Despite the many epidemics we're said to be in the grip of, we continue to be healthier and live longer. But there are some concerning signs around suicide.
As nanny statists look to demonise the "alcohol epidemic" in ever more dramatic terms, yet more evidence has emerged that Australians drink responsibly.
While cancer remains one of our biggest killers, we've made significant progress in treating it in recent decades -- and we're doing better than anywhere else.
Reforms to keep Australians out of residential aged care as long as possible appear to be working, with new data showing home care services growing rapidly.
Detailed data on Australians' drug use confirms that we are consuming less alcohol, and consuming it more responsibly, than ever.
New data suggests individuals are already paying more and governments less on health, so why do we need higher co-payments? An anonymous senior health policy analyst and regular Croakey contributor explains.
The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an "alcohol epidemic" from the public health lobby.
Criticism of the ABS's suicide statistics is unwarranted, but the picture it paints is not all positive.
Broadband’s importance for a population’s health also lies in its ability to connect individuals and communities, and to disseminate information (and thus, as the saying goes, power).
Jenny Macklin's latest effort in justifying policy is her gross over-promoting of the results of a very small and dicey survey of 76 income-managed residents in four communities in the Northern Territory.