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Report of the Inquiry into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s crisis management arrangements

This inquiry examined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's role in facilitating the return of Australians who had been stranded overseas during the pandemic due to border closures and travel restrictions, based on a performance audit of this response by the Australian National Audit...

Communities in crisis: Lifeline QLD supporting those in need

Poor mental health and suicide are significant public health issues. This report calls for the funding model for community response services, like Lifeline, to move from a ‘crisis response’ model to one that is proactive and regularised.

Stressed and overworked

In this report, Health Foundation researchers analyse survey data to understand the experiences of GPs in the United Kingdom and how they compare to other countries. They present the data under three themes - how GPs view their job; the care GPs provide and how...
Journal article

The motivations of stakeholders when developing university industry collaborations in an Australian university: three case studies

With a focus on the disciplines of design, health and business, this study provides real-world insight into influencing the development of university/industry collaborations enhancing the student experience, and potentially impacting employability after graduation.
Journal article

Improving colonoscopy prioritisation and promoting the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: keys to reducing bowel cancer burden

The authors of this article assert that Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) has the potential to prevent almost 84,000 bowel cancer deaths if 60% program participation rates could be reached and maintained over the next two decades.
Journal article

Reigniting tobacco control: returning Australia to the front of the pack

This article raises concerns about growing use of e-cigarettes, warning that vaping importers and retailers are exploiting an exemption for non-nicotine products in regulations, and nicotine-containing products are masquerading as non-nicotine products.
Journal article

Lung cancer screening: the hidden public health emergency

Other authors
Billie Bonevski, Nicole Rankin
Lung cancer screening (LCS) in high-risk populations using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) could potentially save thousands of lives per year by shifting the stage at diagnosis to early curable disease.
Journal article

Is the evidence-based medicine movement counter-productive: are randomised controlled trials the best approach to establish evidence in complex healthcare situations?

This paper examines the role of research that seeks to obtain evidence to support evidence-based medicine (EBM), using a case study of research into ear disease in Aboriginal populations, and suggested that in complex situations, perhaps randomised controlled trials are not the answer.
Journal article

Colonoscopies in Australia – how much does the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program contribute to colonoscopy use?

Other authors
James St John, Christopher Horn, Paul Grogan, Karen Canfell, Eleonora Feletto
This study concludes that the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) accounts for a modest fraction of colonoscopy use in Australia, and suggests that promoting adherence to guideline-recommended immunochemical faecal occult blood tests (iFOBT) and colonoscopy use could ease pressure on services and improve outcomes.
Journal article

The availability and promotion of low-alcohol beverages in licensed venues: an environmental audit on the Gold Coast, Australia

Other authors
Ben Desbrow
This study explores the availability, visibility, advertising and promotion of low-alcohol products at licensed venues, through an audit of licensed venues in four entertainment locations in the popular tourist destination of the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Journal article

Improving health literacy: how to succeed

In this editorial, Professor Don Nutbeam argues that health literacy isn't 'failing' people. Rather, government inaction, poor quality health communication and complexity in our health services and information environments make it very difficult for the majority of people to find, understand, appraise and use the...
Briefing paper

Yooralla's Hospital to Home (H2H) Program

Yooralla’s experience indicates that the ‘Pathways to Home’ Program is a successful model for supporting people to live in a home-like environment while awaiting permanent supports.

Psychosocial safety is everyone’s right and everyone’s responsibility

Psychosocial hazards in the workplace such as harassment, bullying and poorly managed supervision and training can result in stress, burnout and worse. This article outlines some of the laws and organisational cultural changes that can help identify, assess and eliminate or mitigate psychosocial hazards and...

Inequality of pandemic proportions: State and pharma failures not to be repeated

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fourth year, this report identifies four key lessons from the failure of States and pharmaceutical companies to comply with their human rights obligations and responsibilities to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.

What works in tobacco harm reduction and vaping

Vaping has become a topical issue in Australia and internationally in recent years. In this report, the authors look at the history of tobacco use, currently available tools to quit, how we came to have nicotine vapes, the current questions and controversies surrounding vaping, and...
Journal article

A hidden pandemic? An umbrella review of global evidence on mental health in the time of COVID-19

Other authors
Siobhan O’Dean, Lily Teesson, Julia Boyle, Denise Lim, Andre Nguyen, Alison Calear, Philip Batterham, Kevin Gournay, Maree Teesson
The findings outlined in this article suggest policy-makers and clinicians should not discount the potentially ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual and population mental health, particularly for people who were adolescent, pregnant, post-partum during the pandemic, or were hospitalised with COVID-19.

Pandemic preparedness for the real world

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Megan Schmidt-Sane, Melissa Leach, Peter Taylor, Santiago Ripoll, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Syed Abbas, Tabitha Hrynick
The cost of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown. Lives directly lost to the disease continue to mount, while related health, livelihood and wellbeing impacts are still being felt. This report presents a framework for a vision of pandemic preparedness for the real world – one...

The development and implementation of an enhanced digital alcohol screening algorithm and training package for primary health care settings

Other authors
Janie Sheridan, Gillian White, Juma Rahman
This technical report provides the detailed information required to develop and implement an enhanced screening algorithm for the assessment of alcohol-related risk in older adults in primary health care contexts. The report also describes a programme of training for busy health professionals on the increased...

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2022

The early sections of this report present information about the social and cultural context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, social determinants, the structure of the population, and measures of population health including births, deaths and hospitalisations. The remaining sections consist of selected health...

Healthcare system transformation and the journey towards inclusive care

Healthcare systems in Australia and around the world are struggling with the same issues: service access and demand, workforce shortages and staff burnout to name a few. This report argues that new approaches to healthcare challenges are needed because historic methods are unlikely to be...

COVID-19 risk among disabled people

This report outlines a recent analysis undertaken by the Public Health Agency, regarding burden of COVID-19 disease in the disabled population who receive Disability Support Services (DSS).

Impact of COVID-19 on School-based Vaccination Programs module 1, 2 & 3: final report

This evaluation found that overall, pandemic impacts on vaccination uptake in adolescents were relatively limited in Australia compared to other countries. However, the number of adolescent vaccinations given in 2020 and 2021 was lower than in 2019.

Climate trauma: the growing toll of climate change on the mental health of Australians

There is no doubt that the consequences of climate change are now playing out in real time across Australia. This study deepens our understanding of the impacts of climate change on mental health in Australia, and provides an opportunity to hear from those on the...

Australia’s disability strategy 2021–2031 outcomes framework: first annual report

This first annual report for the Australia’s Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework provides an overview of all measures being tracked under Australia’s Disability Strategy at ‘baseline’ – that is, when the strategy began in December 2021.

Life and death in long-term care: are we learning the wrong lessons from COVID-19?

This study presents a novel approach to measuring the performance of long-term care institutions during the pandemic, and identifies the factors behind their performance. Based on the findings, it proposes three areas for action that could inform federal, provincial and territorial government discussions on how...