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FIFO/DIDO workers and health services in rural & remote Australia

The rapid growth in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce in Australia’s rural and remote areas has been accompanied by claims that FIFO/DIDO workers, particularly miners and other resources sector workers, place substantial burdens on rural/remote health services. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service examines the [...]

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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Why New South Wales abortion law should be decriminalised

Abortion legislation in New South Wales and Queensland is the “most severe and antiquated” in Australia and the most urgently in need of rescission, says medical specialist Caroline de Costa. That’s why, she says, New South Wales Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi’s bill towards decriminalisation should be supported by politicians across the spectrum. *** Caroline de [...]

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Closing the gap in Indigenous health: how will we know?

Two important reports on Indigenous health were released today amid continuing fears about the future of independent reporting and accountability on health and welfare in Australia in the wake of the axing and merger of key Federal Government agencies. At its national conference today, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisaton (NACCHO) expressed “grave concerns” [...]

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Health workforce is a critical policy area – so what will be the impact of axing Health Workforce Australia?

Health Workforce Australia, based in Adelaide, was one of the many agencies axed in the federal budget. This statement says its existing grants and programmes are to be transferred to the Department of Health in Canberra, suggesting it is likely to lose much of its in-house expertise and corporate knowledge. Workforce is one of the most [...]

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#Budget2014: Searching for the detail and evidence amidst the pain

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question  on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope [...]

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Latest PHCRIS update: How do quality improvement funding incentives work with GPs?

There’s a growing trend towards recording, measuring and financially rewarding the quality of care in general practice, as a means to address inequity and improve patient safety. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service looks at what incentives are offered around the world and how effective they are. They conclude: [...]

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Indigenous health leaders say co-payments must be scrapped, as new #noGPtax campaign launched

In growing opposition to Federal Budget health measures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders met in Canberra today for crisis talks about the implications of last week’s Federal Budget and have called for proposed GP and other co-payments to be scrapped, saying they risk widening the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health. See their [...]

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#Budget2014 risks to ‘closing the gap’ include Indigenous cancer impact

There is growing concern that harsh Federal Budget measures on health and other funding areas will put at risk efforts to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In the post below, health researcher Clive Aspin says the Budget will increase the health and social disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. He [...]

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Rural Health, the biggest Budget loser

Lindy Swain, a pharmacist academic at the University Department of Rural Health and Chair of the Rural Pharmacy Support Network, outlines the impact of the Federal Budget measures on rural Australians, in particular asking what it means to put GPs at the centre of the health system in areas where there are no GPs. She [...]

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