Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison When Prime Minister Tony Abbott stepped up to the lectern to announce his commitment to tackle the scourge of domestic violence on Wednesday, some of his words had a familiar ring.
Dan Harrison Why has the journey to constitutional recognition for indigenous Australia stalled?
Dan Harrison The Abbott government has been accused of exaggerating growth in healthcare spending to justify cuts to Medicare rebates.
Dan Harrison More patients will pay to see an optometrist as a result of a cut to Medicare rebates, optometrists say.
Dan Harrison Will it be third time lucky for the Abbott government on Medicare, asks Dan Harrison?
Dan Harrison Australia's health spending as a proportion of GDP is less than that of the US and a number of European nations.
Dan Harrison Patients have been spared a $20 fee for short GP visits, but are likely to face higher out of pocket costs in July when other Abbott Government changes take effect.
Dan Harrison Australians need incentives to eat health food - not disincentives, a health group says, as some MPs call for GST exemptions on basic food items to be reconsidered.
Dan Harrison It's a brave government that picks a fight with doctors.
Dan Harrison Currently, Medicare pays a rebate of $37.05 for most consultations of up to 10 minutes. From Monday, the rebate for those consultations will be cut to $16.95.
Dan Harrison The number of high-priced drugs being subsidised by the Commonwealth has increased as pharmaceutical companies produce more targeted therapies.
Dan Harrison The Commonwealth faces pressure to subsidise a new drug that has been hailed as a miracle cure for hepatitis C but carries a billion-dollar price tag.
Last-minute Medicare change evidence of Abbott government bungling, says Australian Medical Association
Dan Harrison The Australian Medical Association predicts many doctors will be caught out by a change quietly made by the Abbott government two days before Christmas which will cut the Medicare rebates which apply...
Dan Harrison The Queensland town of Maryborough will become the centre of national power this week, while National Party leader Warren Truss acts as prime minister and Tony Abbott enjoys a week off.
Dan Harrison The federal Health Department is paying for unproven therapies to help its employees to quit smoking.
Dan Harrison Consumer advocates say patients could be placed at risk if Australia adopts proposals to rely more heavily on foreign regulators to determine the safety of drugs and medical devices.
Dan Harrison The first patients have been successfully discharged from an Australian-run Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone.
Dan Harrison Health groups have rejected a call for the GST to be applied to fresh food, warning such a change would worsen already alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease.
Dan Harrison GP of 20 years Charlotte Hespe fears for the future of her profession. "Under these incentives, what junior doctor would want to come and work in primary care?" she asks.
Dan Harrison The Australian Medical Association has likened the Abbott Government's Medicare changes to a "wrecking ball," vowing to do everything in its power to halt what it says is "an attack on small business.