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Jeannette YoungQueensland’s health report card is out and the results are telling.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young’s The Health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health is the fourth biennial report on the health status of the Queensland population.

Dr Young will address the Health Media Club in February providing an overview and regional snapshots of just how healthy we are and the challenges that lay ahead.

She’ll expose the health burden in Queensland, examine the health pressures facing Hospital and Health Service areas and Medicare Locals, and the threat to the next generation if we fail to act now.

What:  The state of our health

Who:  Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young 

When: Thursday, 14 February 2013 from 12.30–2.30pm

Where:  Premier’s Hall, Parliamentary Annexe, Alice Street, Brisbane

Cost:  $85 per ticket including a two course lunch.

Contact: For details please contact Marnie Finster, 3506 0980 or

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There’s no health without mental well-being

On September 16, 2012, in Events, by admin
Professor Maggie Watson

Professor Maggie Watson

Is distress the sixth vital sign of life and wellbeing?

The psychological impacts of chronic disease can seriously effect a person’s basic functioning and escalate impacts of the disease itself.

When people are diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart or other diseases, distress screening is not usually part of the care package – despite psycho-social care being known to improve survival outcomes and quality of life. (more…)

Professor goes in to bat for preventive health

On September 5, 2012, in Events, by admin
Professor Mike Daube

Professor Mike Daube speaking at Parliament House to the Health Media Club lunch.

One of Australia’s top public health experts who helped lead the charge for plain packaging in tobacco has called on the Queensland Government to reconsider its approach to public health.

Speaking to the Health Media Club, Professor Mike Daube from Curtin University said that health developments in Queensland are ‘a slow-motion disaster in the making’ likely to result in worse health services and put the health of the public at risk.

In a hard-hitting address, Professor Daube discussed: (more…)

Speech: Professor Mike Daube

On September 5, 2012, in Speeches, by admin

Health Media Club – Parliament House Brisbane
August 4, 2012 (more…)

Mike DaubeSeptember event

Changes are expected when new governments come to power and in Queensland, tectonic shifts have already occurred within the health system and the public service since the Newman Government took over on March 26.

It appears preventive health measures are in the firing line, with changes to BreastScreen Queensland and cuts to healthy lifestyle programs, prevention and early intervention initiatives.


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From July 12 2012

The five key values that I, and our conservative side of politics, bring to my department are: We do believe in smaller government, we do believe in lower taxation, we do believe in better management, we do believe in individual enterprise and reward for effort and we do believe in individual responsibility. They are five key values which are in many ways different to our predecessors. I’m not saying that my predecessors were not hoping and wishing they would be doing a good job – but everyone who enters politics and public administration has their own personal motivations and values to do a particular job. (more…)


Health Minister serves a loaded plate

On July 19, 2012, in Events, by admin

Premiers’ Hall at Parliament House was filled to capacity last week for the inaugural Health Media Club lunch and on the menu was Health Minister Lawrence Springborg outlining the new government’s approach to preventive health in Queensland.

In his opening remarks, Mr Springborg said he didn’t hesitate for a second when asked to be Minister for Health in a late evening phone call on April Fools’ Day from newly minted Premier Campbell Newman. (more…)

Are we eating our way to an early grave?

On May 14, 2012, in Events, by admin

As more Queenslanders grow older and more overweight every year, hospital waiting times and health budgets continue to escalate. In 2011, health cost Queensland $11 billion and unless our lifestyles change for the better that is projected to treble by 2033.
Overweight and obesity are endemic, making us susceptible to life-shortening but largely preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart failure. (more…)