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12 May: Would Australians rather a bulldozer or a builder as Prime Minister? That’s how the contest has been pitched by the respective contenders.
As striking as this imagery may be, the influences on our political choices are far more complex, especially in a media landscape dominated by News Corp and Clive Palmer’s massive advertising spend.
During an election campaign where many feel that important health concerns have flown under the radar, Croakey has published some thousands of words of analysis and reportage on diverse health issues.
We have compiled detailed accounts of election policies, and supported a wide-ranging Twitter conversation at #AusVotesHealth2022.
Our bulletin this week highlights in stark terms the challenges facing the next Government – from the climate crisis to inequitable health systems and a stressed workforce. With so many of our services and institutions under terrible strain, the integrity, health and wellbeing of our communities and planet is at stake. “More of the same” is not tenable, whoever is in power.
Let’s hope the MPs of the next Parliament are reading Croakey, as our contributors are skilled at not only identifying problems but also suggesting solutions and ways forward.
We have more coverage to come before the election.
In the meantime, don’t miss Croakey Conference News Service reports from conferences convened by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and Choosing Wisely Australia.
5 May: Associate Professor Lesley Russell has been spending long hours investigating federal election announcements and policy statements to produce The Election Wrap and the #AusVotesHealth2022 Election Report Card.
This week, it’s a bumper edition with the launch of The Accountability Report, a compilation of all the reports, reviews, inquiries, evaluations, plans, strategies and advisory groups that retiring Health Minister Greg Hunt is leaving behind for his successor. It’s a long To-Do list for the new Minister.
Hunt has also left the next Minister to address widespread concerns about the surprise Budget hit on the NPS MedicineWise program that works to improve the quality use of medicines. The decision is “a bitter pill to swallow”, writes the CEO of NPS MedicineWise, Katherine Burchfield.
On related matters, Cate Carrigan’s latest report from the recent Equally Well Symposium highlights the importance of efforts to improve medication safety. And we report on a new national clinical care standard that aims to reduce deaths and other harms associated with inappropriate prescribing of opioids in the emergency department and after surgery.
Our bulletin this week also looks at why the next Federal Government faces a long road ahead with COVID; journalists, politicians and others who regularly speak of COVID “being over” are misleading the public.
The Lowitja Institute’s election priorities also send a clear message to the next Government: implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
If you missed our first open news conference last Sunday, perhaps you can make it this Sunday, when the focus will be on rural health, from 7-8pm AEST.
The Croakey website has a new feature: this button, enabling readers to click straight through to the #AusVotesHealth2022 election report card, and The Accountability Report, tracking the Federal Government’s progress on health.
Cate Carrigan covered the Equally Well 2022 Symposium for the Croakey Conference News Service. This was her latest report.
On 3 May, Melissa Sweet participated in a consultation on the development of a national health literacy strategy.
Some of the participants in the Croakey open news conference on the election and health, 1 May.
Croakey Professional Services
On 28 April, an article sponsored by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care reported on a new national clinical care standard that aims to reduce deaths and other harms associated with inappropriate prescribing of opioids in the emergency department and after surgery.