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Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten shake hands before the people’s forum in Sydney on Friday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten wins first debate

The first debate of the election campaign, a “people’s forum” of 100 undecided voters in western Sydney that was a relatively free-flowing affair, saw Bill Shorten come out ahead. After the encounter…
More than three in every four Medicare-billed pathology tests are analysed by one of two big corporations: Sonic Healthcare and Primary Health Care. Soda_O2/Shutterstock

Blood money: pathology cuts can reduce spending without compromising health

Industry consolidation and technological advances have completely reshaped the pathology industry over recent decades. But the way governments pay for pathology services hasn’t kept up.
We can’t cheat death, but can it cheat us? MTSOfan

Postcode lottery plays out in death as well as life

Whether your death is reported to the coroner or not depends hugely on where you live (or died) and whether you are a man or a woman, as does the verdict on the cause of your death. These were the preliminary…
A deregulated pathology services industry is in the sights of the Federal Government. Flickr/joebeone

Questioning the pathology centre goldrush

The Australian Government is looking – very quietly – at pathology payola. Pathology services in Australia are big business, reflecting the shift from the days when your kindly family physician – the one…
Women can seek help without being branded “whingers”. Flickr/Jessia Hime

Formal recognition of PMDD will lift stigma for women

A decision to recognise premenstrual dysphoric disorder as a genuine psychiatric condition will finally provide “validation…

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