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Train in vain: How the Queensland contract dispute leaves junior doctors floundering

 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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Meet a scientific star, a thought-provoking graph, and a killer quote about teaching Indigenous health

The importance of providing supportive and culturally appropriate environments for Indigenous higher education students was highlighted at the Closing the Credibility Gap symposium held in Melbourne last week. Marie McInerney writes: Dr Misty Jenkins concedes her chances of being a star scientist were not high when she was attending Mt Clear Secondary College near Ballarat: female, Indigenous, [...]

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Lessons from the GFC for health workforce planning and policy

Jennifer Doggett reports from Adelaide: The complexity and limitations of health workforce planning were clearly demonstrated in a presentation at the Health Workforce Australia Conference 2013 by Mark Pearson, Head of the Health Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD has access to more comprehensive health workforce data than perhaps [...]

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Highlighting the disconnect between education/training and health workforce realities (plus #HWA2013 Twitter wrap)

Jennifer Doggett reports from Adelaide: The gulf between education/ training and workforce policies within the health sector was a recurring theme at the Health Workforce Australia Conference in Adelaide yesterday. A number of speakers in both the plenary and concurrent sessions highlighted the disconnect between the way in which we train health professionals and our [...]

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Do we need a Romantic movement in medicine? Involving patients in medical education

At its best, the practice of medicine is both an art and a science. While we continue to pursue laudable goals such as an increase in evidence-based health care, it is important to ensure we don’t lose sight of the ‘art’ of caring for patients.  In this wide-ranging and insightful piece, Dr Tim Senior draws on his experience [...]

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