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The Health Wrap: The Vegemite news spread; On your bike (sans helmet); a chronic problem; funding medical research and teens’ troubling mental health.

Kellie Bisset August 17, 2015

                  This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe The Vegemite news spread The use and abuse of […]

The Health Wrap: Windfarm woes, the vaccination conversation, hope for medicinal cannabis, improving organ donation rates

Kellie Bisset June 19, 2015

                  This fortnight’s Health Wrap has been prepared by my colleague Ellice Mol, Digital Communications Manager at The Sax Institute. Send your ideas for The Health Wrap to me on Twitter via @medicalmedia. By Ellice Mol  Huff and puff on windfarms Prime Minister Tony Abbott sparked renewed discussion […]

Federal Budget Preview

Federal Budget Preview

Jennifer Doggett May 12, 2015

With the 2015-16 Federal Budget only hours away, Croakey has prepared the following summary of the announcements already made in the health portfolio and compared these against the recommendations made by key organisations in their Federal Budget submissions.   While some of the requests from the sector have already fully or partially met (indicated below) through […]

Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

Marie McInerney January 6, 2015

The siege of the Lindt cafe in Sydney late last year showcased some of the best and worst aspects of journalism in Australia, with surely the top prize for poor taste going to our most powerful media man, Rupert Murdoch, for his tweet just hours after its tragic resolution: Much already has been written about the […]

Federation reform: issues raised in the Health Issues Paper

Federation reform: issues raised in the Health Issues Paper

Marie McInerney December 15, 2014

The Federal Government last week released, with little fanfare, the Issues Paper on Health to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. See the media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this snapshot of the “threshold questions” to be addressed. In response, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association today released a […]

Why aren’t paramedics registered?

Marie McInerney November 7, 2014 4 Comments

Ruth Townsend writes in this post below that if  you completed a first aid course last weekend then you could call yourself a paramedic. She asks how the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council can justify its decision last month to defer the inclusion of paramedics on the Australian Health Practitioner register, a move that has […]

The Health Wrap: HIV/AIDS; environmental health; sugar wars

The Health Wrap: HIV/AIDS; environmental health; sugar wars

Frances Gilham July 25, 2014

By Frances Gilham HIV and AIDS: pain and progress This fortnight we witnessed the devastating news about the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Grief and shock hit an international conference on HIV and AIDS being held in Australia – AIDS 2014 – when the news emerged that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates […]

Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

Marie McInerney June 25, 2014

We are living longer, have lower death rates for cancer and many other diseases, and a health system that people say they are mostly happy with. But chronic diseases related to our ageing population as well as to lifestyles and health habits are taking an increasing toll. That’s the verdict of Australia’s Health 2014, the […]

New report highlights why the federal budget is such a problem for health

New report highlights why the federal budget is such a problem for health

Melissa Sweet June 11, 2014

The COAG Reform Council has delivered its final report evaluating the impact of the national health reform agreement, Healthcare in Australia 2012–13: Five years of performance. The report examines progress in four of the seven areas to be tracked under the agreement. As the images below show, there have been some notable improvements but many challenges remain. It […]

#Budget2014 risks to ‘closing the gap’ include Indigenous cancer impact

#Budget2014 risks to ‘closing the gap’ include Indigenous cancer impact

Marie McInerney May 20, 2014

There is growing concern that harsh Federal Budget measures on health and other funding areas will put at risk efforts to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In the post below, health researcher Clive Aspin says the Budget will increase the health and social disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. He […]