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Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change – a doctor’s compelling view from the #SAfires

  The fearsome spectre of Ash Wednesday hung over the Adelaide Hills for five days this week as firefighters battled to control the worst bushfires so far in Australia this summer. Now South Australia, and elsewhere, prepares for flooding rains. It was a very tense time for Dr David Shearman, Honorary Secretary of  Doctors for [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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New year, same approach: implications of the Fed Govt’s confidence trick on Medicare

Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]

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Abbott reshuffles Ministry: Dutton to Immigration, Ley to Health, Morrison to Social Services

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a reshuffle of his Ministry, that has seen Peter Dutton move from Health to Immigration and replaced by Sussan Ley, former Assistant Minister for Education, who becomes the second woman in Cabinet (alongside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop). His statement announcing the moves said: The Hon Peter Dutton MP will [...]

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World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy [...]

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Widening the gap: if they complain, who will hear them? On the loss of IRIS to remote communities

The Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) this week brought more bad news for health agencies and programs, at home and internationally. There was also much concern that the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year. In the post below, David Russell, Director of [...]

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Tony Abbott’s Medicare “deforms” or How to Trick Senators 1.01

The Federal Government’s co-payments Plan B will add another layer of co-payment complexity to the Medicare system that neither doctors nor patients fully understand now. That raises a whole range of issues around unintended consequences, particularly for patients but also for our system, which has prompted this appeal to the Senate to learn from what’s [...]

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#MYEFO Budget update brings more cuts to foreign aid, health agencies

Australia’s leading international aid organisations have responded with dismay to another round of drastic cuts to foreign aid announced in the Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which also contains news of more cuts to health agencies. Treasurer Joe Hockey said foreign aid had taken “by far” the biggest hit in the latest [...]

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Federation reform: issues raised in the Health Issues Paper

The Federal Government last week released, with little fanfare, the Issues Paper on Health to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. See the media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this snapshot of the “threshold questions” to be addressed. In response, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association today released a [...]

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