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Government faces widespread criticism of Ebola response

It’s rare for the Australian Medical Association, the Public Health Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to be singing from the same hymn sheet.  But their collective criticisms of the Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have barely a discordant note.  Over the past two weeks, these organisations (and others [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | October 31, 2014 | FEDERAL BUDGET 2014-15 | |

The rural health risks of the transition to Primary Health Networks

The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks is one of the most significant challenges currently facing our health system. The success (or otherwise) of these new primary health care organisations will have far reaching and long term impacts on the health of our community. The outcomes of the PHNs will also be a [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 28, 2014 | AIDA CONFERENCE 2014 | 1 |

Indigenous doctors’ conference showcases strong culture, strong health

Marie McInerney reports: The centrality of culture to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is emphasised in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (which the Federal Government is planning to re-launch with some changes). It was also an important part of the recent Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) conference [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | October 28, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | 1 |

UNSW Council votes to continue investment in coal *UPDATED*

A recent joint statement from the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Council outlined the following four health impacts of coal mining for which there is clear evidence: coal mining and burning coal for electricity emits toxic and carcinogenic substances into our air, water and land; coal pollution is linked to the development of potentially [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 27, 2014 | CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION | 1 |

Ideological warrior takes on the Harper review of competition policy: Wonky Health in action

In his latest Wonky Health column, Dr Tim Senior investigates the implications for healthcare of the Harper Review into competition policy. He examines the ideology and the evidence that motivates both proponents and critics of competition in healthcare, and concludes “to continue pushing an agenda in the health system promoting choice and competition is done [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | October 27, 2014 | EDUCATION | 2 |

Deregulation of university fees: bad news for rural people and regional universities?

 What do changes to education policy have to do with access to health care in the bush? In the following piece Gordon Gregory, Executive Director and Alice Sisley, Project Officer, from the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) connect the dots between economic and health policies and warn that recent changes in the education sector could have [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 26, 2014 | CRANAPLUS CONFERENCE 2014 | 1 |

Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

Rosemary Cadden reports from the recent CRANAplus conference: An award-winning Australian company involved in housing projects in disadvantaged regions in Australia and around the world has raised serious questions about a national Indigenous housing initiative with a budget of $5.5 billion. Paul Pholeros, a director of Healthabitat, said successive governments had refused to look at evidence [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 24, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | 2 |

John Menadue. Farewell to Gough Whitlam, 21 October 2014

Many thanks to John Menadue for allowing us to republish this personal farewell to Gough Whitlam which was originally published on his blog Pearls and Irritations earlier this week. John Menadue writes: Few public figures have left their mark on Australia like Gough Whitlam. I knew him for fifty years. He was the most exciting [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 23, 2014 | CHILD HEALTH | 1 |

Supporting wellbeing in the early years

Dr Gavin Hazel – Program Manager, Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program and Jaelea Skehan – Director, from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health write: There is a convergence of professional opinion, science and policy that the welfare of children should be of paramount concern to everybody. Research into early childhood development has grown rapidly over [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 23, 2014 | HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH | 1 |

Clinical variation – how does Australia fare?

Many thanks to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care for these insights from the recently published OECD study on geographic variations in health care. In May 2014, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) released a discussion paper on how provision of common hospital procedures varies across [...]

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