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Over recent years aged care has emerged as a significant public issue in the popular media and in the rhetoric of politicians anticipating elections. The prominence of nursing home scandals reflects a deep and longstanding public concern for vulnerable older people. The major issues of...
What are often called 'health outcomes' are actually 'illness outcomes'. Many medical practitioners, trained to detect and treat episodes of illness, often become interested in people only when they become ill and generally lose interest in them when they become well again.
The most important question with respect to health and health care confronting Australia now is, 'Where to from here?'. Given the huge resources that Australia contributes to health services, it is surely reasonable to expect that when choices are made about how to use those...
This paper reviews the coverage by the quality media of the private health insurance issue from the beginning of 1996 (prior to the beginning of the formal election campaign) to the end of 1999 (after the announcement of lifetime health cover).
Public dental care for adults in Australia is struggling to avoid being labelled 'poor dentistry for poor people'. Policy development to improve adult oral health and dental care has been restricted by attitudes that regard oral health as separate from general health, oral disease as...