health policy

PBS-related issues

Private health insurance

Mental health

Pharma, COI etc

TGA and regulation of comp medicines

Social media and health

Media critique and related issues

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Climate change, environment and health

Carbon pricing is an important public health advance
Michael Moore, Helen Keleher

So the carbon price means climate policy is sorted, right? Wrong…
Fiona Armstrong

A small but significant step towards a healthier world
David Shearman

Climate change and health: an update on the RACP controversy, and other news

A pointed message to College of Physicians on climate change and health
Fiona Armstrong

RACP urged to show leadership on climate change, “the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century”
David Shearman, George Crisp and David King write:

RACP under fire over “wimpy” stance on climate change

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Indigenous health

Did the Federal Government water down the report into dialysis in Central Australia?
Rachel Siewert

Warren Snowdon responds to concerns about report on dialysis in Central Australia

Pat Anderson delivers damning indictment of NT Intervention

How to improve Indigenous patients’ access to medicines
Noel Hayman

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Rural and remote health

Some recommended reading: on rural health and GP super clinics
John Wakerman, Michael East

Where are the public health concerns about coal seam gas mining?

Some background on cancer in rural and remote Australia, and Crean’s Albury announcement

Beyond money: what do rural doctors want?

Abby Kamalakanthan
Funky and fabulous: don’t miss this clip from rural medical students at Bathurst

Public health doctor scoops essay prize

Study identifies environmental health issues for Aboriginal children in cities
Anne Messenger

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Physician assistants

It’s time to make physician assistants part of the Australian health workforce
Ben Stock

Reaction to University of Queensland’s closure of physician assistant program: what a shame for rural health
Dennis Pashen, Peter Brooks, Kim Webber

University of Queensland to drop its physician assistant program

Another point of view on physician assistants
Dr Luke Oakden-Rayner

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Infectious diseases and vaccination-related issues

Influenza vaccination and children: weighing up the evidence
Heath Kelly

Adverse events, vaccination and the case for a no-fault compo scheme
Heath Kelly

Improving vaccination policies
Julie Leask

Diphtheria death prompts call for action to boost vaccination
Sue Page

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Social determinants of health

It’s time for a Senate inquiry into the social determinants of health
Martin Laverty

Supporting calls for Senate inquiry into a fairer distribution of health
Gavin Mooney

One GP’s prescription for humanity: let us listen to the stories of asylum seekers
Vlad Matic

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Gambling, general public health issues

Who are the public health experts calling for political leadership on gambling-related harm?

Pokies report provides good advice says public health expert
Charles Livingstone

Online games: a useful tool for public health
Mae Hurley

Some significant reading on the changing media landscape, public health, Gov 2.0 and more….

Does Australia need a version of the Institute of Medicine?
Margo Saunders

What is the point of health and medical research?

US news on stem cell research
Lesley Russell

Significant reading on the changing media landscape, public health, Gov 2.0 and more

Driving, sitting and other public health matters
Chris Rissel

What do we know about setting a floor price for alcohol?
Matthew Thomas

Mobile phones and cancer: assessing risk in a world of uncertainty

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Tobacco

What does plain packaging of cigarettes mean? Some of the legislative detail…

Dodgy data enlisted in the propaganda war against plain packaging of cigarettes
Simon Chapman

Coalition to support plain packaging: a “breakthrough” for public health

Marking World No Tobacco Day: a gong for Roxon, and a note to “social smokers”
John Fitzgerald

On Tobacco Nanny, paternalism and public health
Luke Buckmaster, Matthew Thomas

Plain packaging has tobacco industry spinning in desperation
Simon Chapman

Singing in praise of plain packaging of cigarettes

How representative is online commentary? Not very, suggests tobacco study
Becky Freeman

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Food and related matters

Big Food: on the offensive internationally over labelling
Margo Saunders

Junk food advertising to kids: it’s time to call it a day
Kathy Chapman, Jane Martin

Public he