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By: Phil Johnson http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-21027 Phil Johnson Thu, 25 Oct 2007 04:32:33 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-21027 As the former CEO of a Division of General Practice for more than 7 years (and now a Senate candidate with the Climate Change Coalition) I have my fair share plenty of stories and anecdotes about health care and general practice in Australia. Primary health care in Australia is the priority segment of the Australian health care system - and is the most ignored. Public hospitals, whilst having suffered from a significant decline in funding over the past decade at least, had the opportunity to practice early discharge of patients, thereby clearing beds (greater hospital efficiency) and offsetting some of the loss of funding. General practice, with its ageing workforce, has become the new "outpatients" department as well as the core provider of chronic disease management for the entire community. The cost of this has been the loss of acute care access for the community. And nothing has really changed. The GPs continue to work their hearts out - and some of them die too young and suddenly in the process. One of the reasons that I had decided to stand for the Senate with the Climate Change Coalition is that the candidates agree that Australia needs long term vision, leadership and planning - on climate change (obvious for the CCC) as well as water, health care, education, infrastructure and the economy. Australia continues to suffer from the same short term-ism and from a lack of vision that has held it back for many years. The health of our nation needs a shot in the arm! Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

As the former CEO of a Division of General Practice for more than 7 years (and now a Senate candidate with the Climate Change Coalition) I have my fair share plenty of stories and anecdotes about health care and general practice in Australia.

Primary health care in Australia is the priority segment of the Australian health care system - and is the most ignored. Public hospitals, whilst having suffered from a significant decline in funding over the past decade at least, had the opportunity to practice early discharge of patients, thereby clearing beds (greater hospital efficiency) and offsetting some of the loss of funding.

General practice, with its ageing workforce, has become the new “outpatients” department as well as the core provider of chronic disease management for the entire community. The cost of this has been the loss of acute care access for the community.

And nothing has really changed. The GPs continue to work their hearts out - and some of them die too young and suddenly in the process.

One of the reasons that I had decided to stand for the Senate with the Climate Change Coalition is that the candidates agree that Australia needs long term vision, leadership and planning - on climate change (obvious for the CCC) as well as water, health care, education, infrastructure and the economy.

Australia continues to suffer from the same short term-ism and from a lack of vision that has held it back for many years.

The health of our nation needs a shot in the arm!

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By: Aurelius http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20783 Aurelius Sat, 20 Oct 2007 08:01:41 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20783 One reason I like reading blogs is to see the world through eyes I wouldn't normally see though. This is a perfect example of that. On another tack, the voters support the government because they appreciate "good economic management". If only they could see what the cost of "good economic management" truly is. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

One reason I like reading blogs is to see the world through eyes I wouldn’t normally see though. This is a perfect example of that.
On another tack, the voters support the government because they appreciate “good economic management”. If only they could see what the cost of “good economic management” truly is.

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By: Mangoman http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20670 Mangoman Tue, 16 Oct 2007 22:57:32 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20670 It is always a good idea to follow the golden rule when looking at who is doing what in Commonwealth/State/local government relations, that is, 'the one who has the gold makes the rules'. It doesn't make much difference which level of government has formal responsibility, the one that can provide the mega bucks is the one that gets to decide. States/Territories will kick and squeal and generally try to make out that they can be the decision makers but, in their hearts, they know the truth. The local government amalgamations across the country over the last 15 years or so has been brought on by the Feds. Running councils to provide services is not easy. The Fed Local Government grants program provides support that eases the burden on rate payers. That support has tightened over time forcing States/Territories, in turn, to force changes to make councils more efficient and effective but, perhaps, less accessible and representative. Supply of doctors and health infrastructure generally? Same, same. Health is very costly. NT health funding has almost doubled in 6 years but the system still struggles. Saving money so that you can bribe the populace to vote for you seems to me a poor priority - but maybe it's a matter of perspective. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

It is always a good idea to follow the golden rule when looking at who is doing what in Commonwealth/State/local government relations, that is, ‘the one who has the gold makes the rules’.

It doesn’t make much difference which level of government has formal responsibility, the one that can provide the mega bucks is the one that gets to decide. States/Territories will kick and squeal and generally try to make out that they can be the decision makers but, in their hearts, they know the truth.

The local government amalgamations across the country over the last 15 years or so has been brought on by the Feds. Running councils to provide services is not easy. The Fed Local Government grants program provides support that eases the burden on rate payers. That support has tightened over time forcing States/Territories, in turn, to force changes to make councils more efficient and effective but, perhaps, less accessible and representative.

Supply of doctors and health infrastructure generally? Same, same. Health is very costly. NT health funding has almost doubled in 6 years but the system still struggles.

Saving money so that you can bribe the populace to vote for you seems to me a poor priority - but maybe it’s a matter of perspective.

