This week, Croakey editor Melissa Sweet shared extracts from the work of 2017 guest tweeters, to thank and acknowledge their contributions.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
This week, Dr George Crisp – @DrGCrisp – reflected back on key issues for climate and health in 2017. He is a GP in Perth with special interests in diabetes, hypertension and expedition medicine. He trained in London before moving to Australia in the late 1980’s. He is current WA Chair of WA Doctors for the Environment Australia and writes and lectures on environmental health issues, including urban health, biodiversity loss, air pollution and climate change. He is also keyboard player for Perth cover band “80’s inc”. With colleagues, Dr George Crisp has initiated a GreenPractice as a model of sustainability in General Practice.
A team of researchers from the University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences (Richard McGrath, Kristen Stevens, Emma Milanese, Bianca Fisher & Sarah Habel) covered the Australian and NZ Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) 13th Biennial Conference in Hobart. ANZALS is a member-based not-for-profit organisation that encourages and supports the development of leisure research and teaching through scholarly debate, the exchange of ideas and the publication of new knowledge, and through enhancing the profile of leisure studies, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.
The 2017 conference theme ‘Leisure for Social Change’ builds on the focus of leisure as a human right from the 12th Biennial ANZALS Conference in Adelaide 2015. Keynote speakers and delegates will be reviewing the various aspects of leisure as a social change agent at individual, community and societal levels in a rapidly changing world. Key stream within the conference include: Health & Leisure, Tourism for Social Change, Sport for Development, Disability and Leisure as well as Humans, Animals and Leisure. Check #ANZALS17 as well as ANZALS (@ANZALSonline) on Twitter or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ANZALSonline
This week, Karen Wyld covered the Indigenous Allied Health Australia conference in Perth, for the Croakey Conference News Service. The conference theme was: Care, Cultures and Connection. IAHA is a member-based not-for-profit organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students, provides national leadership in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health policy, and works collaboratively within health and education sectors to strengthen the culturally responsiveness of the Australian health workforce. Check #IAHAConf17, as well as IAHA on twitter @IAHA_National and Instagram indigenousalliedhealthaust
This week, we heard from Professor Rebecca Ivers, the Director of the Injury Division at The George Institute. She is an injury epidemiologist who holds a Masters degree in Public Health and PhD in injury epidemiology from the University of Sydney. She has an appointment as Professor of Public Health at UNSW Sydney, and is an honorary professor at the University of Sydney and a Professor at Flinders University. Rebecca has published widely in the peer reviewed literature in the fields of road traffic injury and falls prevention.
Rebecca has research interests that span a broad range of topics, including novice drivers, motorcycle helmets in Asia and heavy vehicle research. She is passionate about the need to decrease road injury in vulnerable road users in the low and middle income countries of the region and is actively engaged in research with this aim. She is particularly interested in injury prevention among Indigenous communities.
This week, Summer May Finlay – @OnTopicAus – and Marie McInerney – @mariemcinerney – covered the #ResearchTranslation17 conference in Brisbane, co-hosted by the Lowitja Institute and NHMRC. Read more here. They also covered the release of the findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory – #NTRC.
This weekend, the @CroakeyNews connective shared the news on the situation of the refugees on Manus Island.
@DrGrahamBrown (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society @LTU_Sex_Health La Trobe University) tweeted from the joint Australasian HIV and Sexual Health Conferences #ASHM17 and #SH17.
This week, @VMIAC covered their conference, held on November 1-2, with the theme: Our People, Our Voice: an opportunity to yarn and forge our future. Read a preview and stories from the conference here.
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a community of Australian aid and development organisations, churches, community groups, businesses and citizens who speak out for a world where all people, regardless of gender, race or place of birth, can live a free, happy and healthy life. We support a global approach to action on poverty, inequality and climate change and for an Australia that is a compassionate global citizen helping to create a fair, sustainable and peaceful world, including through increasing our Australian aid budget. What we will cover: Climate change is one of the biggest public health threats facing the world. We also know those living in the poorest parts of the world will be hit first and hardest. We can’t solve global poverty without also tackling climate change. This week we will draw attention to climate change and global poverty issues. Follow: @campaignforaid and @tonyrmilne.
This week, Marie McInerney covered the 2017 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Hobart on 17-19 October, with the theme: “From vision to reality: A tobacco-free Oceania”. Follow the Croakey coverage at this link, and on Twitter at #OTCC2017.
