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Not for release: On the latest instalment in the sorry saga of mental health reform

By Sebastian Rosenberg Senior Lecturer, Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney The National Mental Health Commission has provided its Review of Mental Health Services to the Federal Government. Despite the repeated requests of Shadow Minister Jan McLucas and a resolution passed by the Australian Senate, the Government has now confirmed it does [...]

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New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

A damning indictment of the Federal Government’s cuts across the health sector emerges from the Senate Select Committee on Health’s first interim report (the committee expects to release two of these each year until its final reporting date of 20 June 2016). The report calls for a “wholesale rethink of government policy”. The committee that [...]

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#VicVotes: So many health promises, so little vision

Victorian voters may be swimming in health promises – but these offer little vision of a more integrated health system that better serves people with chronic illness, according to Dr Christine Walker, who heads the Chronic Illness Alliance. This is the first in a Croakey mini-series examining health and the Victorian election. *** Christine Walker [...]

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Lessons from an integrated care simulation – and charting some future directions for the health system

Jennifer Doggett and Marie McInerney report: What happens when you get about 85 health leaders into a room to workshop major health policy initiatives? That was the question the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) wanted to test at a recent Integrated Care Simulation, which aimed to turn Old Parliament House in Canberra into a [...]

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New report undermines Federal Government claims about a crisis in health system sustainability

“Health spending growth slowest since the 1980s” says the headline on a media release issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare today about a new report, Health expenditure Australia 2012-13. The report shows total spending on health goods and services in Australia was estimated at $147.4 billion in 2012-13 (9.67% of GDP). This [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, [...]

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After the “wrecking ball” budget, what hope is there for collaborative health reform efforts?

The COAG Reform Council is about to release its final report evaluating the impacts of national health reform. The report will give some insights into the state of Australians’ health and healthcare, and perhaps provide some benchmarks for future evaluations of the health impacts of the Federal Budget. However, such evaluations will be unlikely to [...]

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Look what’s missing from the latest round of primary health care reforms

In the wake of the explosion that was the Federal Budget, plenty of details have gone missing in action and may take time to surface. In the article below, health policy consultant Dr Sharon Willcox identifies some of the details that are missing from planned primary health care reforms, and also highlights some contradictions in [...]

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Welcome to Health Minister Dutton’s alternative universe – where “strengthening Medicare” means reducing access

Health Minister Peter Dutton’s expression appeared most sincere today at the National Press Club when he spoke about strengthening Medicare, which he described as “much-loved” by the public and the Government. No matter that the Budget reveals a clear lack of commitment to enhancing universal health care, as well as a distinct lack of interest, [...]

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A call to medical arms: seize the opportunity of current co-payment debate and push for real reform

The fight against the Federal Government’s proposed GP co-payment should keep an eye on the big picture and the need for serious structural reform in general practice and remuneration systems, says rural medico Dr Paul Mara. The current debate provides GPs and rural doctors with “a once in a decade” chance to re-engineer the current [...]

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