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Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon write: After a shaky start, the Commonwealth Government is finally starting a debate about how Australia’s future health system should look. Next week, the prime minister and premiers will meet to discuss some big reform options, such as a radical centralisation or devolution of health care. It looks like Treasurer […]

Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

Stephen Duckett writes: The Commonwealth government’s big idea for primary health care in the past year was to charge everyone who visits the GP a A$7 co-payment. The idea had many problems – it could have led to a blowout in emergency department demand; it was inequitable; and it may not have worked anyway. It has […]

Aid cuts thwart action on NCDs

Aid cuts thwart action on NCDs

Many thanks to DevPolicyBlog and Sam Byfield for allowing us to republish this update on Australia’s role in the global response to Non-Communicable Diseases. Sam Byfield is a global health consultant, an Associate of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, and is completing a Masters in International Law at the University of Melbourne. Sam writes: […]

Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. Dr Stoneham writes: My mum is a healthy 82 year old. She has eaten well all her life, had regular check-ups with her medical practitioners and although she wasn’t regularly active, rearing seven kids […]

#VicVotes: So many health promises, so little vision

#VicVotes: So many health promises, so little vision

Victorian voters may be swimming in health promises – but these offer little vision of a more integrated health system that better serves people with chronic illness, according to Dr Christine Walker, who heads the Chronic Illness Alliance. This is the first in a Croakey mini-series examining health and the Victorian election. *** Christine Walker […]

People Power for Health Equity

People Power for Health Equity

The  Australian Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases Network Conference was held in Alice Springs earlier this month. For those who missed it, Cat Street from the Australian Health Promotion Association provides a tweet by tweet guide. Cat writes: Day 1 of Equity @ The Centre 2014. I pay my respects to elders past and present and wish to […]

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie writes: Lung cancer, a leg amputation, or gasping for air as a result of emphysema are not fun ways of ending one’s life. All are common outcomes of smoking, and if current global patterns of smoking continue – 50% of young men and 10% of young women becoming smokers – one billion people are estimated to die this […]

Some lessons from a major evaluation of efforts to improve care for Indigenous people with chronic diseases

Some lessons from a major evaluation of efforts to improve care for Indigenous people with chronic diseases

An innovative evaluation of the major federal investment in Closing the Gap – the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP) – has highlighted the tendency of such programs to be of most benefit for higher performing health services. There was “wide variation in the effective implementation of the ICDP at the local level”, as services with […]

Getting active at Warburton, and some healthy catering guidelines

Getting active at Warburton, and some healthy catering guidelines

Journalist John Thompson-Mills reports from Adelaide on some of the innovative health programs that featured at the NACCHO Summit in Adelaide yesterday. Yesterday we told you about the bush camps that have given disabled members of the Warburton community newfound confidence, better health outcomes and greater acceptance and respect within the community and family unit. […]

The latest news in primary health care research – from the role of complementary meds to global health matters

The latest news in primary health care research – from the role of complementary meds to global health matters

The latest articles profiled by the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service include: • A study suggesting that patients with chronic conditions value the sense of control they gain from using complementary and alternative medicines • Five suggestions for how primary health care researchers can boost global health. *** How patients use complementary and […]