May, 2009

Prof John Wakerman has some critical questions on the budget

, May 13, 2009

Professor John Wakerman, Director, Centre for Remote Health, A joint Centre of Flinders University & Charles Darwin University, writes: 1. Hospitals have done well. 2. Indigenous health: continuing support for closing the gap is wellreceived. Continuing support for the Expanded Health Services Delivery Initiative in NT is welcome. We need this strategic approach toimproving PHC […]

Andrew Podger gives the health budget “a muted tick”

, May 13, 2009

Andrew Podger writes: The health budget contains a lot of positives. Bearing in mind the major spending initiatives of the last 18 months, including  the new Australian Health Care Agreements (reversing the serious neglect of public hospitals by the Howard Government) and Indigenous health services, the Government deserves congratulations for including additional spending measures that […]

Ticks from nursing and consumer groups and some others

, May 12, 2009

Health policy expert Dr Yvonne Luxford writes: Nobody expected a generous budget, and at first blush the health budget is definitely not generous. However, the good news is that the vital area of Indigenous health has received a strong influx of funding (apparently not to be distributed via the jurisdictions), and the programs to incentivise […]

For those who care about rural and remote health

, May 12, 2009

These are the bits from the budget I’ve highlighted – at a first quick glance – that are particularly relevant for those with an interest in rural and remote health: Infrastructure Funding for regional cancer centres $27 million for an integrated district health service in Narrabri, bringing together hospital, primary and community health services $8.6 […]

Remember the big picture: Prof Stephen Leeder on the budget

, May 12, 2009

Professor Stephen Leeder, director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney, is first off the Croakey blocks with a budget response: The budget is a responsible response to the discombobulated global financial environment. The good things for health include an increase in the pensions (given that poverty is a health […]

Paul Smith reveals the NHHRC’s plans

, May 12, 2009

Paul Smith, political editor at Australian Doctor, has had a briefing from the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. He writes: The commission’s final report is due in  about six weeks . Last week its chair Dr Christine Bennett held a few background briefings for journalists.  The  final report is still a work in progress […]

Splashing the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission

, May 11, 2009

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission chief Dr Christine Bennett seems to have embarked on a series of media briefings to gee up interest in the Commission’s forthcoming report. This earnt her a nice splash in the Weekend Australian’s health section which rang with praise at the “boldness” of the Commission’s work to date. […]

Updating Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents

, Apr 27, 2009

There is a new entry to the Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents. CRUD records the details of evaluations, plans, reviews and other such documents that should be released (whether by governments or other commissioning bodies), in the interests of promoting better informed policy, practice and debate. The new entry is: • The NSW Radiotherapy Plan  […]

Is it time for a truce in the disease wars?

, Nov 28, 2008

When a disease or health problem hits the headlines, claiming a massive casualty count or economic cost, my first thoughts are often cynical. Who is driving this and why? When I investigate further, my cynicism is often reinforced. Often it’s a group lobbying for a particular treatment to be funded. Often the campaign is supported, […]

Academics as journalists?

, Nov 19, 2008

Some journalists (and quite possibly some academics too) might not appreciate this suggestion, but every now and then I come across an academic publication and think, “what a wonderful piece of journalism”. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. The best of journalistic practice – a willingness to challenge accepted wisdoms, to investigate […]