Welcome to a column for those who don’t have time or inclination for Twitter-scrolling.
This week, amid harrowing reports of racism across sporting, healthcare and political domains, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service has added its weight to calls for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to reverse his plan to rename Maroondah Hospital as Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
To date, more than 20,000 people have signed a petition urging the Premier not to strip the hospital of its Aboriginal name. Perhaps the Premier and his advisors should do some cultural safety training.
We also bring news of climate action and crisis, and some good news from Finland, while Victorian MP Fiona Patten explains why she is talking out about her recent cancer diagnosis.
As well, we bring a stack of tweets about upcoming events, public and global health news, and much more. As well as this quotable: “Spending $1.93 billion on fossil fuel subsidies in a climate crisis and a budget crisis would have to be the dumbest thing you could do.”
Check the carbon tracker Read the BMJ investigation
Trauma of racism
Listen to these powerful words from Tony Armstrong. Read the essay in Meanjin.
Read about the health benefits of women’s political representation. See the Twitter thread demonstrating while high-earners in US & UK continue to be very comfortably well off, the poorest in those same societies are scraping by with living standards that the poor in much less wealthy countries would consider rough.
First Nations peoples’ health and wellbeing
Read the article about art and truth telling.
Read the article, On Narrative, reckoning and the calculus of living and dying….
Tweet above is by Victorian Health Minister.
Read the article on food security. Read the article on the loss of foodbowl land.
Read the article on vaginal mesh procedures.
Awards and appointments