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Want Medicare savings? Stop paying for private hospitals

Peter Sivey writes: The polls this week suggest half of Australians think the Abbott government should reduce the cost of Medicare. My solution? Claw back some of the A$9 billion the government pays to private hospitals. Consider my experience … A few years ago I twisted my knee playing football. My GP, maybe after estimating my salary, suggested [...]

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Gambling in a mobile era: a wrap on last month’s 5th International Gambling Conference in NZ

The recent 5th International Gambling Conference in Auckland had its focus on: Gambling in a Mobile Era: Developments, Regulation and Responses. The biennial conference is a well-established New Zealand event hosted by three organisations; Maori public health provider Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, and the [...]

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#Tasvotes: Milestones in the journey to getting social determinants, health & wellbeing on the political agenda

In a second Croakey post for Saturday’s Tasmanian election, Graeme Lynch, CEO of the Heart Foundation in Tasmania, describes the results of concerted advocacy campaign over the past five years in Tasmania to convince political parties to address the social determinants of health. Lynch believes the campaign has generated a paradigm shift in thinking towards [...]

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Tasmania votes: ‘Joining the dots to find anything resembling a social determinants of health policy’

Yesterday Croakey previewed this Saturday’s South Australian election through a public health/social determinants of health lens, with an analysis by Professor Fran Baum of the Labor Government’s record and what the parties are saying on health. Today Miriam Herzfeld, convenor of the Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network of Tasmania, looks at the state of [...]

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Global manifestos & calls to arms on health, equity, gender, climate: ‘Act in the world with a sense of eternity’.

Need some inspiration on global justice, health, and equity? The past week or so has brought some powerful interventions from The Lancet, the World Health Organisation and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on how we should inhabit this planet and how and where we are failing. ‘A new vision for planetary health’ British medical [...]

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SA election: ‘we want to control health costs but we’ll keep feeding that beast that fuels them’

South Australia goes to the polls this Saturday, with expectations that Labor will lose office after 12 years in government. In the post below, Professor Fran Baum, professor of public health from Flinders University, looks back at Labor’s record and what the parties are saying now on health. And she sets three big challenges for [...]

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ReachOut/EY ‘Crossroads’ report says time to rethink the national mental health system

Online youth mental health service ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation and EY (formerly Ernst and Young) yesterday called for a shift to a “21st century mental health care system”, saying growing and unmet demand makes our current model unsustainable (see info graphic below). Their joint report Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system calls for a [...]

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7 lessons from a health journalist on ‘outing his black dog’ of depression

Journalist Sean Parnell -  health and freedom of information editor at The Australian – recently wrote a very personal piece about having depression. In it, he describes its onset and impact and how, with the support of family and health professionals, he has sought to “tighten the leash on this black dog”.  He notes: One [...]

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NSW’s tough new drink-related laws to have biggest impact on Aboriginal people & in the bush

Tough new laws for drink-related offences in New South Wales will have a disproportionate effect on Aboriginal people, says Amy McGuire, editor of Tracker, the magazine produced by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Her editorial from the magazine’s latest edition says tough on-the-spot fines will be a particular burden in rural and regional areas like [...]

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What do White House policy makers want from researchers?

It’s a perennial question for researchers, policy makers and advocates in public health and social policy areas: how do we influence the real decision-makers? A recent study of senior US national security policymakers provides some valuable insights for people working in social policy and public health. Croakey thanks Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB [...]

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