Aged care was out of sight, out of mind when it came to developing a response to the pandemic, with tragic consequences.
The health sector is reporting only on a very limited portion of the budget, rather than approaching all policies through the lens of health. Is this the right approach?
What to make of Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s recent back-down on plans to overhaul diabetes care? Robert Wells, director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and cirector of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at the ANU, is not impressed by the delays.
Mainstream primary health services are failing indigenous Australians, according to the country’s peak doctors group, with services not delivering adequate care or value for money. Jane Vashti Ryan investigates some disturbing new figures.
Mental health and dental health were the clear losers last night. But will the other health announcements be a circuit breaker for the government? Croakey's Melissa Sweet wraps the commentary.
Croakey wraps reactions to last night's Budget from Australia's health experts and community, covering everything from dental policy (or the lack of it), primary health care and alcohol policy and prevention.
The Health Department may be able to write a chook raffle policy, but it has few employees with much experience of running health services, and too many decision-making generic career bureaucrats without any clinical background, says psychiatrist Alan Rosen.
Croakey rounds up what the health commentariat is saying about yesterday's big health debate between Rudd and Abbott. Looks like an acute case of "unimpressed".
After shooting it out in a Question Time stand-off, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have agreed to an old fashioned showdown over health in a debate next week. Bernard Keane recounts a wild, wild day in the chamber.