Tracy Reibel looks at how medicalised childbirth has largely replaced the low tech, low intervention approach to a normal physiological event that has indeed been constant over time and across cultures and asks if this situation is actually in the… more
Professor Hal Swerissen outlines the urgent need for a national framework to improve Australian primary health and community support systems.
Martin Callinan Record breaking weather events and the Kyoto Protocol. The two events may be unrelated but they speak volumes about the same issue. An issue the Howard Government sees no need to take seriously.
Meg Gurry is concerned that few university students are learning anything about Asia, and more worryingly, even fewer will do so in the future.
Tony Vinson A fiction is being put about that the level of expenditure on school education is of little importance. Instead, the quality of teaching is emphasised… The situation is not helped by the fact that competition between the education… more
Allison Henry and John Warhurst The researchers found that only half of the young people they interviewed would vote if it was not compulsory, and among the reasons given by respondents for not voting was lack of knowledge.
The pubs and clubs sought to position those pushing for the ban as dreary fun phobics who never went out after dark and couldn’t stand the thought of anyone enjoying themselves with a beer and cigarette. They knew nothing of… more
A summary of what we consider to be the key building blocks around which a national health policy should be built.
Ian McAuley looks at how a value-based system can resolve public and private divisions in Australia’s health system. He describes the confusion and the grab bag of health proposals that we saw at the last election and outlines the importance… more