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Federal Budget 2009-2010

Some more unreleased health documents

Some more unreleased health documents

We have new entries for the Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents. CRUD records the details of evaluations, plans, reviews and other such documents that should be released (whether by governments or other commissioning bodies), in the interests of promoting better informed policy, practice and debate. The new entries are: A Hospital Information and Performance Program […]

Roxon to face anger over blocked public health report

Roxon to face anger over blocked public health report

Back on April 1, when the Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents was launched, it included mention of an NHMRC review of public health research which was conducted last year and whose findings have been widely anticipated. At the time, the NHMRC’s ceo Professor Warwick Anderson told us that the report would be released “next week”. […]

What rural health can teach the rest of us

What rural health can teach the rest of us

The National Rural Health Alliance is one group in health that is worth listening to. Unlike many other health organisations, it is not speaking for the interests of a single professional group or a single disease lobby, but is attempting to represent the broader community’s interests (and believe me, for all the fine words spoken […]

Lesley Russell: How the bean counters beat the policy wonks

Lesley Russell: How the bean counters beat the policy wonks

Dr Lesley Russell, of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, has been analysing what the budget means for health policy and finds it lacking: The exigencies of the global financial crisis and its consequences always meant that the 2009-10 budget was going to be more about targeted new spending and lots of budget cuts in […]

Stephen Leeder calls for some clarity in the private health insurance muddle

Stephen Leeder calls for some clarity in the private health insurance muddle

I’ve been struck by how public debate has framed changes to the private health insurance rebate as “an attack on middle class welfare”. This distracts attention from the arguably more important issue that PHI is considered by many to be an inefficient, inequitable way of funding health care. It also seems to undermine community understanding […]

Ouch! A GP's take on obstetric woes

Ouch! A GP's take on obstetric woes

The sound of obstetricians crying poor in the wake of budget changes to the Medicare Safety Net is not eliciting much sympathy in many quarters. Take this, from GP Dr Kerri Parnell, the editor of Australian Doctor, a magazine for GPs. She writes in the latest issue: “Within a month of the Medicare Safety Net […]

Hearing one thing, but doing another?

Hearing one thing, but doing another?

Questions are being asked about whether there is a pattern of inconsistency emerging. First we have evidence, as per the previous post, that the Government is planning something quite different for the National Preventive Health Agency than what the experts have recommended for it. Now compare and contrast the following two statements – the first […]

The hidden nasties in the health budget

The hidden nasties in the health budget

A well-placed anonymous source has identified some cutbacks in critical areas which, strangely enough, the Budget press releases are not spruiking. The source also raises some pertinent issues about the future of the National Preventive Health Agency. The source writes: “I think Yvonne Luxford may be wrong  in her comment, on Croakey, that “the much […]

Prof John Wakerman has some critical questions on the budget

Prof John Wakerman has some critical questions on the budget

Professor John Wakerman, Director, Centre for Remote Health, A joint Centre of Flinders University & Charles Darwin University, writes: 1. Hospitals have done well. 2. Indigenous health: continuing support for closing the gap is wellreceived. Continuing support for the Expanded Health Services Delivery Initiative in NT is welcome. We need this strategic approach toimproving PHC […]

Andrew Podger gives the health budget

Andrew Podger gives the health budget "a muted tick"

Andrew Podger writes: The health budget contains a lot of positives. Bearing in mind the major spending initiatives of the last 18 months, including  the new Australian Health Care Agreements (reversing the serious neglect of public hospitals by the Howard Government) and Indigenous health services, the Government deserves congratulations for including additional spending measures that […]