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The “7 truths of resiliency” – decolonising HIV research in Canada

Marie McInerney reports: A Canadian Aboriginal project looking to map the resiliency of Aboriginal men who have lived with HIV and AIDS for ten years or more posed just one research question: “How are you living well with HIV?” Art Zoccole, Executive Director of the 2-Spirited People of the First Nations in Canada – a [...]

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GP co-payments – deregulation of the bulk billing market.

In this second of a series of posts about Medicare, Margaret Faux  looks at how perverse financial incentives, the increased financial pressure applied to pensioners and GPs and the lack of supporting infrastructure make the Federal Government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal a high risk venture.  See her first post here. *** Margaret Faux writes: The [...]

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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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Are Australians getting maximum value from their healthcare system?

Variation has long been used as an indicator in the analysis and measurement of processes across a variety of industries. Large variation in outcomes, inputs or outputs is often considered as a sign that a process is not working as planned and examination and improvement may be required. In health, large amounts of variation in [...]

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Being a racist or just saying stupid things? An invitation to journalists to consider the difference

An opinion piece titled ‘How racist are you?’ published last week in the Sydney Morning Herald by one of its journalists, Mark Sawyer, showed we have a long way still to go in Australia in our  understanding of racism and privilege. In the post below, researcher Dr Naomi Priest looks at the issues the article [...]

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Putting prostate cancer screening on trial: an invitation to join a community jury

Croakey readers are invited to participate in four community juries that will be held in Sydney in coming months. The juries will be asked to consider: Consent and PSA testing for prostate cancer: What should happen before men decide whether or not to be tested?  The project is a collaborative initiative involving academics, GPs and [...]

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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged [...]

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Senate Estimates – what they reveal about Federal Budget 2014/15

The Budget sittings of Senate Estimates are on again this week with senior bureaucrats filing into the various committee rooms of the Senate to be grilled by Opposition and minor party Senators, desperate to find some additional details, figures, omissions or politically sensitive procedural issues in order to maintain the Budget rage for as long as [...]

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Labor raises questions about NHMRC’s future, as medical research fund comes under widespread attack

The Government’s plans for a new medical research fund are coming under widespread attack, from the consumer health lobby, and even from within its own ranks. Liberal backbencher Dr Dennis Jensen has criticised the absence of a coherent science policy, and questioned the plan for a medical research fund when cuts are being made to [...]

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As VACCHO launches petition against co-payments, the Consumers Health Forum critiques the medical research fund

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation (VACCHO) has launched an online petition asking Senators to block the $7 copayment on GP visits and medical tests. The petition says: ·  Imposing a $7 Medicare co-payment on Doctor visits and medical tests (e.g. blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays) will be bad for the health of all Australians but more so [...]

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