Topic archives: federal election

The Health Wrap: Climate hell in a handbasket; getting SDOH traction; Indigenous engagement; new ideas in public health

October 8, 2013

    By Kellie Bisset Can we avoid going to climate hell in a handbasket? As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that preventive steps are critical to address climate warming, Australia’s  newly axed Climate Commission re-emerged as the Climate Council after a lightening speed community fund-raising drive that […]

The Health Wrap: Election fever/malaise, care roadblocks, the impact of adversity, hopes and realities for Aboriginal health

September 6, 2013

By Kellie Bisset  Election fever – or is that malaise? As Australia goes to the polls, we are slightly more enlightened about the major parties’ approaches to health than we were two weeks ago. But  many in health have pointed out during this campaign that their hopes for in-depth discussion and innovative ideas on the […]

What will it take to rediscover a more inspiring politics? This poem has some leads…

What will it take to rediscover a more inspiring politics? This poem has some leads…

September 6, 2013

Who could argue with The Guardian’s election editorial comment:“What a dispiriting election campaign it has been”. To put it mildly. As Croakey’s election health coverage has made clear, there has been virtually no intersection between the issues that have surfaced in public debate and what are the pressing concerns for the community’s health and healthcare. […]

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

September 4, 2013

Well, it’s election week, and it’s time to make a decision.  Disappointingly, the discussion around population health and health policy has been frustratingly brief this election. John Dwyer has reminded us that there is so much more we hoped for. In the words of Tony McBride from the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance: “While there […]

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

September 1, 2013

The media’s performance in the federal election campaign was under scrutiny in this session, WTF – Why the Farce? Election Reporting, at the New News conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Mental health, housing affordability and climate change were identified as some of the issues that are important to the community that have not been getting […]

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

August 26, 2013 2

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment […]

The Health Wrap: Finally (some) health policies get an airing plus, female Indigenous voices, changing doctors’ ways

August 23, 2013

    By Melissa Davey   Finally, (some) health policies get an airing We’ve been hearing about boats, budgets and abolishing the carbon tax as the major parties ramp up their election campaigns, but it wasn’t until this week we heard a more detailed account from the Coalition about where they will focus their health […]

War on drugs: campaign against Pharmacy Guild PBS claims

August 21, 2013

Three major health, consumer and social sector groups have joined together in a campaign to highlight the high prices paid for prescription medicines in Australia. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia, CHOICE and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) are calling on consumers to put pressure on MPs and candidates for the coming federal […]

Fresh thinking and political courage: what health policy needs, and what is lacking in the federal election debate

Fresh thinking and political courage: what health policy needs, and what is lacking in the federal election debate

August 18, 2013 2

For an excellent overview of health policy challenges in an election context, don’t miss this article at The Conversation by Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, and Associate Professor in Health Policy at University of Sydney. He notes that policies around prevention are the main divide between the parties, and […]

Climate change is one of the most critical health issues to consider at the election

Climate change is one of the most critical health issues to consider at the election

August 14, 2013

Fiona Armstrong, Convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, writes: With the federal election date looming, many Australians will be seriously considering their voting intentions and the issues that will shape them. So far the hot topics in the media have been the leader’s gaffes and characteristics of candidates, along with the state of the […]

Putting primary health care on the federal election agenda

Putting primary health care on the federal election agenda

August 11, 2013

The next Federal Government must adopt a health-in-all-policies approach, a fairer distribution of healthcare funding and resources, and a greater focus on early childhood. So says the election policy platform from the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, which also calls for more flexible funding and streamlined reporting for Medicare Locals (available in full detail here). The […]

The Health Wrap: Mending Medicare, system stresses, nanny state debates, an unhealthy climate

August 9, 2013 1

By Kellie Bisset Poll position As the election race began, and those in the healthcare sector wondered if health might get a look-in at any point during the campaign, the Mend Medicare Coalition wasted no time in launching its own campaign calling for reform. As reported by Croakey, the Coalition released a report calling on […]

What does $895 buy when it comes to Liberal Party health policy?

July 18, 2013 2

Public health setbacks from the UK to NSW are shining a light on the influence of corporate lobbyists, as outlined in the previous post.  In light of these developments, it would be useful to know if tobacco, alcohol and gambling interests were represented at a recent Liberal Party fundraiser on health policy. (It’s a pretty safe […]

About health and the election: some questions that need asking

July 17, 2013

It seems unlikely that health policy will be a vote-swinger at the federal election, whenever that ends up happening. As Greg Jericho (who will forever be @GrogsGamut to me) wrote today at The Drum, Whatever happened to the health debate?: “Labor seem happy with what they have, and the Liberal Party seem desperate to not […]

The Health Wrap: reflections on NAIDOC week, health equity, the power of evidence, science matters

July 12, 2013

By Kellie Bisset NAIDOC Week – celebrations and reflections As NAIDOC Week celebrated the richness of Aboriginal cultures with multiple events around the country, it’s timely to reflect on this year’s theme “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem […]

The Health Wrap: on politics, policy, research, and developments in Aboriginal health

June 28, 2013

By Kellie Bisset A little bit political As the nation adjusted to the news of a new Prime Minister, it was still unclear at the time of writing whether Health Minister Tanya Plibersek would retain her position. The AMA wasted no time in calling for Kevin Rudd to put health front and centre at the […]

Some of what to expect if Peter Dutton becomes Health Minister….

Some of what to expect if Peter Dutton becomes Health Minister….

May 23, 2013

For those wondering about the Coalition’s plans for health policy, some hints emerged when Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton spoke at an Australian Institute of Company Directors meeting this morning. Thanks to Dr Stephen Duckett, health program director at the Grattan Institute, for his tweet-reports, as per below:

The NBN is vital for economic, social and healthcare development, says health leader

April 26, 2013 3

Rural health advocates have nominated equitable access to high-speed broadband as a critical election issue. It was the top priority recommendation from the recent National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide, where delegates stated that high broadband speeds are crucial for facilitating new and emerging best practice models of healthcare. As well as its importance for enabling […]

Some important questions about health policy and the federal election (aka your #qanda cheat sheet)

Some important questions about health policy and the federal election (aka your #qanda cheat sheet)

April 21, 2013 3

Health policy is up for debate this week thanks to ABC TV’s Q and A program, featuring Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and the Opposition’s health spokesman Peter Dutton. You can pose a question online and see some of the other questions that have already been lodged, including: Large corporate organisations have become major players in […]

If we weren’t so busy calling a horse race, how might we cover health in the run-up to the federal election?

If we weren’t so busy calling a horse race, how might we cover health in the run-up to the federal election?

February 24, 2013 1

It’s hard to turn a corner these days without running into someone who’s unhappy about mainstream media reporting of politics, and the lack of investigation and analysis of important policy matters. These are global concerns, however, as Professor Robert Picard, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of […]