On the weekend of 20-21 October, Aimee Brownbill – @AimeeBrownbill – covered the SA State Population Health Conference and a #CroakeyGO walk in Adelaide. Read more here and check the #SApophlth discussions.
This week, Penelope Smith (@LopeyPen) & Dr Kristen Smith (Smith_KristenD) tag-teamed, with a focus on the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne and an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Symposium, hosted by the University of Melbourne on 11 and 12 October at the Parkville campus, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Check #IDS17 for Symposium news.
The goals of our symposium are:
- To demonstrate the local significance of Indigenous data sovereignty by showcasing emerging evidence and best practice models of Indigenous data sovereignty;
- Increase awareness of the importance of Indigenous data sovereignty for local Indigenous communities, researchers, government and other related stakeholders;
- Provide information on data custodianship, management, reporting and presentation, including models of monitoring and evaluation and issues of consent;
- Outline specific strategies and approaches to make better use of data that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people already have undisputed sovereignty (e.g. data from Aboriginal land councils, medical services, legal services) and how to access information held by various government custodians (e.g. ABS, AIHW, PMC);
- Develop a nationwide network to empower Indigenous organisations and communities to take advantage of developments in data science and maximise the use of their data resources for community benefit; and
- Develop an agenda that will progress Indigenous Data Sovereignty in Australia for Indigenous communities.
Penelope tweeted from Sunday to Thursday and then Kristen for the final two days. Both Kristen and Penelope work for the Indigenous Studies Unit, in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne: @IndigenousUoM; @HlthEquityMDHS; @UniMelb.
Penelope joined the Indigenous Studies team this year, having previously worked as a researcher at Mental Health Research Institute and National Stroke Research Institute; an academic and researcher at the Australian Catholic University, La Trobe University, and University of Melbourne; and Stakeholder Management Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Lowitja Institute (National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health). She has also completed projects for the Western Pacific Regional Office of World Health Organization for the Division of Health Sector Development and Division of NCD and Health through the Life-Course.
Kristen is a Research Fellow (medical anthropology) in the Indigenous Studies Unit (MSPGH) at the University of Melbourne. She has contributed to research for the Australian Government in building capacity and the evidence base for the development of alcohol policy in northern Australia, with a particular focus on how this impacts Aboriginal communities. She works collaboratively with academic and non-academic bodies, within the disciplinary frameworks of anthropology, sociology, epidemiology and public health. Her developing research expertise is global and national, ranging from macro-micro studies of international health systems to health focused case study work in Australian Indigenous communities. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, a Master of Social Science (International Development) from RMIT and a PhD (medical anthropology) from the University of Melbourne.
Merrilyn Walton, Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety) in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, tweeted from London and the 34th international conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. The theme was “Learning at the System Level to Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety”. On Twitter, follow #ISQua2017.
As a leading patient-safety academic, Walton works nationally and internationally undertaking research to improve the experience of patients and minimise the potential for errors in health care. She has written 3 books and is currently editing a book One Planet-One Health. She has been a lead expert for WHO in patient safety education- particularly in low resource countries. Walton has published 14 book chapters, over 70 peer reviewed articles in leading journals. She is also an honorary Professor at the Hanoi Medical University, Viet Nam. She is currently working on health system improvement in Viet Nam and two One health projects in Sulawesi and Bougainville.
Dr Adrienne Gordon – @AdrienneOz – is a Neonatal Staff Specialist in the RPA centre for newborn care in Sydney and an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. She has a Masters of Public Health and a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth. She live-tweeted news from the International Stillbirth Alliance Conference in Cork, Ireland –
This week, an impressive tag team of tweeters from the Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity shared news and emerging findings from their ongoing research project which aims to understand how government policies can work more effectively to address the social determinants of health. This culminated in live tweeting of a free Policy Symposium on ‘De-industrialisation: Employment, Health and Equity’ – held in Adelaide on 21st September. Read more about the symposium in this Croakey article, and follow #SDOH (this week and every week!).
Dr Belinda Townsend is a Research Fellow in the CRE and is based at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.
Dr Ashley Schram is a Research Fellow in the CRE and is based at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.
Dr Kathryn Browne-Yung is a Research Fellow with the CRE and is based at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Janice Lee is a PhD candidate and recipient of the CRE Social Determinants of Health Equity PhD Scholarship and is based at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.
Dr Toby Freeman is Senior Research Fellow with the CRE and is based at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Emma George is a PhD candidate with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Miriam Vandenberg is a PhD candidate with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Emily Riley is an urban planner based at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.
