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It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors, say peaks on concerns re AMA copayment deal

“When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association of Australia, have called on the Parliament to reject any deal struck by the Health Minister and [...]

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Where are the women?

This month the exciting Franklin Women community launched with the mission of contributing to the retention of women working in health sciences.  In this article by Anne Cahill Lambert we discover why such initiatives are important,  even in 2014.  Anne writes: I remember my very first meeting as a Council member of the National Health [...]

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Big Data: Exciting – until it’s not big data

Big data is everywhere at the moment, with many believing it is the next big leap in medicine.  So great is the interest in this area that Health Affairs journal recently dedicated an issue to the progress, possibilities and challenges of using big data in health. Big data obtained from thousands of electronic records combined with [...]

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NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

NCDs are emerging as the major global health threat of the future yet they attract a minimal amount of global health spending. Where does the gap lie: policy or evidence? In an article originally published in WhyDev, Sam Byfield, from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, looks behind the numbers. Sam Byfield writes: NCDs (including cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic [...]

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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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