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Devastating news for Aboriginal health in western Sydney

Devastating news for Aboriginal health in western Sydney

The Australian newspaper reported this week that the Federal Department of Health has given a large Aboriginal community controlled health service in western Sydney notice of imminent loss of funding. Patricia Delaney, a longstanding Aboriginal health advocate and policy advisor with a background in nursing and mental health, who helped set up the service, writes below […]

Can the GP co-payment debacle be fixed?

Can the GP co-payment debacle be fixed?

The GP copayment would appear to be one of the most unpopular of the 2014 Budget proposals, amongst both the public and those working in health.  In this post, Professor Anthony Scott, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, proposes a potential fix. The real question, however, is whether it is […]

A timely study reinforces value of access to primary care

A timely study reinforces value of access to primary care

At the National Press Club yesterday, Health Minister Peter Dutton spoke of the importance of evidence in formulating health policy. I wonder if his advisors are reading The Medical Journal of Australia, which this week has published a study from the NT concluding that: “Improving access to primary care in remote communities for the management […]

Let Medicare Locals find their feet and improve primary care

Let Medicare Locals find their feet and improve primary care

Joan Corbett writes: Primary health care in Australia is a messy beast, with many heads and all sorts of body parts. But it’s centrally important because it plays a major role in achieving public health outcomes, such as better co-ordinated care for people with chronic conditions, good immunisation rates and programs to help people quit smoking and […]

A timely call for eHealth investments to focus on primary care and community health settings

A timely call for eHealth investments to focus on primary care and community health settings

Submissions are being sought for a review of Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) that is due to report back to Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton by the middle of next month. The panel is chaired by Richard Royle, Executive Director of the UnitingCare Health group in Queensland and Vice-President of the Australian Private Hospitals […]

Recommended reading on the history of primary care reform (and what can be learnt from it)

Recommended reading on the history of primary care reform (and what can be learnt from it)

There is some essential new reading for those concerned with primary care and related reforms, according to health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett. In the article below, she reviews Primary Care and General Practice in Australia 1990-2012: A Chronology of Federal Government Strategies, Policies, Programs and Funding,  by Dr Lesley Russell from the Australian Primary Health […]

The latest recommended reading on primary care news and research

The latest recommended reading on primary care news and research

The latest articles profiled by the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service include: Some ideas for improving the organisation of primary care services A caution on the use of smart phones in healthcare settings A call for wider use of nurse practitioners in primary care. ***  Making primary care  exciting again  Petra Bywood writes: […]

Should your doctor be asking after your pet, too?

Should your doctor be asking after your pet, too?

Given the importance of pets in many peoples’ lives, perhaps GPs should ask their patients if they have companion animals, and how they might be able to help improve their humans’ physical and mental health. That is the suggestion of a recent article profiled in the latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and […]

For patients to play a more active role in managing chronic health problems, some changes are needed…

For patients to play a more active role in managing chronic health problems, some changes are needed…

Patients with chronic diseases could benefit if there were better systems in primary care to help them develop their capacity to manage their own conditions. That is the suggestion from a recent Queensland study investigating some of the barriers to and enablers of self-management support (or SMS) for patients with chronic conditions. The study is […]

Primary health care: when and where did it all begin?

Primary health care: when and where did it all begin?

Continuing the primary health care theme of the previous post, health policy expert Professor Philip Davies investigates the history of the terms “primary care” and “primary health care” – a topical matter given the legal action recently dropped by Primary Health Care Ltd. *** Tracking the long history of primary health care Philip Davies writes: After […]