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Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change – a doctor’s compelling view from the #SAfires

  The fearsome spectre of Ash Wednesday hung over the Adelaide Hills for five days this week as firefighters battled to control the worst bushfires so far in Australia this summer. Now South Australia, and elsewhere, prepares for flooding rains. It was a very tense time for Dr David Shearman, Honorary Secretary of  Doctors for [...]

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‘Removing the Emperor’s Clothes’ review: how Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws were won

As this post below points out, we get a lot of books about party politics and politicians, and not so many about public policy. But last year at least saw the publication of Removing the emperor’s clothes: Australia and tobacco plain packaging by Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman (which made the list of 2014′s recommended reads by Croakey [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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Dental education in Australia “at a turning point”: how to sustain quality improvement?

This post below is the first of two contributed to Croakey by leading Australian dental academics, looking at both dental education priorities and equity in dental care. The second part can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger,  Laurie Walsh and Marc Tennant write: Dental education accreditation: What is needed to sustain quality improvement for [...]

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Tired, sluggish, bloated? Time to detox? “Don’t buy the hype”

Thanks to Loretta Marron OAM, CEO of Friends of Science in Medicine for this very timely post. *** Loretta Marron writes: Feeling tired, sluggish and bloated? Recycling bin rattling with empty bottles & cans? Belt a bit tight? What about  that New Year’s Resolution to live healthier this year? This might be the perfect time [...]

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New year, same approach: implications of the Fed Govt’s confidence trick on Medicare

Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]

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What to buy the PM for Christmas? And other shopping suggestions…

The Prime Minister and his wife, Margie Abbott, have recorded a Christmas message acknowledging that this has been a difficult year for many. Meanwhile, Croakey contributors have been thinking about what they’d like the PM to find in his Christmas stocking… (It’s worth noting though that their suggestions below were made before the PM’s recent [...]

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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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