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Articles by Jennifer Doggett

AHCRA Communique highlights the role of primary health care

In mid-July thirty-seven member organisations of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) came together from around Australia for the National Health Reform Summit to assess the key needs and issues in the Australian health system. Sixty participants were challenged and informed by a range of stimulating speakers from diverse organisations and perspectives. At the [...]

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“Primary care leadership needs to wake up and start a revolution.”

Australia is not the only country with a health system under pressure from rising health care costs and increasing demand from a growing and ageing population.  A spate of recent research and policy papers from Europe shows that this part of the world is debating many of the same issues that confront governments, policy makers [...]

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2014 the year of the co-payment: lessons from the NHS

What can we learn from the UK’s recent experiments in primary health care about co-payments, economic incentives and the impact of creating barriers to access? Margaret Faux, from the University of Technology, Sydney, outlines some important messages for Governments and policy makers wishing to head down the same path as the National Health Services.  She writes:   This year two of the best among the developed [...]

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The tobacco plain packaging debate continues

  Claims that plain packaging of tobacco products has failed and reports that some Liberal members are pushing to have the laws repealed, has re-ignited the debate on these regulations and the role of the so-called public health ‘nanny state’. Writing in the Australian, journalist Christian Kerr stated that since the plain packing legislation was [...]

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Co-payments will kill us all! Well, some of us, anyway……

GP and writer Dr Justin Coleman makes a case for re-allocating funding from specialist services to primary care………….oh and along with Dr Tim Senior, Professor Stephen Duckett, Dr Lesley Russell, Professor Jeff Richardson, the AMA, CHF, AHHA, AHCRA, ANMF, and many others he also doesn’t think the GP co-payment is a good idea. He writes: [...]

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Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre launched

A new resource has been developed to support those working to reduce the harms associated with substance misuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) Chair, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, launched the new Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) at the NIDAC conference in [...]

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What Obama’s plan for coal power means for Australia

The health implications of climate change are well documented but despite broad support for actionin this area from health experts and stakeholder groups, public health issues are often ignored in the debate on climate change policy in Australia.  In contrast, in the USA the most recent installment of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan focusses directly [...]

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Co-payment policy 101

The Government has been strongly criticised for its selling of the GP co-payment policy but many experts and stakeholder groups would disagree that the problems with the proposed $7 bulkbilling co-payment are merely cosmetic.  The following 8-step guide highlights some key pre-requisites for the development and implementation of a new health care co-payment.  It should [...]

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Senate Estimates – what they reveal about Federal Budget 2014/15

The Budget sittings of Senate Estimates are on again this week with senior bureaucrats filing into the various committee rooms of the Senate to be grilled by Opposition and minor party Senators, desperate to find some additional details, figures, omissions or politically sensitive procedural issues in order to maintain the Budget rage for as long as [...]

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Dutton’s post-Budget speech

In Health Minister Peter Dutton’s first speech post-Budget speech he outlines the Government’s approach to health funding cuts and spending measures, including the following four principles: 1. that we must spend taxpayer funds on programmes and services that improve health outcomes for Australians; 2. that bureaucracy and red tape should be cut, and efficiencies and [...]

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