The Public Health Association of Australia has welcomed the release of the Implementation Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The vice president of the PHAA, Professor Carmen Parter, says the plan provides governments, policy makers and service providers with an opportunity to make real change in the health disparities and outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The World Health Organisation has ranked cured and processed meats in the same category as cigarettes for cancer causers. The report from WHO not only ranks processed meats as group one carcinogens due to a link with bowel cancer, but also places red meat in group 2A as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ due to a link with pancreatic and prostate cancer. I spoke to Professor Dallas English from the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics about this announcement, and what it means for Australia’s meat eaters.
Australian second wave feminist Germaine Greer has cancelled an upcoming talk at Cardiff University, after a petition was launched to ban her, due to her transphobic comments and attitudes. The Australian Greens say the transphobic views of Germaine Greer show that she is out of touch with the community on this issue. I spoke to Greens spokesperson for gender identity and mental health Senator Janet Rice about this topic, and the effect prominent people like Germaine Greer can have on the gender diverse community.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has voiced her concern about the impact the loss of penalty rates will have on living standards, and has called on Liberal MPs to publicly oppose the push to remove penalty rates and change the minimum wage. She says, “Penalty rates are an essential work right that compensate people for working unsociable hours when most people have time off”.
The release of the Trans Pacific Partnership’s completed intellectual property chapter by Wikileaks on 10 October has raised fresh alarm amongst health organisations. The legal text agreed between the twelve countries at the conclusion of negotiations includes many provisions that appear harmful by reducing access to affordable medicines at the global level, resulting in much avoidable suffering and death. I spoke to Dr Deborah Gleeson, spokesperson for Public Health Association of Australia, about the issue.
From today, Australian law requires telcos and internet service providers to retain their customers’ metadata for 2 years. Retained data will include the customer’s identity, and the date, time and form of communications. Michael Cope, president of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, fears that these new laws pose a real risk for stored information to be misused by government agencies.