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The real drivers of so much poor health – the inequitable distribution of power and resources

The implications of rising levels of inequality for the economy and indeed the future of capitalism are gaining plenty of attention thanks to the splash being created by a new book by economist Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, reportedly calls for a return to far [...]

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Finding savings in healthcare: moving from theory to reality

With a tough federal Budget fast approaching, many in the health sector are offering up suggestions for where the Abbott Government might find savings. Some of these options were outlined in an article published in Croakey earlier this week. They include: cutting the price paid for generic drugs and encouraging substituting brand name drugs with [...]

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Comprehensive Primary Health Care – what works? A Research Symposium

Comprehensive and integrated primary care is well documented in the research literature as providing the most cost-effective and equitable mechanism for preventing and managing chronic disease.  Yet despite a growing body of research supporting this form of care, it often appears to be put in the ‘too hard’ basket of governments and policy makers. This [...]

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New report shows economic benefits for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

A new report has demonstrated the economic benefits of the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and reveals they provide a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boost local economies.   Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations launched the report at the National Press Club in Canberra [...]

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Introducing “The Croakey Koori” and “Wonky Health” – please support

If you are a regular or even an occasional reader of Croakey – or even if you are visiting for your first time today – I invite you to support two new writing-for-health projects. They are: • The Croakey Koori Kelly Briggs, a Gomeroi writer from Moree (famous on Twitter as @TheKooriWoman), is fund-raising via [...]

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Raising questions about the cultural competence of health professionals and services

The importance of developing culturally competent health professionals and services was explored at Congress Lowitja in Melbourne recently. Marie McInerney reports: Evidence of why we need culturally competent health professionals and services may be found in preliminary research which is showing different rates of unspecified diagnoses in major hospitals between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and [...]

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What do the polls tell us about bulkbilling co-payments?

The opinion poll released on Monday in the Fairfax media is being interpreted by some commentators as supporting the proposal for a GP bulkbilling co-payment, reportedly under consideration by the Abbott Government.    Around half of the people polled said that they supported charging a means-tested co-payment for bulkbilled GP services.  The same proportion of people [...]

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Congress Lowitja to focus on racism and the growing risk of “interventions”

Marie McInerney reports: Indigenous health leader Pat Anderson will today warn that Australia’s Aboriginal medical services risk being driven away from their roots and original missions by growing pressure to chase specific purpose funding for “technical ‘interventions’”. Anderson will tell the Lowitja Institute’s biennial conference that having to continually chase after tied funding “chips away [...]

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#Tasvotes: Milestones in the journey to getting social determinants, health & wellbeing on the political agenda

In a second Croakey post for Saturday’s Tasmanian election, Graeme Lynch, CEO of the Heart Foundation in Tasmania, describes the results of concerted advocacy campaign over the past five years in Tasmania to convince political parties to address the social determinants of health. Lynch believes the campaign has generated a paradigm shift in thinking towards [...]

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TPP: Global concerns and action at home

The Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations continue. While it is unclear what the final document will say, leaked drafts of the document have many groups concerned.  Last December we reported on Deb Gleeson’s fight to put health issues on the agenda and the concerns being voiced regarding the TPP impact in Australia. Internationally voices continue to [...]

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