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The Coalition’s health agenda: protect doctors’ incomes

What’s at stake in health in this year’s election is summed up neatly in an article in the Brisbane Times this morning on the performance of one of the government’s GP super clinics, operating in Strathpine on Brisbane’s northern outskirts.

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Posted in federal election 2010, health

An Embuggerance

Author Terry Pratchett has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. I can only imagine how distressing it must be for someone who has spent his life as a wordsmith to start

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Posted in culture, health, life, sexuality

Interviews useless?

Peter Martin has an interesting post on a turnaround by the UQ Medical School, who’ve decided to scrap interviews as part of the selection process for their graduate medical degree. He cites an American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, who is also

Posted in education, health, sociology

The back downside of celebrity

Trust internet news bottom feeders Fairfax Online to bring us the story about Jennifer Love Hewitt’s bum. There’s a good analysis of all this at Feministe, where Lauren rightly praises Love Hewitt for taking aim at her critics, and defending

Posted in culture, feminism, health, media, politics, sociology, television

I had a dream

I had a dream about Noel Pearson last night, the details of which I won’t go into, but it’s a bit of a weird thing and it’s never happened before to my knowledge. As regular LP readers will know, I’m

Posted in activism, health, indigenous, politics

Double standard watch

Why is it that doctors employed at Royal North Shore Hospital are giving press interviews outside the building every day this week of the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the hospital, while not a single nurse employed by RNSH has given

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Posted in health, sociology

Progressing the Senate

There’s a greater focus on the role of the Senate since the Howard Government gained control of both Houses. That’s a very good thing, and let’s hope it continues. Most of the Senate focus has been on the importance of

Posted in federal election '07, feminism, health, science

Tracking The Intervention: Discarding and devaluing Aboriginal work

Guest Post from Lauredhel Crossposted from Hoyden About Town. Jangari’s “Four Corners on the Intervention” pulls out a few key points from the other night’s Tracking The Intervention show.You can watch the show for yourself here at the ABC. Jangari

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Posted in elections, health, indigenous, politics


I’ve vaguely been thinking “good on ’em” but not much more about it with regards to the whole Movember movement – grow a moustache during November to raise funds for men’s health. It’s good to see the joint effort with

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Posted in activism, health

For “News” this sounds extremely like an op-ed

From The Bulletin: Don’t expect an outbreak of peace and love in the streets of Sydney from this one. At least the NSW Government has stood up to the right ogres (the AHA lobby) but for the wrong reasons. Someone

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Posted in health, life, politics


A new study, whose findings were released today, provides further evidence to suggest that there is no link between induced abortion and breast cancer. A 2003 international expert panel convened by the National Cancer Institute reviewed and assessed research regarding

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Posted in feminism, health, Medicine, politics, science

The Lancing of Howard

A guest post by Bernice Balconey Lancet Editorial Volume 369, Number 9570, 21 April 2007 Australia: the politics of fear and neglect Australian clinical and public-health research is an emblem of excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. That enviable position is

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Posted in Federal Elections, health, Howardia, indigenous, media, politics, science

Dear NSW Liberals and your media mates: judge not lest ye be judged!

Let me begin this post with a sad, potentially very sad, story which turned out to have a happy ending.

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Posted in Disability, Federal Elections, health, Howardia, media, politics, religion, State/Territory Elections

Work/death balance

There’s a very tragic story being reported about the death of a young Melbourne woman, Sally Sandic, who took her life at age 21. Her parents are contemplating suing her employer, Telstra, as they believe that pressure to exceed sales

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Posted in Economics, health, life, Markets, politics, sociology
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