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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. This [...]

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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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The search for research misconduct

In this latest contribution to Croakey, the Naked Doctor columnist, Dr Justin Coleman, looks at a confronting paper recently published in the JAMA. Dr Coleman writes: An astonishing article published recently in JAMA (1) flew largely under the radar, but is an extreme example of why doctors should exhibit caution when relying on individual trials for evidence about [...]

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Reducing sugar, preventing obesity – turning evidence into action

Many thanks to Sam Byfield, Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter), Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia) and Associate, Nossal Institute for Global Health, for this article on the recently released guideline on sugar consumption from WHO.  Sam writes: Last week the World Health Organization released its guideline on sugar consumption, recommending that adults and children reduce [...]

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The Health Wrap: NSW election, new smoking findings, and other health policy news

By Frances Gilham NSW election news With a NSW state election coming up in March, discussion of state health policy has started to creep into the news. SMH journalist Amy Corderoy reported on a public health debate held between NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Labor’s opposition spokesman on health Walt Secord, and Greens’ spokesman John [...]

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Health policy reform: principles for reform & how to get there

It’s hard to pick where health policy will go now under the Federal Government, with a new Minister and the likely shift (mark 3?) on a GP co-payment – if not because they accept the evidence against it but because of the politics. But there was an interesting intervention in the lead up to this [...]

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Marching doctors

It’s often said that if you don’t know history, you are cursed to repeat it. Consumer health advocate Martyn Goddard has been around long enough to remember the last time that doctors were up in arms and marching in the streets against a conservative government. It’s a tale that might usefully refresh the memory of [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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