Welcome to a column for those who don’t have time or inclination for Twitter-scrolling.
This week, we report on the devastating flood crisis in Pakistan, global health news, research announcements and developments for Indigenous health.
As well, there is plenty on the social and cultural determinants of health, and how the Albanese Government’s apparent determination to press ahead with tax cuts will exacerbate health inequalities.
And the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care bids farewell to retiring CEO, Adjunct Professor Debora Picone AO, noting that “she led significant change in safety and quality standards, clinical governance, infection control, open disclosure, informed consent, monitoring and measurement for improvement”.
Scroll to the end to find out about some notable award recipients, and a stack of upcoming events that look interesting.
The World Health Organization has warned of devastating health impacts from the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, which is affecting 33 million people and has killed at least 1,000 people, as well as damaging or destroying 888 health facilities.
This has left millions of people lacking access to health care and medical treatment at a time of escalating public health threats from water- and vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
Read The Conversation article about global vaccine equity Read the StatNews article addressing 10 key questions about monkeypox Read the Health Policy Watch article: The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe says the monkeypox outbreak appears to be slowing in the region, and could be eliminated through universal effort. Read the article about living with polio
Read the Reuters story about the WHO Read about TikTok and hospitals
First Nations health and wellbeing
The stage three tax cuts will be disastrous for health equity for so many reasons. See the Parliamentary Budget Office costings.
Public health matters
Read about the hernia mesh trial
Awards and tributes