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Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

We are living longer, have lower death rates for cancer and many other diseases, and a health system that people say they are mostly happy with. But chronic diseases related to our ageing population as well as to lifestyles and health habits are taking an increasing toll. That’s the verdict of Australia’s Health 2014, the [...]

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New report highlights why the federal budget is such a problem for health

The COAG Reform Council has delivered its final report evaluating the impact of the national health reform agreement, Healthcare in Australia 2012–13: Five years of performance. The report examines progress in four of the seven areas to be tracked under the agreement. As the images below show, there have been some notable improvements but many challenges remain. It [...]

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#Budget2014 risks to ‘closing the gap’ include Indigenous cancer impact

There is growing concern that harsh Federal Budget measures on health and other funding areas will put at risk efforts to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In the post below, health researcher Clive Aspin says the Budget will increase the health and social disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. He [...]

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#Budget2014 medical research fund is “unfair and unethical”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program this morning: “There are no cuts to health or education. In health, all of the money we are saving is going into the Medical Research Investment Fund and that’s going to be dedicated to finding the treatments and the cures of the future that [...]

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#Budget2014 health measures to have bigger impact on women

The impact of the Federal Budget on women goes way beyond so-called ‘specific interest’ measures like the paid parental leave scheme and changes to family benefits, says Kristine Olaris, CEO of Women’s Health East in Victoria, who warns that GP co-payments and additional charges for prescriptions and tests will further increase gender inequality in Australia. [...]

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Audit Commission proposals on mental health, homelessness “without context, understanding”

The recommendations of the Federal Government’s National Commission of Audit on mental health are “without context or apparent understanding” and will only add to the inequity that people with a mental illness already experience, says Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer at Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute. See his post below on the recommendations on [...]

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What might the National Commission of Audit mean for healthcare?

What might we expect from the National Commission of Audit when it comes to health policy? Looking back might help us look to the future, suggests one analyst. Commission Redux? “William Foggin” writes: As we wait for the Commission of Audit  to bring down a set of recommendations justifying the Abbott Government’s aspirations for spending cuts, [...]

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Tackling dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a personal story of loss and transformation

The challenges of dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities were highlighted in a powerful and deeply personal presentation to the recent Closing the Credibility Gap symposium in Melbourne. The symposium also heard of a range of resources available to help people find relevant information and resources, reports Marie McInerney, a journalist [...]

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Can a new breed of “coaches” help transform mental health care?

Jennifer Doggett reports on an innovation in mental health care profiled at the Health Workforce Australia Conference 2013 in Adelaide  When your health workforce is already working at capacity, how do you address the un-met need for care among those with early-stage disease without depleting the services available to people with serious illnesses? Creating a completely new [...]

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Do we need a Minister for the Rehabilitation of Politics?

What does the health sector want from a new Federal Government and a new Health Minister?  At last week’s Palliative Care Australia Conference in Canberra there was a panel session on what should be expected from the new government in its first 100 days.  The Executive Director of the National Rural Health Alliance, Gordon Gregory, offered [...]

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