Who’s the best doctor for a tummy tuck or eyelid surgery? The latest review doesn’t actually say

This article, co-authored with Professor Cameron Stewart, was originally published in The Conversation. If you’re thinking about a tummy tuck, breast implants or eyelid surgery, you might be looking for reassurance your chosen doctor is qualified and has the right skills for the job. Today’s release of the much anticipated review of how cosmetic surgery is … Continue reading Who’s the best doctor for a tummy tuck or eyelid surgery? The latest review doesn’t actually say

Alcohol causes 3 million deaths each year. Eliminating conflicts of interest is vital to bringing this number down

Alcohol causes three million deaths each year, including 13.5% of deaths amongst those aged 20-39 years. The personal and economic costs of alcohol-related harm are not met by the alcohol industry, which (like tobacco) is increasingly dominated by large multinational companies. At the global level, there have been many calls for a binding international legal … Continue reading Alcohol causes 3 million deaths each year. Eliminating conflicts of interest is vital to bringing this number down

Developed countries, dwindling national flexibilities, and access to essential medications during public-health emergencies

Dr Olugbenga Olatunji, Lecturer, The University of Sydney Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash In a recently published paper, I historicise the gradual but potent attacks of the developed countries on the breadth and effectiveness of flexible obligations in international patent agreements. Flexibilities are usually included in these agreements to strike a balance between the monopolistic nature of … Continue reading Developed countries, dwindling national flexibilities, and access to essential medications during public-health emergencies

Indigenous Peoples’ Inclusion in Food Governance

For NAIDOC Week, Dr Mark Lock speaks to Dr Belinda Reeve about championing health equity for First Nations Australians and their meaningful inclusion in all dimensions of food governance.  Reposted with permission from the Sydney Environment Institute website: https://sei.sydney.edu.au/qa/indigenous-peoples-inclusion-in-food-governance/ Santalum acuminatum, desert bush tucker peach quandong, Australian native fruit. John Moss Industrialised, corporatised food systems contribute to some of the most urgent … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples’ Inclusion in Food Governance

Alcohol companies continue to play by their own rules, putting our children’s health at risk

Reposted from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). FARE is the leading not-for-profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harms. They approach this through developing evidence-informed policy, enabling people-powered advocacy and delivering health promotion programs. https://fare.org.au/alcohol-companies-continue-to-play-by-their-own-rules-putting-our-childrens-health-at-risk Last year, a Dan Murphy’s mobile billboard rolled into Byron Bay, parking itself 185 metres … Continue reading Alcohol companies continue to play by their own rules, putting our children’s health at risk

Another step forward for the Pacific Legislative Framework

Pacific Island Countries and Territories have some of the world's highest rates of obesity, diabetes, smoking and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In response, Public Health Division of the Pacific Community (SPC) has been driving an initiative to develop policies and legislative provisions for tackling the key risk factors, particularly tobacco use, harmful … Continue reading Another step forward for the Pacific Legislative Framework

A short(ish) explainer on public health law

Image by Pam Menegakis via Unsplash Stay-at-home orders, curfews, and mandatory quarantine have brought public health law to the public’s attention during the Covid-19 pandemic. While public health law might be new to some, there is an entire academic discipline devoted to it, with a host of researchers and practitioners based in law schools (including … Continue reading A short(ish) explainer on public health law

Closing the Gap and health governance reform: a brief review

7566_National_Reconciliation_Week, Cadigal Green, Darlington Campus. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed that the Aboriginal flag will fly permanently atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge "as soon as possible". As important as this symbolism is, arguably more important is the Premier’s announcement that he will be taking an all-of-government approach to the national “Closing the Gap” targets, … Continue reading Closing the Gap and health governance reform: a brief review

Prospects for the World Health Assembly’s pandemic instrument

The World Health Assembly (WHA) has established an intergovernmental negotiating body to "draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response". The Assembly’s decision was made at the special session of the WHA (29 November – 1 December 2021), convened for the specific purpose of considering the … Continue reading Prospects for the World Health Assembly’s pandemic instrument

Vaccine mandates webinar

On 9 December, the Parsons Centre for Law & Business, together with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, convened a seminar entitled Vaccine mandates and public health orders: legal and ethical issues for business. The seminar reviews the emergence of vaccine mandates in public health orders in NSW, and vaccine mandates imposed by businesses and other organisations from … Continue reading Vaccine mandates webinar