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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

GP visit co-payment proposal “puts most vulnerable and primary prevention at risk”

After months of quiet on the health front in the wake of the federal election, health policy debate lit up like a Christmas tree over the festive season in response to the announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton of the review of Medicare Locals and his surprise flagging of the possibility of co-payments for bulk-billed [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Be an expert on the experts: good advice on expertise and public policy

‘I don’t know much about art but I know what I like.’ What if you don’t know what you like – or at least recognise that you need to find out more, not just with art but with a range of complex issues that you don’t truly understand: nuclear power, climate change, the National Broadband [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Carbon tax repeal: Time for health sector to speak up on climate change

The Federal Government has vowed to abolish the carbon tax from 1 July 2014, and has asked for public comment of its newly released carbon tax repeal bills. Croakey has also asked its contributors what they think about the following questions: What are the health implications of these bills? How would you like to see them [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

What a shambles: does the Abbott Government know what it’s doing on Indigenous health?

So many questions were left unanswered during the election campaign about the Coalition’s plans for health policy. The situation remains as clear as mud when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, with no definitive news on whether it remains within the Department of Health or is being transferred to the Department of [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

How to work with the new government: some practical advice from former Health Minister Nicola Roxon

Former Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon was guest speaker at the Public Health Association of Australia conference dinner in Melbourne last night, and had plenty of practical advice for public health advocates. As Marie McInerney reports below, the former Minister believes “there are opportunities with any new government”, and advised developing relationships with as many [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Canadian primary care study useful for new Health Minister

A recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal should be top of the reading list for the new Minister for Health and his/her advisers.  This article looks at the characteristics of primary care practices that are associated with quality and should be particularly relevant to the Review of Medicare Locals (MLs), promised by the [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Medicare’s best friend? Lessons from Abbott’s days as health minister

Jim Gillespie writes:  The Coalition revealed little of the new government’s health agenda during the election campaign, but Tony Abbott was minister for health and ageing in the Howard government from October 2003 until the 2007 election. So what can Abbott’s time in one of the most difficult portfolios reveal? Abbott the political fixer Former [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

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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What will it take to rediscover a more inspiring politics? This poem has some leads…

Who could argue with The Guardian’s election editorial comment:“What a dispiriting election campaign it has been”. To put it mildly. As Croakey’s election health coverage has made clear, there has been virtually no intersection between the issues that have surfaced in public debate and what are the pressing concerns for the community’s health and healthcare. [...]

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