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    What is a real concern is the continued disconnect between evidence-producing academics and policy-makers. Clearly, more needs to be done to bridge the sort of divide that Peter Sheargold and others have referred to and which has caused bodies such as the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute to employ ‘knowledge brokers’. But if academics are still genuinely ‘baffled’ by policy makers who do not respond to their research results and who continue to seemingly ignore ‘the facts’, then maybe we need to provide public health academics with a crash course in the realities of policy-making.
    Also, in relation to health funding: as Profs Clarke and Graves have written in today’s ‘The Conversation’: “There’s no better example of technical inefficiency in our health-care system than the way we set prices for generic drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Australians are paying some of the highest prices in the world for generic medications because of poor policy decisions as detailed in a recent report by the independent think tank Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). If we could improve our purchasing of generic drugs, more than a billion dollars extra a year could be released for other uses.”

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    Harry Rogers

    Pleasing to see that a minior number of suggestions actually didnt asked for:

    Banning something

    More funding to their hobby horse

    More lifestyle intrusion

    ad nauseum.

    But where were the ideas?? Do they understand the definition.

    How about as a start people taking responsibility for their own life!


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