In the age of (supposed) evidence-based policy making, this new proposal to mandate Healthy Kids’ Checks for a segment of the population seems to be a classic case of throwing good money after bad, writes Menzies Foundation Fellow Dr Lesley Russell.
Judging by the experiences in the UK and USA, we will be in for some major challenges if a vaccine scare gets traction in Australia, writes Julile Leask.
Hannah Jones’ case in the UK raises numerous points of debate in medical ethics, the most prominent of which is the place of the state in the decisions citizens make about their lives, and deaths, writes Michael Robertson and Ian Kerridge.
The recent Commonwealth intervention in the Northern Territory includes a raft of components which appear to have little connection with protecting children, writes Dr David Scrimgeour.
Documents obtained by Crikey indicate that the Child Health Check component of the National Emergency Response is largely incompetent, probably unethical, definitely underfunded and absolutely ignores the long term.
A few multilingual and highly skilled individuals in the remote Indigenous community of Maningrida are being asked to provide their unique linguistic expertise for a paltry $100 a day, writes Jon Altman.
Everyone up here working in Aboriginal child health and sexual assault knows that the medical checks are at best a waste of time and money and good intentions and at worst, going to make things worse for those of us already working with Aboriginal communities. The best that can be done is to try and […]