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.
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.
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.
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...
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.”