Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

'It's not a sexy cancer': why brain cancer struggles for funding

Dan Harrison If research dollars were allocated according to the burden of the targeted disease, brain cancer would be in line for about twice as much money as it currently attracts.

Bali nine executions: nine questions the AFP must answer about its role

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin

Dan Harrison On Monday, a press conference will be held by the AFP to discuss the role it played in the arrest of the Bali nine.

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Nepal earthquake: Julie Bishop says safety of 1400 Australians confirmed


Dan Harrison "Virtually all" of the Australians believed to be in Nepal when an earthquake devastated the country on Anzac day have now been accounted for, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

Big variations in efficiency and procedure costs between hospitals: report


Dan Harrison Some public hospitals spend between two and three times as much as others to deliver procedures such as appendix removals, knee replacements and vaginal deliveries, according to a new report which...

Scientists call for action on disease risks from climate change

Increased risks: Mosquitoes are expected to bring tropical diseases south.

Dan Harrison Scientists have warned that climate change could produce an increase in infectious illnesses, and have urged Australia to set up a centre to co-ordinate efforts to tackle the predicted growth in...

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Transparency on drug company payments and trips for doctors a step closer

Dan Harrison Patients will find out what payments and "educational" trips their doctors have received from drug companies, after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approved a new code of...

Ron Walker hails melanoma 'wonder drug' recommended for PBS listing

Ron Walker says the drug will save thousands of lives.

Dan Harrison Businessman Ron Walker is thrilled that the drug he credits with saving his life could be made publicly available.

ACCC figures reveal record number of product safety recalls in 2014

Risk: The number of recalls the ACCC has monitored has increased every year since 2010.

Dan Harrison From risk of fire to choking hazards, a record number of products were recalled from Australian shops last year because they were unsafe.

Australia seen as "public enemy number one" on climate, Peter Doherty says

Peter Doherty

Dan Harrison Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty says Australia is being seen as "public enemy number one" on climate change and risks being isolated as China seeks to reduce its reliance on coal.

Co-payment ruled out as Sussan Ley announces wide-ranging Medicare review

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Dan Harrison Health Minister Sussan Ley has ruled out a Medicare co-payment as she prepares to launch a wide-ranging review of the health system.

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Drug companies and patient groups want faster approval for cancer drugs

Access to life-saving drugs is being held up unnecessarily, cancer patient groups say.

Dan Harrison Patient groups are calling for changes to fast track the approval and subsidy of cancer medicines, saying cancer sufferers haven't got time to wait for duplicate testing.

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Sole Australian-run Ebola treatment centre to close

Aspen Medical Ebola training: Clinical training manager Jane Armstrong with Dr John Gerrard and Dr John Parker.

Dan Harrison An Australian-funded Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone will shut its doors at the end of the month, following a stabilisation of the outbreak in West Africa.

COAG: Abbott urges cooperation but GST fire still burns

Come together: Prime Minister Tony Abbott told premiers they faced a rare opportunity.

Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has urged fractious state governments to leave political partisanship at the door for the next 12 to 16 months.

Health minister Sussan Ley: 'Disturbing picture' of mental health in Australia but experts slam her 'bureaucratic' response

Amy Corderoy and Dan Harrison People are dying while the government commissions more expert working groups to respond to mental health report, experts say.

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States spoiling for fight at COAG over schools, hospitals, and GST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to have a hostile reception at the Council of Australian Governments meeting.

Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison State premiers are spoiling for a fight with Tony Abbott when they gather on Friday for a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments meeting but the issue most want discussed is the...

AMA warns of hospital funding 'perfect storm' that will lengthen waiting lists

AMA president Brian Owler says 'public hospitals will never meet the targets set by governments' if the federal cuts go ahead.

Dan Harrison, Mark Kenny The Abbott government's funding cuts mean that patients will wait longer for treatment, doctors say.

Vested interests circling medical research fund like sharks, warns former NHMRC boss Warwick Anderson

Government-backed bonds could solve the problem of funding medical research.

Dan Harrison The former head of the nation's premier health research body has warned vested interests are "circling like sharks" around the Abbott government's promised Medical Research Future Fund.

Alternative Medicare funding model proposed by Royal Australian College of GPs

Health Minister Sussan Ley

Dan Harrison Doctors have presented Health Minister Sussan Ley with a blueprint for Medicare reform which would pay GPs extra to treat complex patients, provide comprehensive services, and coordinate care between...

Call to tackle 'cultural prejudice' facing older Australians looking for work

Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.

Dan Harrison Australia must overcome the "deep cultural prejudice" against older people to avoid consigning senior Australians to decades of unemployment, Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan...

Call for overhaul of Medicare payments for diabetes patients

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Dan Harrison Medicare payments should be overhauled to improve care for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases, a panel of experts has recommended.

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