The Federal Budget handed down two weeks ago by the Coalition Government has a number of problems. No new public hospital funding, no effort to mandate ratios in aged care and continued cuts to the ABC are some of the...
Earlier this year, a study showed there'd been an increase in preventable deaths in aged care. Kylie's an aged care nurse and had a sceptical reaction to this study. Aged care is a complex area and there are so...
In Australia today, economic language isn’t used to help, inform or educate but to silence us, argues Richard Denniss, chief economist for the Australia Institute. In fact, we're hearing a lot of econobabble. This is a talk Richard gave at Professional Day...
At a time of great strain on public health services and increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients, it is becoming clear that corporate tax avoidance is a health hazard, according to Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and...
In the small hours of last Wednesday morning, David Gallan sat next to his dying father in a NSW public hospital, reading the reports on the federal Budget delivered by Joe Hockey a few hours earlier. David was inwardly fuming...
Since last week's horror Budget, which announced a $7 co-payment for all visits to a GP (even by children and pensioners) and that future funding growth would be left to the states, the states have been scrabbling to try and...
We are currently witnessing the early stages of ‘death by a thousand privatisations’ of the Australian public health system and Medicare. Ideas for a co-payment for GP visits have been floated since January, but that's just the beginning. The suggestion...
Today, former nurse Ged Kearney, now President of the ACTU, looks at the Commission of Audit appointed by the Abbott government to examine the 'role and scope of Government'. Kearney argues that the Audit Commission is just a fig leaf to...
How do you cut agency nurses without increasing the nurse workforce? And how do you drastically cut locums without providing more positions for doctors? Local Health Districts are targeting overtime payments and "expensive" contract staff to make the extensive...
Hot on the heels of huge cuts to education last week, the O'Farrell state Government announced that $3billion would go from the health budget - $775 million would be cut over four years as part of a 'labour expense...