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Hockey’s spending challenge: stop it getting worse first

Joe Hockey’s task in reining in spending on health, education and welfare is first to prevent the Coalition’s policies from making it worse.

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Five ways our ageing population will help the economy

Our ageing population will present challenges. But former Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing chairman Everald Compton says the demographic shift presents plenty of positive opportunities if you know where to look.

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Challenging the sacred cow of Medicare

Medicare is great — right? Health journalist Jennifer Doggett examines the case for our political leaders to challenge the sacred cow of Medicare and tweak the system so it’s fairer and more efficient.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA|

Six health policies we won’t hear about in this election campaign

Private health care, co-payments and the impact of climate change on healthcare are just a few of the things the major parties are ignoring in their campaigning, writes Jennifer Doggett.

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Fiona Stanley: the secret to improving indigenous healthcare

Empowering indigenous Australians to take charge of their own healthcare proved more successful than epidemiologist and public health advocate Fiona Stanley ever imagined. She writes in the latest GriffithREVIEW.

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Vaccination pricks

Crikey readers talk the importance of vaccination and tax reform.

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The ethics of enforced child vaccinations

There is a broad consensus in the medical community that immunisation is safe, effective and healthy — although not all parents agree. Monash University Law School associate professor Dr Paula Gerber says making childcare conditional upon being vaccinated violates a child’s human rights.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

A call for meaningful action: previewing national mental health summit

On any given day, a person with serious mental illness is twice as likely to die. A national meeting tomorrow will be the first of its kind — and all eyes will be watching how the money is doled out, writes Mark Ragg.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Budget mega-wrap: healthcare announcements and reactions

Crikey’s health blog Croakey compiles everything you want to know about healthcare initiatives, including an overview of key announcements and reactions from experts.

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PromiseWatch 2013: mental health services policy

What are the major parties promising in terms of mental health services? Crikey journalist Andrew Crook and the CDP’s Julia Hosking find out.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Raising tax, removing subsidies: out of the box ideas to boost population health

If the federal government wanted to use the forthcoming budget to boost population health, what would it do? Melissa Sweet quizzes a panel of experts who contribute to Crikey’s health blog Croakey.

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Less cynicism about the Anzac spirit

Crikey readers talk healthcare costs, advertising on the Bureau of Meteorology website and the Anzac spirit.

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The rise and rise of health spending — but don’t blame the old people

Health spending and health employment are surging in Australia. But it’s not inevitable, as the experience of other countries shows. And it’s not necessarily being driven by the ageing population.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

NT govt’s ‘problem drinkers’ policy: reasons to be concerned

The NT government’s proposed initiative to mandatorily detain “problem drinkers” is discriminatory and risks causer wider harm. Win Yee Tan and Melanie Johnson explain why.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Pickled policy: why NT’s mandatory grog rehab scheme is doomed for failure

The NT government’s $100 million plan to detain citizens who have not committed crimes but are regularly liquored-up in public is the latest alcohol initiative that won’t work — and more than likely exacerbate the problem.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club — and its significance for rural health

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club tells us something about how the social and economic fortunes of mining towns can rise and fall — with wide-ranging implications for health, writes Melissa Sweet.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Indigenous wellbeing in the spotlight at National Rural Health Conference

Indigenous health issues have featured prominently at this year’s National Rural Health Conference. Crikey’s health blog Croakey folds together coverage of three insightful reports.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Community & creativity: National Rural Health Conference kicks off

The impressive opening ceremony of the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide showcased the importance of creativity, community, inclusion and equal opportunities, reports Marge Overs.

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Tips and rumours

A mere $995 to drink with Rupert … senior ALP figure preparing to retire? … too many egos at Telstra spin bunker …

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

‘We are all health ministers’: the Aboriginal definition of health

If Australia adopted the Aboriginal definition of health, writes Dr Tim Senior, we would end up with not only better services but better healthcare and more ministers.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

On ciggies and grog, Roxon’s public health legacy is plain

Australia‚Äôs plain packaging cigarettes initiative has played an essential role in revitalising global action on tobacco. It’s one of several reasons why Nicola Roxon’s public health legacy deserves to recognition, writes Mike Daube.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Vale Croakey contributor Gavin Mooney

Health economist and prolific Croakey contributor, Professor Gavin Mooney, and his partner Delys Weston have been murdered in Tasmania. Melissa Sweet pays tribute.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

On mental health and suicide prevention, are we stuck in Groundhog Day?

Australia’s first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention fails to address many important issues, writes Jaelea Skehan.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

What’s missing from the first national mental health report card

The National Mental Health Commission’s first report card suggests a new beginning, but the next should focus less about the past twenty years and more about the next twenty, writes Sebastian Rosenberg.

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Coalition plan to hack into Medicare Locals unwinds reform

Medical experts are concerned any move by the Coalition to scrap Medicare Local operations will unwind important primary healthcare reform. Health journalist Mark Metherell reports.

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