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Federal health budget review: “There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations”

Federal health budget review: “There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations”

Many thanks to Dr Lesley Russell for this insightful analysis of the federal health budget. Dr Russell writes: Every year since 2007 I have done a detailed analysis of the health provisions in the federal budget.  I do this in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding and support my work, […]

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts […]

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

  By Kellie Bisset The disgrace of Indigenous incarceration rates Following the successful crowdfunding of Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign, it’s timely to reflect on the release of the Amnesty International Report  A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. The report found that Indigenous youth incarceration is at its highest level in 20 […]

Queensland Votes: Public health services do not start at the ED door

Queensland Votes: Public health services do not start at the ED door

Queenslanders will soon be headed to the polls in an election that has many Australians watching to see the verdict on the Newman Government and others querying the role of federal politics if the anticipated swing against the LNP eventuates. Readers may be interested to look at this fascinating analysis of  twitter activity by Dr Axel […]

Funding cuts to social services

Funding cuts to social services

The announcement of cuts to social services funding in the week before Christmas has been met with outrage by community groups. From the Public Health Association of Australia: “In a decidedly un-Christian move, the Australian Government has announced that the Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement and Sector Support grants scheme will not be continuing.  The grants scheme was […]

New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

A damning indictment of the Federal Government’s cuts across the health sector emerges from the Senate Select Committee on Health’s first interim report (the committee expects to release two of these each year until its final reporting date of 20 June 2016). The report calls for a “wholesale rethink of government policy”. The committee that […]

The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

(This post was updated on Nov 26 – see bottom of page) Upheaval and uncertainty are the distinguishing characteristics of the Abbott Government’s efforts in health and related portfolios. The Government’s plans for a GP copayment appear to be on hold while Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed receiving legal advice that it cannot be implemented […]

Healthcare may be about to get (even more) expensive for patients

Healthcare may be about to get (even more) expensive for patients

Patients who already have high out of pocket costs for X-rays, CT scans and other imaging services are facing even higher costs as a result of little-understood Federal Budget changes. Representatives of the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association gave evidence to the Senate Select Committee on health last week about how patients will face significant upfront […]

Wonky Health asks: will deregulation of higher education be a nightmare for the health sector?

Wonky Health asks: will deregulation of higher education be a nightmare for the health sector?

As suggested in the tweet below by AMA vice president Dr Stephen Parnis, there are widespread concerns about how the Federal Government’s proposed deregulation of higher education will affect the health system. Parnis was scheduled to present in Canberra this morning to a Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the proposed reforms.  Public hearings are […]

A plea to maintain the momentum in tackling Indigenous smoking rates

A plea to maintain the momentum in tackling Indigenous smoking rates

In the wake of budget uncertainty, brutal funding cuts and a review of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program, it is critical to maintain momentum in efforts to reduce smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So says Associate Professor David Thomas, head of tobacco control research at the Menzies School of Health Research in […]