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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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SA election: ‘we want to control health costs but we’ll keep feeding that beast that fuels them’

South Australia goes to the polls this Saturday, with expectations that Labor will lose office after 12 years in government. In the post below, Professor Fran Baum, professor of public health from Flinders University, looks back at Labor’s record and what the parties are saying now on health. And she sets three big challenges for [...]

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Foundation’s closure “a blow for people in remote areas”

As reported at Croakey recently, the Rural Health Education Foundation is shutting down after 22 years of operations, due to a decline in government-contracted work. The National Rural Health Alliance issued this statement yesterday, warning that healthcare for people in remote areas would suffer as a result. The statement is reproduced in full below: “With [...]

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A step backwards for rural health

Rural communities will suffer from the closure of the Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF), according to key rural health bodies, including the National Rural Health Alliance.  The RHEF announced that it is to close its doors after 22 years of operations, due to a decline in government-contracted work.  “We are reluctant and very sad to [...]

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Aboriginal health is everybody’s business

The Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s last post from the Health Workforce Australia Conference details how the development of a culturally inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework is contributing to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians.  A Health Workforce Australia (HWA) project [...]

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