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Melissa Sweet

Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator

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

Bon voyage, Croakey: health blog cuts the cord

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

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

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

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

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

Health: missed opportunities in narrow budget focus

Health: missed opportunities in narrow budget focus

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

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

Health debate in an election year: advice to the media

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

Vale health advocate Gavin Mooney and partner Delys Weston

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 […]