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Deadly drug war is one we can't afford to stop fighting

Bill O'Chee writes in the Brisbane Times (6.1.16):

'Over the holiday period up to January 4 this year, Queensland police conducted... More »

Lock-out laws and the Newcastle study

During November 2015 there was much political speculation about the consequences of differences of opinion about 'lock-out laws' between those supp... More »

Mental health challenge requires significant attention and research

Ian Jacobs and Michael Spence write in The Conversation (13.11.15):

'We are making progress in understanding some of the most... More »

Indigenous health crisis, exacerbated by preventive health program cuts

The appalling statistics on Indigenous health has been highlighted by the 2015 AMA Indigenous Health Card. The AMA is also highly critical of Indig... More »

Prediction grimly realised

Professor Linda Shields predicted the tragic rise in syphilis cases in north Queensland when she wrote about the impact of Newman government preven... More »

Testing the government's 'mandate' - the waiting list guarantee

Amy Remeikis (Brisbane Times, 11.3.15) reports that the LNP will test the government's 'mandate' to scrap the health waiting list gua... More »

States face rising health bill

Stephen Duckett writes in The Conversation (10.3.15):

'The 2015 Intergenerational Report adopts the same mixed focus as the previo... More »

Labor scraps surgery waiting time guarantee

Cameron Atfield writes in the Brisbane Times (10.3.15) that the new government has scrapped the LNP's surgery waiting time guarantee ... More »

New minister attacks LNP spending on surgery waiting lists

Natalie Bochenski reports in the Brisbane Times (9.3.15) that the new Queensland health minister Cameron Dick has said that 'not one ... More »

Cameron Dick to consider AIDS Council funding

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (6.2.15) that one of the most high-profile early victims of Newman government funding cuts h... More »

Deaths of children and young people, Queensland 2013-14

'The deaths of 446 children and young people were registered in 2013–14, representing a rate of 41.0 deaths per 100,000 population aged 0&nda... More »

Queensland Health has a better outlook, so who deserves credit?

'It’s a sign of how much has changed in a few years that health has barely featured in the Queensland election campaign, despite being one of... More »

Newman deceiving voters on hospitals?

'The Newman government’s former assistant health minister has said the Liberal National party (LNP) was deceiving voters on hospitals, saying... More »

Nurse workloads critical factor in patient survival rates

The ABC News reports that 'Professor Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania said her research showed every patient added to a nurse's work... More »

RB&WH training accreditation at risk?

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (4.12.14) that 'the Metro North Hospital and Health Service has dodged questions surrounding... More »

'Making a will? Why not plan your end-of-life care too' - Queensland leading the way

Roger Scott comments on a piece in The Conversation (1.10.14) 'This excellent article gives the surprising information that Queensland is one of th... More »

GP co-payment would increase emergency department waiting times

A group of researchers explain, in The Conversation (11.7.14), how new modelling shows that the introduction of a GP co-payment could see average e... More »

National Health Service privatisation in UK a bit unwell or critically ill?

The London Observer (29 June 2014) reports that: "The NHS is looking likely to be a key battleground at the general election and Labour wi... More »

Professor Lesley Barclay writes that rural health set to suffer more under the 2014 Federal budget

Lesley Barclay, Professor of Rural Health at University of Sydney, writes in The Conversation on 21 May 2014 that people living in remote and ... More »

Better ways to spend the medical research future fund

Article by Clarke, Barnett, Herbert and Graves, in The Conversation, 22 May 2014, on the Abbott government's Budget proposal to create a medical re... More »

Budget takes hospital funding arrangement back to the future

Article by Stephen Duckett of the Grattan Institute, in the Conversation, 22 May 2014

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Jenny Brands on the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

Jenny Brands wrote about Aboriginal Health research in Australia Policy Online.  In late 2012, the Lowitja Institute embarked on a project usi... More »

Dr Wayne Hall discusses drugs and double standards

The recent exchange between Alex Wodak and Miranda Devine in the Sydney Morning Herald (Ms. Miranda Devine, Puff goes the drug liberalizer, Sydney ... More »

Professor Linda Shields: 'Health Care in a Newman Queensland'

In this paper Professor Linda Shields discusses some of the changes being implemented across Queensland Health and their ramifications for the stat... More »


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