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Put equity at the heart of debate about primary health care futures

Put equity at the heart of debate about primary health care futures

Terry Findlay writes: The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – to be held in Sydney this Friday – could not have come at a more opportune time. It follows the recent release of a discussion paper by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group: Better Outcomes for people with chronic and complex […]

Paramedic registration one step closer after COAG meeting

Paramedic registration one step closer after COAG meeting

Paramedics operate in some of the most high risk situations of any health professional and often deal with critically ill and injured people.  Yet paramedics are currently not registered as healthcare professionals in any State/Territory in Australia unlike the situation in many overseas locations e.g. United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada & South Africa.  State/Territory regulation of […]

Why we need to have some “honest and uncomfortable conversations” about racism

Why we need to have some “honest and uncomfortable conversations” about racism

In the run up to this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner Roxanne Moore looks at the human rights and health consequences of racism. *** Racist attacks on Adam Goodes Roxanne Moore writes: Racism is not only a violation of human rights, but it has […]

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

Peter Sivey writes: If you are admitted to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you are admitted during the week. This is known as the “weekend effect”. Evidence from the United Kingdom suggests an 11-16% increased risk of death for patients […]

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How the battle over biologics helped stall the Trans Pacific Partnership

How the battle over biologics helped stall the Trans Pacific Partnership

Deborah Gleeson and Ruth Lopert write: Talks that were meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership wound up in Hawaii late last week without reaching a final deal. Over the last five years, 12 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam – have been […]

A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Taxes go Up!

A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Taxes go Up!

Reducing our society’s consumption of sugar is likely to lead to a range of health benefits, including a reduction in the current high rate of overweight/obesity and in related diseases such a diabetes.    The latest piece in the JournalWatch series by Dr Melissa Stoneham reviews a report on the first cost-effectiveness study of a ‘soft drink […]

Western Australia: wake up to yourself      #JustJustice

Western Australia: wake up to yourself #JustJustice

Comments by the Chief Justice of Western Australia and associated media reports reveal a simplistic, unhelpful view of the complex factors contributing to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people, according to public health practitioner Summer May Finlay. Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, a member of the #JustJustice team, and a PhD candidate, suggests that, rather than […]

Nurse Practitioners: Challenges and Opportunities 2015 and Beyond

Nurse Practitioners: Challenges and Opportunities 2015 and Beyond

Primary health care is on the agenda with the release today by the Government of an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’.  The paper was developed by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton.  While the paper […]

A shout out to health professionals: act now for a cool planet

A shout out to health professionals: act now for a cool planet

The medical profession has taken a lead role in many respects on climate change and environmental issues but there is still scope for more to be done. In the following piece, Dr Sujata Allan, argues that doctors have both a responsibility and a unique role in play in advocating for greater action to combat climate […]

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

                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 […]