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Frontline health, legal services, and what’s crucial behind them

The Federal Government talks much about shifting funding to “frontline services - where people need them”. It sounds obvious, until we look at what’s lost from the backline. In the first of two posts below, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander looks at new restrictions on law reform advocacy by community legal centres (CLCs). Noting the [...]

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Closed for business…

(This post was updated on July 3, 4 and 20 – see bottom of post) Today marks the end of an era, for many organisations, their employees and those who have relied upon or been part of their work. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency *** The COAG Reform Council The final statement from John [...]

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Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

We are living longer, have lower death rates for cancer and many other diseases, and a health system that people say they are mostly happy with. But chronic diseases related to our ageing population as well as to lifestyles and health habits are taking an increasing toll. That’s the verdict of Australia’s Health 2014, the [...]

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On the risks of private health cover of GP visits & the need for a “real” national conversation on health

In this post below, public policy expert John Menadue agrees with Health Minister Peter Dutton that we need a national conversation about health. He disagrees however that we are having one, saying we are instead seeing an “ill-considered and ideologically driven course” on both co-payments and the prospect of private health insurers being able to [...]

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Budget 2014: the good, the bad and the ugly (but mostly the ugly….)

With the bulk of the Health Budget already in the public domain, last night’s Budget speech was less about new announcements and more about selling the already unpopular measures to the Australian public.  Attempting to convince consumers to cough up more for their health care is not an easy task and in spinning the new [...]

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#Budget2014: a longread on health agency mergers, dental health, copayments, medical research, hospital funding

In this comprehensive article below, a health policy analyst who wishes to remain anonymous provides comment on major shifts in health policy and funding in the 2014-15 Federal Budget, handed down today. *** “William Foggin” writes: Agency amalgamations/cuts The government is cutting a swathe through health portfolio agencies in the interests of efficiency and reducing [...]

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The Health Wrap: Budget speculation heightens; the screening debate; drugs, in all their forms; revolutionising healthcare

  By Frances Gilham Budget speculation heightens Speculation in the lead-up to Federal Budget, due to be released on 13 May, has gathered pace in the past two weeks. And with the Commission of Audit just released, we are now closer to knowing what the Government might have in store for health. The Conversation gives [...]

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Audit Commission’s sweeping reforms for health, welfare – worrying signs for the future and some scare tactics?

Croakey readers will no doubt be aware of the sweeping changes to health, welfare and other services that have been proposed by the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, including an end to universal health care and a much tougher GP (and Emergency Departments) co-payment scheme than previously touted. Further on health, it recommends “requiring” high [...]

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Medicare Locals: why ‘local’ is the key (and central to Coalition pre-election promises)

Health Minister Peter Dutton has flagged the possibility of big cuts and changes for Medicare Locals in the coming Federal Budget, saying he wants to make sure health funds are being spent “on frontline services, not on bureaucracies”. In the post below, two Medicare Local CEOs argue that the ‘local’ in their names is key [...]

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Challenge to Canberra to act on alcohol promotion to young people, open up on (de)funding decisions

If the Federal Government truly wants to act on its concern about alcohol fuelled violence – and allay public fears about industry influence over its health policies – then it has been given an opportunity in today’s recommendations from the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) to curb advertising of alcohol to young people. How [...]

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