Tim Mendham, executive officer of the
Tim Mendham, executive officer of the Australian Skeptics, writes:
“One of the poster boys of the global anti-vaccination movement, Dr Andrew Wakefield, has been found guilty of being dishonest, irresponsible and misleading, with the possibility of being struck off the medical register.
Wakefield was a senior lecturer in the Departments of Medicine and Histopathology at the Royal Free Hospital and a reader in experimental gastroenterology. He was an honorary consultant in experimental Gastroenterology with a stipulation in his contract that he had no involvement in the clinical management of patients.
health financing and costs
Jan 31, 2010
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists is claiming that its deal with the Feds over cuts to the cataract surgery rebate is a victory for patients. Croakey is particularly taken b
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists is claiming that its deal with the Feds over cuts to the cataract surgery rebate is a victory for patients.
Croakey is particularly taken by the line in their media statement that says: “The ASO has always argued that the interests of patients should be the primary consideration ”.
But of course! (Naturally, Croakey does believe everything that she reads.)
The Consumers Health Forum, however, has quite a different take on the whole issue, arguing that the ophthalmologists and the medical colleges more broadly may ultimately prove to be the losers of what has been “an exploitative industrial campaign”.
Executive director Carol Bennett, who has previously written for Croakey on this issue, writes:
Jan 29, 2010
Today in Ceduna, Minister Warren Snowdon launched a new national association for Aboriginal Health Workers.
Today in Ceduna, Minister Warren Snowdon launched a new national association for Aboriginal Health Workers. This report estimates there are more than 1,500 in the country.
The question I have is: why has it taken so long?
It is not an idle or facetious question. I’d really appreciate any insights you may have, whether micro or macro…
Meanwhile, those wanting to find out more about joining the association, should look here.
Update (2nd Feb)
Dr Sue Page, of the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, has sent in some relevant background:
“Largely because they are low income employees and small in number in any one employment field so nobody “owns” their issues.
However first state based organisation was registered nearly 15 years ago, and the process quickly became national which lead to the push for national competency standards to be developed. Note the new label drops use of the name “professional” which likely suits the NSW agenda of having them focus community education strategies rather than clinical service delivery. In NT they have been registered vaccination providers for years and years.
There is more info here.
Australian Medical Association
Jan 29, 2010
The World Health Organization is moving towards taking some action on the flow of health professionals from poor to rich countries. It is likely that Australia is one of its targets, ar
The World Health Organization is moving towards taking some action on the flow of health professionals from poor to rich countries. It is likely that Australia is one of its targets, argues health economist Professor Gavin Mooney.
conflicts of interest
Jan 28, 2010
As previously reported at Croakey, the World Health Organi
As previously reported at Croakey, the World Health Organisation is facing some awkward questions in Europe regarding the pharmaceutical industry’s role in the pandemic influenza response, and here is the latest snippet in an issue which is likely to continue to hit the headlines.
Professor Robert Booy, a paediatrician and infectious diseases expert from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, argues below that focusing on such concerns risks obscuring the bigger picture, including the potential public health benefits of vaccination. He writes:
Forget Media Watch. Today we bring you Media Release Watch, thanks to Dr Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation.
In his sights is a recent release from Andrew Stoner, the leader of the NSW Nationals.
Dr Wodak writes:
If the Government takes a close look at the health component of the latest CPI figures, there are some clear lessons for policy, says Ian McAuley, a Centre for Policy Development Fellow and lecturer in Public Sector Finance at the University of Canberra. He writes:
“The movement in the CPI for the December quarter was 0.5 percent. Some media commentators picked up the fall in the health component, which dropped almost one percent in the quarter. If health had been excluded, the quarterly rise in the CPI would have been 0.6 percent.
This does not mean the Prime Minister’s initiatives to improve productivity in the sector have had a stunning early success.
Jan 27, 2010
Continuing his series on mental health r
Continuing his series on mental health reform, Sydney psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen argues that the states – well most of them anyway – have forfeited the right to run community mental health services.
Australian Medical Association
Jan 27, 2010
Health economist Gavin Mooney has two offerings for Croakey readers. For those with an interest in citizen's juries and their potential for informing health policy and related decisi
Health economist Gavin Mooney has two offerings for Croakey readers.
For those with an interest in citizen’s juries and their potential for informing health policy and related decisions, he has just released A Handbook on Citizens’ Juries, which sets out their pros and cons, how to run them, and gives some examples of their use in Australia. It is freely available here.
Mooney has also taken up the previous Croakey post on fee for service, and suggests that citizen’s juries may be able to help inform policy about remuneration systems. After all, if we don’t know what the community really wants from GPs, how can we know what is the most useful way of paying them?