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GP clinics aren’t so super but it’s too early to pull the plug

Jim Gillespie writes: The former Labor government’s GP Super Clinics Program has come in for a bashing. The Coalition has derided it as “a total waste of money” and News Corp has dubbed it a “dangerous health care experiment” because it diverted funding from public hospitals. The former government committed A$650 million to build more than [...]

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Health reform coalition warns that predicted budget changes are unhealthy

This statement was issued yesterday by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. Fair and equal access is an essential quality of our health system There seems to be a real danger that decisions to be made in the forthcoming Federal Budget may result in a less equitable health system. This would be a disastrous consequence [...]

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Predictions about demise of Medicare Locals are not good news for health or healthcare costs

The Federal Budget is looking like bad news for Medicare Locals – and this means bad news for the community’s health and the future of healthcare costs, says health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett. Below her article are links to recommended reading on recent health policy news – and some Twitter reaction to today’s headlines. Jennifer [...]

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PHC Research Conference: an opportunity to expand your contribution to improve primary health care

Thanks to Amanda Carne from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service for this reminder about the upcoming conference in July 2014. Networks are increasingly regarded as essential in permitting health research to influence practice and policy.  Yet there has been limited research on the role networking can play in researchers’ careers or the [...]

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A wealth of stories and lessons – from the Lowitja Institute’s recent CQI conference

Efforts to improve health promotion campaigns and healthcare services were profiled at the Lowitja Institute’s recent Continuous Quality Improvement conference, reports Marie McInerney. The conference yielded many pithy tips, including: ‘A good motto for CQI innovation: Steal shamelessly, share generously’; and ’Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; but include me and [...]

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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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Comprehensive Primary Health Care – what works? A Research Symposium

Comprehensive and integrated primary care is well documented in the research literature as providing the most cost-effective and equitable mechanism for preventing and managing chronic disease.  Yet despite a growing body of research supporting this form of care, it often appears to be put in the ‘too hard’ basket of governments and policy makers. This [...]

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New report shows economic benefits for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

A new report has demonstrated the economic benefits of the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and reveals they provide a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boost local economies.   Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations launched the report at the National Press Club in Canberra [...]

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Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare: some of the successes and challenges

The Lowitja Institute’s second National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care kicked off in Melbourne yesterday. Marie McInerney reports: Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is emerging as a major success factor in improving Indigenous primary health and health care in Australia – but sector leaders say there [...]

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Clearing the air on managed care

Managed care has somewhat of a negative reputation in Australia but is this view justified? Walter Kmet, CEO of WentWest and AHHA councillor, argues that we need a take a rational and considered look at managed care and its potential role within our health system, or risk it being imposed on us with less than optimum results.  [...]

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