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Abbott reshuffles Ministry: Dutton to Immigration, Ley to Health, Morrison to Social Services

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a reshuffle of his Ministry, that has seen Peter Dutton move from Health to Immigration and replaced by Sussan Ley, former Assistant Minister for Education, who becomes the second woman in Cabinet (alongside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop). His statement announcing the moves said: The Hon Peter Dutton MP will [...]

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“I’m a Health Worker, student & am homeless, by choice”: insight into the lives of Darwin’s street people.

The post below offers a unique insight into the lives of street people in Darwin, where ‘long grassers’ are often regarded as a blight on the community, denied access to toilets, showers and other facilities. The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to encourage better responses to street people and particularly urge academics to [...]

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World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy [...]

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Widening the gap: if they complain, who will hear them? On the loss of IRIS to remote communities

The Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) this week brought more bad news for health agencies and programs, at home and internationally. There was also much concern that the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year. In the post below, David Russell, Director of [...]

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The Health Wrap: revamping Medicare; Indigenous policy roadblocks; reforming mental health

By Frances Gilham Revamping Medicare: a mixed response News that the Government had stepped back from its $7 GP co-payment proposal and was hoping to replace it with a new, slightly changed package that still aimed for significant Budget savings was met with mixed reactions, with many in the healthcare sector arguing the plan was [...]

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#MYEFO Budget update brings more cuts to foreign aid, health agencies

Australia’s leading international aid organisations have responded with dismay to another round of drastic cuts to foreign aid announced in the Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which also contains news of more cuts to health agencies. Treasurer Joe Hockey said foreign aid had taken “by far” the biggest hit in the latest [...]

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On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

Two recent Senate committee reports have raised concerns that federal policies are exacerbating health inequities (an interim report from the Senate Select Committee on Health, and another report, Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia). Such concerns are particularly acute in Tasmania, as was made clear in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Health. [...]

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Rural health leader condemns ABC cuts

Cuts to the ABC are of critical concern to rural health advocates. Gordon Gregory, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, writes below that “Australia’s rural and remote people are yet again being denied access to essential services by centralised decisions which show every sign of being uninformed by the reality of rural [...]

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Indigenous health professionals urged to support campaign against closure of remote communities

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Federal Government to show leadership and protect the future of remote communities (the letter is published in full at the bottom of this post). In a media statement, Congress says recent action by the Western Australian [...]

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Luke Batty inquest: on the need for a systems approach to protect women and children

As a coronial inquest resumes this week into the death of Luke Batty, policy expert Dr Chris Atmore says we need to be taking much more of a systems approach to preventing family violence. Dr Atmore is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, and co-leads the Victorian Family Violence [...]

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