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The first 100 days: an open letter to the new Minister for Health and Ageing

Med J Aust 2008; 188 (3): 189.

To the Editor: Russell and colleagues recently wrote an open letter to the new Minister for Health.1 In response, we call for the Minister to champion the cause of Indigenous health.

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  • David N Durrheim1
  • Mark Wenitong2,3
  • Clare Huppatz4
  • George Rubin4

  • 1 Faculty of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 2 Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Cairns, QLD.
  • 3 Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.
  • 4 Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Sydney, NSW.


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