Stephen Leeder considers the implications of global warming for health policy, and calls for the effects on global health to form part of debates on energy production. He predicts increases in respiratory disorders as a result of global warming and… more
We could solve the problem of obesity within the next decade by finding ways of working with groups traditionally seen as ‘outside’ public health, write Professor Leeder and Anne-Marie Boxall (Taking obesity off the agenda). Programs undertaken in Wellington and… more
Providing equal opportunities for citizens to avoid illness and receive quality care is arguably the ultimate social justice issue. Health is inextricably linked to happiness and that fact alone should demand health policies focussed on equity. Health is also a… more
Australian national elections are held on whichever date will give the biggest advantage to governing party. Gough Whitlam writes that Federal Labor needs to do more to promote the rights of citizens by campaigning for fixed four-year terms for both… more
If citizens are to have any power over the institutions that control their lives, then the pyramids of power need to be turned upside down to create a stakeholder democracy, writes Shann Turnbull. The introduction of ‘network governance’ would make… more
Australia should be proud of its achievements in health, but Prue Power and Patrick Bolton believe that challenges remain in bringing the community into the decision making process, ensuring equitable access and outcomes, and improving services.
Dr Daniel Fox believes that Australian policymakers can teach as well as learn from their counterparts in other countries about responding to obsolete understandings of health.
The biggest problem affecting the planning of Australian health services is the failure to set priorities in a rational, informed and comprehensive way. Priority setting is about making choices based on resource limitations; not only choosing what to do but… more
Stephen Corbett draws attention to the nexus between public health and urban planning. He argues that prudent urban planning can reduce the levels of such things as obesity and diabetes, and can improve the learning outcomes of children. Corbett calls… more