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2014 conference on the role of government in health

The role of government in protecting the health of communities is an issue that arouses strong feelings and gives rise to vigorous debates. An interdisciplinary conference titled: Who’s afraid of the nanny state? Freedom, regulation, and the nation’s health focused on just this issue in April 2014. The conference was co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre […]

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Can Coca-Cola contribute to healthy living?

 A recent article in the bmj titled Is Coca-Cola’s antiobesity scheme the real thing? reveals that The Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives scheme is alive and well. The scheme focuses on Coca-Cola raising physical activity levels through programs the soft drink company offers in parks across the UK. Councils appear to have embraced the scheme and, according to the report, are happy to advertise […]

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Congratulations to ARC Future Fellows!

A/Professor Megan Warin is a HealthyLaws research team member and Dr Emma Baker a HealthyLaws Advisory Committee Member. Both are academics at the University of Adelaide. We are delighted that A/Professor Warin and Dr Baker have received Australian Research Council Future Fellowships and warmly congratulate them on their success. Below are details of each project. Future […]

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1st Australasian Symposium on Health Communication, Advertising and Marketing

September 2014 Symposium title: 1st Australasian Symposium on Health Communication, Advertising and Marketing Theme: “The Future of Public Health Communication” and sub-theme: “Government/lndustry/Research collaboration” Organisers:  QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Faculties of Health and Creative Industries, and the School of Business Program: The event organisers promise an interesting and varied program with […]

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Citizens’ Jury in Australia supports a tax on soft drinks

Citizens’ Juries are helpful in determining community views. They are made up of community members and involve the provision of expert information from sources pertinent to the topic under consideration as well as any source the Jury identifies as required for their deliberation on the issue. Jurors consider the expert information and deliberate on the […]

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Voluntary health star rating system given tick of approval

The controversial front-of-pack labelling involving a 5-star health rating system for food and drinks was recently approved. The system will enable consumers to better judge the nutritional content in the products they purchase but it is voluntary. The ABC’s report on the health star rating system gives insight into how the Public Health Association of […]

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Autonomy wins…or does it?

New York City’s Board of Health has been silenced by the New York State Court of Appeals in a 4-to-2 decision against limiting sales of jumbo sugary drinks, as reported in the New York Times.  This is a huge victory for the American soft drink industry and a difficult day for New Yorkers wanting to […]

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Dazzled by the stars?…perhaps not

Choice recently conducted an analysis of 260 children’s snacks and calculated the star rating corresponding to each snack based on the information provided on the labels. Their report Kids’ lunch box snacks reveals more about how they performed the analysis, the lacklustre results, and the voluntary health star rating system.

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HealthyLaws PhD student receives scholarship

Lucy Martin, one of the PhD scholars working with the HealthyLaws team, has been awarded the Konrad Jamrozik Student Scholarship by the Public Health Association Australia (SA Branch). The scholarship will enable Lucy to attend the PHAA 43rd Annual Conference in Perth to present her work. Congratulations, Lucy!

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New release: Australia’s health 2014 (AIHW)

The 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australia’s health 2014 was released on 25 June 2014. This edition highlights two themes: The interaction of health behaviours and risk factors on our wellbeing and the impact of chronic disease in Australia, on an individual and nationwide level. Chapter 6 contains […]

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