Dr Matt Fisher is Senior Research Fellow with the CRE and is based at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Professor Fran Baum is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
Professor Sharon Friel is Director of the the School of Regulation and Global Governance and Professor of Health Equity, Australian National University
Professor Ron Labonte is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.
Dr Patrick Harris is Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.
@mariemcinerney previewed the health implications of the forthcoming New Zealand election. See these related articles published by @croakeynews:
NZ election: doctors call on parties to make health equity the norm
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@mariemcinerney reported for @croakeynews at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide – #17APCC. Read her stories from the conference at this link. And below is a small selection of her conference tweets (and retweets).
TheMHS Learning Network Inc, an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand, held its conference is in Sydney from 29 August-1 September, and guest tweeted some of the #TheMHS2017 conference news.
TheMHS Learning Network is a registered charity run by a volunteer Management Committee. TheMHS events bring together people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems. We believe in promoting positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness. Our forums foster the exchange of ideas, focus discussion on workforce development, and are a great place for networking and debate for professionals, consumers, families and carers, managers, researchers and policy-makers.
You can also read stories by Amy Coopes reporting for the Croakey Conference News Service.
Ruth McNair – @McNairDr – is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner at an inner-urban general practice. She has clinical and research interests in lesbian and bisexual women’s mental health, sexual health, same-sex parenting, and LGBT health care and homelessness. She is involved in advising on LGBTI policy and health provider education. She was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017 for her academic, clinical and advocacy work for LGBT health.
This week, Marlene Longbottom (@MLongbottom13), a Yuin Bhulung woman and PhD scholar, shared news from a visit to Australia by Standing Rock Water Protectors, Janelle Cronin and Zachary Wamego (see the flier below for their bio details). They visited communities in NSW and the ACT, met with Clinton Pryor on his long walk across the continent for justice, and also gave a number of presentations, including one cited below at Macquarie University.
Hepatitis Victoria – @HepVic – was in the chair in the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day on Friday 28 July. Hepatitis Victoria is the peak not-for-profit community organisation working across the state for people affected by or at risk of viral hepatitis.
We raise awareness, provide information and support, and advocate for action on prevention, testing and treatment. We recognise that achieving the aim of eliminating hepatitis B and C by 2030 means also eliminating the stigma and discrimination that pose a potentially deadly barrier to people seeking help.
Viral hepatitis affects around 500,000 people in Australia, and 110,000 in Victoria, where around six people die every week from the disease, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer – the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in Australia. In contrast, the hepatitis A virus that has recently been associated with contaminated frozen berries affects a small number of people in Australia, and does not result in death.
A global campaign to mark World Hepatitis Day is being carried out under the theme of ‘Elimination’ and using the hashtag #NoHep. (Read more here from the World Hepatitis Alliance). In Australia, #HepFreeAus was also used, and state-specific hashtags such as #HepFreeVic.
We commenced our live-tweeting for the week with our Monday event at the Parliament of Victoria, Diverse communities and the hepatitis challenge – towards elimination. The event recognises that culturally diverse and Aboriginal communities are disproportionately impacted by viral hepatitis for a range of reasons including inadequate access to health services, poor health literacy, and broader socio-economic disadvantage.
This week, @CroakeyNews is RT-ing from the #NAIDOC2017 stream. According to the NAIDOC Week organisers: “The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.”
This week, Dr Margaret Beavis – @margaretbeavis – is in the chair. A Melbourne GP with a strong interest in public health, she has just returned from 10 days in New York at the UN, as a civil society participant at negotiations between 120-plus countries for an historic nuclear weapons ban treaty which is expected to be concluded on July 7. The talks are being boycotted by the US, other nuclear states, the NATO states and Australia, the first time an Australian government has refused to participate in such a multilateral accord. Beavis will tweet this week with insights from the negotiations and about Australia’s failure to participate.
She teaches at Melbourne University and is currently president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (@mapw_australia), the Australian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 in recognition of its work to alert Soviet and US leaders to the grave public health risks of nuclear war and to educate the general public.
@healthy_climate was in the chair, covering the launch of a Framework for a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-Being in Canberra on 22 June. Read Croakey’s comprehensive report of the launch here, and see more details about its health-related recommendations here and here.
@Prevention1stAU covered the launch of its new report, Preventative Health: How much does Australia spend and is it enough and related topics. Amy Coopes also covered the report, which found that Australia compared poorly with OECD peers in terms of spending on prevention, for Croakey.