• America

    Should Biden bow out?


    Emma Shortis |  July 19, 2024


    Despite his bombastic attempt to overthrow American democracy and a string of criminal convictions, Donald Trump is proving a strong challenger to Joe Biden, so should the ageing President bow out of the campaign?


  • #StandwithUkraine

    Sanction Chinese companies supporting Russia in Ukraine


    Benjamin Herscovitch |  July 19, 2024


    Australia should take concrete action against China’s material support for Russia’s illegal invasion and brutal occupation of Ukraine.


  • Environment

    Global forests in crisis


    Open Forum |  July 19, 2024


    Deforestation continues around the world, contributing to climate change as well as biological devastation, and Australia remains one of the world’s worst offenders.


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  • A Law for Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in Australia

    Jim Staples     |      November 26, 2008

    The reputation of the Star Chamber rightly fetches condemnation in controversy nowadays, but its spirit is alive and well.

    The legislatures of Australia, State, Territory and Federal, should all guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of the press by enacting a law which abolishes the crime of sedition.

    The concept of sedition can be traced to the law of slander and libel developed to abate and rectify disputes in the ordinary course amongst the common people, in the community at large. It was a development under the writ of trespass, the first great writ of the law set in terms to uphold peace in the realm.

  • More rational mental health funding will improve access to services for consumers

    Viv.Miller     |      November 26, 2008

    A recent report on mental health funding, endorsed by the Mental Health Services Conference Inc, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and PwC, points the way to system reform.

  • Waves of financial crisis crash on Australian shores

    Joe Hockey     |      November 24, 2008

    There is no doubt that, economically, Australia is in a better position than most other countries. However, these could possibly be the most challenging times Australians have ever faced.

  • What if we changed the way we delivered healthcare?

    George.Margelis     |      November 24, 2008

    A system of home-based care, facilitated by modern telecommunications and information technology, will extend the reach of our primary care health workers enabling them to monitor a patient from a distance, and, more importantly, it will allows us to scale the limited clinical specialist resources we currently have.

  • Wiki for Cancer

    Ian.Olver     |      November 24, 2008

    Wiki technoligy can become a new, modern, fast and cost-effective way of producing evidence based guidelines for cancer care.

    Clinical practice guidelines are a useful tool for promoting evidence based medical practice. They require a complete review of the available literature and usually are written by a team of experts in a field and disseminated widely for comment. Levels of evidence range from the strongest where meta-analyses of randomised trials exist, to the weakest where there is little data but a consensus of expert opinion is recorded.

    The challenges of producing such guidelines are the time and cost of their production and the rapidity at which they are outdated because of the rapid emergence of new evidence.

    One potential solution is to use a Wiki platform to produce guidelines.

  • Talk Openly: Indigenous e-Health Forum with special guest blogger, The Hon. Tony Abbott

    editor     |      November 24, 2008

    The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Federal Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, was our guest blogger in a forum on the potential benefits of e-Health practices for Australia’s remote Indigenous communities.

  • NT e-Health Trials: an Important Test

    Tony Abbott     |      November 23, 2008

    The creation of shared electronic records is a test that the Australian health system has yet to pass.

    Indigenous health should be a very promising proving ground for e-health applications. Indigenous people have much higher rates of chronic disease and typically use wholly government-funded or government-run health facilities. Therefore, e-health has more than the usual potential to improve treatment. As well, the predominance of government health provision should mean fewer than the usual problems of coordination and interoperability of systems.

    Although the federal and Northern Territory governments have both promoted e-health initiatives and, on paper, much progress seems to have been made, I suspect that the usual caveats concerning the gulf between what’s supposed to be and what’s actually happening remain in order.

  • Uncategorised

    Refuse, Reuse, Legislate

    sally.rose     |      November 21, 2008

    It's terrible being unable to control yourself even when you know better. Please make my bad habits illegal.

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    Jumping on the pink bandwagon

    christel83     |      November 20, 2008

    The colour pink has grown out to be more than only the symbol of breast cancer; it has become a powerful representative for corporate social responsibility.

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    ConnectCare: Taking the Pain Away from eHealth

    Con Koulouris     |      November 20, 2008

    Providing a greater level of care for all Australian aged care residents has been the common motivating force behind this new, joint pilot project of the Federal Government & industry partners.

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    e-Health the key to a healthier system

    Neil Batt     |      November 19, 2008

    We should be trying to buy and then modify complete e-Health bundled systems which have already proved successful overseas, rather than constantly trying to reinvent the wheel.

  • Uncategorised

    Show me the Money!

    Peter Fritz     |      November 17, 2008

    Government needs to worry less about a lack of innovation and think more about its own role in supporting business which are innovating.

    Last month I attended a gathering to mark the release of "Inside the Innovation Matrix", the latest publication from the Australian Business Foundation. The Hon. Craig Emerson MP had been invited to say a few words to launch the book.

    He was armed with the full vocabulary of innovation speak to throw at us: vision, daring, connectivity, clustering, inter-disciplinary communities, innovation…the list goes on.

    Over the last 30yrs I’ve participated in various initiatives concerned with promoting innovation, and what I heard felt strikingly similar to what I’ve heard before. It was a little like hearing an echo of Ministers past.