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With health on the agenda of the COAG meeting this week, it is well past time that governments at all levels commit to a fundamental redesign of Australia’s health "system", writes John Menadue.

Why COAG must commit to health redesign – not just handing over more money

With health on the agenda of the COAG meeting this week, it is well past time that governments at all levels commit to a fundamental redesign of Australia’s health "system", writes John Menadue.

The ideal health system, I suggest, is one where appropriate and effective care is provided to all who need it a timely and an efficient manner, writes Professor Stephen Leeder.

Ministerial briefing note 1: To the next health minister

The ideal health system, I suggest, is one where appropriate and effective care is provided to all who need it a timely and an efficient manner, writes Professor Stephen Leeder.

Aboriginal kids as young as six are being asked to give environmental health assessments of their houses—and their interrogators are not housing experts, but the doctors and nurses carrying out the medical checks, writes Anna Lamboys.

NT intervention: kids grilled on housing standards

Aboriginal kids as young as six are being asked to give environmental health assessments of their houses—and their interrogators are not housing experts, but the doctors and nurses carrying out the medical checks, writes Anna Lamboys.

The recent Commonwealth intervention in the Northern Territory includes a raft of components which appear to have little connection with protecting children, writes Dr David Scrimgeour.

How think tanks are misleading us on Aboriginal children’s health

The recent Commonwealth intervention in the Northern Territory includes a raft of components which appear to have little connection with protecting children, writes Dr David Scrimgeour.

When Pat Anderson and Rex Wild, QC, visited dozens of Aboriginal communities across the NT as part of their inquiry into child s-xual abuse, they were surprised that so many people were willing to share their stories.

Failure to consult dooms NT intervention

When Pat Anderson and Rex Wild, QC, visited dozens of Aboriginal communities across the NT as part of their inquiry into child s-xual abuse, they were surprised that so many people were willing to share their stories.

During a three-day conference here on Indigenous health, the message has come loud and clear from doctors, lawyers, researchers, public servants, economists and Aboriginal leaders. Not a single voice has been raised in defence of the Federal Government’s plans for the NT.

Not a single voice in support of intervention

During a three-day conference here on Indigenous health, the message has come loud and clear from doctors, lawyers, researchers, public servants, economists and Aboriginal leaders. Not a single voice has been raised in defence of the Federal Government’s plans for the NT.

Gulkula in north east Arnhem Land will once again this weekend host Garma, the Territory’s leading Aboriginal festival of culture and ideas. This year’s theme: Indigenous health: real solutions for a chronic problem. But there’s a Caucasian in the woodpile.

Champion of 'caucasian' health meets the locals

Gulkula in north east Arnhem Land will once again this weekend host Garma, the Territory’s leading Aboriginal festival of culture and ideas. This year’s theme: Indigenous health: real solutions for a chronic problem. But there’s a Caucasian in the woodpile.

Around the world, 10,000 people die each day as a result of mistakes, complications and other harms caused by their acute health care. This makes iatrogenic harm in health care the third biggest killer...

Governments urged to lead on patient safety

Around the world, 10,000 people die each day as a result of mistakes, complications and other harms caused by their acute health care. This makes iatrogenic harm in health care the third biggest killer...

On Wednesday, <i>The New York Times</i> reported on how former Surgeon General Dr Richard H. Carmona who held the peak health advisory position from 2002-06 had told a US Congressional panel on Tuesday “that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.”

Political interference in medical research and advocacy: send us your examples

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported on how former Surgeon General Dr Richard H. Carmona who held the peak health advisory position from 2002-06 had told a US Congressional panel on Tuesday “that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.”

Hospital managers are so focused on keeping their political masters happy that they’ve seriously compromised their duty to the public.

How fear of political wrath is killing our hospitals

Hospital managers are so focused on keeping their political masters happy that they’ve seriously compromised their duty to the public.

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