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The Health Wrap: Mental Health Week; medical pressure points; standing up for public health

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer reported the federal government saying it was committed to having the Primary Health Networks up and running by 1 [...]

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Primary Health Networks – an opportunity for the AMA to make some money, expand its influence?

Now that some details about the 30 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been released, it might be timely to see some serious analysis of who are the winners and the losers amid the considerable upheaval and waste involved in shifting from Medicare Locals to PHNs.  That is one warts-and-all analysis I would very much like [...]

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The 7 wonders of health funding

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Consumers Health Forum’s ‘Health in a time of change’ national workshop in Melbourne. The Workshop brought together a large number of consumers and other health stakeholders to debate current issues in health policy and advocacy. Copies of many of the presentations are available here, including an overview [...]

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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EDDIE THE EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM ARE EVERYWHERE

Who should we be listening to in the debate over co-payments in the health system? Why do Governments take advice from unions, such as the AMA, with clear vested interests, rather than from expert researchers and consumer groups?  In the following piece, Anne Cahill Lambert builds on Marie McInerney’s work on the co-payment to question [...]

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It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors: concerns re AMA copayment deal

(This post has been updated to link to include the AMA’s co-payment proposal and some Twitter reaction) “When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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Budget 2014: the good, the bad and the ugly (but mostly the ugly….)

With the bulk of the Health Budget already in the public domain, last night’s Budget speech was less about new announcements and more about selling the already unpopular measures to the Australian public.  Attempting to convince consumers to cough up more for their health care is not an easy task and in spinning the new [...]

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Budget count-down – essential pre-reading

As we count down to Federal Budget 2014/15, here is some recommended reading to provide some context and background to the main measures that the Treasurer is expected to outline tonight. The myth of a Budget crisis is comprehensively exploded by health economist Professor Jeff Richardson at The Conversation. Professor Richardson demonstrates that ‘it’s entirely [...]

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“Self righteous, class war-waging public health expert” strikes back on tobacco, alcohol and fat taxes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s former health adviser Terry Barnes appears to have the ear of the Federal Government, with his proposal for a $6 GP visit co-payment looking likely to be part of the May Budget. But he’s clearly been stung by criticism of the proposal by public health advocates, as shown in these recent [...]

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