Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Doctors warn of Medicare 'wrecking ball'

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.

Locking up mentally ill patients on the decline

A patient in a seclusion room.

Dan Harrison The practice of seclusion – locking up mentally ill patients – is continuing to decline, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

MYEFO: Student debts to double


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.

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Sunday explainer: The impact of a doctored plan


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

Concerned: Kirstie Parker.

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".

Co-payment will hit bulk billing, AMA predicts

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.

Tony Abbott promises 'fair and frugal' advertising campaign on GP co-payment

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.

Young Australians could face lower living standards than parents

Good times: For some baby boomers, these are these years to enjoy after all the earlier sacrifices.

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...

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GP tax gone again

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference with Health minister Peter Dutton to announce the scrapping of the Medicare co-payment at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 9 December 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares for AFR

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.

Mental health organisations cut services and staff amid funding uncertainty

Cost: Uncertainty about funding has driven some organisations to cut services and staff.

Dan Harrison Mental health organisations are cutting services and shedding staff because of uncertainty about their funding, according to the sector's peak body.

Health Star Rating System website re-launched after controversy

Choice: Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash has been praised for steering the website through to completion despite a 'rocky' process that lasted more than two years.

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...

World Dementia envoy Dennis Gillings warns dementia could wipe out 20th century health gains

World Dementia Envoy Dr Dennis Gillings said the economic impact of dementia was

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.

Remote indigenous towns fear trauma and dislocation as bulldozers roll in

Gone: Abandoned chair in avenue of trees in Oombulgurri.

Dan Harrison Isolated indigenous communities are being targeted for closure due to the high cost of maintaining them.

Indigenous leaders call for Tony Abbott to intervene on remote communities

Concerned: Kirstie Parker.

Dan Harrison Australia's elected Indigenous leaders have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to intervene to save remote indigenous communities from closure.

Julie Bishop dismisses suggestions of cabinet rift over Medicare co-payment

Julie Bishop:

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."

First Australian health workers depart for Ebola hot zone


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.

Senate censures Defence Minister David Johnston as PM says he has his 'full confidence'

Defence Minister David Johnston in the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

LNP senator Ian Macdonald to co-sponsor medicinal cannabis bill

Dan Harrison Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald will co-sponsor a bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis nationally.

National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Bad habits twice as common in the bush


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 

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Tony Abbott denies breaking promise on the ABC: We have 'fundamentally kept faith' of voters

Tony Abbott

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".

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