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Nurse Practitioners: Challenges and Opportunities 2015 and Beyond

Nurse Practitioners: Challenges and Opportunities 2015 and Beyond

Jennifer Doggett August 4, 2015 1 Comment

Primary health care is on the agenda with the release today by the Government of an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’.  The paper was developed by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton.  While the paper […]

A shout out to health professionals: act now for a cool planet

A shout out to health professionals: act now for a cool planet

Jennifer Doggett August 3, 2015 1 Comment

The medical profession has taken a lead role in many respects on climate change and environmental issues but there is still scope for more to be done. In the following piece, Dr Sujata Allan, argues that doctors have both a responsibility and a unique role in play in advocating for greater action to combat climate […]

Private health & private hospitals: how does the new landscape look for patients & equity?

Private health & private hospitals: how does the new landscape look for patients & equity?

Marie McInerney July 22, 2015

(Updated 23 July to add Medibank response). Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler today issued a stern warning over “more aggressive” negotiations emerging between private health insurers and funds in Australia, demonstrated by the dispute on rates and quality of services between Calvary Hospital Group and health insurer Medibank Private. Owler was particularly concerned over […]

If GPs had more effective advocates, would we have a better health system?

If GPs had more effective advocates, would we have a better health system?

Melissa Sweet July 14, 2015 1 Comment

The GP publication Australian Doctor recently took the rare step of publishing a front-page editorial – one of only a handful in its 30-year history – attacking both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The editorial says the speciality’s lack of political influence over the last ten years […]

Working with asylum seekers in immigration detention: clinical and medical ethics update

Working with asylum seekers in immigration detention: clinical and medical ethics update

Jennifer Doggett July 5, 2015 3 Comments

A chilly protest in Melbourne is the latest in a series of actions by the medical profession against attempts by the Government to prevent doctors working in detention centres from talking publicly about their experiences. This follows a national ‘call-out’ organised by the Australian Medical Students Association which involved medical students around the country calling […]

Redesigning Australia’s health workforce with Physician Assistants

Redesigning Australia’s health workforce with Physician Assistants

Jennifer Doggett June 30, 2015 1 Comment

We are often keen to adopt the latest medical technology or new ‘wonder drug’ from other countries but seem less eager when it comes to importing their innovations in health workforce practices.  Yet if we are to meet our health care needs in the future, we will need a health workforce that is continually evolving […]

Health Budget 2015-16 – underwhelming at best

Health Budget 2015-16 – underwhelming at best

Jennifer Doggett May 13, 2015

After the drama of last year’s ‘slash and burn’ Budget, the Abbott Government’s second Federal Budget was designed to underwhelm the health sector and in this respect at least it delivered.  In fact, the lack of organisation at the Department of Health lock-up appeared to bother some groups more than the $2 billion of cuts […]

Health Budget Lock-up Fiasco

Health Budget Lock-up Fiasco

Jennifer Doggett May 12, 2015

The most frustrating part of Budget Night for many health groups was the lack of information available at the Health Lock-Up. Budget papers were not provided to attendees, as is customary, and Departmental representatives were unable to answer questions about the detail of the Budget measures. AMA President Brian Owler was so irritated with the […]

Health groups unite to support RECOGNISE HEALTH

Health groups unite to support RECOGNISE HEALTH

Jennifer Doggett March 5, 2015

It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.   Today an important campaign is being launched at Parliament House in […]

Private Health Insurance in Primary Care: an overview of the issues

Private Health Insurance in Primary Care: an overview of the issues

Jennifer Doggett March 4, 2015

The GP co-payment may be ‘dead, buried and cremated’ but controversy over its primary health care policies is not over for the Abbott Government.  The introduction of private health insurance into the primary health care sector was flagged by previous Minister for Health Peter Dutton in a number of speeches and media interviews and was […]