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Clinical variation – how does Australia fare?

Many thanks to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care for these insights from the recently published OECD study on geographic variations in health care. In May 2014, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) released a discussion paper on how provision of common hospital procedures varies across [...]

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From 12 patients to 10,000: building an Indigenous health success story

Marie McInerney reports: Twenty years ago, only 12 Indigenous people attended the Inala Community Health Centre, a primary care service in a south-western Brisbane suburb where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were estimated to make up eight per cent of the local population. Clinical director Associate Professor Noel Hayman commissioned an Indigenous community focus [...]

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On the “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science

Marie McInerney reports: Current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical scientists have been urged to ensure their “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science converge across their professional lives, from high level research through to  community health care. Leading public health researcher Professor Sandra Eades – a Nyungar woman from [...]

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Calling for more Indigenous health researchers, and control over research

Marie McInerney reports: The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) has put research high on the agenda at its 2014 conference, calling for full participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in research projects that concern them, particularly when it comes to scientific study and medical research. “At every stage, research with, and about, Aboriginal [...]

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Health cuts and education deregulation: critical issues for Indigenous doctors

Members of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association are gathering in Melbourne today for the start of their annual conference, at a time of great uncertainty for Indigenous health and Indigenous doctors. In previewing the conference, AIDA president Dr Tammy Kimpton raises concerns about the impact of the Federal Government’s plans for deregulation of higher education. Dr Kimpton, [...]

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Scientists precious? Indeed they are.

Today in an Editorial the Sydney Morning Herald  published its intention to “campaign for the federal government to outline its vision for the country’s future, a plan that brings together science, innovation and education”. This may be in no small part due to the the federal government’s unclear commitment to science and innovation in Australia. [...]

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New national approach to rural and remote health research

Participants in the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra last week committed to a National Strategy and Action Plan for maximising the value of rural and remote health research. Below is a statement issued by the National Rural Health Alliance after the symposium, and it is followed by some conference tweets (which [...]

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Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

Jennifer Doggett writes: In the era of Facebook and over-sharing on social media do we need to be as vigilant about protecting individual health information as we have in the past? The tension between balancing privacy issues with access to data for researchers, managers and policy makers in the health sector was a common theme [...]

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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Spreading the word about innovation in rural health

Jennifer Doggett writes: It’s a scenario familiar to anyone used to attending health conferences and workshops:  a presenter gets up and talks about a problem they are trying to solve in their city-based health service or program. Inevitably, after the presentation a hand will go up at the back of the room and someone will [...]

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