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As Australia reforms its laws to protect those with mental illness, is Queensland going backwards?

Ben White and colleagues write in The Conversation (14.12.16) about how recent Queensland reforms – due to take effect in March 2017... More »

Nothing to see here? The abuse and neglect of children in care is a century-old story in Australia

Katherine McFarlane writes in The Conversation (15.11.16) about the long history of neglect and abuse suffered by many children in foster ... More »

Australian law needs a refresher on the science of HIV transmission

Mark Boyd and colleagues write in The Conversation (8.11.16) about how HIV diagnosis owing to unintentional transmission, while devas... More »

Barrett Centre closure: New teen mental health centre at Prince Charles

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (13.10.16) on the state government's announcement that a new adolescent mental health faci... More »

Medicinal cannabis laws passed in Queensland Parliament

Jorge Branco reports in the Brisbane Times (13.10.16) on new laws passed through Queensland's Parliament which will allow the state's doct... More »

Why is trachoma blinding Aboriginal children when mainstream Australia eliminated it 100 years ago?

Hugh Taylor and colleagues write in The Conversation (14.9.16) about the alarming incidence of trachoma eye disease among Indigenous child... More »

Five tips to get the government started on real health reform

Lesley Russell writes in The Conversation (22.7.16) about the issues that should be immediate health policy priorities for the returned Tu... More »

Decision-making support and Queensland's guardianship system: a systemic advocacy report

Policy Online carries a link (15.6.16) to an Office of the Public Advocate report into Queensland's guardianship system, and the legislati... More »

Here’s how to close the gap on Indigenous women smoking during pregnancy

Gillian Sandra Gould writes in The Conversation (21.7.16) about the high incidence of smoking among pregnant Indigenous women, and suggest... More »

Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being

Fiona Armstrong, along with Nobel Laureate and Queensland medical researcher, Professor Peter Doherty, write in The Conversation (21.... More »

Barrett Adolescent Centre: Behind Queensland's flawed mental health decisions

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (18.7.16) on the outcomes of the Commission of Inquiry, headed by Supreme Court Justice Margaret ... More »

Why the health scheme for coal workers is inadequate to detect black lung

Malcolm Sim writes in The Conversation (15.7.16) about the reappearance of cases of 'black lung' disease among Queensland coal miners, and... More »

Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme work and am I eligible for funding?

Carmel Laragy writes in The Conversation (6.7.16) about the commencement of the NDIS scheme, as part of a series of articles about how the... More »

Labor’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign capitalised on Coalition history of hostility towards Medicare

Jim Gillespie writes in The Conversation (5.7.16):

'The Australian Labor Party’s Medicare campaign has been dubbed an electi... More »

What do the Liberal and Labor election health promises mean for you?

Helen Dickinson writes in The Conversation (24.6.16) about the major parties' health policies on offer in the federal election campaign, a... More »

Federal election 2016: Pat McGorry slams politicians and health bureaucrats: 'They're ignoring the evidence'

Michael Koziol reports in the Brisbane Times (9.6.16) on Professor Patrick McGorry's criticisms of the current government's under-funding ... More »

Towards a model of evidence-informed decision making and service delivery

Policy Online carries a link (31.5.16) to a Centre for Community Child Health working paper highlighting issues and new approaches in... More »

Suicide in Australia background information: key facts and analysis

Policy Online carries a link (24.5.16) to a fact sheet released through the University of Sydney, which draws political parties' attention... More »

Confused about the Medicare rebate freeze?

Helen Dickinson explains in The Conversation (20.5.16) the implications of the Medicare rebate 'freeze':

'The impact of ... More »

Election 2016: Labor uses marginal Coalition seat to announce $1 billion health promise

The ABC's Anna Henderson and Francis Keany report (22.5.16) on federal Labor's announcement that it would scrap a government-proposed cut to the Ph... More »

Election 2016: Turnbull says Labor's $12b Medicare promise unfunded

The ABC's Anna Henderson and Caitlyn Gribbin report (19.5.16) on the federal government's and opposition's rival claims about Medicare funding, ami... More »

The ghost of Joe Hockey rises as attacks on public health continue

'The $7 co-payment was supposed to be dead and buried after former Treasurer Joe Hockey’s political cremation. Yet Malcolm Turnbull has again... More »

Investing in women's mental health: strengthening the foundations for women, families and the Australian economy

Policy Online carries a link (20.4.16) to an Australian Health Policy Collaboration research paper which identifies the specific risks and... More »

Black lung’s back? How we became complacent with coal miners' pneumoconiosis

Peter Gibson writes in The Conversation (21.4.16) about how the so-called 'black lung' disease could have again become a health problem fo... More »

How to reform primary health care to close the gap

Sophia Couzos writes in The Conversation (4.4.16) about new ways that the primary health care system can be improved to better serve Indig... More »


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