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What’s the problem with hospital funding and why lifting the GST is ‘like prescribing medicine before completing the diagnosis’

Momentum has been growing ahead of today’s meeting of State Premiers and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for increasing the goods and services tax from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, in large part to cover health care funding gaps. Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney outlines [...]

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As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health

As New South Wales and South Australia launch discussions on the merits of lifting the rate of the GST from 10 to 15 per cent “in order to pay for the increasing cost of healthcare”, they might want first to consider their health care priorities. Associate Professor Samantha Battams reveals below “a sad state of [...]

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Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts [...]

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Coke really is part of the solution! And not just for obesity…

Outsourcing our foreign aid to the Coca Cola corporation sounds like something The Chaser would come up with but in fact it’s a proposal being seriously floated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  In the following piece Dr Melissa Stoneham discusses this idea and explains why Coca Cola’s impact on health in developing countries is no [...]

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What does marriage equality mean for the Australian health system?

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) on marriage equality has been heralded as a milestone in addressing discrimination against people in same-sex partnerships and also broader issues of injustice affecting the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) communities.   The implications for health care may not [...]

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Shame and Disgrace in the Governance of Food and Nutrition Policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The failure of successive governments to act on improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a “shame and disgrace”, according to University of Newcastle researcher Dr Mark Lock. In an exhaustive investigation of the fate of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010, he [...]

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New report illustrates “the collision” of economic, health and social agendas

A new report from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) investigating the increasing inequality of income and wealth is an important resource for those working to improve the community’s health, according to public health experts. “Finally there is recognition that economic, health and social agendas are colliding,” write Professor Fran Baum and Professor Sharon Friel [...]

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Climate change & refugees: as Pope Francis leads the way, will Australia get a miracle conversion?

Australia is playing the ultimate outsider in two of the most pressing global issues that have this week seen our devoutly Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott at odds with the Pope on both asylum seekers and climate change. As the New York Times reported: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical [...]

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Inawintji’s Story on Living Black tonight: “the high price to pay for staying well”

Access to healthy and affordable food and good health care is a big issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities. The recent National Rural Health Conference in Darwin has called for a Senate Inquiry into food security for remote communities, while the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjar (NPY) Women’s [...]

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Calling for an inquiry into food security for remote communities – and other priorities from #ruralhealthconf

In the Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s final report on the recent National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, Jennifer Doggett gives an overview of the priorities for rural health action, including calls for a Senate Inquiry into food security for remote communities. Jennifer Doggett writes: The influence of #ruralhealthconf will continue long after delegates have returned [...]

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