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Community health consultation at death’s door, as Hockey to defers to Big Pharma

CroakeyMay 14, 2015

This budget has managed to escape the political and policy disasters of last year, but it has kicked the can down the road on most major initiatives, writes Croakey contributor Jennifer Doggett.

What if all ministers were health ministers?

What if all ministers were health ministers?

Tim SeniorJan 23, 2015

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn't every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

Changes to Medicare threaten to strip away safety net as GP prices go up

Changes to Medicare threaten to strip away safety net as GP prices go up

Tim WoodruffJan 5, 20151 Comment

The government's proposed changes to Medicare will force GPs to choose between a pay cut or charging more to those who need their services most.

More Qs than As: reflecting on Q & A's mental health episode

More Qs than As: reflecting on Q & A's mental health episode

CroakeyOct 8, 2014

Did this week's panel do justice to the topic of mental health? We ask the experts.

Privilege, power and kidney disease

Privilege, power and kidney disease

CroakeyOct 3, 2014

What if end-stage kidney disease was far more common among the rich and powerful than among those who are not so privileged? A new art exhibition explores the class division of the disease.

Is the growing momentum for action against climate change enough?

Is the growing momentum for action against climate change enough?

CroakeyOct 2, 2014

Australia has failed to send our Health Minister -- or any government representative -- to the World Health Organisation's first-ever health and climate conference.

The AMA's proposed co-payment helps doctors, not patients

Marie McIreneyAug 22, 2014

The AMA claims to be fighting for the wellbeing of doctors, but should it be at the expense of patients?

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

CroakeyAug 18, 2014

New research shows teens who are overweight and obese often have trouble making friends with peers who are of a healthy weight.

In the year of the co-payment, what can we learn from the NHS?

CroakeyJul 29, 2014

If patients pour through the doors of hospital emergency departments to avoid a $7 co-payment, hospitals could find themselves hundreds of dollars out of pocket.

How the global response to HIV/AIDS renders Indigenous peoples 'invisible'

CroakeyJul 24, 2014

Australian Indigenous health researcher James Ward has called on the international HIV and AIDS community to identify Indigenous peoples as a “priority population”, warning that they are often invisible in international reports and declarations that shape HIV responses.