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Articles by Jennifer Doggett

Finding savings in healthcare: moving from theory to reality

With a tough federal Budget fast approaching, many in the health sector are offering up suggestions for where the Abbott Government might find savings. Some of these options were outlined in an article published in Croakey earlier this week. They include: cutting the price paid for generic drugs and encouraging substituting brand name drugs with [...]

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Comprehensive Primary Health Care – what works? A Research Symposium

Comprehensive and integrated primary care is well documented in the research literature as providing the most cost-effective and equitable mechanism for preventing and managing chronic disease.  Yet despite a growing body of research supporting this form of care, it often appears to be put in the ‘too hard’ basket of governments and policy makers. This [...]

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New report shows economic benefits for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

A new report has demonstrated the economic benefits of the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and reveals they provide a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boost local economies.   Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations launched the report at the National Press Club in Canberra [...]

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Transport and health – keeping the wheels on the bus going round and round…

If you had to make a list of health services, would you include transport? While it might sound like an odd question, public health advocates familiar with the social determinants know the importance of transport for people to access services, employment opportunities, and social activities to live active, connected and healthy lives.  Solange Frost, Senior [...]

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Public health advocacy lessons from the solarium ban campaign

Public health advocacy can affect the health status and quality of life of entire populations, but rarely receives the same level of scrutiny as do medical procedures or pharmaceuticals.  In the latest JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham uses an article on the banning of solariums in Australia to analyse the advocacy process and highlight some key [...]

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Proposals for health budget savings

It’s fair to say that Peter Dutton has one of the more difficult jobs in Federal Parliament – particularly at the moment, with just over a month to go before the Federal Budget.  Under pressure from a Treasurer desperate to deliver Budget savings, the Health Minister will need to offer up something in his rapidly [...]

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Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

Healthcare professionals and consumers connected in a virtual forum hosted last week by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to showcase innovations making a difference to patient care across rural and regional NSW. Raj Verma from the ACI explains that the Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum brought people together who want to make a [...]

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What do the polls tell us about bulkbilling co-payments?

The opinion poll released on Monday in the Fairfax media is being interpreted by some commentators as supporting the proposal for a GP bulkbilling co-payment, reportedly under consideration by the Abbott Government.    Around half of the people polled said that they supported charging a means-tested co-payment for bulkbilled GP services.  The same proportion of people [...]

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Clearing the air on managed care

Managed care has somewhat of a negative reputation in Australia but is this view justified? Walter Kmet, CEO of WentWest and AHHA councillor, argues that we need a take a rational and considered look at managed care and its potential role within our health system, or risk it being imposed on us with less than optimum results.  [...]

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Dutton signals major Medicare reform

In his first major speech on his vision for health reform (to CEDA) and follow-up interview on the ABC’s 7.30 Report, Health Minister Peter Dutton has signalled major changes to the Australian health system, including an increasing role for private health insurance and the private sector, a broad cost-cutting agenda and a focus on preventable and ‘lifestyle-related’ [...]

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