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Journalist sharing news re public health, Indigenous health, equity, climate, #PIJmatters. Editor-in-Chief @CroakeyNews. Curates @WePublicHealth. She/her.
May 20 4 tweets 4 min read
Serious Qs for journalists working at newspapers publishing disinformation in UAP ads: 1. Has your newspaper covered this prominently as an impt story? 2. Has any action been taken by your house committee or whatever is your collective representation? 3. Will you take a stand? Also, a serious question for @withMEAA : What are you doing about this? As one of your members, I would like to know what actions you are taking?
May 20 12 tweets 10 min read
On the eve of the federal election, @RealOzSAGE held a media briefing this afternoon urging coordinated national action to prevent COVID infections & reduce the toll. 999 COVID deaths reported in past 2.5 weeks; there may be 15,000-18,000 deaths from COVID this year, they warn. They cite ABS data showing that of deaths occurring up to end of April this year, COVID was the underlying cause of death 89.8% of the time. Currently 761 active outbreaks in aged care. "We need to act to cut deaths" says @RealOzSAGE presentation today.
Dec 13, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
New advice from @RealOzSAGE today: Based on present information, a 3rd vaccine dose could be given any time from two to six months after the second dose. ozsage.org/media_releases… cc @CroakeyNews "OzSAGE is concerned that the newly revised 5 month booster interval will leave too many Australians vulnerable, and be too late to prevent a surge in Omicron in Australia, as is predicted in the UK. rotecting Australians and the health system...
Dec 13, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
@AMSANTaus is calling on NT Govt to take urgent action to address growing COVID concerns: “News of a likely positive case in Timber Creek & multiple positive wastewater results appearing in
numerous remote communities underscores the growing & urgent need for a stronger response. Calls from @AMSANTaus: 1. That the Big Rivers Region, including Katherine, is placed into lockdown with a mask mandate and the 5 reasons to leave homes, initially for 48 hours until the situation is clear.
Dec 13, 2021 13 tweets 10 min read
1200 registrants for #NationalPreventiveHealthStrategy launch - broadcasting from electorate office of ⁦@GregHuntMP#auspol@_PHAA_ The @_PHAA_ is hoping there will be bipartisan support for the #NationalPreventiveHealthStrategy says @terryslevin #auspol
Dec 13, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
From April this year, here is the @AusHealthcare calling for a broader focus for the #NationalPreventiveHealthStrategy croakey.org/a-broader-focu… Highlighting the importance of #ClimateAction, #HealthLiteracy, #OralHealth Also from April this year, Prof Andrew Wilson: Ten lessons the prevention community can take from Australia’s COVID-19 response croakey.org/ten-lessons-th… #NationalPreventiveHealthStrategy
Dec 13, 2021 5 tweets 6 min read
Oct 12, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
So yesterday was a HUGE day for public health, not only in NSW but nationally, with widespread attention on how leaders marked the easing of public health restrictions. #AusPol #publichealth #COVID It was a day that called for careful, thoughtful messaging, about the ongoing need for caution and preventive efforts with COVID. Politicians could have used the Swiss cheese model of public health as so usefully employed by @K_Eagar in this article
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Oct 11, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
ICYMI: COVID SNAPS: on the Premier for Sydney, booster shots, and some random plandemic insights croakey.org/covid-snaps-on… By @k_eagar When govts mislead the public by suggesting opening up means "going back to normal", think of The Swiss Cheese model – "a helpful way to think about how we manage our way out of lockdown and manage living with COVID beyond that".
Sep 1, 2021 31 tweets 16 min read
Many timely reflections in this recent article re the capacity of health systems and workforce now and into the future croakey.org/under-pressure… #AusPol #COVID On the importance of timely lockdowns & continuing other sensible public health measures, Prof @JBraithwaite1 says: "I would argue for prudence and holding the course. We risk unprecedented cases, deaths, and economic mayhem otherwise...
Aug 31, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Lock down smarter, not harder. Excellent article by @engagedpractx croakey.org/lock-down-smar… Thanks @insidestorymag for permission to cross post #publichealth #AusPol "Instead of putting police and the military on the streets of LGAs with significant migrant populations from war-torn countries, [a smart lockdown] would further invest in building the capacity of affected communities to respond to the outbreak...
