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Why aren’t paramedics registered?

Ruth Townsend writes in this post below that if  you completed a first aid course last weekend then you could call yourself a paramedic. She asks how the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council can justify its decision last month to defer the inclusion of paramedics on the Australian Health Practitioner register, a move that has [...]

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Simulation and scepticism: reflections on road blocks to integrated health care

Croakey recently published this report on an Integrated Care Simulation run by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) in Canberra that invited around 85 health leaders to come together to road test three major potential health policy initiatives: the introduction of bundled care packages for people with chronic diseases a role for private health [...]

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Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

Thanks to Hilda Bastian and Scientific American for permission to republish this very timely article that looks back on a Medical Tribunal review sparked by by an HIV AIDS in Sydney in the 1990s and considers the role of trust and transparency when panic is in the air. *** Hilda Bastian writes: She started by [...]

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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 uphill trek on obesity: convincing people that Coke is not part of the health “solution”

Why are consumers willing to overlook the contribution that Coca-Cola’s products are having in driving Australia’s poor health?  And why do organisations with public health objectives buy into the message that it is somehow part of the health solution when it comes to addressing obesity? Croakey has run a number of articles on the issue [...]

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Unhealthy haste? What are the implications of outsourcing Medicare, PBS claims and services?

Less than two weeks ago the Federal Government called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the private sector to provide claims and payment services for Medicare (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a $29 billion operation currently managed by the Department of Human Services. The EOI closes this Friday, 22 August. Such a privatisation [...]

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What is an ethical response to the “torture” of immigration detention?

The ethical dilemmas that face health professionals involved in systems that support or profit from the mandatory detention of asylum seekers were explored recently by lawyer Brynn O’Brien in this must-read article for Australian Doctor. She wrote: “The  ‘detention industry’ – the private infrastructure that supports and implements the government’s policy of mandatory detention – [...]

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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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Why New South Wales abortion law should be decriminalised

Abortion legislation in New South Wales and Queensland is the “most severe and antiquated” in Australia and the most urgently in need of rescission, says medical specialist Caroline de Costa. That’s why, she says, New South Wales Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi’s bill towards decriminalisation should be supported by politicians across the spectrum. *** Caroline de [...]

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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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