Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Pharmacy explainer: what are the benefits of deregulating the pharmacy industry?

Dan Harrison Viagra with your Vegemite, Amoxycillin with your apples? This week's call for pharmacy deregulation by the government's competition review could lead to supermarkets entering the industry.

Graeme Innes says 'appalling' cage practice not one-off, calls for inquiry on education of children with disabilities

Dan Harrison Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has called for a broad inquiry into the treatment of children with disabilities in the nation's schools, following revelations an autistic...

Complaints to private health insurance Ombudsman surge

Complaints to the Ombudsman in 2013-14 were a 16 per cent increase on 2012-13.

Dan Harrison Complaints about the oral advice funds provided to their members were up 40 per cent.

Triggs defends $350,000 compensation recommendation for refugee who killed wife

President of the Human Right Commission Professor Gillian Triggs.

Dan Harrison Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has defended her recommendation that a refugee who killed his defacto wife should receive $350,000 in compensation for his detention.

Malcolm Fraser's unrealised manifesto - an Australian republic with green credentials

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.

Dan Harrison The political party Malcolm Fraser was working to set up when he died was to stand for an Australian republic that was reconciled with its first peoples through a treaty, with a larger population, a...

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'I don't have a Facebook page!': John Howard shocked by digital impersonator

Stuart Coward shows former Prime Minister John Howard a facebook page claiming to be Mr Howard's facebook page but it was not. Mr Howard claimed he was being misrepresented and was going to have this investigated, during his visit to a leadership forum in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison Former US president George W Bush once called John Howard a "man of steel" in a reference to his steadfast support for the United States-led invasion of Iraq.

Not enough evidence to say whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit: research council

The nation's expert health research body says further studies are needed to assess the safety of electronic cigarettes.

Dan Harrison There is not enough evidence to know whether electronic cigarettes help smokers quit or whether they are harmful, according to the nation's expert health research body.

Name and shame high-charging specialists to rein in excessive fees: ex-Abbott advisor

Excessive fees attacked: Terry Barnes cited data showing 8 per cent of patients don't see a specialist due to cost.

Dan Harrison Medical specialists who charge exorbitant fees should be "named and shamed" in a bid to rein in excessive charging, according to a former advisor to Tony Abbott.

Sydney researchers score $588,000 grant to run trials on their lung cancer treatment invention

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Dan Harrison Sydney researchers who have developed a device to improve treatment for lung cancer have received federal government funding to run clinical trials, with a view to making the device widely available.

Consumers squeezed as private health funds cut 'lifestyle' benefits while raising premiums

Insurance.

Dan Harrison Private health insurers are altering the way they measure claims and are raising premiums. Dan Harrison reports.

Cyclone Pam: Julie Bishop to visit Vanuatu to inspect cyclone recovery efforts

A child climbs on a block of earth under an uprooted tree near Port Vila.

Dan Harrison, Primrose Riordan Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will visit Vanuatu within days to inspect recovery efforts in the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation.

Malcolm Fraser dead: SBS, pho and Parliament House, what Malcolm Fraser did for you

Parliament House in Canberra. Malcolm Fraser's government oversaw a design competition for the new building.

Dan Harrison, Fergus Hunter From multiculturalism to establishing the Australian Human Rights Commission, here are some of Malcolm Fraser's key legacies.

Those who visit GPs the most are old, sick and poor, new data finds

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Dan Harrison The Australians who visit the doctor most often tend to be older and poorer than those who visit their GP less, and would be hardest hit by the introduction of a "price signal", new data has found.

Tony Abbott to provide documents promised by sacked Agriculture department head Paul Grimes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Foreign minister Julie Bishop and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis conducted a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 5 August 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Dan Harrison, Heath Aston Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his government will honour undertakings made by the former head of the federal agriculture department to provide documents relating to alterations to Hansard to a...

Patients could be casualty of $57 billion hospital funding shortfall over next 10 years

Treasurer Joe Hockey, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Patients could cop the brunt of a $57 billion hospital funding shortfall that lies behind the miraculous budget turnaround projected by Joe Hockey in the Intergenerational Report.

Concern at lack of screening of tuna after food poisoning scare

Barnaby Joyce

Dan Harrison Only 5 per cent of shipments of the imported canned tuna at the centre of a Sydney food poisoning scare were being checked at the border at the time of the outbreak, despite canned tuna being classed...

No evidence homeopathy works, research council finds

Homeopathy

Dan Harrison A comprehensive review of research on homeopathy has concluded there is no reliable evidence that it is effective in treating health conditions.

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Indigenous talent urged to dream big, all the way to the CEO's office

Dan Harrison Carmelita Tabuchi-Muap has seen the way people's attitude to her changes when she mentions her Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Australia won't meet female workforce participation target, Intergenerational Report shows

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Dan Harrison Australia will need to make drastic changes if it is to meet an international commitment to narrow the gap in workforce participation rates between men and women in a decade, the Intergenerational...

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Vitamins and minerals - are Australians getting the right amounts?

Dan Harrison The first national nutritional survey in 15 years has found many Australians are not getting the right levels of nutrients from food.