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Promoting health through the life course

Australian women at work: underpaid, discriminated against and told to be 'more confident'

Research released in advance for International Women’s Day shows that female managers in Australia earn, on average, $93,000 less than their male equivalents. Women are twice as likely to be told they need more ‘confidence’ to be a leader, yet are frequently criticized for being assertive, and finally, women who are culturally diverse are worse off than the rest of their female peers

March 2, 2017
The Guardian

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die

Australia announced programs to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the disease killed around 250 people in the first half of this year. A short-term program through the WHO will try to reduce the transmission of the dengue virus, aiming for a reduction of more than 50 percent over a period of four to six weeks. A longer-term programme will use Wolbachia bacteria, a microbe that prevents the dengue virus from replicating inside the mosquitoes that carry it, to halt its transmission to people

July 19, 2017
Reuters, ABC news
July 20, 2017
Sunday Times Sri Lanka, New Indian Express

Gonorrhoea on the up

The latest infectious disease surveillance data shows more than 100 notified cases of gonorrhoea in the Barwon south west region in the year to June 11, and almost 200 in the past 12 months. The number of reported cases is more than double that from the same period in 2015, and an increase on those figures from last year. The Victorian Health Department data showed Geelong’s gonorrhoea rate of infection was the highest non-metro rate in all of Victoria

June 13, 2017
The Mercury

Dengue hits Australia's camp in Nauru

A dengue fever outbreak in Nauru has now hit around 10% of all asylum seekers at the Australian-run asylum processing centre in Nauru

April 28, 2017
Radio New Zealand

Health systems

The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

A 50-cent meningitis vaccine. Kid-friendly malaria drugs. A vaccine to prevent a deadly diarrheal disease. These U.S.-funded global health innovations have saved millions of lives around the world. But they also come with an added bonus for Americans. The details are in a study released by Global Health Technologies Coalition and Policy Cures Research of Australia. The researchers found that between 2007 and 2015, the U.S. government invested $14 billion in global health R&D, which created 200,000 new American jobs and returned $33 billion to the U.S. economy

July 20, 2017

5000 Queensland babies on waiting list for tuberculosis vaccine

Just a year after the Queensland Government introduced its “no jab, no play” policy in a bid to combat anti-vaxxers, it has emerged 5000 of the state’s children are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccine. A chronic global shortage of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccine meant it was unavailable in Australia for all of 2016 and health authorities are struggling to clear the backlog, leaving thousands of children without defence to the wasting disease once known as consumption

June 24, 2017

Communicable diseases

Anti-vaxxers don’t just put their own kids at risk, they imperil all

Mullumbimby has the lowest vaccination rates in Australia: the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has revealed the hippie hotspot has a vaccination rate of just 52 per cent, lower than any Third World country and shockingly far below the 95pc needed for herd immunity. That is why the town, and the schools, are awash with whooping cough. The one in two parents who do vaccinate their kids also end up with sick kids because the vaccine is not 100 per cent effective — it relies on herd immunity. That’s why the region has nine times the rate of whooping cough of nearby Primary Health Networks

June 10, 2017
Daily Telegraph Australia

Veterans say report on anti-malaria drug mefloquine downplays side-effects

An unpublished report on an anti-malarial drug given to thousands of Australia soldiers has been criticized by a decorated war veteran for downplaying the drug’s side-effects. The drug, known also as Lariam, was given to soldiers in Bougainville and Timor-Leste more than 15 years ago as part of clinical trials comparing it to doxycycline. There have been well-documented questions about consent of those involved. Veterans have also spoken of experiencing suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and nightmares and other neurological issues

June 2, 2017
The Guardian, Radio Canada International, Outbreak News Today

Australia wins landmark WTO tobacco packaging case - Bloomberg

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the WTO after a five year legal battle, report Bloomberg. The news is a blow to the tobacco industry as such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws  

May 5, 2017