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Warning, warning – these are weird times when zombies are attacking the health system

In a sign of the general level of weirdness surrounding recent health policy debates, the AMA is calling on the Government to “put an end to the crazy policy speculation being floated in the media”. So weird and worrying are the signs, in fact, that Dr Tim Senior is fearing zombie apocalypse. And yes, you [...]

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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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Medicare Locals face a political and public relations battle

A recent article in the News Ltd press demonstrates the political, media and public relations challenges facing Medicare Locals (MLs) in the review of their roles and functions, currently being overseen by former Chief Medical Officer Dr John Horwath. The article extensively covers the AMA’s submission to the review, including the results of a ‘survey’ undertaken by the AMA on [...]

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Wrapping the latest news on public health and people power

Tackling racism With so much talk about the need to address the social determinants of health, it’s good to see an effort to tackle an important problem that affects so many people. A new app highlights the debilitating effects of “everyday racism”, according to this statement from Deakin University, and encourages people to live for [...]

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AMA not happy about Coca-Cola’s health-washing letter to doctors: it won’t happen again

It’s not news that globally the junk food and drink industry is on a health-washing campaign as part of efforts to avoid regulatory pressure and maintain profits (see this 2010 article on the industry’s tactics from the US-based Centre for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch.) What is surprising, perhaps, is that the Australian Medical Publishing [...]

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AMA urges governments to implement health in all policies and to tackle the social determinants of health

(This post was updated on 15 Aug with a relevant tweet-comment from John Falzon – see bottom of post). AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton has urged governments to tackle the social determinants of health, describing this as a “public policy imperative”. In a speech to a Social Determinants of Health Alliance forum in Sydney yesterday, [...]

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How do you solve a problem like Medicare?

A coalition of health groups has today launched a campaign calling for reform of Medicare to address the rising out-of-pocket health costs, lengthening delays for elective surgery and widespread disparities in access to doctors and other health professionals.  The MEND MEDICARE coalition comprises: the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Catholic Health  Australia, Consumers Health Forum [...]

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Six policies we won’t be seeing this election campaign

We’re off the blocks, out of the gate, hitting the road and [insert sporting cliché of choice] in the race to determine the next government of Australia.  Over the course of the campaign Croakey looks forward to bringing you some insightful commentary and critiques of the policies the parties will bring to the election table [...]

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About health and the election: some questions that need asking

It seems unlikely that health policy will be a vote-swinger at the federal election, whenever that ends up happening. As Greg Jericho (who will forever be @GrogsGamut to me) wrote today at The Drum, Whatever happened to the health debate?: “Labor seem happy with what they have, and the Liberal Party seem desperate to not [...]

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On the contradiction at the heart of our search for better leadership

This post brings together a range of reflections upon leadership – with some specific references to health – in these tumultuous times in national politics. It is deeply sad but also somehow fitting to be compiling this post while watching the State Memorial Service for the late Dr Yunupingu, who gave us such an inspiring example of [...]

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