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Health cuts and education deregulation: critical issues for Indigenous doctors

Members of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association are gathering in Melbourne today for the start of their annual conference, at a time of great uncertainty for Indigenous health and Indigenous doctors. In previewing the conference, AIDA president Dr Tammy Kimpton raises concerns about the impact of the Federal Government’s plans for deregulation of higher education. Dr Kimpton, [...]

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Wonky Health: The complex and changing world of GP training

In the wake of the federal budget, uncertainty about the future is facing many areas in the health sector – and GP training is no exception, writes Dr Tim Senior in his latest Wonky Health column. By Tim Senior   The last ever GP Education and Training (GPET) Convention was held recently in Brisbane, and [...]

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Five more reasons we should not have co-payments on GP visits

The GP co-payment had a brief period in the sun recently when the MRFF Action Group was formed to support the medical research fund. The health sector was quick to respond that while the Medical research fund was a positive development its funding source was unacceptable. In a press release, Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of AHHA, [...]

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The 7 wonders of health funding

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Consumers Health Forum’s ‘Health in a time of change’ national workshop in Melbourne. The Workshop brought together a large number of consumers and other health stakeholders to debate current issues in health policy and advocacy. Copies of many of the presentations are available here, including an overview [...]

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Beyond the stethoscope: Restoring hope, heart and healing in medicine

In discussions about the flaws of our current health system, we rarely consider the impact of funding systems on the wellbeing and experiences of doctors. Forced into rush consultations by Medicare and waiting room economics, Lucy Mayes’ moving essay looks at the stress doctors experience by being unable to take ‘time to care’, leading to burnout and [...]

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Alternative health cost-saving measures – new book

Whether or not the Abbott Government gets its way on GP co-payments, the sustainability of our health system is likely to remain very much on the political agenda, Dr Agnes Walker, from the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health, reviews a new book which aims to identify the most cost-effective health system interventions. In line [...]

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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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No “perfect storm”: Hazelwood coal mine fire inquiry points to broader health issues, planning implications

“Contrary to suggestions that the Hazelwood mine fire was the ‘perfect storm of events’, all of the factors contributing to the ignition and spread of the fire were foreseeable. Yet it appears they were not foreseen.” The main findings of the inquiry into this year’s Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria are focused on what [...]

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EDDIE THE EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM ARE EVERYWHERE

Who should we be listening to in the debate over co-payments in the health system? Why do Governments take advice from unions, such as the AMA, with clear vested interests, rather than from expert researchers and consumer groups?  In the following piece, Anne Cahill Lambert builds on Marie McInerney’s work on the co-payment to question [...]

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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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