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MELISSA SWEET | March 29, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | 1 |

“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | March 27, 2015 | CANCER | |

The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 27, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this week. What are the health issues and concerns at play? Croakey contributors give their [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 26, 2015 | PHARMACY | |

Pharmacy deal in urgent need of new script

Adam Stankevicius writes: The Australian National Audit Office’s report into the $15.4 billion remuneration scheme for pharmacy owners reveals a bewildering scale of administrative failure that only becomes clear on a detailed reading of the audit document. The auditor’s exhaustive scrutiny of the administration of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) shows the Health Department and [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 26, 2015 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

The lottery on offer at #NSWvotes: poison, catastrophe and coalmines…

Dr Tim Senior writes: Would you vote for a party that offered to poison you and your children slowly? What about a party offering entry to a lottery where the winning region picked at random would get a catastrophe? It might be severe bushfires, it might be a flood, but it would be dangerous and [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 25, 2015 | NSW ELECTION 2015 | 12 |

Rob Oakeshott on #NSWVotes: We need another way

Croakey is running a mini-series on health and the NSW election, but this election analysis by a former NSW MP, Rob Oakeshott, is a sobering reminder that any considerations of health and health policy must take account of the wider political context…. *** Rob Oakeshott writes: Nothing matters in this NSW election. As soon as [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 25, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | 1 |

A prescription for better rural health from young leaders

Representatives from 28 university Rural Health Clubs gathered in Melbourne recently for the annual council meeting of the National Rural Health Students’ Network. Their new Chair, David Khoo, reports for Croakey on what matters most to the future leaders of rural health: Good health should be a given in a country as wealthy as Australia. [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 25, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

Reform of the Federation and health: Opportunities for change

“While we have a good health system, it is not good for all, and it can be made better.” By Dr Linc Thurecht and Alison Verhoeven, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association  As a contribution to the Reform of the Federation process, on 16 March 2015 the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) brought together over [...]

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FRONJACKSONWEBB | March 25, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | 1 |

The real health issues facing NSW, without the spin

Andrew Wilson writes: What happens when you bring a state health minister face-to-face with her two main challengers, fronting a roomful of health experts, without any TV cameras or dictaphones to leap on any “gaffes” or stumbles? What you can get is a genuinely informative debate, largely free of three-second soundbites. I saw this late last month at [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 25, 2015 | MENTAL HEALTH | |

The next NSW Government must stop the squeeze on community mental health services

The next NSW Government must make health services much more accountable for their use of mental health funding, and deliver major new investment in community mental health services, according to psychiatrist Alan Rosen, Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong. *** Alan Rosen writes: It’s a familiar [...]

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