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The Health Wrap: Mental Health Week; medical pressure points; standing up for public health

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer reported the federal government saying it was committed to having the Primary Health Networks up and running by 1 [...]

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New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

A new campaign, to be formally launched at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference in Adelaide on Saturday, will urge doctors to stop seeing pharmaceutical company reps. The “No Advertising Please” campaign aims to reduce inappropriate and harmful prescription of medications. It asks doctors to take a pledge – already signed by more [...]

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Wonky Health asks: will deregulation of higher education be a nightmare for the health sector?

As suggested in the tweet below by AMA vice president Dr Stephen Parnis, there are widespread concerns about how the Federal Government’s proposed deregulation of higher education will affect the health system. Parnis was scheduled to present in Canberra this morning to a Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the proposed reforms.  Public hearings are [...]

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Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) brings new opportunities for academics and students. Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor and Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University Australia, was involved last year in developing the University of Geneva MOOC, ‘Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview’. The course – which can still be accessed here - was part of [...]

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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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The uphill trek on obesity: convincing people that Coke is not part of the health “solution”

Why are consumers willing to overlook the contribution that Coca-Cola’s products are having in driving Australia’s poor health?  And why do organisations with public health objectives buy into the message that it is somehow part of the health solution when it comes to addressing obesity? Croakey has run a number of articles on the issue [...]

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Celebrating the centenary of the MJA – with some groove (check it out)

I am writing this while en route to Sydney for a symposium celebrating the centenary of The Medical Journal of Australia where we will be talking about the history and future of medical publishing (follow the discussions at #MJA100). Given that controversies in medical publishing will be up for discussion, no doubt we will be [...]

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#Budget2014: a longread on health agency mergers, dental health, copayments, medical research, hospital funding

In this comprehensive article below, a health policy analyst who wishes to remain anonymous provides comment on major shifts in health policy and funding in the 2014-15 Federal Budget, handed down today. *** “William Foggin” writes: Agency amalgamations/cuts The government is cutting a swathe through health portfolio agencies in the interests of efficiency and reducing [...]

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Doctor, doctor gives us the news: there’s a bad case of juniors being screwed

 Croakey has previously reported on the crisis engulfing senior medical staff in Queensland.  As the turmoil continues, the knock on affect of a potential mass exodus of medical staff on junior doctors and medical training is coming into focus.  Many thanks to Dr Gemma Robertson for this personal perspective on the loss of senior doctors [...]

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Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

Healthcare professionals and consumers connected in a virtual forum hosted last week by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to showcase innovations making a difference to patient care across rural and regional NSW. Raj Verma from the ACI explains that the Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum brought people together who want to make a [...]

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