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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2015 117
The anti-vaxx crowd are wrong, but that does not mean they are irrational.
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.
November 28, 2014 13
Detailed data on Australians' drug use confirms that we are consuming less alcohol, and consuming it more responsibly, than ever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.