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Senate report shows why Australia needs to talk about inequality

This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of  inequality is not an issue here, consider that in Australia the [...]

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The “Inverse Care Rule” still rules in Dentistry in Australia

In the second of two articles on dental education contributed to Croakey, leading Australian dental academics look at the “Inverse Care Rule” and how it applies to dentistry.  The first article in the series on dental education priorities and equity in dental care can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger and Marc Tennant write: [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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Dental education in Australia “at a turning point”: how to sustain quality improvement?

This post below is the first of two contributed to Croakey by leading Australian dental academics, looking at both dental education priorities and equity in dental care. The second part can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger,  Laurie Walsh and Marc Tennant write: Dental education accreditation: What is needed to sustain quality improvement for [...]

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New year, same approach: implications of the Fed Govt’s confidence trick on Medicare

Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]

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“Try a little kindness” and other collective resolutions for 2015

The resolutions that we make for a New Year, whether as a collective or individually, can be quite revealing. The compilation below, of Croakey contributors’ resolutions for 2015, give a good sense of their priorities and concerns. *** Q: What New Year’s resolution would you like to see Australia make (as a collective)? Stop being [...]

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Like it or not health and human rights are inexorably linked

Recently, as I sat waiting for a meeting, I picked up a coffee table book provocatively called Wisdom and started flicking through. I noted this quote from Madeline Albright: “It is essential to care about human rights – that ultimately is the basis of our existence. The responsibility to protect does not trump sovereignty. If [...]

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“I’m a Health Worker, student & am homeless, by choice”: insight into the lives of Darwin’s street people.

The post below offers a unique insight into the lives of street people in Darwin, where ‘long grassers’ are often regarded as a blight on the community, denied access to toilets, showers and other facilities. The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to encourage better responses to street people and particularly urge academics to [...]

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World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy [...]

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