WHO Director General Election

Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

At the 70th UN World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 22 to 31 2017, all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general […]

Health and Human Rights – Trump U.S. Funding Cuts

Trump funding cut a dangerous and deadly decision
Around 830 women and girls die in childbirth each day – cutting funding to UNFPA signals a disturbing disregard for the health and human rights of women
Sharon Bessell
The Trump administration’s […]

Disclosing genetic information to relatives

In late 2015 the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) conducted a public consultation on new draft health privacy guidance resources for health service providers and consumers. The following is a draft of guidance on requirements […]

Genetics, Privacy|

Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) Review

The Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) passed Parliament in 2010, with most of the provisions of the Act commencing in 2012. It was enacted following an extensive review of the now repealed Public Health Act 1991. The […]

Hepatitis C Treatment Affordable on the Australian PBS

In March 2016, the Australian Government listed new generation, direct-acting antiviral medications for Hepatitis C on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means that ground breaking medicines are accessible and affordable to all people in Australia living with […]

Family Violence

‘Silent victims’: royal commission recommends better protections for child victims of family violence

Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University and Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University

Among the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence’s most important recommendations is the powerful acknowledgement that family […]

Children, Family Violence|

Victoria Tables Donor Conception Laws

The Victorian Government has tabled the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 in parliament this week (25 November 2015) proposing to change the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The proposed donor conception laws, if passed, will give rights to people conceived using donated sperm, […]

Research Report: Health Outcomes and the Rule of Law

The Study: ‘Association of rule of law and health outcomes: an ecological study.’

In a paper published on 29 October 2015 by BMJ Open, Angela Maria Pinzon-Rondon, Amir Attaran, Juan Carlos Botero, and Angela Maria Ruiz-Sternberg report upon a study in which […]

Bullying: Laws and policies as a tool for preventing and addressing harmful behaviours

Bullying is ‘ongoing physical, emotional or verbal aggression by one or more people against others’. Acts of bullying can involve ‘intentional injury or physical assault such as kicking, hitting, pushing, punching or damaging property; psychological assault such as teasing, […]

Children, Prevention|

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics [2015] HCA 35 – Genetic Patents

On 7 October 2015, the High Court of Australia unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia concerning the issue of whether an isolated nucleic acid, coding for a […]

Genetics, Patents|