August, 2015

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 […]

The Health Wrap: GST hike for health funding, a racism-free future, technology-ethics tensions, plain packaging pain

, Aug 03, 2015

                This week’s Health Wrap has been compiled by my colleague Ellice Mol – Digital Communications Manager at the Sax Institute. By Ellice Mol Nation-wide health funding dilemmas As Federal, State and Territory leaders came together this past fortnight, NSW Premier Mike Baird called for an increase in the […]

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

, Jul 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 […]

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

, Jul 04, 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 Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a […]

The Health Wrap: Windfarm woes, the vaccination conversation, hope for medicinal cannabis, improving organ donation rates

, Jun 19, 2015

                  This fortnight’s Health Wrap has been prepared by my colleague Ellice Mol, Digital Communications Manager at The Sax Institute. Send your ideas for The Health Wrap to me on Twitter via @medicalmedia. By Ellice Mol  Huff and puff on windfarms Prime Minister Tony Abbott sparked renewed discussion […]
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The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

, Jun 09, 2015

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  By Kellie Bisset The disgrace of Indigenous incarceration rates Following the successful crowdfunding of Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign, it’s timely to reflect on the release of the Amnesty International Report  A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. The report found that Indigenous youth incarceration is at its highest level in 20 […]
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The Health Wrap: A budget health check; medical school war of words; eyes on Ebola; pharmacy deal dispensed; all things equal

, May 24, 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 A budget health check The Federal Budget’s impact on health […]

The Health Wrap: Painkillers & prescriptions, Medicare review, Münchausen by internet, science deniers, climate change & more

, May 11, 2015

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                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our Digital Communications Manager, is a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the […]

The Health Wrap: the vexed issues of antivaxxers, Medicare musings, weighty issues, meeting mental health needs, and measuring poverty

, Apr 23, 2015

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who recently joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as […]

Health Wrap: Ice rethink, mental health funding reprieve, tackling anti-vaccination activists, sweat to live longer

, Apr 10, 2015

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                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our new Digital Communications Manager, a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the […]

The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

, Mar 27, 2015

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as […]
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The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

, Mar 14, 2015

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                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 […]
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The Health Wrap: NSW election, new smoking findings, and other health policy news

, Mar 03, 2015

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By Frances Gilham NSW election news With a NSW state election coming up in March, discussion of state health policy has started to creep into the news. SMH journalist Amy Corderoy reported on a public health debate held between NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Labor’s opposition spokesman on health Walt Secord, and Greens’ spokesman John […]

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

, Feb 16, 2015

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained […]
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The Health Wrap: revamping Medicare; Indigenous policy roadblocks; reforming mental health

, Dec 16, 2014

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By Frances Gilham Revamping Medicare: a mixed response News that the Government had stepped back from its $7 GP co-payment proposal and was hoping to replace it with a new, slightly changed package that still aimed for significant Budget savings was met with mixed reactions, with many in the healthcare sector arguing the plan was […]

The Health Wrap: Copayment confusion; VicVotes; overcoming Indigenous disadvantage; making systems work for health

, Dec 02, 2014

                By Kellie Bisset Copayment confusion  The prospect of the Abbott Government dumping its controversial copayment policy has been a hot topic of conversation this past fortnight but was all the speculation simply that? Despite media suggesting the Prime Minister’s office was backing away from the politically charged […]
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The Health Wrap: holistic health systems; drug complexities; mental health, G20, Ebola, climate change

, Nov 17, 2014

By Frances Gilham Striving for holistic health systems Conversations about Australia’s health system continued this fortnight, with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association holding an ‘Integrated Care Simulation’, gathering 85 health leaders to workshop major health policy initiatives. Croakey reported on the event, saying a key theme that emerged from the role-playing exercise was the […]
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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

, Nov 03, 2014

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                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]
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The Health Wrap: experimental medicine, everyday racism and equity

, Sep 20, 2014

By Frances Gilham Ebola, experimental medicine and evidence The Ebola crisis is worsening. ABC news reported on Liberia’s plea to the US for help, and Barack Obama’s response to send 3,000 troops to West Africa. A fascinating article in the New York Times described the work of a doctor who has returned to his childhood […]

The Health Wrap: How are we doing on healthcare policy? Is climate change the next public health emergency? Lessons from Ebola

, Sep 08, 2014

  By Kellie Bisset Healthcare spending – how does Australia compare?  In the wake of so much talk recently about Australian healthcare costs being unsustainable, a series of articles this past fortnight has sought to address how we stack up internationally in what we spend and what we deliver. The Conversation kicked off a series on […]