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The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]

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 […]

Dental Care in Australia: We truly live on a very uneven continent.

Dental Care in Australia: We truly live on a very uneven continent.

Professors Marc Tennant and Estie Kruger are from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. In this latest instalment in a series on dental services they look at the problem of, and solutions to, economic and geographic diversity. Professors Tennant and […]

Senate report shows why Australia needs to talk about inequality

Senate report shows why Australia needs to talk about inequality

This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of  inequality is not an issue here, consider that in Australia the […]

Like it or not health and human rights are inexorably linked

Like it or not health and human rights are inexorably linked

Recently, as I sat waiting for a meeting, I picked up a coffee table book provocatively called Wisdom and started flicking through. I noted this quote from Madeline Albright: “It is essential to care about human rights – that ultimately is the basis of our existence. The responsibility to protect does not trump sovereignty. If […]

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

Global meetings like the G20 Leaders Summit are not generally reported through a health lens, although the decisions undertaken at the conference can have profound ramifications for health, at a local and global level. For example, yesterday’s landmark agreement  between the US and China ,which included the announcement of further emission reduction goals, lends some hope […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]

Wonky Health: It’s just not fair!!

Wonky Health: It’s just not fair!!

In the second edition of Wonky Health, Dr Tim Senior explains why Health Minister Peter Dutton should be telling his Cabinet colleagues that they are making his job much harder – Budget policies that promote inequality are also likely to be harmful for the community’s health. Whether politicians are as clever as children, who grasp […]

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 […]

Wonky Health launches, revealing how co-payments will increase the health gap

Wonky Health launches, revealing how co-payments will increase the health gap

The impacts of a Medicare co-payment would be far-reaching, including increasing the health gap between wealthy and poorer areas, and making it harder for general practices to survive in disadvantaged areas. MPs (and others) wanting some evidence-based insights into how the co-payment would affect people and general practices across electorates are advised to dive into […]