Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think.
No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
Mental health remains chronically underfunded.
The latest federal budget leaves mental health chronically underfunded, with inequitable access to services, and without a clear national strategy.
Consumers continue to view private health insurance as poor value for money.
The 30% subsidy for private health insurance was predicted to be a bad and costly policy many years ago. And 20 years later, the only thing that's changed is the $6 billion-plus hole in the budget.
The NDIS rollout has been plagued with issues from the start.
The NDIS roll-out has been criticised for many glitches, but that doesn't mean the scheme is failing.
It’s time for citizen panels to have a say in how governments spend our health dollars.
Citizens do not have enough say in how mental health services are planned, funded and run in Australia. Here's why that needs to change.
Medical students protest outside the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to express their views on changes to Obamacare.
Republicans have tried dozens of times to repeal Obamacare, but their biggest challenge has been the lack of a workable replacement plan. Here's an idea devised by two health economists.
The goal of healthy built environments has been missing from the NSW planning agenda for too long.
The health impacts of urban and regional planning are undisputed. So why did the NSW government adopt and then discard health objectives as part of state planning legislation?
Women are confused about how the new test for human papillomavirus (HPV), pictured here, will help them prevent cervical cancer. Let’s fix that.
The roll-out of a new screening program for cervical cancer has been delayed, leaving Australian women understandably confused about if or when they need Pap smears. Here's what they need to know.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about.
Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten addressed the National Press Club on February 1 and January 31 respectively.
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In twin speeches to the National Press Club, Labor leader Bill Shorten said bulk-billing rates are falling, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said bulk-billing is at record levels. Who was right?
It's not all about health and wealth.
Current smoking cessation rates are not sufficient to meet public health goals.
An "endgame" approach focuses on ending the tobacco pandemic, and foresees a tobacco-free future.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance relies on us tackling the interrelated areas of human, animal and environmental health.
The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy.
Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
Should the government be able to use intellectual property laws to control who can criticise its health policies by using the Medicare logo?
Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
There should be a tax on sugary drinks and people need assistance to quit.
A collaboration of Australia's leading scientists, clinicians and health organisations announce ten priority policy actions needed for Australia to reach its health targets by the year 2025.
A tax on sugary drinks wouldn’t just prevent obesity, it could recoup some of the costs from obesity to the taxpayer.
Obesity imposes enormous costs on the community, through higher taxes to fund extra government spending on health and from foregone tax revenue because obese people are more likely to be unemployed.
How might US president-elect Donald Trump address Obamacare’s rising costs?
Alternatives to Obamacare look to address rising premiums and less consumer choice. What options does the US have and how could they work?
It’s basically impossible to tell the difference between various policies and levels of cover.
For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.
South Africa’s proposed tax on sugary drinks will help improve public health despite the overwrought opposition from the industry.
The decision to tax sugary drinks in South Africa faces furious industry opposition, but global experience shows industry cannot be trusted to put public health before profits.