Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.

Auditor-General slams Department of Human Services over handling of Medicare

Dan Harrison The Auditor-General has raised questions about the ability of the department responsible for Medicare to safeguard the integrity of the $19 billion program.

Reducing costs of medical devices could save government $1billion over four years, say private health insurers

Dan Harrison The Abbott Government could save more than $1 billion over four years if Australian prices for medical devices such as pacemakers and hip joints were brought into line with those paid in other...

Maurice Newman questions housing exemption from pension assets test

Dan Harrison Tony Abbott's chief business advisor Maurice Newman has questioned whether housing should remain exempt from the assets test for the age pension.

Crackdown on Medicare rorting by doctors falls $128 million short

A crackdown on Medicare rorting by doctors has been judged a failure.

Dan Harrison The Department of Human Services botched a massive crackdown on Medicare rorting by doctors, leaving taxpayers with a $128 million shortfall.

Peter Dutton says wealthy shouldn't expect free doctor visits

Health Minister Peter Dutton:

Dan Harrison Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton has fanned speculation that the Abbott government will introduce a fee to visit the doctor by arguing that well-off Australians should make a greater contribution...

How exactly will the $6 GP fee work?

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Dan Harrison How will the $6 fee for GP visits that is expected to be announced in the forthcoming budget work?

GP fee proponent Terry Barnes welcomes reports the Abbott government is set to introduce $6 charge for GP visits


Dan Harrison The former adviser to Tony Abbott who proposed a $6 fee to visit the doctor has welcomed reports that the Coalition government has adopted his idea, but has called for it to go further and impose a...

Future of National Water Commission in doubt

News Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Senator Simon Birmingham and ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell at the Banksia Street wetlands for the announcement that ACT Government has signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Government that will see up to $85 million of federal funds made available to help clean up Canberra?s lakes and waterways The Canberra Times 26 February 2014 Photo Jay Cronan

Dan Harrison  Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham has confirmed the Abbott Government is considering the future of the National Water Commission.

Wikipedia hits help track flu spread

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Dan Harrison US researchers have developed a highly accurate model for tracking the spread of the flu, using the number of hits on flu-related articles on Wikipedia.

Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk

Dan Harrison One third of us have a gene that makes us more susceptible to colourectal cancer from eating processed meat, according to new study.

NDIS rollout could be slowed to improve scheme: senator Mitch Fifield

Senator Mitch Fifield.

Dan Harrison Disabilities Minister Mitch Fifield and National Disability Insurance Agency chairman Bruce Bonyhady taking questions on the NDIS in a webinar from 1-2pm.

Health Minister Peter Dutton vows to free health system stuck in the 1980s

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has declared public hospitals are "shackled by archaic practices" and must embrace efficiencies.

Health Minister Peter Dutton vows to unshackle public hospitals

Health Minister Peter Dutton.

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has declared public hospitals are "shackled by archaic practices" and must embrace efficiencies.

Culture is key to tackling suicide epidemic, elders say

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Dan Harrison Indigenous elders should be empowered and funded to tackle a suicide epidemic in their communities, according to a report to be published on Tuesday.

Changing nurses and doctors roles could save $430m a year: Duckett

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Dan Harrison More than $400 million a year could be saved from hospital budgets if changes were made to the roles of doctors and nurses, according to a former top health bureaucrat.

Antiviral drug stockpile a waste of money, says study


Dan Harrison Anti-viral drugs stockpiled by Australia to protect us from a pandemic of bird or swine flu are less effective than thought and carry serious side effects.

How a Tasmanian gay rights battle influenced the world

Participants dance under a a rainbow flag as they attend the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi November 24, 2013. Hundreds of participants on Saturday took part in a parade demanding freedom and safety of their community, according to a media release.

Dan Harrison Friday is 20 years to the day since the UN human rights committee ruled against Tasmanian laws which made consenting sex between adult men in private a criminal offence  punishable by up to 21...

Teetotalling teenagers on the rise

Dan Harrison, Health correspondent A trend toward teetotalism among teenagers may be partly explained by the growing popularity of social media and online gaming.

Proposal for government loans to fund court cases

   Ecumenical Service to mark the opening of the Newcastle Law Term at Christ Church Cathedral.
5th February 2014    pic    Darren Pateman

Dan Harrison Litigants unable to afford lawyers should be able to accrue HECS-style debts.

Government loans for court proposed

Dan Harrison, Jane Lee Productivity Commission report on access to civil justice. Embargoed until 12:15am Tuesday.