The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity - held in Sydney last Friday - could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her [...]READ MORE
The Health Wrap: The Vegemite news spread; On your bike (sans helmet); a chronic problem; funding medical research and teens’ troubling mental health.
This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe The Vegemite news spread The use and abuse of [...]READ MORE
The New York Times prompted much public health concern this week with a report in its Well section that Coca-Cola “is backing a new ‘science-based’ solution to the obesity crisis: to maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.” It said: “The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists [...]READ MORE
#cripcroakey: introducing Croakey readers to the wonderful, wild world of disability politics, policy & people
Croakey is excited to be working with El Gibbs, who is today launching a crowd-funding campaign – #cripcroakey – to fund a series of articles on disability and health. El brings great insights and expertise and a compelling voice. She has over 15 years experience in the community and not-for-profit sector, working in policy and [...]READ MORE
Primary health care is on the agenda with the release today by the Government of an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’. The paper was developed by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton. While the paper [...]READ MORE
Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this past week at @WePublicHealth. In the article below, he explains some of the background to a new campaign, [...]READ MORE
Could Australian health reformers learn from the experience of efforts to integrate health and social care in Canterbury, New Zealand? These and other questions are raised below by Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. *** Leanne Wells writes: The prospect of higher taxes to meet future hospital costs has revived [...]READ MORE
Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?
‘Frankly, if we can have a conversation rather than a scare campaign, our country will be so much better off,’ said Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the 40th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting wound up on Thursday. Chance would be a fine thing perhaps – particularly with lifting the rate of the GST and [...]READ MORE
What’s the problem with hospital funding and why lifting the GST is ‘like prescribing medicine before completing the diagnosis’
Momentum has been growing ahead of today’s meeting of State Premiers and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for increasing the goods and services tax from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, in large part to cover health care funding gaps. Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney outlines [...]READ MORE
As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health
As New South Wales and South Australia launch discussions on the merits of lifting the rate of the GST from 10 to 15 per cent “in order to pay for the increasing cost of healthcare”, they might want first to consider their health care priorities. Associate Professor Samantha Battams reveals below “a sad state of [...]READ MORE