Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison The practice of seclusion – locking up mentally ill patients – is continuing to decline, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Student debts are expected to double to over $50 billion in four years if the federal government achieves its goal of deregulating university fees and expanding federal funding.
Dan Harrison The cost of seeing a doctor is almost certainly going to rise. How did we reach this point and what is the change going to be? Dan Harrison explains
Don't aim too low on constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples, Kirstie Parker, of NCAFP, tells Tony Abbott
Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott's commitment to constitutional recognition has pleased one of indigenous Australia's leaders, but she fears he is "aiming too low".
Dan Harrison Many medical practices will shift from bulk-billing to charging patients the full cost of their visit up front in response to the Abbott Government's proposed GP co-payment, doctors have predicted.
Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised any taxpayer-funded advertising campaign to promote his new GP co-payment plan will be "fair" and "frugal.
Dan Harrison The promise of each generation enjoying higher living standards than its parents is at risk in Australia, partly due to ballooning spending on older people funded by deficit budgets, according to a...
Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has abandoned his on-again/off-again $7 GP co-payment, acknowledging he cannot get the unpopular policy up and that it was causing major political pain to his government.
Dan Harrison Mental health organisations are cutting services and shedding staff because of uncertainty about their funding, according to the sector's peak body.
Dan Harrison Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has launched a system for rating the nutritional value of foods, almost 10 months after shutting down a website which promoted an earlier version of the...
Dan Harrison The "ravages of dementia" could wipe out much of the hard-won health gains of the 20th century, World Dementia Envoy Dennis Gillings has warned. By Dan Harrison.
Dan Harrison Isolated indigenous communities are being targeted for closure due to the high cost of maintaining them.
Dan Harrison Australia's elected Indigenous leaders have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to intervene to save remote indigenous communities from closure.
Dan Harrison, Mark Kenny Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dismissed suggestions of cabinet divisions over the controversial Medicare co-payment as "a complete and utter beat up."
Dan Harrison The first contingent of Australian health workers will depart for West Africa on Friday to prepare to tackle Ebola in an Australian government-funded treatment centre.
Dan Harrison, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his full confidence in his Defence Minister in the face of sustained parliamentary pressure to sack him.
Dan Harrison Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald will co-sponsor a bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis nationally.
Dan Harrison Australians in remote areas are twice as likely to smoke daily, engage in risky drinking and use methamphetamines than those in cities, according to figures to be
Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he has broken a pledge not to cut funding to the ABC and SBS, telling Parliament his government had "fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people".
Dan Harrison Eminent Aboriginal elder Patrick Dodson has lashed the Abbott government's decision to cease funding for essential services in remote communities, a move that has contributed to one state government...