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Articles by Jennifer Doggett

A medical student explores the importance of Aboriginal culture, Country and the homelands movement

Medical student Jaime Fox writes about her placement in Utopia (Northern Territories) and the importance of the homelands movement with Dr Jonathan Kingsley, providing some evidence on the importance of traditional land (known as Country). This discussion was sparked from a conversation held at the recent Doctors for the Environment Australia conference (iDEA2015) after Dr [...]

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Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to make if this initiative is to be successful in improving the quality [...]

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Why prevention and promotion are vital for mental health

We readily accept the need for prevention and health promotion in relation to issues that affect our physical health, such as cigarette advertising or food labelling, but we don’t always take the same approach to issues affecting our mental health.    However, if we are to reduce the incidence of mental illness in our community and improve our overall mental [...]

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Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

At a time when Australian communities are demanding a response to methamphetamine use, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis asks why the Federal Government is reducing the capacity of the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors to inform policy responses and develop targeted, evidence based programs.  Melbourne, VIC, 8th April 2015: The past week [...]

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Getting the facts right – the PM&C discussion paper put under the spotlight

In a sector as large and complex as health it’s not possible for any one person to have the expertise to verify every piece of information they are given.  This means that most of us, most of the time, have to accept information from the ‘experts’ on trust, even when we are using the data or figures we have been [...]

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Measuring what matters: the consumer experience of health care

 One of the contributions that social media has made to health care is the voice it has given to individual consumers, enabling them to speak about their experience of  illness/disability and their interactions with services and health care providers. People’s stories can highlight the problems with our health system (and often suggest the solutions) with a [...]

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Why Private Health Insurance won’t improve our health

As highlighted by the Parliamentary Library, the introduction of private health insurance (PHI) into primary health care raises some significant policy and regulatory challenges.  In the following piece Dr Tim Senior expands on some of these issues and outlines implications of this move for population health, equity, health care costs and ultimately the future of our public health system.   [...]

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Health groups unite to support RECOGNISE HEALTH

It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.   Today an important campaign is being launched at Parliament House in [...]

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Private Health Insurance in Primary Care: an overview of the issues

The GP co-payment may be ‘dead, buried and cremated’ but controversy over its primary health care policies is not over for the Abbott Government.  The introduction of private health insurance into the primary health care sector was flagged by previous Minister for Health Peter Dutton in a number of speeches and media interviews and was [...]

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Trading health? The role of health in foreign policy

In contrast to the widespread criticism of Australia’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak, our lack of action in combatting the chronic illnesses in developing countries receives little or no attention. In the following piece, Samantha Battams, Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University, discusses the role of health in foreign policy and [...]

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