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How can the media facilitate a richer health debate?

Emeritus Professor Kerry Goulston, who has been active in the Hospital Reform Group in NSW, has welcomed the NHHRC’s interim report. “It will hopefully play an important role in a full public debate about the future of Australian healthcare,” he says. “This is long overdue. The community need to get involved at all levels and […]

It’s time Rudd Govt came clean on its real health agenda: Ian Hickie

Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, writes: Now that the NHHRC has released its interim report, it’s time the Federal Government gave us some serious indication of whether it is genuinely committed to the sort of real reform that our health system needs. It’s time for the Rudd Government […]

Snippets of reaction to NHHRC report

Professor Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University of Technology: “There are some good things in the report – from the commitment to tackling inequities to the emphasis on prevention. What seems to be missing, a year on from the Commission’s establishment, is final conclusions on Commonwealth/State relationships, and how new funding can be […]

Let citizens’ juries loose on the NHHRC recommendations: Gavin Mooney

Gavin Mooney, Professor of Health Economics, University of Sydney, writes: Following on from my prediction of what would NOT be in the NHHRC’s interim report (see earlier Croakey post below), I was unfortunately right – even if some of the proposals, especially on one-stop shops for primary care and improving equity, are good. But is […]

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Nitpicking the NHHRC report: what’s missing

My first reaction, after an admittedly cursory speed-read, is that one of the key themes/motherhood statements of the report is sadly lacking. The report repeatedly mentions the need for all of us – “people, families, communities, health professionals, employers and governments” – to individually and collectively take responsibility for our health. I was struck that […]

NHHRC report wimps out: Ian McAuley

Ian McAuley, health economist, Centre for Policy Development and University of Canberra, critiques the interim report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, released today: Although some of its ideas such as a Commonwealth takeover of primary care and the “Denticare” scheme have attracted publicity, it is a timidly-written document, ducking the big issues […]

It’s time to address the P-word in health care: Gavin Mooney

Gavin Mooney, Professor of Health Economics, University of Sydney, writes: The key to the future of the Australian health service lies with – or ought to lie with – the people of Australia. It is our health that is involved; and it ought to be seen as our health service. Currently the health service is […]

Crises bring opportunities for health reform (perhaps): Stephen Leeder

Stephen Leeder, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, analyses the opportunities for health reform: We have entered the Year of the Ox.  Might it morph into the Year of the Oxymoron, where contradictory combinations of words – tough love, compassionate conservatism, decentralised governance – will reach epidemic levels, affecting health policy? Health […]

Will the public interest go missing in forthcoming health debate?

The interim report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission is due to be released on Monday. NHHRC Chair, Dr Christine Bennett, will address the National Press Club in Canberra from 12.30pm. Who says what about the report will be interesting – if only for the insights these comments will yield about the health […]

Reporting on bushfires and other trauma is a health issue…for all concerned

In the past few days, I’ve swung between devouring stories of bushfire trauma and turning away from them, unable to bear any more. I read not only because I want to know but because I feel I ought to. There is a duty to attempt to understand something of what people are experiencing and suffering. […]