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Articles by Jennifer Doggett

Peak medical groups vs individual advocates: who should GPs be listening to on the co-payment?

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) [...]

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Solving Complex Problems: Adaptation vs Attribution

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 [...]

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Review patient travel schemes and parking costs: Chronic Illness Alliance

Croakey contributors have provided a wealth of useful advice for the new Victorian Labor Government and its Health Minister Jill Hennessey.  Adding to this unofficial ‘incoming minister’s brief’ is the following piece from Dr Christine Walker, Executive Officer of the Chronic Illness Alliance (CIA).  Based on a recent survey conducted by the CIA, Dr Walker [...]

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Plan B: the political appeal of a GP co-payment

It’s clear from the reaction to the Government’s ‘Plan B’ for the GP co-payment that most health groups and experts don’t think the proposal makes any policy sense.  Why, then, has the Government been so insistent on pursuing a co-payment for GP services in the face of ongoing opposition?  Why focus on general practice, a [...]

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Government’s ‘Plan B’ for copayments widely criticised

*Updated to include responses from the RDAA, NACCHO and the AMA*         The Government’s announcement of its ‘Plan B’ for Medicare has generated a wave of responses from stakeholders.  The plan, in essence, is to reduce Medicare rebates for Level B consultations for non-concessional patients but has been dressed up as a [...]

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“Hello, my name is…..”, the simple phrase that can transform health care

As a patient, Kate Granger knows what it is like to be treated by doctors she doesn’t know and who don’t introduce themselves to her before delivering care.  As a doctor, she also knows how the simple things – like introductions – can easily get lost in the fast-paced, high-tech and high pressure world of [...]

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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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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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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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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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