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Articles by Jennifer Doggett

#illridewithyou: more than just a hashtag

          When people around the world responded to the recent tragic attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by using the Twitter hashtag #jesuischarlie it became impossible to deny the potential of social media to harness and galvanize public opinion on current events.   This followed on from Australia’s experience only a month or so earlier when the #illridewithyou hashtag was used in [...]

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New paper offers alternatives to co-payment and rebate cuts

The announcement by Health Minister Sussan Ley that she has abandoned the planned Medicare rebate cut, flagged by her predecessor Peter Dutton, and is going to “pause, listen and consult” with the health sector and cross-benchers makes both political and policy sense.  The rebate cut was unlikely to pass the Senate and had been widely [...]

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What does 2015 have in store for the health system?

As more of us head home from holidays and start back at work for the year, it is timely to turn our thoughts towards the health policy landscape for 2015 and to share our own individual commitments to improve health care within our spheres of influence.  As you can see from the following piece, when [...]

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Water fluoridation: why is it still being debated?

For most Australians, the public controversy over fluoridating their water supply is a distant memory, if they remember it at all, but there are still parts of Australia where this demonstrably safe and effective health measure is strongly resisted. It’s a classic case of emotion and scaremongering winning out over evidence-based studies.  In the following [...]

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The “Inverse Care Rule” still rules in Dentistry in Australia

In the second of two articles on dental education contributed to Croakey, leading Australian dental academics look at the “Inverse Care Rule” and how it applies to dentistry.  The first article in the series on dental education priorities and equity in dental care can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger and Marc Tennant write: [...]

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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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