Welcome to a column for those who don’t have time or inclination for Twitter-scrolling.
This week, we feature concerns about the plight of millions of people in Ethiopia, the latest news on climate and health, a gathering on rural generalism and other health workforce matters, a new book, and problematic health and justice policies.
Scroll to the end to find out about some job opportunities and upcoming events that look interesting, including a discussion about healthy soil as a determinant of health.
Read the article in Nature, arguing that a new approach to pandemic and epidemic intelligence is needed that includes modern approaches to surveillance and risk assessment, as well as improved trust and cooperation between stakeholders and society.
Climate and health
Read the paper, ‘Legal implications of the climate-health crisis: A case study analysis of the role of public health in climate litigation’
From the BMJ: On the eve of a United Nations High-Level Political Forum, Kent Buse and colleagues argue that the health of people and planet can only be rescued through government led, structural transformations—but for that to happen we need to re-frame the narrative away from climate action being a matter of personal responsibility.
Statement by AMA: President Dr Omar Khorshid said the refusal of the Government to extend Medicare-funded COVID-19 telehealth services from 1 July would limit vulnerable patients’ telephone access to doctors. Statement by Australian Association of Consultant Physicians: The Federal Government’s decision not to extend access to telephone consultations for patients of consultant physicians and paediatricians will have a major impact on many patients.
Ngayubah Gadan: focus on rural generalism