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Public health buffeted by free-trade winds

Australia's pharmaceutical benefits scheme is being challenged by lobbying from US industry, writes Patricia Ranald. Giant US pharmaceutical and tobacco corporations are setting the agenda at negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement (TPPA) between Australia, the US, New ...

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ANF welcomes national workforce agency

New agency must tackle nursing shortage, says union. The new National Workforce and Productivity Agency will provide a pathway to help address Australia's critical shortage of nurses, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has said. Minister for Training and Skills, Senator ...

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Govt agrees to review new health watchdog

Legislation to create the National Health Performance Authority has passed the Senate but the new watchdog will be reviewed in a year. A new watchdog keeping an eye on Australia's health services will itself be independently reviewed after a year, ...

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Doctors and lawyers criticise SA euthanasia bill

Doctors say proposed legislation to legalise euthanasia offers no protection for patients. Opposition is mounting to the latest moves in South Australia to legalise euthanasia. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Law Society of South Australia have already opposed ...

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Support for chronic disease crisis in the Pacific

Health groups have praised Gillard’s commitment to tackle chronic disease in the Pacific Island nations. Leading Australian and international health groups have welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that it will increase its assistance to the Pacific to tackle chronic disease. ...

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Super system fails the distressed: opposition

The government and its financial regulator have failed people in distress who need early access to their superannuation funds, the opposition said. Regional Development spokesman Bob Baldwin told parliament that changing responsibility for deciding on compassionate early release of super ...

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