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Are You OK

Australians are being encouraged to reach out to their loved ones, friends and colleagues and check on their wellbeing

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Dental Package - As Always the Devil is in the Detail

The Australian Government’s redirection of dental funding to 2-17 year olds and away from the non-targeted Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) is a sensible initiative as it is investing in the future. However, the mode of closure of the CDDS has given little consideration to the many patients currently receiving treatment.

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Why has dental health been getting the brush off?

‘A healthy mouth for every Australian’ was the catch-cry at a meeting of health advocates in Canberra this week.

Medicare Local Alliance Launched

The establishment of 61 agile, community and clinically-led Australian primary health care organisations to better and more regionally organise health so that it is more responsive to community needs is the most substantial reform since the introduction of Medicare.

Rural Doctors Urged to Pin Down Medicare Locals

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says that with existing rural after-hours medical services facing significant funding uncertainty from July 2013, rural doctors should urgently “pin down” their new Medicare Local on how after-hours services will be provided in their area from that time on.

Telehealth Specialist Consultations Indispensible to Health Equity for Rural People

Dr Ewen McPhee of Emerald in central Queensland said that the telehealth service was now an indispensable part of his practice.

Consumer Reference Group for National Mental Health Consumer Organisation

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today announced the establishment of a Consumer Reference Group to set up the new National Mental Health Consumer Organisation.

$8.7 Million in Grants for Rural Health Practices

Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants to 50 projects across Australia, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today.

Minister Plibersek Media Release on Tasmania

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today announced a $325 million emergency rescue package for Tasmania’s ailing health system.

Peter Dutton Media Release on Tasmania

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek will cut health funding to other states to cover the mismanagement of her Labor-Greens colleagues in Tasmania.

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by Dr. Radut