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Hospital workforce reform: better jobs and more care

Peter Breadon writes: Employees are the public hospital system’s most valuable resource, and its biggest cost. Wages account for nearly 70% of recurrent hospital spending. To keep hospital care affordable in a time of rising demand, it’s vital that skills are used to the full. Yet many professionals work well below their skill level. Does it take 15 [...]

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Train in vain: How the Queensland contract dispute leaves junior doctors floundering

 Croakey has previously reported on the crisis engulfing senior medical staff in Queensland.  As the turmoil continues, the knock on affect of a potential mass exodus of medical staff on junior doctors and medical training is coming into focus.  Many thanks to Dr Gemma Robertson for this personal perspective on the loss of senior doctors [...]

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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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SA election: ‘we want to control health costs but we’ll keep feeding that beast that fuels them’

South Australia goes to the polls this Saturday, with expectations that Labor will lose office after 12 years in government. In the post below, Professor Fran Baum, professor of public health from Flinders University, looks back at Labor’s record and what the parties are saying now on health. And she sets three big challenges for [...]

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Turmoil for Queensland doctors as contracts introduced

Many thanks to Trent Yarwood, specialist infectious diseases physician and member of the Far North Queensland Senior Medical Staff Association for this overview of the current disquiet amongst Queensland doctors. Trent writes: The move by the Queensland state government to shift the state’s approx 3000 senior doctors to executive-style contracts has been met with widespread  anger, including [...]

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Dental care and policy should be directed towards those who need it most

Dental policy, planning and programs seem to be stuck in the past and need to refocus on current and future needs, say researchers from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity at The University of Western Australia. *** Dental efforts must focus on the poor and marginalised Marc Tennant, Kate Dyson and Estie Kruger write: [...]

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Workforce reform the key to sustainability – Professor Peter Brooks

Workforce reform is crucial to the cost-effectiveness of our health system and yet is often omitted from discussions of health system funding.  In the following article, Professor Peter Brooks argues that reform of our fee-for-service payment system must be considered as part of a broader discussion about the future sustainability of our health system. This [...]

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Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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Aboriginal health is everybody’s business

The Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s last post from the Health Workforce Australia Conference details how the development of a culturally inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework is contributing to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians.  A Health Workforce Australia (HWA) project [...]

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Extended Care Paramedics

As well as showcasing new and emerging roles within the health sector (including nursing assistants and mental health coaches), the Health Workforce Australia Conference 2013 (HWA 2013) featured innovative projects focused on broadening the scope of existing professions. Extending the scope of practice of individual health professions can help meet the growing demand for healthcare [...]

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