Health & medicine
This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Pandemic
A highly infectious disease that started in the tropics of Southern China is sweeping the globe, with a rapidly rising death toll. The World Health Organisation warned us about Disease X – a previously unknown pathogen – and now it’s here. We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know what form it would take. So, how does Australia protect…
The Wheeler Centre
Take Charge: Autonomy in Older Age
Ranjana Srivastava, Supriya Mohile, Melanie Joosten and Molly Carlile AM — Photo: Scott Limbrick
How do we ensure we get the health care we want, and deserve, in later life? What are the obstacles to providing individualised medical care for older Australians? How can medical practitioners and families navigate the fraught ethical questions around diminished capacity? How can elderly people take charge, and remain in control, of the crucial decisions that shape their days towards the end of their lives?
For this conversation, we bring together local and international experts from across the fields of medicine, social work and palliative care for a clear-eyed discussion of advanced planning and autonomy in later life.
Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava, geriatrician and oncologist Supriya Mohile, social worker and writer Melanie Joosten and palliative care activist Molly Carlile AM discuss senior activism, cultural differences and patient-centred medical approaches.
The Fifth Estate
Whitewash: Crops, Corruption and Cancer
Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, the flagship agricultural herbicide sold by Monsanto, and it’s used in more than 130 countries including Australia. Glyphosate is in our parks, gardens, golf-courses and playgrounds. And it’s in our food and water.
Veteran investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent decades exploring the links between…
The Fifth Estate
Public Health and Drug Policy Today
Sally Warhaft, Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten in discussion at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In the 1980s, Australia was an early adopter of free needle syringe distribution programmes. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, this controversial harm-reduction strategy played a crucial role in mitigating the spread of HIV among Australian injecting drug-users.
Despite our history of success with harm-reduction approaches, legislators – and large portions of the public – remain squeamish about these policies. Across Australia, parliaments are still more inclined to pass punitive anti-drug laws. But is this working, and is this even cost-effective, in the context of our spreading problems with ice?
Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten both worked, in differing capacities, in public health prior to their careers in politics. Both have been vocal and active with regards to drug legislation since entering parliament. With Sally Warhaft, the pair discuss the possibilities and limitations of harm reduction in Australia.
Fiona Patten — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Richard Di Natale — Photo: Jon Tjhia
The Wheeler Centre
Bottom Dollar: Welfare Quarantining in Remote Australia
Jessie Taylor, Jackie Huggins, Elise Klein and Beverley Walley
Cashless Debit Card (CDC) regimes have been operating in Ceduna, South Australia, and East Kimberley, Western Australia, since 2016. Under these schemes, welfare recipients receive most of their income pre-loaded onto restrictive debit cards that can’t be used for the purchase of gambling or alcohol products, or to withdraw cash.
'Why can't we let the human being decide if they want it or not? That's what we're saying'Jackie Huggins
Proponents say welfare quarantining protects children and vulnerable people from the harm caused by alcohol and gambling in remote communities. But others say the restrictions are punitive and even racist, primarily affecting Aboriginal people and people with disabilities. In terms of an incursion on the liberties of free Australian citizens, the CDC is indeed unusually radical. Yet in 2018, two new CDC schemes are expected to roll out in communities in Western Australia and Queensland.
In this discussion, Jessie Taylor, Jackie Huggins, Elise Klein and Beverley Walley explore the CDC. Does the evidence support the extension of the programme? Is there a dark side to the regime? And in choosing the locations for the scheme to be rolled out, is remoteness a proxy for race?
The Wheeler Centre
Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has undertaken some pretty serious challenges in her life. She completed a law degree during the height of her career as an elite athlete. She overcame a career-threatening knee injury to lead Australia to World Cup victory.
But her struggle with infertility is among the toughest obstacles she has ever faced. It is also, perhaps, the challenge over which she’s had the least control.
One in six Australian couples in Australia and New Zealand are affected by infertility. Assisted reproduction today is big business ... and it’s often bewildering. In Ellis’s new book, If at First You Don’t Conceive, she tells of her own experiences with the emotional minefield of infertility and provides a factual, and sometimes funny, no-nonsense guide to the trials of IVF. The book draws on interviews with experts and couples, exploring the options and obstacles that people living with infertility are likely to face.
Join Ellis in conversation with Sarah Kanowski for a warm, intimate discussion of a subject that affects so many Australians.
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