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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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EDDIE THE EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM ARE EVERYWHERE

Who should we be listening to in the debate over co-payments in the health system? Why do Governments take advice from unions, such as the AMA, with clear vested interests, rather than from expert researchers and consumer groups?  In the following piece, Anne Cahill Lambert builds on Marie McInerney’s work on the co-payment to question [...]

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And still the evidence and argument mount against a $7 GP co-payment.

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee on Friday published its findings on out of pocket costs in Australian healthcare, saying that imposing additional costs would make it harder for people, particularly in vulnerable groups to access primary care, which would not only be at the cost of their own health but to the whole system, [...]

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The uphill trek on obesity: convincing people that Coke is not part of the health “solution”

Why are consumers willing to overlook the contribution that Coca-Cola’s products are having in driving Australia’s poor health?  And why do organisations with public health objectives buy into the message that it is somehow part of the health solution when it comes to addressing obesity? Croakey has run a number of articles on the issue [...]

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The Health Wrap: the Ebola crisis deepens; poverty; rethinking health

By Frances Gilham The Ebola crisis deepens A dangerous new chapter has begun in the deadly Ebola epidemic, as crowds of people clashed with law enforcers trying to maintain quarantine zones to halt the disease spread in Liberia, the New York Times reported. Without a cure or vaccine for the disease, the World Health Organization [...]

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

(This post has been updated to link to include the AMA’s co-payment proposal and some Twitter reaction) “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 [...]

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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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Unhealthy haste? What are the implications of outsourcing Medicare, PBS claims and services?

Less than two weeks ago the Federal Government called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the private sector to provide claims and payment services for Medicare (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a $29 billion operation currently managed by the Department of Human Services. The EOI closes this Friday, 22 August. Such a privatisation [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, [...]

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“The accidental logic of health policy in Australia” – some progressive ideas for reform

A new book aims to provide an antidote to policy failures arising out of “an ideology built upon faith in markets and a distrust of governments”. The authors of the health chapter, Professor Fran Baum and Professor Judith Dwyer, summarise below their contribution to Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency.  “Overall, our message echoes [...]

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