Aug 31, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
What is needed to deliver on the investment in the Medical Research Future Fund? Part 2 of an investigation by @LRussellWolpe croakey.org/what-is-needed… #AusPol "As previously noted, the $20 billion that makes up the capital of the MRFF is savings from the Health and Indigenous Affairs portfolios.... #MRFFtransparency
Aug 31, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Overdose deaths remain stubbornly high: here are 5 ways to do more to save lives croakey.org/overdose-death… By @dan_lubman & @DrSuziNielsen on #IOAD21 1. Naloxone must be freely accessible everywhere
We must urgently increase access to the life-saving overdose reversal drug naloxone, which is available as an easy-to-use nasal spray. #IOAD21
Aug 31, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Interesting to look at some of the connections between these two @CroakeyNews stories, on antibiotic overuse in Australia, and our poor record on addressing health inequities... cc @evelynedeleeuw @ACSQHC Here's a hint: "On global comparisons, primary care antimicrobial prescribing in Australia continues to outstrip Canada and most European countries, with rates more than double those of benchmark countries such as The Netherlands....
Aug 31, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Interesting analysis/comparison of health equity/inequities in Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark etc croakey.org/inequity-in-he… By Professor @evelynedeleeuw, Director of CHETRE, UNSW, and Editor-In-Chief of Health Promotion International. #SDOH "The success of Nordic and Bismarckian welfare states has not been the result of a conscious (autocratic or democratic) decision but rather the result of centuries of relatively close-knit joining of forces...
Aug 29, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
COVID sparks sharp fall in antibiotic use, but threat of antimicrobial resistance remains via @CroakeyServices croakey.org/covid-sparks-s… HT @ACSQHC #sponsoredcontent #publichealth "While the pandemic-driven shifts in primary care prescribing are welcome, AURA 2021 shows many areas of antimicrobial use across Australia where improvement is needed...
Aug 29, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Scientists, political leaders, and environmentalists all broadly recognize that extremes and unpleasant surprises—events that once seemed impossible—will become more commonplace, @RonBrownstein writes. theatlantic.com/politics/archi… "Katharine Jacobs pointed to a problem that isn’t necessarily the most threatening but may prove the most intractable and tragic: the impact of climate change on plants and animals....
Feb 18, 2021 21 tweets 9 min read
The Digital Industry Group (DIGI), which has Google, Facebook, Twitter & Verizon Media as founding members, is consulting with stakeholders this morning on its plans for a self-regulatory code to address disinformation in Oz #RegulateDigitalPlatforms @CroakeyNews @JulieLeask Interesting timing given this week's massive own-goal by @Facebook showing the urgent need to #regulatedigitalplatforms (not only in Australia but globally)
Feb 3, 2021 53 tweets 19 min read
Thread to follow giving overview of new papers from @bmj_latest special collection: '#Covid19: The road to equity and solidarity' bmj.com/pmac-2021 cc @CroakeyNews #PMAC2021 @baumfran @WePublicHealth The collection explores political economy of the response, role of international institutions, overwhelmed health systems, #SDOH, value of indices of preparedness, need for all countries to act together to reduce inequality, protect health, and act on climate #PMAC2021
Feb 1, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Australia in a no-win situation if Taiwan crisis escalates johnmenadue.com/63312-2/ By Hugh White, emeritus professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University. "And where would Australia stand? We want America to keep leading in Asia, so it seems obvious that we should encourage it to fight for Taiwan. But again, it is not that simple. We gain nothing by urging America to fight a war it will not win with or without our support.
Feb 1, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
Reading between the lines on government data croakey.org/reading-betwee… Via @stephenjduckett @AnikaStobart & @ConversationEDU and also HT @lindadoherty21 editing @CroakeyNews this week The new @ozprodcom report sheds light, among other things, on potentially preventable deaths. In 2019, more than 28,000 Australians under 75 died from conditions that are potentially avoidable, including “deaths of despair” such as suicide or drug or alcohol abuse...