The leaders of our two main political parties are resisting calls from most health experts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. They might give a thought to the thousands of lives saved as a result of earlier public health measures introduced in the face of loud opposition. Mandatory car seat belts...
by Leanne Wells and Jeffrey Braithwaite The customary response to the daunting rise in costs shadowing health care is to reach for that toxic mix of service cuts and tax/fee increases. Now however, fresh attention is going to the concept of health system sustainability. We’re seeking to build a...
At the Colloquium
Bring more than 60 consumer advocates and stakeholders with an interest in supporting consumer leadership from all around Australia together and what do you hear? We need to ‘get it together’ more, was the overarching message. And ‘getting it together’ can come in a variety of ways, whether by...
The pledge by the new Health Minister Greg Hunt to focus on the national crisis of suicide should raise our hopes that we might at last see an effective national strategy to counter this tragedy. Suicide claims more than 3,000 deaths in Australia each year. That’s more than the death toll due to...
With his new Health Minister, the Prime Minister is signalling a refreshed approach to health policy. It is encouraging that Malcolm Turnbull has asserted a new focus on the previously abandoned area of preventive health, promising to give people “the right tools and information to live active and...
Sally Crossing speaking at a CHF event
The passing of Sally Crossing in December 2016 leaves a large space in the health consumer movement in Australia. Sally was a fierce and very successful advocate of the health consumer representative movement and will be dearly missed. She was a remarkable woman who has left a lasting legacy. Sally...
On the 16th and 17th of January 2017, global health leaders converged on Paris for a policy forum and ministerial meeting. A huge amount of content was covered, and to give you some insight into the outcomes and trends that featured in the discussion, we've put together this Storify roundup of...
This Op-ed first appeared in Fairfax outlets on the 6th of January, 2017. Read it in the Canberra Times here . Australia's healthcare horizon is rapidly changing. We face significant challenges at the same time as pressure for reform and innovation grows. In an era when the economic focus seems...
The consultation draft of what is intended to be the latest National Mental Health Plan has worryingly failed to counter the impression that mental health remains a second order concern. At a time when demonstrated need so often overwhelms the services available, the Mental Health Plan has done...
by Leanne Wells and Claire Jackson The most significant development in Australia’s health system in a generation reaches a crunch point in Christmas week. Long-awaited reform of primary health care services in the community is on the cards and central to this will be the GP. A minimum of 200...

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