“He’s never coming back”: People with disabilities dying in Western Australia’s prisons

This report examines the cases of eight people with disabilities who died in custody in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020, six of whom were Aboriginal people.

VicHealth coronavirus Victorian wellbeing impact study

VicHealth undertook a survey to understand the impact on Victorians of the first coronavirus related restrictions that took place in March–May 2020, now known as the first lockdown. This report outlines the findings.
Journal article

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – time for a civil society equivalent?

This paper proposes that it is time to establish a civil society equivalent of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to protect reputable organisations from associating with or lending support and credibility to the tobacco industry.
Journal article

Accessing the most lethal product on the market: community perceptions of tobacco accessibility in NSW, Australia

This study aims to describe the perceived ease of accessing tobacco retail outlets in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, and the sociodemographic factors associated with reported higher density of tobacco retail outlets.
Journal article

What are the resourcing requirements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research project?

This article explores the findings of a research project that aimed to determine the validity of a previously developed culturally adapted depression screening tool for Indigenous people.
Discussion paper

Capital financing for residential aged care: call for submissions

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released this paper describing the history of capital financing arrangements in residential aged care, and how the current arrangements operate.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper on renewing the 2013 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia have produced this discussion paper which identifies key elements of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy (NATSISPS) for renewal, changes to the policy space since 2013, and questions as to how the NATSISPS could be updated...

What next? Priorities for Britain

A nationally representative poll of over 10,000 British people has looked at the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s lives and how people’s attitudes have changed. Demos researchers found that the nation is divided on their experiences and attitudes.

Report on the profitability and viability of the Australian aged care industry

The Royal Commission engaged BDO to provide this independent analysis of the finances of the aged care sector, including an assessment of profitability and financial viability, to inform the Commissioners’ development of recommendations.
Journal article

Smoke-free environments: current status and remaining challenges in Australia

There is strong evidence that smoke-free environments support smokers to make a quit attempt, support ex-smokers to maintain their resolve, and protect the health of non-smokers and ex-smokers alike.
Journal article

Interview with the Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge: tobacco control was the best buy in health then and it’s still the best buy now

The late 1990s marked a turning point for tobacco control in Australia. In this article, the Honourable Dr Michael Wooldridge, former Federal Health Minister, reflects on how these reforms to tobacco control were achieved, and how the public health community can best engage with policy...
Journal article

Far from ‘mission accomplished’: time to re-energise tobacco control in Australia

This article explores a brief history of tobacco control, in relation to policy reform and recent evidence, and outline the case for re-energising tobacco control at a time when public health has gained new political and social currency.

“Go Hard, Go Early”: human security, economic security and New Zealand’s response to COVID-19

In this article, the author asks why are New Zealand’s civilian agencies not up to the task of border security operations? What role should military and intelligence agencies have in enhancing biosecurity and fighting pandemics? And can a country such as New Zealand be resilient...
Journal article

Assessing the support of health leadership for increased Indigenous participation in the health workforce

The aim of this study was to assess the strength of leadership statements in Australian state and territory policy documents supporting increased representation of Indigenous people in the health workforce.
Literature review

Te Piringa insights into ensuring effective whānau-centred, primary health care services and support

This integrative literature review sought to understand the evidence for whānau-centred primary health provision towards improved Māori and Pacific health outcomes. A focus was to gain insights regarding the enablers, inhibitors, and challenges in delivering effective primary health care services and support for Māori and...

Britain under lockdown

This report brings together stories and statistics about the change British people have lived through in the last few months, bringing together contributions from nearly 12,000 members of the public who shared their ideas and experiences. The aim is to help people and policy-makers alike...
Journal article

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family access to continuity of health care services in the first 1000 days of life: a systematic review of the literature

This literature review explores factors that contribute to continuity of care and considers service features that contribute to positive care experiences and satisfaction with care received by Aboriginal women and their infants.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board: report of operations - January to June 2020

This is the third report from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.4

The restrictions in place across Australia from March to help stop the spread of COVID-19 meant people were using their time in different ways. Families were spending a lot more time together and parents were doing more with their children.

The cost of residential aged care

The University of Queensland was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to conduct this analysis, which uses a range of quality indicators, ranging from clinical outcomes of residents, process quality standards and service experience indicators.