Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison More than 60 Australian health professors have signed a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging him to send troops and medical teams to West Africa to tackle the Ebola virus.
Dan Harrison Before she departed for an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone last month, Cairns registered nurse Sue-Ellen Kovack was asked why she had volunteered to travel half way around the world to help...
Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton's controversial proposal for a $7 fee to visit the doctor has dominated his first year in the job, despite it not rating a mention in the election campaign.
Dan Harrison University graduates could have their student debts wiped if they moved to remote areas in northern Australia, under proposals to turbo-charge development in the Top End.
Dan Harrison The AFL has expressed support for same-sex couples being allowed to marry in a development advocates hope will help build momentum for marriage equality.
Dan Harrison Australian planes will risk anti-aircraft fire from Islamic State militants to land on Iraqi soil to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters.
Dan Harrison Australian war planes will deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Dan Harrison, Richard Willingham Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled his plans to open a conference of the controversial World Congress of Families.
Dick Warburton says climate sceptic views did not influence report recommending slashing of renewable energy target
Dan Harrison The climate sceptic and businessman chosen by the Abbott government to lead its review of the renewable energy target has denied his personal views have had any influence on the panel's report, which...
Dan Harrison Medibank chief executive George Savvides floated the idea of privately insured patients receiving priority treatment in public hospital emergency departments at a function with doctors in March.
Dan Harrison Labor will oppose Coalition proposals which would require intellectually disabled workers to waive their right to make discrimination claims in return for a payment.
Dan Harrison and Latika Bourke A Nobel-prize winning medical researcher has questioned the federal government's decision to link its proposed medical research fund with unpopular health savings, such as the controversial GP visit...
Dan Harrison Disability groups are urging Labor and crossbench senators to vote against proposals that they say seek to extinguish the legal rights of 10,000 workers with intellectual disabilities.
Dan Harrison A referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the nation's founding document should be held next year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda argued in a...
Dan Harrison, Kate Hagan A proposal by doctors to exempt pensioners from a $7 GP fee has been rejected by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has also signalled that children should pay.
Dan Harrison, Kate Hagan A fee for GP visits would not apply to concession card holders and children under an Australian Medical Association proposal to the Abbott Government.
Dan Harrison There is no evidence to suggest increasing charges for medicines will deter people from filling their prescriptions, Health Department officials told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Dan Harrison Health leaders warn Abbott government's proposed $7 Medicare fee could widen gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Dan Harrison AMA president warns Coalition's proposed $7 Medicare co-payment could destroy recent gains made in indigenous health by deterring people from seeking care.
Dan Harrison Three former Australians of the Year, including Nobel laureate Peter Doherty, have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for climate change to be included on the agenda for the...