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It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors, say peaks on concerns re AMA copayment deal

“When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association of Australia, have called on the Parliament to reject any deal struck by the Health Minister and [...]

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Health impacts of climate change: time for health professionals to heat up the debate

Thanks to the Climate and Health Alliance for lots of good reading, below, from its recent e-newsletter about the impact of climate change on health, and growing activism and engagement by doctors, medical scientists and others working in health. In the wake of the axing of the carbon tax, a group of Australia’s top medical scientists have [...]

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J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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Indigenous HIV groups place future in hands of young and Elders

Marie McInerney reports: Elders and young people may hold the key to beating stigma and discrimination about HIV and AIDS and to promoting better prevention in Indigenous communities. Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders from across Australia were special guests at the  International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, held in the lead-up to [...]

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#Tacklingracism: urgent priorities for children in out-of-home care and immigration detention

A recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people has issued a closing statement highlighting urgent priorities to address health and wellbeing. The statement from the Racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth: understanding impacts, finding solutions symposium points to the need for campaigns that focus on creating sustainable attitudinal and [...]

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NAIDOC Week 2014: Someone was here, and they’re here to stay

  How to capture the scope and scale of this year’s National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2014 (6-13 July)? It can’t cover everything, of course, but social media was a great window to events and initiatives taking place last week across the country, many of which raised important health issues and [...]

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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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Co-payments will kill us all! Well, some of us, anyway……

GP and writer Dr Justin Coleman makes a case for re-allocating funding from specialist services to primary care………….oh and along with Dr Tim Senior, Professor Stephen Duckett, Dr Lesley Russell, Professor Jeff Richardson, the AMA, CHF, AHHA, AHCRA, ANMF, and many others he also doesn’t think the GP co-payment is a good idea. He writes: [...]

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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 ‘close the gap’ update on Indigenous health underlines alarm over #Budget2014 cuts

The Close the Gap Campaign’s response to the COAG Reform Council’s latest report on Indigenous health sums up the terrible misdirection of the Federal Government’s 2014 Budget, which is inflicting pain in all the wrong places and puts at risk recent gains and its own priorities. “Mixed results on closing the gap confirms alarm over [...]

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