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Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

Melissa Sweet August 17, 2015

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

fronjacksonwebb August 17, 2015 1 Comment

Peter Breadon and Stephen Duckett from the Grattan Institute write: For decades, clinicians and researchers have been concerned about patients getting treatments, including operations, that don’t work. As well as failing to treat the original health problem, ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste […]

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

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

Marie McInerney August 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 […]

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

Melissa Sweet July 28, 2015

Could Australian health reformers learn from the experience of efforts to integrate health and social care in Canterbury, New Zealand? These and other questions are raised below by Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. ***   Leanne Wells writes: The prospect of higher taxes to meet future hospital costs has revived […]

ALP national conference: experts respond

fronjacksonwebb July 27, 2015

Bill Shorten survived an internal push for a future Labor government to ban turning back asylum seeker boats at the ALP’s three-day national conference, which concluded in Melbourne on Sunday. The Conversation’s experts were watching the conference with an eye across key policy areas, including health. Health: Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for […]

Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?

Will #COAG calls for new focus on primary care, keeping people out of hospital mean reform goes beyond GST, Medicare levy hikes?

Marie McInerney July 23, 2015

‘Frankly, if we can have a conversation rather than a scare campaign, our country will be so much better off,’ said Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the 40th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting wound up on Thursday. Chance would be a fine thing perhaps – particularly with lifting the rate of the GST and […]

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 […]

What’s the problem with hospital funding and why lifting the GST is ‘like prescribing medicine before completing the diagnosis’

What’s the problem with hospital funding and why lifting the GST is ‘like prescribing medicine before completing the diagnosis’

Marie McInerney July 22, 2015 3 Comments

Momentum has been growing ahead of today’s meeting of State Premiers and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for increasing the goods and services tax from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, in large part to cover health care funding gaps. Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney outlines […]

As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health

As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health

Marie McInerney July 20, 2015

As New South Wales and South Australia launch discussions on the merits of lifting the rate of the GST from 10 to 15 per cent “in order to pay for the increasing cost of healthcare”, they might want first to consider their health care priorities. Associate Professor Samantha Battams reveals below “a sad state of […]

The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

Kellie Bisset July 19, 2015

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]