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Recommended Links

This list of recommended reading and sites does not claim to be comprehensive. If you’ve suggestions for others to add, please get in touch.

Public health reading

Climate and Health Alliance
The Global Climate and Health Alliance
Ethics and Health Law News
Food Politics
The Pump Handle
Public Health Information Development Unit, University of Adelaide
Public Health Matters – CDC
Sydney Health Law blog
The Parents’ Jury
Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity


Consumer sites/decision aids

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
Behind the Headlines
Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making
Change Day
Health Consumers Council WA
Health Issues Centre
Health Talk Online
Ottawa Health Research Institute patient decision aids
Our Health, Our Community (Consumers Health Forum)
Patient Opinion (Australia)
Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice (a free e-book)


Evidence-based stuff

Campbell Collaboration
Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making
Cochrane reviews
Evidence-based health news from a collaboration between the BMJ and the Guardian
Hilda Bastian at Absolutely Maybe
Informed Health Online
Indigenous Health Infonet
James Lind Library
Let sleeping dogs lie? What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer (A free e-book from University of Sydney Press)
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK
NHS National Library for Health
Ottawa Health Research Institute patient decision aids
Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice (a free e-book)
The King’s Fund
The Sax Institute


Health news and blogs

Australian Health Information Technology
Australian Health News Research Collaboration
Australian Policy Online’s health section

Covering Health
Critical Care Nurse
Doctor’s Bag
Dr Justin Coleman
Dr Kevin Pho
Dr Tim Senior
Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview Blog
Health and Medicine at The Conversation

Health News Review

6 Minutes medical news
A blog on health impact assessments
Health Wonk Review
NACCHO Aboriginal health news
National Health & Medical Research Council



Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
British Medical Journal

Frontiers in Public Health Policy
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Medical Journal of Australia
The Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA
The Lancet
The New England Journal of Medicine


Archive of “Recommended Reading” that has appeared on the Croakey homepage

Waiting for Health: photographic project highlights health inequalities

ABC analysis of the now-retired Heart Foundation tick program

Leadership for systems change in preventive health: Review of the literature and current activity

The Washington Post: Associate Professor Philip Alpers critiques US gun laws

An Indigenous treaty would build better foundation for Australia: Prof George Williams

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

Health Promotion International: Special Supplement on Health Equity

Dr Iona Heath’s speech, Too Much Medicine: Exploiting Fear for the Pursuit of Profit







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