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2013

Abbott scores a win on Aboriginal health

Abbott scores a win on Aboriginal health

Tony Abbott might not always get Aboriginal Affairs right, but there is good will there and we should respect that because his commitment to Aboriginal people is the nicest thing about him. That’s the word from a meeting held in Perth recently which focused on the thing that seemed absent from the Liberal’s agenda prior […]

ADCA Axing - some thoughts and a petition

ADCA Axing - some thoughts and a petition

ADCA’s patron Ian Webster AO is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He has held senior appointments in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine as well as Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities. A member of the National Mental Health Commission, he still works as a consultant […]

Catherine King on ADCA axing

Catherine King on ADCA axing

Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King adds her voice to the criticism of the Government’s decision to axe ADCA. She writes: The Abbott Government’s knee-capping last week of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council (ADCA) is more than a blow to how we deal with one of our most challenging problems.  It shows a worrying […]

Aboriginal health is everybody’s business

Aboriginal health is everybody’s business

The Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s last post from the Health Workforce Australia Conference details how the development of a culturally inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework is contributing to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians.  A Health Workforce Australia (HWA) project […]

College of Physicians' Board changes under dispute

College of Physicians' Board changes under dispute

A group of physicians is attempting to block proposed governance changes to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), due to be voted on tomorrow.  These changes have been proposed by the current RACP Board of Directors and include changing its size from 19 to nine Directors and its structure from a Board of ex-officio […]

Seeking a voice for health in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Seeking a voice for health in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Dr Deborah Gleeson describes her struggle to put health issues on the agenda of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. Deb will be in Singapore representing the PHAA during the meeting – follow her progress via Twitter @DrDebGleeson. She writes:  This week I’m heading to Singapore for a meeting to which I’m not invited.  Trade […]

Extended Care Paramedics

Extended Care Paramedics

As well as showcasing new and emerging roles within the health sector (including nursing assistants and mental health coaches), the Health Workforce Australia Conference 2013 (HWA 2013) featured innovative projects focused on broadening the scope of existing professions. Extending the scope of practice of individual health professions can help meet the growing demand for healthcare […]

Health Costs Demand Action

Health Costs Demand Action

Out-of-pocket costs for health care are becoming an issue that the Government cannot afford to ignore.  Peter Brooks AM MD, Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, adds his voice to the growing chorus of experts, peak bodies and commentators who are pushing for action in this area.  He writes: Early this […]

The Government's medical research funding policies fail the test

The Government's medical research funding policies fail the test

The Coalition Government has actively promoted its commitment to Australia’s medical research sector but will its policies give Australian researchers the support they need to pursue life-changing research or instead drive our science and technology sector back into the stone age? Dr Andrew Weatherall puts our current funding system for medical research and the Government’s […]

Progress 2013 - a summary

Progress 2013 - a summary

Anyone who missed out on Progress 2013 (or those who attended and who would like a re-cap) may be interested in the following excellent summary of the highlights from Jo Allebone.  Jo has kindly given Croakey permission to re-publish this summary (originally published on her blog) which covers a broad spectrum of contemporary thinking on issues […]