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What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this week. What are the health issues and concerns at play? Croakey contributors give their [...]

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Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

Stephen Duckett writes: The Commonwealth government’s big idea for primary health care in the past year was to charge everyone who visits the GP a A$7 co-payment. The idea had many problems – it could have led to a blowout in emergency department demand; it was inequitable; and it may not have worked anyway. It has [...]

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2015 #ClosetheGap: focus on remote communities, funding cuts, & improving the Indigenous ‘Heart Health Story’

*Post updated with new statement from Close the Gap campaign Close The Gap Campaign Co-Chairs Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda have called on the West Australian and Federal government to properly assess the health and wellbeing impacts of closing remote communities in WA, saying decisions that are being made without consultation are “premature and damaging”. [...]

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‘Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?’

Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then  in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”.  But that, he said in this Age [...]

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Why Private Health Insurance won’t improve our health

As highlighted by the Parliamentary Library, the introduction of private health insurance (PHI) into primary health care raises some significant policy and regulatory challenges.  In the following piece Dr Tim Senior expands on some of these issues and outlines implications of this move for population health, equity, health care costs and ultimately the future of our public health system.   [...]

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Health groups unite to support RECOGNISE HEALTH

It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.   Today an important campaign is being launched at Parliament House in [...]

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Private Health Insurance in Primary Care: an overview of the issues

The GP co-payment may be ‘dead, buried and cremated’ but controversy over its primary health care policies is not over for the Abbott Government.  The introduction of private health insurance into the primary health care sector was flagged by previous Minister for Health Peter Dutton in a number of speeches and media interviews and was [...]

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The Health Wrap: NSW election, new smoking findings, and other health policy news

By Frances Gilham NSW election news With a NSW state election coming up in March, discussion of state health policy has started to creep into the news. SMH journalist Amy Corderoy reported on a public health debate held between NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Labor’s opposition spokesman on health Walt Secord, and Greens’ spokesman John [...]

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Primary Health Networks: key questions and challenges

While the media has been focussed on the Government’s proposed GP co-payment, there have been potentially bigger changes to primary health care progressing behind the scenes. The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) may not appear significant, as the functions and objectives of both organisations are very similar. However, there are some [...]

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Choosing Wisely with The Naked Doctor

In his latest post for Croakey, The Naked Doctor, Justin Coleman, previews the Choosing Wisely campaign, due to launch in Australia in April.  This campaign focuses on cutting down the numbers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and has been successful in the USA and Canada in reducing non-evidenced based interventions.  While a number of medical colleges [...]

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