Torres Strait Islanders face more than their fair share of health impacts from climate change

Torres Strait Islander peoples intend to live on their traditional country long-term. Living on the northernmost islands of Queensland allows these “saltwater people” to maintain their cultural responsibilities, identity and kinship connections. Caring for country and keeping these connections can also bring health benefits. However, climate change increases the risks of negative health impacts. There … Read more

Australia’s vaccines boosted with provisional approval for Moderna

The Moderna vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia, with one million doses due in the second half of September, which will go to pharmacies. Three million doses are then scheduled to arrive in each of October, November, and December, with 15 million booster doses in the first … Read more

The Beetaloo drilling program brings potential health and social issues for Aboriginal communities in remote NT

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been repeatedly harmed by policies and decisions that drive systematic dispossession, disempowerment, overincarceration and poverty. Janine Mohamad and Zoe Staines and colleagues highlighted the breadth of cultural determinants of health that were unaddressed in the government’s Closing the Gap package. They provided examples of “how government policies continue … Read more

The federal government just made it even harder for Australians overseas to come home. Is this legal? Or reasonable?

Mick Tsikas/AAP The COVID-19 pandemic has meant huge restrictions on Australians’ ability to travel both within Australia and overseas. But until now, Australian citizens ordinarily resident in other countries have been able to return to Australia and then leave without requiring additional permission. However, last week, the federal government quietly removed that exemption. This is … Read more