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Croakey Conference Reporting Service

Put equity at the heart of debate about primary health care futures

Terry Findlay writes: The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – to be held in Sydney this Friday – could not have come at a more opportune time. It follows the recent release of a discussion paper by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group: Better Outcomes for people with chronic and complex […]

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

As recently previewed at Croakey, a public forum in Melbourne this week highlighted some critical questions about the public health challenges facing Victoria. Marie McInerney was there to provide the report below for the Croakey Conference News Service. *** Marie McInerney writes:  It would have been – as suggested by forum moderator Michael Moore, CEO […]

Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

Marie McInerney writes: A public health forum in Melbourne next week will look for answers about future investment in preventative health programs in Victoria, amid concerns that the landmark Healthy Together Victoria initiative – which has attracted international attention – is set to lapse. Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian Branch) president Brian Vandenberg said […]

#RuralHealthConf kicks off - with songs, tweets, and a call for "fair care"

The 13th National Rural Health Conference kicked off in Darwin yesterday, and below are some of the introductory reports. Two hashtags are running – follow #ruralhealthconf and #NRHC15. Also follow @WePublicHealth, where rural mental health advocate Alison Fairleigh is guest tweeting, and @JenniferDoggett, who is covering the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. Dr […]

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 […]

New national approach to rural and remote health research

Participants in the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra last week committed to a National Strategy and Action Plan for maximising the value of rural and remote health research. Below is a statement issued by the National Rural Health Alliance after the symposium, and it is followed by some conference tweets (which […]

Spreading the word about innovation in rural health

Jennifer Doggett writes: It’s a scenario familiar to anyone used to attending health conferences and workshops:  a presenter gets up and talks about a problem they are trying to solve in their city-based health service or program. Inevitably, after the presentation a hand will go up at the back of the room and someone will […]

A timely symposium will explore impacts of racism upon children and youth

The impacts of racism upon the health and wellbeing of children and youth will be explored at a symposium in Melbourne later this month. Marie McInerney, who will cover the symposium for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service, reports below that the event is timely given the recent news of Federal Government support for the National Aboriginal […]

Major conferences put the spotlight on improving Indigenous health and healthcare

The role of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare will be under the spotlight at a Lowitja Institute conference in Melbourne this week. Journalist Marie McInerney is covering the conference for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service and in the preview below examines the cultural shift that has occurred […]

So it's been a huge year at Croakey (your thoughts, please?) And season's greetings...

It’s been a huge year for Croakey – and we’re keen to hear suggestions and feedback from readers and contributors, including about the developments outlined below. Highlights of the year have included: The launch of The Health Wrap This fortnightly wrap of the international, national and local health news is provided as a probono contribution […]