By Brian on November 6, 2013
Over the past two weeks the ABC’s Catalyst program has run a special series under the rubric The Heart of the Matter calling into question the importance of cholesterol as a risk factor for heart disease with Dr. Maryanne Demasi […]
By Brian on September 24, 2013
These posts are intended to share information and ideas about climate change and hence act as a roundtable. Again I do not want to spend time in comments rehashing whether human activity causes climate change. This edition is mostly about […]
By Mark Bahnisch on September 13, 2013
It’s interesting to read that fast food chain McDonald’s has closed its remaining outlets in Bolivia. While activists in Australia and elsewhere often campaign to keep Maccas out of their neck of the woods, in Bolivia, it appears to be […]
By Brian on June 10, 2013
Last week legionnaires disease struck in one of our major private hospitals, The Wesley. On Wednesday we were told that a cancer sufferer had died from the disease last Sunday. The hospital was making soothing noises. The hospital has contacted […]
By Robert Merkel on May 6, 2013
As Ben Eltham noted again at New Matilda recently, DisabilityCare is likely to be seen in time as this government’s greatest policy achievement. Peter Hartcher gives much of the political credit to Bill Shorten, helping to mobilize Australia’s fragmented disability […]
By Robert Merkel on April 26, 2013
The Grattan Institute’s report on long-term pressures on the budget should not come as a shock to anyone. In short, it says that the government’s tax take has dropped off, the mining and carbon taxes won’t deliver significant revenue, health […]
By Cristy on April 12, 2013
The federal president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Steve Hambleton, has suggested that children who are not vaccinated should be held back from attending school. I think this is a terrible suggestion. Let me explain why. First of all, education […]
By Robert Merkel on April 4, 2012
For anyone who’s paid any attention whatsoever to expert opinion on the issue, the Australia 21 report on illicit drug policy is profoundly unsurprising. Prohibition has failed, and imposes massive human and financial costs on all of us.
By tigtog on February 4, 2012
Doco examines how devastating disease became shiny pink marketing dream diverting donations away from organisations doing most of the work towards organisations with better PR. Is this the best use of donors’ money? And what about all the non-pinkified cancers?
By Robert Merkel on February 3, 2012
Medical research, and cancer research in particular, is the recipient of charitable funding in a way that few other areas of research are.
By Kim on February 1, 2012
John Howard invented ‘core’ and ‘non-core promises’. Now Tony Abbott has gone one up on his mentor. In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, the Opposition Leader included Medicare dental funding and the National Disability Insurance Scheme under […]