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MICHELLE HUGHES | February 16, 2015 | FEDERAL BUDGET 2014-15 | 1 |

Federation reform: A solution in search of a problem.

The Federation Reform consultation process is now underway.  Readers may remember that the health issues paper was release in December last year and the process has been seen by groups such as AHHA as a possibility to improve healthcare.

At the time a senior health policy analyst and regular Croakey contributor,  writing under the pen name “William Foggin” raised some concerns about the potential impact of reform. In this post “William” provides insight to recent consultations in Canberra.

“William Foggin” writes:

While watching the non-spill on Monday, and choking over my coffee with glee at the tongue in cheek SBS report on Julia Gillard’s admission to the Royal Prince Phillip Hospital, I was thinking about the future of the reform of the federation process.

The first of the series of consultations on the reform of the federation took place on Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th February at the Hotel Currajong in Canberra.  Others will be taking place in every state capital, Darwin, Townsville and Wagga over the next few weeks.

The Canberra meetings were attended mainly by peak bodies of various kinds, and it is quite possible that discussions in state capitals (not to mention Townsville and Wagga) will have a different flavour.

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MICHELLE HUGHES | February 16, 2015 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. Dr Stoneham writes: My mum is a healthy 82 year old. She has eaten well all her life, had regular check-ups with her medical practitioners and although she wasn’t regularly active, rearing seven kids [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | February 16, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | |

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | February 15, 2015 | POEMS OF PUBLIC HEALTH | |

On life and death: poetry of the paramedic

As regular readers may remember, Croakey has been running an occasional series, Poems of Public Health. I happened to mention this at a University of Canberra writing retreat this weekend, and one of the participants – Allison Ballard, a lawyer who previously worked as an intensive care paramedic – produced this poem especially for Croakey [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | February 14, 2015 | @WEPUBLICHEALTH | 2 |

Doctors in distress: join the #dochealth conversation on Twitter

Enormous interest was generated by a recent Croakey article urging medicine to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture in the wake of the recent deaths of four junior doctors. The article was by Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | February 13, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | |

The Forgotten Children in detention: “Enough is enough”, say AHRC, Malcolm Fraser, public health experts, nurses, psychiatrists….

Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has issued a statement via the Refugee Action Committee condemning the Federal Government’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘The Forgotten Children‘ report on children in detention. Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched an extraordinary attack on the Commission and its president Gillian Triggs, saying they should be ashamed [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | February 13, 2015 | E-HEALTH | 1 |

Being online – is it bad for your health?

If you’re reading this post while you’re eating lunch – don’t! Or breakfast or dinner. Please, pay attention to your food and then go for a walk, if you can. But do come back and consider some important and, yes, challenging thoughts and research about the way we spend time online. *** Dr Lareen Newman [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | February 11, 2015 | EVIDENCE-BASED ISSUES | 2 |

Where to after “profoundly disappointing” Closing the Gap report? Justice targets, renewed funding, and much much more

Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to add justice targets to the nation’s Closing The Gap strategy to work to reduce the current rate of Indigenous incarceration – although he showed no signs of interest today as he handed down the “profoundly disappointing” 2015 Close the Gap report card. See the summary (pic, [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | February 10, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | 2 |

“Ebola is not a natural disaster. It is a disease fostered by poverty…” Greens Senator Richard Di Natale on his trip to Liberia, Sierra Leone

The headline death toll of Ebola “does not do justice to the profound and far-reaching impact of this disease”, says Greens Senator Richard Di Natale in his powerful report to Parliament on his recent trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read his speech below or watch it via the link here: Empathy in an Age of [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | February 10, 2015 | DENTAL CARE | 1 |

Health policy reform: principles for reform & how to get there

It’s hard to pick where health policy will go now under the Federal Government, with a new Minister and the likely shift (mark 3?) on a GP co-payment – if not because they accept the evidence against it but because of the politics. But there was an interesting intervention in the lead up to this [...]

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