PC Report on Government Services – Health

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) has a large section on Health. The  sector is broken into public hospitals, primary and community health, ambulance services, and mental health management. Total government expenditure across Australia in 2016-17 for health services was estimated to be over $96.7 billion in 2015-16, around 43.2 per cent of […]

Shout out to diggers through fortified alcohol management app

A free smartphone app designed to help current and ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and veterans manage their drinking has been updated with new features, including being able to email an individual’s drinking history to a doctor or to themselves. ON TRACK with The Right Mix, (iTunes download ; Android download) which was originally launched […]

Aged care prison bid for Ararat gets cool response

By Julian Bajkowski A bid by the Victorian shire of Ararat to entice the state government to construct Australia’s first purpose-built gaol for elderly criminals has been greeted with a cool but polite response from correctional authorities who concede they face issues from an ageing population of insiders. Leaders of the rural community are reportedly […]

Mental health goes virtual

By Paul Hemsley Online counseling therapy will be available to Australians through federal health services following an open tender for qualified organisations to deliver the Virtual Clinic service. The Department of Health and Ageing will be searching for qualified organizations to develop and deliver the program, which will provide online counseling with the assistance of […]

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