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Federal Budget 2014-15

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Federal health budget review: "There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations"

Many thanks to Dr Lesley Russell for this insightful analysis of the federal health budget. Dr Russell writes: Every year since 2007 I have done a detailed analysis of the health provisions in the federal budget.  I do this in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding and support my work, […]

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched a promotional video as part of a community awareness campaign – and the early reviews are mixed, particularly depending on which side of the consulting desk you sit and how you feel about diversity and gender issues. Thanks very much to GP Dr Edwin Kruys for […]

Smoke and mirrors: Mixed messages from government

Smoke and mirrors: Mixed messages from government

Meredythe Crane, Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), writes: A few months ago the Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a national taskforce to deal with the growing problem of methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, which would identify ways to approach education, health and law enforcement. This was backed by $20 million in funding over two […]

Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

There’s confusion about what is or isn’t on the table for cuts after Health Minister Sussan Ley conceded the Senate won’t pass increased patient contributions for PBS drugs, but said the $1 billion ‘savings’ will have to be found elsewhere. See more below for how it unfolded. But if the Minister and the Federal Government […]

Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

At a time when Australian communities are demanding a response to methamphetamine use, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis asks why the Federal Government is reducing the capacity of the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors to inform policy responses and develop targeted, evidence based programs.  Melbourne, VIC, 8th April 2015: The past week […]

Parallel lines that never meet: #IASLottery & fortune cookie wisdom vs Closing the Gap evidence

Parallel lines that never meet: #IASLottery & fortune cookie wisdom vs Closing the Gap evidence

Submissions are being called for the Senate inquiry into “the impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes” – or the #IASLottery as it’s known on Twitter. In the post below, Dr Tim Senior looks at how the Strategy measures up against the best evidence on what works […]

Tax reform promises focus not just on how much, but how revenue raised, while Budget cuts still major concern

Tax reform promises focus not just on how much, but how revenue raised, while Budget cuts still major concern

Yesterday Treasurer Joe Hockey released the Federal Government’s long-awaited discussion paper on tax reform, which comes just five years after the long-awaited Australia’s Future Tax System Review for the Labor Government by former Treasury Head Ken Henry. Among other measures, the paper advocates broadening the GST and reducing income and company taxes,  along with a […]

A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

*Updated 22 March with additional responses and reflections Much is being written and broadcast about the life of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser after his death earlier today – which came as a shock for many, despite his advancing age, given how energetic and engaged he remained to the end in public life. This […]

#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, […]

'Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?'

'Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?'

Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then  in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”.  But that, he said in this Age […]