August, 2015

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You want to mess with the NDIS? Get ready for a fight

, Aug 26, 2015

The #CripCroakey crowdfunding project has reached its target of $3,000, enabling award-winning writer El Gibbs to research a series of articles around disability and health. The campaign runs until 11 September – so there is still plenty of time to donate. The more funds that are raised, the more stories Gibbs will be able to […]

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

, Aug 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 […]
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#cripcroakey: introducing Croakey readers to the wonderful, wild world of disability politics, policy & people

, Aug 14, 2015

Croakey is excited to be working with El Gibbs, who is today launching a crowd-funding campaign  – #cripcroakey – to fund a series of articles on disability and health. El brings great insights and expertise and a compelling voice. She has over 15 years experience in the community and not-for-profit sector, working in policy and […]

The tyranny of being an existing service provider: a view from inside the NDIS

, Jul 07, 2015

Many thanks to The Power to Persuade for allowing us to cross post this piece by Jeff Thompson. Jeff Thompson is community development manager at a disability service provider in the ACT. In this post he explains the implications of the NDIS for existing service providers in an environment that favours the “new” over the known. […]
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Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

, Jun 26, 2015

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts […]
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Profiling success stories and challenges at #ruralhealthconf

, May 25, 2015

Jennifer Doggett reports from the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin Personal story telling, international law, political campaigning and cutting edge research combined to make a powerful case for a person-centred health system on Day 1 of the #ruralhealthconf. However, the need to see people within the context of their connections to families, communities, […]
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‘You’ve saved a life, now what?’ A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

, May 04, 2015

Wesley Pryor is an Australian Adviser in Rehabilitation in Global Health for Handicap International, currently working in Nepal in the midst of the post-earthquake disaster where the organisation is responding to the chronic needs of thousands of injured people with massive, long term effects. The teams anticipate hundreds of amputations, up to a thousand required […]
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Hearing from communities and experts with solutions for #JustJustice

, Apr 10, 2015

The need for effective solutions to the “public health catastrophe” of the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at a conference held this week in Geraldton, WA. The conference coincided with the launch of a new Croakey project, #JustJustice: a crowd-funding campaign that aims to produce a series of articles and […]
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Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

, Jan 06, 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 […]

Funding cuts to social services

, Dec 23, 2014

The announcement of cuts to social services funding in the week before Christmas has been met with outrage by community groups. From the Public Health Association of Australia: “In a decidedly un-Christian move, the Australian Government has announced that the Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement and Sector Support grants scheme will not be continuing.  The grants scheme was […]

Indigenous Australians can take pride in disability policy gains

, Dec 08, 2014

John Gilroy and Nicholas Biddle write: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), December 3, is important for commemorating the successes and efforts of the disability rights movement. The theme this year is Sustainable Development. Along with other Indigenous peoples worldwide, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have much to celebrate. At the same time, […]
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No “perfect storm”: Hazelwood coal mine fire inquiry points to broader health issues, planning implications

, Sep 04, 2014

“Contrary to suggestions that the Hazelwood mine fire was the ‘perfect storm of events’, all of the factors contributing to the ignition and spread of the fire were foreseeable. Yet it appears they were not foreseen.” The main findings of the inquiry into this year’s Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria are focused on what […]

The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

, Sep 01, 2014

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The […]
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Taking care of each other online

, Aug 25, 2014

One of the benefits of the Internet is its use as a tool to create communities among people who previously would have been isolated from each other.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the growth of online forums for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  These are playing an increasingly important role in providing information, support and assistance […]
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And still the evidence and argument mount against a $7 GP co-payment.

, Aug 24, 2014

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee on Friday published its findings on out of pocket costs in Australian healthcare, saying that imposing additional costs would make it harder for people, particularly in vulnerable groups to access primary care, which would not only be at the cost of their own health but to the whole system, […]
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#Budget2014: Searching for the detail and evidence amidst the pain

, May 23, 2014

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question  on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope […]
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New Deal or No Deal: #Budget2014 and the risks for younger Australians

, May 22, 2014

In Croakey’s continuing coverage of the 2014-15 Federal Budget, John Mendoza looks at the raft of harsh measures it plans to impose on young people – from the unprecedented withdrawal of unemployment benefits through to significantly higher university fees – and argues that “no other group in our community has ever before been so singled […]
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#Budget2014 health measures to have bigger impact on women

, May 19, 2014

The impact of the Federal Budget on women goes way beyond so-called ‘specific interest’ measures like the paid parental leave scheme and changes to family benefits, says Kristine Olaris, CEO of Women’s Health East in Victoria, who warns that GP co-payments and additional charges for prescriptions and tests will further increase gender inequality in Australia. […]

Audit Commission proposals on mental health, homelessness “without context, understanding”

, May 02, 2014

The recommendations of the Federal Government’s National Commission of Audit on mental health are “without context or apparent understanding” and will only add to the inequity that people with a mental illness already experience, says Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer at Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute. See his post below on the recommendations on […]

Audit Commission’s sweeping reforms for health, welfare – worrying signs for the future and some scare tactics?

, May 01, 2014

Croakey readers will no doubt be aware of the sweeping changes to health, welfare and other services that have been proposed by the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, including an end to universal health care and a much tougher GP (and Emergency Departments) co-payment scheme than previously touted. Further on health, it recommends “requiring” high […]