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By: wilecoyote http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20605 wilecoyote Sun, 14 Oct 2007 23:08:40 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20605 Ashleigh thanks for the reply... and again grant money usually does have strings... the point was that the university is saying more teaching positions is not possible as there are not the resources (not money so much as facilities) to accomodate them... Building will always go on as campus expands.... If you follow that link... you will eventually get to a spreadsheet on the NHMRC site which details every cent they have awarded since 1998... it makes interesting analysis stuff... (I downloaded it) They aren't the only body with such information... bottom line... more facilities = more seats.... or so we are lead to believe... Donald, it was interesting that the amalgamated councils was a State initiative... it also came with an offer of training and support.... I agree that dealing with Canberra is a skill, but you have to wonder what will happen to all of those state government johnnies??? Do you feel a bidding war for the best of them or will they be absorbed elsewhere? Its an interesting question. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

Ashleigh thanks for the reply… and again grant money usually does have strings… the point was that the university is saying more teaching positions is not possible as there are not the resources (not money so much as facilities) to accomodate them… Building will always go on as campus expands…. If you follow that link… you will eventually get to a spreadsheet on the NHMRC site which details every cent they have awarded since 1998… it makes interesting analysis stuff… (I downloaded it) They aren’t the only body with such information… bottom line… more facilities = more seats…. or so we are lead to believe…

Donald, it was interesting that the amalgamated councils was a State initiative… it also came with an offer of training and support…. I agree that dealing with Canberra is a skill, but you have to wonder what will happen to all of those state government johnnies??? Do you feel a bidding war for the best of them or will they be absorbed elsewhere? Its an interesting question.

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By: Miss Smack http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20558 Miss Smack Sat, 13 Oct 2007 17:20:28 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20558 I honestly believe they need to concentrate on university prices and accessibility. Many Australian kids cannot afford it, which means the overseas students take up those places, because they can afford the high rates, and their parents pay for it. This is great, but less english speaking people are getting qualifications. This is across the board in most qualifications. Its too expensive to get a qualification these days. Not all kids leaving school have the support of mum and dad, or the financial aid. John Howard - can't wait until he's gone. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

I honestly believe they need to concentrate on university prices and accessibility. Many Australian kids cannot afford it, which means the overseas students take up those places, because they can afford the high rates, and their parents pay for it. This is great, but less english speaking people are getting qualifications.

This is across the board in most qualifications.

Its too expensive to get a qualification these days. Not all kids leaving school have the support of mum and dad, or the financial aid.

John Howard - can’t wait until he’s gone.

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By: Donald http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20491 Donald Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:25:49 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20491 We have already been through the process of Council amalgamations several years ago. It was not made compulsory so that the bigger Councils [one of which is where I live] just refused to amalgamate. Sad to say amalgamations has not made the slightest difference to the quality of Councillors or their decisions. Sorry, but it's got to be State Governments as far as I am concerned. Meanwhile, bring on the Federal Elections; we are waiting here with our baseball bats for Johnny to come over the horizon and I am awfully sick of the phony elections. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

We have already been through the process of Council amalgamations several years ago. It was not made compulsory so that the bigger Councils [one of which is where I live] just refused to amalgamate.
Sad to say amalgamations has not made the slightest difference to the quality of Councillors or their decisions.
Sorry, but it’s got to be State Governments as far as I am concerned.
Meanwhile, bring on the Federal Elections; we are waiting here with our baseball bats for Johnny to come over the horizon and I am awfully sick of the phony elections.

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By: MikeFitz http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20410 MikeFitz Wed, 10 Oct 2007 21:57:36 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20410 Hi Donald, Yep, it has to be handled carefully, I agree. In Qld at the moment, we are going through a process of amalgamation of local councils. I think stronger regional councils will be the perfect vehicle for local service delivery Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

Hi Donald, Yep, it has to be handled carefully, I agree.

In Qld at the moment, we are going through a process of amalgamation of local councils. I think stronger regional councils will be the perfect vehicle for local service delivery

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By: Donald http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20392 Donald Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:54:31 +0000 http://mike.brisgeek.com/2007/10/07/john-howard-is-killing-my-wife/#comment-20392 The thought of having only local councils as the buffer between us and Canberra terrifies me. The quality of Councils and Councillors in SA is abysmal. You may be luckier in Queensland but I doubt it. I have always believed that those who make decisions should be very close to the outcomes and to those who are affected by the quality of those decisions. Shifting further responsibility to Canberra is a recipe for disaster. Flawed as State Governments may be, they are a long way better than having no State Governments. Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/bri58020/public_html/mike/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

The thought of having only local councils as the buffer between us and Canberra terrifies me. The quality of Councils and Councillors in SA is abysmal. You may be luckier in Queensland but I doubt it.
I have always believed that those who make decisions should be very close to the outcomes and to those who are affected by the quality of those decisions.
Shifting further responsibility to Canberra is a recipe for disaster.
Flawed as State Governments may be, they are a long way better than having no State Governments.

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