Recent Reading

If there is one article you read from this list make it this one. The Brutal Truth: What Happened in the Gulf Country. Published in The Monthly in November 2009 it presents details of the massacres that occurred in the Top end up until the 1930s. It is a despairing but necessary read.

Drink, death and dollars looked at the “rivers of grog in Alice Springs. It was heard on ABC Radio’s The World Today in December 2010. Following its recent Walkley Award I went and listened to it again. Still relevant.

A read of Three Must-Haves for Using Twitter in a Crisis reminded me of the excellent Croakey Blog post The role of social media in flood response and recovery efforts. Which then led me to the United Nations Foundation report New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflict: The Role of Information and Social Networks. The last two are certainly worth a read.

The National Health and Medical Research Foundation ran its 75th anniversary Scientific Symposium at the end of November. All presentations are on the website but a must watch is that of Indigenous public health medical researcher Alex Brown Voices from the Centre of the Fringe: Chronic Disease in Indigenous Australians

“What scientists hold stock in, is only what they can measure. But you can’t measure the mind or the spirit. You can’t weigh it, you can’t deconstruct it. But only if we do will they see that Aboriginal people are spectators to the death of their culture, their lives….

We watch as our culture dies.

How are you going to measure that?”

His presentation high lighted several areas in chronic disease that we need to be approaching differently

I hope you find something you like from this week’s selection

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