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‘Equity matters’: health organisations call for expanded access to RATs as PM doubles down

By EVA BAXTER Health organisations across Australia are calling on the federal government to urgently expand access to rapid antigen tests. The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) said free rapid antigen tests are a matter of equity. “With the difficulty of getting a PCR test, many people just […]

Lockout laws take new twist

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is at the epicentre of a storm. This week the state government’s Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy delivered its report. It recommended 40 changes to controversial lockout laws. Lockouts were introduced in February 2014 to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. Teenager, Daniel Christie, died in January 2014, the […]

Abortion no longer a crime in NSW

By WENDY BACON Update: On September 26, the NSW Legislative Assembly passed the Abortion bill to take abortion out of the NSW Crimes Act. The bill was passed with all its amendments and on the voices without a division.   The story provides an insight into how the bill progressed through parliament.  The Human Rights Law […]

Jails are the crime

By ALEC SMART A 12-year-old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan, travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, to appeal directly to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on an issue important to Indigenous Australians. In a televised address on Wednesday 11 September, he asked for UNHRC help ending something that most Australian political leaders are reluctant to change: […]

Kerry Phelps’ Reflection on Elections

By JOHN MOYLE Kerryn Phelps is used to running for elections, whether it be the first woman to head the Australian Medical Association, as councillor for the City of Sydney, or as the history making game-changer in the Wentworth by-election. Throughout her long public life, she has maintained ‘the sensible centre’ along with an approach […]

Calls for more GP training support

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called on the Federal Government to boost support for general practitioners (GPs) who provide teaching and training to medical students. As Australia’s peak independent medical body, representing over 27,000 doctors, the organisation said there was a need for the Federal Government to increase support for GPs who helped train the […]