Maternity Services Review

The Government is undertaking a Review of Maternity Services. The Review is led by the Commonwealth Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Ms Rosemary Bryant. The Government Review is: canvassing a wide range of issues relevant to maternity services, including antenatal services, birthing options, postnatal services up to six weeks after birth, and peer and social…

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Rising cost of medicines affect consumers in ACT and Australia

Two recent surveys have reported that increasing financial pressures and costs have reduced consumers’ use of prescribed medicines. The findings of these reports are a matter of concern and need to be addressed through appropriate government action. The survey by Council on the Ageing–ACT (COTA-ACT) was of 700 older Canberra residents; the second study analysed…

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Health Reform discussion papers

The process of developing appropriate reforms of our health system continues. The complex interrelationships of health care, funding, health workforce, commonwealth/states issues just to mention a few major considerations makes untangling and reconstructing our current health system a difficult and complicated task. To assist in preparing a long term health reform plan the National Health…

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