What doctors should know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Anne Marie T Thow, Deborah H Gleeson and Sharon Friel
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (4): 165-166. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01714

How this new breed of trade agreement could affect public health and access to medicines

Macroeconomic policy decisions can seem far removed from day-to-day medical practice; however, these high-level policy decisions about trade and economic policy have far-reaching consequences and can undermine effective health policy and practice.

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  • Anne Marie T Thow1
  • Deborah H Gleeson2
  • Sharon Friel3

  • 1 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Regulatory Institutions Network, Canberra, ACT.

Competing interests:

We all receive funding from the Australian Research Council for research on the TPPA, health and nutrition. Deborah Gleeson has received funding from various national and international non-government organisations to attend speaking engagements related to trade agreements and health, including the TPPA. She has represented the Public Health Association of Australia on matters related to the TPPA. The views expressed in this article are our own and not those of any organisation we are affiliated with.

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