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Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

COVID failures in aged care reveal flaws far beyond a dud minister

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?

Health: missed opportunities in narrow budget focus

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?

The government has today announced its long-awaited aged-care reform package.

Something new for something old: Gillard’s aged-care package

The government has today announced its long-awaited aged-care reform package.

What to make of Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s recent back-down on plans to overhaul diabetes care? <b>Robert Wells</b>, 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.

AMA smiling but not everyone’s happy about diabetes backdown

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. <b>Jane Vashti Ryan</b> investigates some disturbing new figures.

Our black health gap: less spent on primary aboriginal health

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? <em><a href="http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey">Croakey</a></em>'s <b>Melissa Sweet</b> wraps the commentary.

Health: Will Budget announcements be a circuit breaker?

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.

<em>Croakey</em> 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.

Health Budget 2010: What the experts say

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 <b>Alan Rosen</b>.

Are we going back to the 1960s in mental health?

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.

<em>Croakey</em> 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".

The health debate diagnosis: underwhelming

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. <b>Bernard Keane</b> recounts a wild, wild day in the chamber.

Showdown at the old despatch box

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.

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