An end to suppressing public health information

C D’Arcy J Holman
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01709.x
Published online: 21 April 2008

How to safeguard academic integrity when working with Australian governments

A recent study revealed that Australian governments regularly suppress embarrassing information by hindering public health research or publication of its findings (Box 1).1 The results resonate with concerns raised in the Report of the independent audit into the state of free speech in Australia.2 Two issues of immediate relevance to Journal readers are the protection of academic independence, and the crucial role of objective evidence in improving outcomes of the Australian health system.

  • C D’Arcy J Holman

  • School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.



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