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 17 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 videos...
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...
In the future, consumers will drive their own healthcare in partnership with clinicians, and it is therefore important to start working  together earlier in the research pipeline.
Medical research may seem remote from day-to-day life despite its potential to transform lives. Consider the constellation of research projects granted funding this month by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The targets for research range across medical science, including predicting...
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by Jenny Preston, Roger Steel, Karen Inns, Simon Stones and Keith Wilson “Having lived with long-term conditions for the majority of my life, and through my interest and participation in research, I have been inspired to get involved in shaping the future research landscape, as a patient research...
Leanne Wells and David Butt Kevin McLeod’s Grand Designs television series offers a fitting metaphor for the Health Care Homes we are building in Australia. We are beginning with an existing structure that needs much work to turn it into an effective and comfortable home offering all the features...

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