This article is the first in a series of three from the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) covering its Our Health Our Way Conference 2014 held recently in Alice Springs. — Aboriginal Community Controlled Health: Now more than ever 1973 was an unusually wet year in Central Australia. Staying dry without shelter was a [...]READ MORE
The Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) this week brought more bad news for health agencies and programs, at home and internationally. There was also much concern that the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year. In the post below, David Russell, Director of [...]READ MORE
Today has been a landmark day in Australian health, particularly for rural and regional areas, with the country’s first graduation of a cohort of bachelor degree trained physician assistants from James Cook University. Croakey has published a number of reports – see this one and the links below - on the benefits of physician assistants, and the [...]READ MORE
Dr Melissa Stoneham writes: Growing up with five wave-riding brothers, spending every summer holiday at surf beaches and rocking along to songs such as Echo Beach and Summer Breeze, enabled me to spend my teenage years in amongst the surfing scene. Only recently have I actually started to ride my own board. I figured that [...]READ MORE
The Federal Government’s co-payments Plan B will add another layer of co-payment complexity to the Medicare system that neither doctors nor patients fully understand now. That raises a whole range of issues around unintended consequences, particularly for patients but also for our system, which has prompted this appeal to the Senate to learn from what’s [...]READ MORE
By Frances Gilham Revamping Medicare: a mixed response News that the Government had stepped back from its $7 GP co-payment proposal and was hoping to replace it with a new, slightly changed package that still aimed for significant Budget savings was met with mixed reactions, with many in the healthcare sector arguing the plan was [...]READ MORE
Australia’s leading international aid organisations have responded with dismay to another round of drastic cuts to foreign aid announced in the Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which also contains news of more cuts to health agencies. Treasurer Joe Hockey said foreign aid had taken “by far” the biggest hit in the latest [...]READ MORE
The Federal Government last week released, with little fanfare, the Issues Paper on Health to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. See the media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this snapshot of the “threshold questions” to be addressed. In response, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association today released a [...]READ MORE
For a policy that ripped a significant chunk of funding out of general practice and, for many GPs, will mean more administrative hassles and possibly lower incomes, reaction to the Government’s copayment #2 policy from a number of stakeholder groups last week was extraordinarily mild.
In fact, the initial response from the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) was tentatively supportive of the proposal – with a number of positive comments about the scheme and only one line on the $5 rebate cut.
“The RACGP is pleased the Government has listened to the profession and the community and compromised on its proposed $7 co-payment model. We are disappointed the Government has proposed a $5 cut in Medicare rebates for standard GP consults. The RACGP is pleased that the most vulnerable in the community are being protected and awaits further details on the proposed model.”
Systems thinking is increasingly being used to address complex public health problems, such as obesity and addiction, which do not easily fit within traditional, more linear approaches. The applications of systems thinking to public health are the subject of a new open-access, quarterly, online journal published by the Sax Institute. Systems thinking in public health [...]READ MORE