Welcome to a column for those who don’t have time or inclination for Twitter-scrolling.
This week, as flood warnings are issued again in New South Wales, we bring reports on the climate crisis at home and abroad, including the worrying news that Coca-Cola is among the sponsors at next month’s COP27 climate summit.
There is much on COVID-19, including urgent calls to action from a Town Hall style event urging a turnback on Australia’s ‘let it rip’ trajectory, tweets from major Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, some wins and some warnings in health policy, news on the social determinants and more.
COVID: local and global
New reports were released this week on COVID-19 issues in the US, UK, Pacific and Australia, amid major concern in the wake of National Cabinet’s decision to scrap isolation rules for people with COVID-19.
Check out also the mixed state of play on mask wearing, on stage, in crowds, and in the air. (See earlier Croakey coverage on the issue of masking up at conferences).
“COVID is not over”: Town Hall meeting
Disability advocates led a Town Hall meeting this week, issuing a Call to Action to Australian governments to turn back from a “let it rip approach” to COVID, declaring: “It’s time for an honest conversation about the social, human rights, moral and economic implications of Australia’s current COVID trajectory. ”
Advocacy for Inclusion’s head of policy Craig Wallace tweeted the following thread.
The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) is hosting its annual conference this week (follow at Twitter via #AIDAConf2022 , alongside other important Indigenous health gatherings across Australia.
Wins and warnings
Social determinants of health
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See previous editions of #ICYMI, and catch you next week…