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Update: Medical Journal of Australia editorial advisors resign over Leeder sacking, Elsevier outsourcing

*Updated 3 May with response from AMA President Brian Owler and Open Letter from AMPCo to the medical community and on 4 May to clarify number of editorial committee signatories. Nearly all of the editorial advisors to the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) have resigned en masse in protest at the sacking of editor-in-chief Professor [...]

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Why Senator Madigan needs to know about non-invasive prenatal testing

A private member’s bill sponsored by Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan seeks to remove Medicare funding for abortions “procured on the basis of gender selection”. Debate on the bill is due to resume this month. Before it does, writes Caroline de Costa in the post below, Senator Madigan – and all of us – should [...]

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A new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity

Today the Hon Julia Gillard will launch a new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity. In this article Fran Baum and Sharon Friel introduce us to the work and goals of the new Centre.  Fran Baum and Sharon Friel write: Many Australians will live shorter lives than others, not because of their [...]

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A list of five things to change the conversation about low value health care

In this fourth article in our Choosing Wisely series, Dr Lynn Weekes  AM, CEO of NPS MedicineWise looks at how lists of five things can really change the conversation about low value health care and waste when the right people are part of the conversation.  Given the organisations involved, this initiative will have much to [...]

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Six challenges facing Australia’s medical research sector

This is an edited version of a speech about the challenges facing medical research given by outgoing National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC) CEO Warwick Anderson at the National Press Club on Wednesday: It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six [...]

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Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to make if this initiative is to be successful in improving the quality [...]

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Q&A: What can we learn from the US Choosing Wisely campaign to cut down unnecessary tests, treatment?

  Below is the second in a series of posts that Croakey is running on the ground-breaking Choosing Wisely campaign, which will launch in Australia on 29 April. The campaign focuses on cutting down the numbers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and has been successful in the USA and Canada in reducing non-evidenced based interventions. [...]

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NHMRC announces new gender equity policy, as RACS investigates bullying, harassment, sexism issues

The National Health and Medical Research Council today announced a new gender equity policy to support the retention and progression of women in health and medical research. See its media release and more details below. It said the revised Administering Institution Policy aims to address the underrepresentation of women in senior research positions across Australia [...]

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The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 [...]

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An Apple a day to help researchers play

Those of you who tend to avoid Apple’s over the top and typically self -congratulatory love fests that they call launches, may have missed an interesting development in the research world this week. With the launch of the new products and updates, Apple announced Research Kit for iPhone. The software allows researchers to design studies [...]

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