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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 […]

The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged […]

The Health Wrap: Tobacco control, Closing the Gap, patient safety, pharma sagas and more

The Health Wrap: Tobacco control, Closing the Gap, patient safety, pharma sagas and more

By Kellie Bisset Tobacco control was a dominant issue this fortnight, but Closing the Gap on Indigenous health inequality, barriers to evidence-informed policy, patient safety and immunisation were also on the agenda. Here are some highlights. Towards a smoke-free zone World No Tobacco Day on 31 May saw accusations levelled at the Queensland Government for […]

Ian Thorpe on #closethegap: “We now need all state and territory governments to contribute their fair share”

Ian Thorpe on #closethegap: “We now need all state and territory governments to contribute their fair share”

Social media advocacy  is on over-drive around tomorrow’s COAG meeting and the push for national signup to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes, which is due to expire at the end of June. Ian Thorpe, patron of the Close the Gap campaign, has published an open letter today calling for united […]

Some of the health stories the Queensland Government is trying to suppress

Some of the health stories the Queensland Government is trying to suppress

Professor Amanda Lee of QUT, wrote in a recent Croakey article that “the greatest dismantling of public and preventative health services in recent Australian history” is now underway in Queensland as a result of budget cutbacks. In the article below, she describes the likely impact of these cuts upon the population’s health, raises questions about Queensland’s responsibilities under […]

Do doctors treat their better off patients differently? Plus a wrap of Australian and global news on health inequalities

Do doctors treat their better off patients differently? Plus a wrap of Australian and global news on health inequalities

A regular topic at Croakey is how social and economic factors contribute to health inequalities and inequitable access to health services. But what about how these things affect communications and relationships between doctors and patients? A recent systematic review, published in the International Journal for Equity in Health, identified 20 research papers and meta-analyses published between 1965 […]

Don’t rush the roadmap for mental health reform

Don’t rush the roadmap for mental health reform

Staff in the Department of Health and Ageing are drafting a 10-year roadmap for national mental health reform, which is scheduled for preliminary consideration by a meeting of senior CoAG officials on Friday. Psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen urges that the process not be rushed, ahead of the establishment of the National Mental Health Commission. (Continuing […]

Some in-depth reading on Indigenous policy, plus some useful insights into health “policy windows” and effective advocacy

Some in-depth reading on Indigenous policy, plus some useful insights into health “policy windows” and effective advocacy

If you’ve a concern for Indigenous affairs, there is some essential reading in the 470-page Strategic Review of Indigenous Expenditure (PDF alert) that was recently released under Freedom of Information legislation.  The review, dated February, was not designed to produce savings, but to assess how well programs are meeting the objectives of COAG’s Closing the […]

The health reform deal: what does it really mean?

The health reform deal: what does it really mean?

This article is republished from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library’s FlagPost blog. Dr Anne-marie Boxall writes: After nearly four years in government, an 18-month independent inquiry into the health system, a Prime Ministerial listening tour of the nation’s hospitals, several fraught Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meetings and one unsuccessful attempt, the federal Labor Government has […]

Health reform: it’s incremental and a work-in-progress

Health reform: it’s incremental and a work-in-progress

This post continues a series of reflections on health reform, marking the recent two-year anniversary of the release of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s final report, A healthier future for all Australians. In previous posts in the series: • Philip Davies suggested we’d been having “cappuccino-style” health reform – an approach focused on […]