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Editor’s note

The Sky’s No Limit

Editor’s Note Of the many things that come to mind when one thinks about global health, an astronaut is probably not high on the list. The front cover of this ...
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Rise of Trump/Fall of Health

Commentary As Donald Trump took the stage declaring victory as the 45th President of the United States and the Leader of the Free World, I had a sudden chilling realisation ...
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Anti-vaccination: Separating Fact from Fiction

Commentary Vaccines are indubitably one of the great successes of public health, on par with clean water and basic sanitation. They have saved millions of lives, and even eradicated infectious ...
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Climate Change and Vector-Borne Disease in Kiribati

Commentary In February 2016, I went on a New Colombo Plan-sponsored climate change research trip to Kiribati, a nation of low-lying atolls in the Pacific Ocean. The islands of Kiribati are on ...
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Humanity Lost?

Feature ‘We started the revolution holding roses. Hoping for support from the international community. Years passed. The roses turned into guns. But the hope for support continues. Still, neither roses ...
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Redefining Women’s Health: A Noncommunicable Diseases Perspective

Feature Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – represent a major challenge for sustainable development in the twenty-first century. In 2015, NCDs were ...
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Healthcare in Conflict Zones

Feature Introduction Medical neutrality in war-ravaged areas is the cornerstone of healthcare provision in conflict zones. However, weaponisation of healthcare – the deliberate destruction or removal of access to healthcare ...
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Surgery: Luxury or Necessity?

Feature The seminal report published by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) in April 2015 highlighted that an estimated 5 billion people continue to lack access to safe and ...
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Beyond the Horizon and Back Again: Interview with Professor David Hilmers

Feature Prelude The globalisation of medicine, particularly within the last 50 years, both students and practitioners with an exciting - yet staggering - amount of career and lifestyle pathways. Be ...
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PrEP-Related Health Promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gay and Bisexual Men

Review a peer-reviewed article Abstract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience significantly poorer health compared to the general Australian ...
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Mental Illness Following Disasters in Low Income Countries

Review a peer reviewed article Abstract Disasters test the capacity of health infrastructure to act in a well-coordinated and adaptable ...
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Factors that Contribute to the Reduced Rates of Cervical Cancer Screening in Australian Migrant Women – a Literature Review

Review a peer reviewed article Abstract AIM: This literature review presents factors that have led to decreased cervical cancer screening ...
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Medical Electives in Resource-Poor Settings: Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?

Review a peer reviewed article Abstract Medical students from around the world desire ever-increasing global health experiences and education, particularly ...
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Conference Reports

IFMSA – 5 Letters with One Big Mission!

Australian Medical Students attend the IFMSA 66th General Assembly in Montenegro Conference Report The International Federation of Medical Students Associations, or IFMSA, was founded in 1951 in response to the ...
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Changing Climate, Changing Perspectives: iDEA Conference Report

Conference Report The iDEA conference is an annual national conference of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). Run over two days with over 35 world-renowned speakers; engaging breakout workshops; and ...
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