The ability to exert influence in public life is not easy, whether someone is in a prominent position or not.
Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Amy Corderoy and Dan Harrison The government estimates it will save more than $500 million from its "no jab, no pay" policy to stop families of unvaccinated children from accessing family and child care benefits.
Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison The government will cut nearly $2 billion from the health system over the next four years, as well as maintaining controversial changes to the way the commonwealth funds state-run public hospitals.
Medibank Private boss George Savvides says he is optimistic of reform to allow insurers to cover GP visits
Julia Medew and Dan Harrison The head of Australia's largest private health insurer is optimistic the federal government end the ban on insurers covering non-hospital based primary care.
Dan Harrison Carmelita Tabuchi-Muap has seen the way people's attitude to her changes when she mentions her Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Abbott government hoses down calls for royal commission into Commonwealth Bank over allegedly dodgy financial advice
Dan Harrison, Adele Ferguson The federal government is hosing down calls for a royal commission to probe Commonwealth Bank financial advisers over client's lost money.
Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted the introduction of a fee to visit the doctor will improve health outcomes by making it easier for patients to get an appointment and for doctors to spend...
Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison Billions of dollars will be slashed from already-strained public hospital budgets under plans that could lead to huge increases in waiting times for surgery and emergency treatment.
Dan Harrison Myer boss Bernie Brookes submitted his resignation following the social media storm that erupted last May.
Dan Harrison Myer boss Bernie Brookes submitted his resignation following the social media storm that erupted last May after he said that an increase in the Medicare levy to help fund the National Disability...
Dan Harrison Patient advocates say cuts to health spending will lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers, while doctors have accused the government of targeting the sick to reduce the budget deficit.
Dan Harrison Patients will face higher out-of-pocket costs and doctors will feel some pain as the government tries to rein in growth in health spending.
Dan Harrison A $226 million package to improve cancer prevention, detection, treatment and research is one of the few new spending measures in a tight health budget.
Dan Harrison The number of people expected to be covered by DisabilityCare has been revised up by 50,000 because of population growth.
Dan Harrison The proportion of GP visits being bulk-billed has hit a record high, with 82.4 per cent of GP services in the first three months of the year provided at no cost to the patient.
Dan Harrison Internet behemoth Google has won its legal battle with the consumer watchdog.
Dan Harrison Internet search giant Google has won its legal battle with the consumer watchdog, after the High Court today overturned a ruling that the company had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct.
Dan Harrison Watchdog chases airline following High Court dismissal of sovereign immunity claim.
Dan Harrison The NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has described the Gillard government's $1 billion budget commitment to a National Disability Insurance Scheme as ''hopelessly inadequate''.
Dan Harrison An injection of $1 billion will kick-start the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Dan Harrison Families on welfare will pay more for childcare and subsidised care will be better targeted under an overhaul of a program designed to encourage parents to enter or return to the workforce.