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Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

There’s confusion about what is or isn’t on the table for cuts after Health Minister Sussan Ley conceded the Senate won’t pass increased patient contributions for PBS drugs, but said the $1 billion ‘savings’ will have to be found elsewhere. See more below for how it unfolded. But if the Minister and the Federal Government [...]

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Freedom of Tweets – A social media advocacy campaign to unlock the secrets of nutrition governance

Social media is opening up the processes of public health advocacy and efforts to hold governments to account, according to Dr Mark Lock, a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. As part of the Aboriginal Voice Integration and Diffusion or AVID Study, Dr Lock is examining [...]

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Australia’s ice ‘epidemic’: ‘service cuts, scare campaigns, stigma not the answer to complex issue’

The Federal Coalition last week announced it was launching a new advertising campaign aimed at educating families and the broader community about the dangers of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine. Health Minister Sussan Ley said it would assist the National Ice Taskforce, announced last month by the Prime Minister. See its key points in [...]

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Right to die campaigner Rodney Syme accuses RACP of “stifling debate” on euthanasia

Dying with Dignity campaigner Dr Rodney Syme has accused the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) of “cowardly” and “insulting” behaviour and of trying to stifle debate, after withdrawing his invitation to speak at its upcoming annual conference. “The outcome is an act of academic censorship of the worst kind – they did not know [...]

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The verdict is in: Time to better protect Australian children from toxic lead exposure

The National Health and Medical Research Council today released its revised Statement and Information Paper summarising the evidence on the effects of lead on human health, in which it lowered the level of lead in blood at which the sources of exposure are to be investigated and reduced, from ten to five micrograms per decilitre [...]

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Not all “Captain Chaos” but much confusion, concern on post-Budget health issues

There’s plenty of confusion, contention and concern emerging still out of last week’s Federal Budget on health, with particular uncertainty around after hours GP services. Here’s a quick wrap on some of the issues – complete with glossy illustration from the government’s (once far more dreary-looking) official Budget website pages. Health doesn’t get a big [...]

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Servicing the health machine – Response to the Health Budget 2015

Does our health system need a Fat Controller? In the following post, Professer Nick Graves from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation analyses the health measures in the Budget and argues that the health ‘machine’ needs a single controller in order for it to work effectively.  This post was originally published on the ACHSI website  and is [...]

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Health Budget 2015-16 – underwhelming at best

After the drama of last year’s ‘slash and burn’ Budget, the Abbott Government’s second Federal Budget was designed to underwhelm the health sector and in this respect at least it delivered.  In fact, the lack of organisation at the Department of Health lock-up appeared to bother some groups more than the $2 billion of cuts [...]

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#Budget2015: Health takes a hit, devil may be in the detail – rolling reactions

Health has taken another hit in the 2015-16 Federal Budget, with nearly $2 billion cut from the health system over the next five years. There’s particular concern around $1 billion in “savings” from a range of flexible funds and grants for preventative health research, chronic disease prevention and rural outreach (click twice to enlarge pic below), [...]

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The role of mental health nurses in primary health care

From wimples and capes to suits and medical scrubs, the role of nurses in health care has changed as dramatically as their uniforms over the past 50 years. There is no area of health care today in which nurses do not play a critical role but the way in which they work, both independently and [...]

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