Topic archives: public health

Gas industry roll-out linked to startling rise in Darling Downs hospital admissions

January 15, 2018 32

A recent report published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies has found that circulatory and respiratory diseases in Darling Downs communities have skyrocketed since the arrival coal seam gas mining, and points to significant failures in regulation.

How media reporting can prompt health scares

December 20, 2017 10

A 7.30 story on long-acting contraceptives influenced women to cancel their implants -- an example of the media's influence on people's health decisions.

Sugar tax unhelpful and unnecessary but try telling the nanny statists

September 19, 2017 29

Paternalists continue to demand sugar taxes despite clear evidence they don't work. But facts don 't matter to nanny statists.

Sloppy reporting on mental health study continues to fail women with mental ill health

August 29, 2017 11

With a recent study about women's mental health problems sending the media into a tizzy, we need to understand when mental health problems are internally or externally engendered.

Rundle: curb sugar by regulating the pushers, not whingeing about the nanny state

November 24, 2016 30

Yes, something should be done to prevent Australians consuming so much sugar. But forcing low-income consumers to pay more for it is not the solution.

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you’ve got me watching you

September 20, 2016 14

The dietary villain du jour is now sugar -- supposedly "the new tobacco". Except the facts fit uneasily with this new form of nanny statism.

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

June 9, 2016 10

Australians, who are among the healthiest people in the world, got markedly healthier during the 2000s, despite what the public health lobby says.

Essential: Medicare payments sale looks grim for government

Essential: Medicare payments sale looks grim for government

February 16, 2016 5

Voters are unhappy with the government's proposal to privatise government payments, but they're split on whether to send asylum seekers' children back to detention, this week's Essential Report shows.

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

Bon voyage, Croakey: health blog cuts the cord

August 31, 2015 1

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.

Three steps to defeating anti-vaxxers

Three steps to defeating anti-vaxxers

June 11, 2015

There are many people who have concerns about vaccinations but are not quite anti-vaxxers. Adam G. Dunn and Julie Leask explain how to reach them before their beliefs become too entrenched.

Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

April 8, 2015

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they're increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

Which political party will make you healthier?

Which political party will make you healthier?

February 20, 2015

If we want to improve health, we need to vote for parties that commit to focused policies over the long term, writesTim Senior, GP and a senior lecturer in indigenous health at the University of Western Sydney.

Rundle: understanding anti-vaxxers

Rundle: understanding anti-vaxxers

February 13, 2015 117

The anti-vaxx crowd are wrong, but that does not mean they are irrational.

Dear conspiracy theorists: the jury is not out, water fluoridation works

Dear conspiracy theorists: the jury is not out, water fluoridation works

January 14, 2015

In matters of public health, we can't let the conspiracy theorists crowd out the findings of real scientists, writes Queensland-based dentist Michael Foley.

More data confirms non-existence of alcohol ‘epidemic’

More data confirms non-existence of alcohol ‘epidemic’

November 28, 2014 13

Detailed data on Australians' drug use confirms that we are consuming less alcohol, and consuming it more responsibly, than ever.

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

October 9, 2014

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet's Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

July 23, 2014 23

The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an "alcohol epidemic" from the public health lobby.

Voters oppose junk food taxes as public health and industry square off

Voters oppose junk food taxes as public health and industry square off

April 2, 2014 5

Voters oppose "soda taxes" but have mixed views on other forms of food and drink regulation, while a key public health figure hits back at complaints from industry.

The reality behind Big Grog and other villains of the public health debate

The reality behind Big Grog and other villains of the public health debate

March 31, 2014 23

The reality of the alcohol and beverage industry fits poorly with efforts to dismiss them as evil vectors of disease. The real data on health tells a different story.

The virus of capitalism: industry consultation through public health eyes

The virus of capitalism: industry consultation through public health eyes

March 27, 2014 21

The exclusion of industry from public health campaigns is increasingly driven by the pathologisation of corporations as vectors of disease that must be controlled.