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Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

There are so many reasons that people working in the health sector should consider supporting the @IndigenousXLtd crowdfunding campaign, according to Dr Tim Senior, a GP who works in Aboriginal health. Check them out below – and have a listen to this recent ABC radio interview with Luke Pearson, the founder of the successful rotated […]

Federal Ministers urged to avert Aboriginal health tragedy in western Sydney

Federal Ministers urged to avert Aboriginal health tragedy in western Sydney

(Update, 27 July: A comment from the Federal Department of Health has been added at the bottom of this post Update, 28 July: An open letter from health academics at UTS has been added to this post) Doctors and academics are warning the Federal Government that the closure of the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney […]

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities:  #JustJustice  #ALPconf2015  #ChangeTheRecord

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities: #JustJustice #ALPconf2015 #ChangeTheRecord

The need to address the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will feature at the ALP National Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday), the National Justice Coalition and ANTaR will hold a panel discussion with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts about a national approach to address incarceration rates and […]

On the risks to health, environment that must be dealt with in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement

Counting down to next week’s ‘home stretch’, The Economist says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) looms as the most important free-trade agreement in years. “If completed, it will be the largest regional trade deal ever, with its members accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the world economy.” It also poses significant risks for environment and […]

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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?

‘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 […]

Lifting the lid on Nauru and doctors concerns, as Labor moves towards asylum seeker ‘turnbacks’

Lifting the lid on Nauru and doctors concerns, as Labor moves towards asylum seeker ‘turnbacks’

Hopes for more humane asylum seeker policies in Australia took a blow last night with confirmation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants this weekend’s Labor national conference to endorse turning back boats. Whether he prevails remains to be seen, but the move comes in a week where the Senate inquiry into the Nauru detention centre […]

Check #WePublicHealth to join Twitter chat on overcoming communications barriers

Check #WePublicHealth to join Twitter chat on overcoming communications barriers

This week, Bronwyn Hemsley, an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist at The University of Newcastle, is in the chair at @WePublicHealth. @bronwynhemsley  has a special interest in people who need or use augmentative and alternative communication aids and technologies, and who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate. Join her in […]

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?

(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’

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 […]

Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

Marie McInerney writes: A public health forum in Melbourne next week will look for answers about future investment in preventative health programs in Victoria, amid concerns that the landmark Healthy Together Victoria initiative – which has attracted international attention – is set to lapse. Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian Branch) president Brian Vandenberg said […]