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Australia’s first Physician Assistant graduates hold promise to better health care access

Today has been a landmark day in Australian health, particularly for rural and regional areas, with the country’s first graduation of a cohort of bachelor degree trained physician assistants from James Cook University. Croakey has published a number of reports – see this one and the links below - on the benefits of physician assistants, and the [...]

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Tony Abbott’s Medicare “deforms” or How to Trick Senators 1.01

The Federal Government’s co-payments Plan B will add another layer of co-payment complexity to the Medicare system that neither doctors nor patients fully understand now. That raises a whole range of issues around unintended consequences, particularly for patients but also for our system, which has prompted this appeal to the Senate to learn from what’s [...]

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Federation reform: issues raised in the Health Issues Paper

The Federal Government last week released, with little fanfare, the Issues Paper on Health to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. See the media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this snapshot of the “threshold questions” to be addressed. In response, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association today released a [...]

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Not for release: On the latest instalment in the sorry saga of mental health reform

By Sebastian Rosenberg Senior Lecturer, Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney The National Mental Health Commission has provided its Review of Mental Health Services to the Federal Government. Despite the repeated requests of Shadow Minister Jan McLucas and a resolution passed by the Australian Senate, the Government has now confirmed it does [...]

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New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

A damning indictment of the Federal Government’s cuts across the health sector emerges from the Senate Select Committee on Health’s first interim report (the committee expects to release two of these each year until its final reporting date of 20 June 2016). The report calls for a “wholesale rethink of government policy”. The committee that [...]

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What’s missing from Victorian election health promises? Plenty…

For a sustainable health system, the Victorian public deserves so much more than election promises focused on more hospital beds, according to Tom Symondson, Acting Chief Executive of the Victorian Healthcare Association. His analysis of election health policies echoes some themes raised previously at this blog by Dr Christine Walker of the Chronic Illness Alliance. [...]

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The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

(This post was updated on Nov 26 – see bottom of page) Upheaval and uncertainty are the distinguishing characteristics of the Abbott Government’s efforts in health and related portfolios. The Government’s plans for a GP copayment appear to be on hold while Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed receiving legal advice that it cannot be implemented [...]

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Opposition: Why the Minister should retain veto power over rises in private health premiums

The Conversation recently ran this analysis of the draft report of the Federal Government’s Competition Policy Review headed by Professor Ian Harper. In it, Elizabeth Savage, Professor of Health Economics at University of Technology Sydney, said there were two significant changes to the private health insurance industry that are likely to have an impact on both consumers [...]

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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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Noel Pearson farewells Gough Whitlam: “Australia’s greatest white Elder, friend without peer of the original Australians”

  My chances in this nation were a result of the Whitlam program. My grandparents and parents could never have imagined the doors that opened to me which were closed to them. I share this consciousness with millions of my fellow Australians whose experiences speak in some way or another to the great power of [...]

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