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AHCRA Communique highlights the role of primary health care

In mid-July thirty-seven member organisations of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) came together from around Australia for the National Health Reform Summit to assess the key needs and issues in the Australian health system. Sixty participants were challenged and informed by a range of stimulating speakers from diverse organisations and perspectives. At the [...]

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On the demise of the COAG Reform Council, who will hold governments accountable for health outcomes?

While the health stats in the COAG Reform Council’s final health report are hitting the headlines today (including at Croakey),perhaps one of the more important aspects of the story is that this is the last such report. Like so many other agencies involved in reporting health and healthcare performance, the COAG Reform Council has been axed. [...]

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New report highlights why the federal budget is such a problem for health

The COAG Reform Council has delivered its final report evaluating the impact of the national health reform agreement, Healthcare in Australia 2012–13: Five years of performance. The report examines progress in four of the seven areas to be tracked under the agreement. As the images below show, there have been some notable improvements but many challenges remain. It [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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A timely study reinforces value of access to primary care

At the National Press Club yesterday, Health Minister Peter Dutton spoke of the importance of evidence in formulating health policy. I wonder if his advisors are reading The Medical Journal of Australia, which this week has published a study from the NT concluding that: “Improving access to primary care in remote communities for the management [...]

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#Budget2014: Searching for the detail and evidence amidst the pain

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question  on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope [...]

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Celebrating one of the great writers and thinkers of Australian medicine

One of the great writers, thinkers and humanitarians of Australian medicine – Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder – will be celebrated at a special event at the University of Sydney this Thursday. The details are here, but in the meantime below are some short excerpts of some of Professor Leeder’s most recent writings (with links to [...]

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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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