Posts: Chronic disease

1 06, 2017

World No Tobacco Day

By | 2017-06-01T11:11:22+00:00 June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO), mark the occasion by “highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption”(1).

This year’s theme “Tobacco – a threat to development” not only emphasises the established impact of tobacco on health, accounting for over […]

27 02, 2017

Media Release: No sugar tax, lack of action on obesity

By | 2017-05-03T12:28:56+00:00 February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

27 February 2017

Last week the Turnbull government announced that it would not support a sugar tax to tackle obesity stating that, unlike Labor, “we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge” [1].

Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, […]

21 02, 2017

No more blame game: why we need to rethink what’s behind chronic disease

By | 2017-03-06T14:32:07+00:00 February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The government and policy makers often tell the public that lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from any blame for the […]

31 08, 2016

What everyone needs to know from the latest lifestyle research files – The Top 7

By | 2017-03-31T16:38:18+00:00 August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Sitting around too much proves to be a major health hazard, just as lethal as smoking and twice the health risk of being obese. New research also tells us how much exercise will offset the risks, and which two simple lifestyle changes could reduce our risk of developing cancer by up to 60%.

All these answers […]

9 06, 2016

‘Record high’ bulk-billing rates creating a false impression says RACGP

By | 2016-12-19T10:14:07+00:00 June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

“The devil is in the detail as it’s a complex story that cannot be reduced to a convenient sound bite,” according to Dr Frank R Jones president of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Reports of record high bulk-billing rates are misleading because they don’t reflect the full picture of the expanded scope of bulk-billing […]

24 05, 2016

‘Living here will make you fat’ – do we need a public health warning?

By | 2017-05-18T14:13:42+00:00 May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Governments have invested billions in efforts to prevent obesity, yet Australians keep getting fatter, especially in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage.

Over the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity rose in adults from 19% to 28%. The proportion who are overweight remained similar at around 38%. This means two-thirds of Australian adults are now overweight, with […]

6 05, 2016

Does longer mean better?

By | 2016-12-19T10:14:17+00:00 May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Reports from different sources have recently highlighted that there is a difficulty in using one set of statistics to indicate health improvements.

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, published in The Lancet in 2012, involved a large, multi-national analysis of health improvements throughout the world. The study revealed some mixed findings.

There’s little doubt that longevity is […]