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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Housing affordability & health: who wins, who loses and why isn’t it on the political agenda?

Affordable housing plays a critical role in just about every social issue – from education outcomes to prison numbers – and on health, as the article below from Tania King, Emma Baker, and Rebecca Bentley explores. Yet it’s been pretty much off the agenda in the first year of the Abbott Government, apart from allocating [...]

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Abbott Government’s first year in office: what’s the verdict on health?

This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the election of the Abbott Government. We’ll leave it up to Croakey readers to characterise the year in health – feel free to post (publishable) comments and we’ll share them. This post below from The Conversation by Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy [...]

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Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime [...]

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Whither welfare? The risks of proposed changes to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Earlier this week, Croakey posted an article on the demise of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA). In the post below, republished with permission from the Power to Persuade blog, Professor Brian Howe, who was Health Minister in the Hawke Labor Government, discusses the risks to the role of the Australian Institute for Health [...]

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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And still the evidence and argument mount against a $7 GP co-payment.

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee on Friday published its findings on out of pocket costs in Australian healthcare, saying that imposing additional costs would make it harder for people, particularly in vulnerable groups to access primary care, which would not only be at the cost of their own health but to the whole system, [...]

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It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors: concerns re AMA copayment deal

(This post has been updated to link to include the AMA’s co-payment proposal and some Twitter reaction) “When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association [...]

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Unhealthy haste? What are the implications of outsourcing Medicare, PBS claims and services?

Less than two weeks ago the Federal Government called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the private sector to provide claims and payment services for Medicare (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a $29 billion operation currently managed by the Department of Human Services. The EOI closes this Friday, 22 August. Such a privatisation [...]

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J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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Frontline health, legal services, and what’s crucial behind them

The Federal Government talks much about shifting funding to “frontline services - where people need them”. It sounds obvious, until we look at what’s lost from the backline. In the first of two posts below, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander looks at new restrictions on law reform advocacy by community legal centres (CLCs). Noting the [...]

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