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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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Calls for greater investment in Aboriginal community controlled health sector

As previously reported at Croakey, an Indigenous health Twitter fest will be held on Thursday, May 1, using the hashtag #IHMayDay to enable a wide-ranging discussion at a time of funding uncertainty. In a recent article worth reading in full, Professor Ian Ring, a professorial fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the [...]

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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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