Public Health Ignored, Charges Australian Critic

by Gopalan on  January 2, 2011 at 2:39 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A leading Australian expert has lashed out at the federal government saying its reform agenda has ignored public health needs almost completely.
 Public Health Ignored, Charges Australian Critic
Public Health Ignored, Charges Australian Critic

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, Raina MacIntyre, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, said public health was the invisible man in the current reform agenda.

The federal Labor has introduced a range of reforms, including establishing GP super clinics, increasing elective surgery theatres and boosting investment in hospitals.

Prof MacIntyre says the reforms addressed only the problems in acute care and the hospital system, leaving out other areas of crucial public interest. And thus despite the objections raised by various organisations and State and Territory governments.

"In public health we know there is a critical shortage of epidemiologists and biostatisticians to fill the need for our most basic functions, yet this is another glaring omission in the national health workforce agenda," Prof MacIntyre said.

"Perhaps the success of public health in Australia over more than a century explains why it is now invisible.

"Until the health system in Australia is addressed as a whole, with all its essential components integrated and interlinked, truly successful reform, with genuine long-term vision and sustainability, will not be possible," Prof MacIntyre said.

The Medical Journal of Australia is a publication of the Australian Medical Association.

Source: Medindia

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At last, the truth is coming out. We need more honest constructive criticism from such leading experts. The wide dissemination to the public is now essential, without distortion by a biased press.
PK641 Sunday, January 2, 2011

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