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

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

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

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)

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

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?

*** Statement by AHHA and PHAA Long-term vision needed if Australia wants to keep universal healthcare “For Australians to have an accessible, equitable and efficient universal healthcare system our political leaders need to consider sustainable and durable long-term funding arrangements that support an efficient and holistic health system, rather than just short-term fixes,” said Alison Verhoeven, […]

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

*** Professor Stephen Leeder writes: Remind me again, what’s the problem with hospital funding? State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will again call for the GST to increase to 15%, while Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will recommend increasing the […]