Melissa Sweet

Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator

December, 2015

ScoMo screws over cancer patients, the elderly and those who need blood work

, Dec 16, 2015

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What healthcare measures are in this year's MYEFO?
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Bon voyage, Croakey: health blog cuts the cord

, Aug 31, 2015

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The Croakey project initially began as an intervention into public debate with the aim of encouraging a wider, deeper discussion about health. It will continue that legacy.
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Change the narrative to stop Aboriginal incarceration

, Apr 10, 2015

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A new project aims to reverse misleading and harmful notions about Aboriginal criminality and, in turn, to help promote better treatment of indigenous people.
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Revealing the double standards over mental health and refugees

, Feb 03, 2014

The difference in public perception of physical and mental health issues is plain to see in the recent outrage over allegations involving navy personnel and asylum seekers.
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Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy

, Aug 26, 2013

Melissa Sweet has taken apart the Coalition's health policy and found it lightweight and lacking in detail.
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What a report about Aboriginal health can teach journalism

, Jul 29, 2013

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Lessons from a report on Aboriginal health issues can be transferred to journalism.

Health: missed opportunities in narrow budget focus

, May 15, 2013

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The health sector is reporting only on a very limited portion of the budget, rather than approaching all policies through the lens of health. Is this the right approach?
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Our bugs, ourselves: germ warfare opens a new front

, Mar 11, 2013

Overuse of antibiotics is not only creating resistant strains of bacteria but also changing the complex ecology of the human body. Our Croakey co-ordinator writes at Inside Story.

Health debate in an election year: advice to the media

, Feb 25, 2013

What should be the focus of health debate in an election year? Crikey blog Croakey asked health researchers, lobbyists and professionals what they want to see from the the federal election campaign — particularly the role of the media in examining policy initiatives and driving the debate … Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance: To […]

Vale health advocate Gavin Mooney and partner Delys Weston

, Dec 21, 2012

Such terrible, devastating news. Health economist Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner Delys Weston have been murdered in Tasmania. Gavin will be known to regular readers of Crikey’s health blog Croakey as a prolific contributor since this blog’s start and an active Crikey commenter. Delys had recently completed her PhD in the political economy of global warming. Mooney will […]