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Indigenous HIV groups place future in hands of young and Elders

Marie McInerney reports: Elders and young people may hold the key to beating stigma and discrimination about HIV and AIDS and to promoting better prevention in Indigenous communities. Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders from across Australia were special guests at the  International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, held in the lead-up to [...]

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AMSANT calls for action to avoid mental health service cut

While there has been a lot of focus on the federal budget’s potential impact on health services it is easy to forget that there are many health services facing immediate funding issues. Today AMSANT released the following press release: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) today called for urgent action to ensure that Aboriginal communities [...]

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“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

Australia today became the first country to dismantle an effective carbon market, taking a “monumentally reckless backward leap” that is an “economic attack on future generations” (and part of a wider pattern of this Federal Government’s attacks on the environment). As one scientist, Professor Roger Jones from Victoria University, stated at The Conversation, the repeal of the carbon [...]

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NAIDOC Week 2014: Someone was here, and they’re here to stay

  How to capture the scope and scale of this year’s National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2014 (6-13 July)? It can’t cover everything, of course, but social media was a great window to events and initiatives taking place last week across the country, many of which raised important health issues and [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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GP co-payment would increase emergency department wait times

Mark Mackay, Campbell Thompson, Dale Ward, David Green, Don Campbell, Geoff McDonnell, Leonid Churilov, Malgorzata O’Reilly, Mark Fackrell, Nigel Bean, Peter Taylor, Robert Adams, Shaowen Qin and Keith Stockman write: The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, our modelling shows, as more [...]

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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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GP co-payments – deregulation of the bulk billing market.

In this second of a series of posts about Medicare, Margaret Faux  looks at how perverse financial incentives, the increased financial pressure applied to pensioners and GPs and the lack of supporting infrastructure make the Federal Government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal a high risk venture.  See her first post here. *** Margaret Faux writes: The [...]

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Frontline health, legal services, and what’s crucial behind them

The Federal Government talks much about shifting funding to “frontline services - where people need them”. It sounds obvious, until we look at what’s lost from the backline. In the first of two posts below, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander looks at new restrictions on law reform advocacy by community legal centres (CLCs). Noting the [...]

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Action on the social determinants of health – views from inside the policy process

Australian politicians and policy makers still struggle to understand how to translate growing evidence around the social determinants of health  into policy action. Researchers Dr Gemma Carey and Brad Crammond have interviewed a range of politicians, senior past and present bureaucrats, government advisors and lobbyists to explore why and how that can be shifted. Their [...]

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