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Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

Amongst other things, the Third National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin last week provided some examples of how the wider primary healthcare sector can learn so much from the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. Presentations reviewing the history of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) highlighted the […]

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon write: After a shaky start, the Commonwealth Government is finally starting a debate about how Australia’s future health system should look. Next week, the prime minister and premiers will meet to discuss some big reform options, such as a radical centralisation or devolution of health care. It looks like Treasurer […]

The debate we’re yet to have about private health insurance

The debate we’re yet to have about private health insurance

In the final instalment of The Conversation’s series Private health insurance in Australia, Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney, asks whether Australians need private health insurance, and what a two-tiered system means for quality, access and equity: The six previous papers in this series highlight […]

Private health insurance ‘carrot and stick’ reforms have failed – here’s why

Private health insurance ‘carrot and stick’ reforms have failed – here’s why

Anne-marie Boxall writes: If your workplace is anything like mine, this week’s private health insurance premium increases might prompt conversations that go something like this: Can you believe our private health insurance costs $421 a month – and we are all really healthy! Some people baulk at the cost of private insurance – especially the […]

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 […]

Calling for health reform – that won’t be a health hazard

Calling for health reform – that won’t be a health hazard

Dr Frank Jones, a GP from Mandurah in WA and president of the Royal Australian College of GPs, is worth watching in this presentation made yesterday to the Senate Select Committee inquiring into federal health policy. When asked, what is the one thing he would tell a new PM (if this eventuates), he replied: “Countries with […]

The AMA and Medicare: a love-hate relationship

The AMA and Medicare: a love-hate relationship

Lesley Russell writes: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has emerged from the recent brouhaha over the Abbott government’s proposed Medicare reforms as both a winner in the protection of doctors’ incomes and an apparent champion of the affordability of health care for patients. […] 

New funding models are a long-term alternative to Medicare co-payments

New funding models are a long-term alternative to Medicare co-payments

Peter Sivey writes: The Abbott government is struggling with its Medicare co-payment reform, scrapping the latest version for a period of consultation, starting this week. The government claims it wants to make Medicare sustainable by controlling costs. However the proposed reforms are piecemeal and inequitable, antagonising Medicare’s stakeholders […]

Beware the anti-health minister…

Beware the anti-health minister…

Last week a proposed decrease in the Medicare rebate went down, not so much in a blaze of glory as with a whimper of “confusion”. The minister responsible for the changes, Peter Dutton has also moved on, leaving behind the accolade of “worst health minister in 35 years.”   The immigration portfolio may yet provide a chance […]