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Dutton signals major Medicare reform

In his first major speech on his vision for health reform (to CEDA) and follow-up interview on the ABC’s 7.30 Report, Health Minister Peter Dutton has signalled major changes to the Australian health system, including an increasing role for private health insurance and the private sector, a broad cost-cutting agenda and a focus on preventable and ‘lifestyle-related’ [...]

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Diabetes and climate change: Averting two linked catastrophes

Many thanks to Dr Rosalie Schultz and Dr Peter Tait  from the Ecology and Environment special interest group of the Public Health Association of Australia, for this interesting take on two of Australia’s current health challenges.  The looming health catastrophes of diabetes and climate change are competing for our concern. However, in a letter to [...]

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Dental care and policy should be directed towards those who need it most

Dental policy, planning and programs seem to be stuck in the past and need to refocus on current and future needs, say researchers from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity at The University of Western Australia. *** Dental efforts must focus on the poor and marginalised Marc Tennant, Kate Dyson and Estie Kruger write: [...]

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Calling for open access to Australia’s oral health data sets

Opening up oral health datasets for wider access by researchers and the public could bring many benefits, say researchers from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity at The University of Western Australia. Their article below lays down a challenge to Federal and State Governments, as well as the Australian Institute of Health [...]

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Do we need a Minister for the Rehabilitation of Politics?

What does the health sector want from a new Federal Government and a new Health Minister?  At last week’s Palliative Care Australia Conference in Canberra there was a panel session on what should be expected from the new government in its first 100 days.  The Executive Director of the National Rural Health Alliance, Gordon Gregory, offered [...]

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Plibersek vs Dutton: the post-debate analysis

Reporting on the debate between Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and her opposite number Peter Dutton at the National Press Club was Australian Doctor’s political editor Paul Smith.  Here’s his play-by-play assessment of the action.

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A comprehensive examination of the Coalition’s health policy

Dr Tim Senior, a GP working in Indigenous health, puts the Coalition’s health policy under the microscope…. “Kevin Rudd’s approach to health has been more about politics than policy” we read opening paragraph 2 of the coalition health policy. We then get a page and a half of pure politics quoting criticisms of Kevin Rudd’s previous [...]

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Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment [...]

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Putting primary health care on the federal election agenda

The next Federal Government must adopt a health-in-all-policies approach, a fairer distribution of healthcare funding and resources, and a greater focus on early childhood. So says the election policy platform from the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, which also calls for more flexible funding and streamlined reporting for Medicare Locals (available in full detail here). The [...]

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From the FOI archives: “Outcome sought – that Ministers quietly note the plan and nothing else happens”

This post is for those who do not realise that Yes Minister is more documentary than satire. (Although I have to admit that when I first saw the document below, a briefing paper for a 2004 Australian Health Ministers’ Conference, I wondered if someone was having a lend.) But you can verify it here.   For [...]

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