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McKeon Review – consumer role revisited

What a difference a few months and a few outraged submissions from consumer groups can make! The Final Report of the McKeon Review into Health and Medical Research (HMR) is a very different beast from the Consultation Paper circulated for comment last October, at least in its recognition of the role of consumers in the […]

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Will the McKeon Review get the message about the need to prioritise research into health and climate change?

The McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research is due to report by the end of this year, with recommendations for a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation. The review’s consultation paper has already come in for a bucket of criticism at Croakey, especially for its glaring lack of attention to […]

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McKeon confuses “health” and “healthcare” research

There is a growing consensus – as evidenced by Jon Wardle’s comments on Croakey  that the McKeon Review of health and medical research so far has missed the boat with respect to public health and prevention. The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute has highlighted that point in the submission it has filed with the review, writes […]

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Public health: the gaping hole in the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research

Public health experts are deeply disappointed by the consultation paper recently released by the McKeon Review of health and medical research. Find out why in the article below from Jon Wardle, Chancellor’s PD Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and a member of The Public Health Research Advisory Group (PHRAG) of the Public […]

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More McKeon Malarkey….

In an open email to CAHA, responding to CAHA’s comments on McKeon review, Professor Tony McMichael provides another critique of the McKeon review’s narrow approach to health and medical research.   This McKeon Review ‘consultation paper’ contains, for the wider social enterprise of public health research, a dismal but predictable set of recommendations.  The name […]

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The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]

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A MayDay call to action for health professionals: sign this letter and stand up for #SOSBlakAustralia

(This post was updated on April 28 & 29, & May 1, 4, 6 & 21). This Friday (May 1), rallies will be held around Australia and in other countries to protest against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. In the open letter published below, Dr Melissa Stoneham of the Public Health Advocacy […]

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Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to make if this initiative is to be successful in improving the quality […]

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Calling for health reform – that won’t be a health hazard

Dr Frank Jones, a GP from Mandurah in WA and president of the Royal Australian College of GPs, is worth watching in this presentation made yesterday to the Senate Select Committee inquiring into federal health policy. When asked, what is the one thing he would tell a new PM (if this eventuates), he replied: “Countries with […]

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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged […]

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