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Melissa Sweet

Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator

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

December 16, 2015 5 Comments

What healthcare measures are in this year's MYEFO?

Bon voyage, <em>Croakey</em>: health blog cuts the cord

Bon voyage, Croakey: health blog cuts the cord

August 31, 2015 1 Comment

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.

Change the narrative to stop Aboriginal incarceration

Change the narrative to stop Aboriginal incarceration

April 10, 2015 1 Comment

A new project aims to reverse misleading and harmful notions about Aboriginal criminality and, in turn, to help promote better treatment of indigenous people.

Revealing the double standards over mental health and refugees

Revealing the double standards over mental health and refugees

February 3, 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.

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy

August 26, 2013

Melissa Sweet has taken apart the Coalition's health policy and found it lightweight and lacking in detail.

What a report about Aboriginal health can teach journalism

What a report about Aboriginal health can teach journalism

July 29, 2013 3 Comments

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

Health: missed opportunities in narrow budget focus

May 15, 2013 2 Comments

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?

Our bugs, ourselves: germ warfare opens a new front

Our bugs, ourselves: germ warfare opens a new front

March 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

February 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

December 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 […]