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FOI reveals that health agencies ignored My Health Record concerns

FOI reveals that health agencies ignored My Health Record concerns

A report obtained by Crikey via freedom of information indicates that the government agencies in charge of My Health Record could have easily anticipated public concerns.

Australians living longer than ever — but girls’ suicide a looming concern

Australians living longer than ever — but girls’ suicide a looming concern

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.

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

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

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

How media reporting can prompt health scares

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

Sugar tax unhelpful and unnecessary but try telling the nanny statists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.