Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Alarm over nursing home superbugs

Dan Harrison Medical experts have called for action to tackle the growing problem of superbugs in nursing homes caused by the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Carbon tax savings hard to spot with naked eye

Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has said it in freezer businesses and dairy plants, window makers and police stations: the carbon tax was a $550-a-year hit on household budgets.

Families wait for loved ones' remains

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James Massola, Dan Harrison The families of 28 Australians killed when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine could be forced to wait weeks for the return of their loved ones' remains, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has...

Peris pushes for overhaul of domestic violence laws

Dan Harrison People who fail to report suspected domestic violence by their neighbours, friends or family could be prosecuted under changes advocated by Labor senator Nova Peris.

Stroke Foundation report identifies 'stroke belt' along NSW coast

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Dan Harrison A ‘‘stroke belt’’ of coastal communities stretching from Byron Bay to north Sydney has been identified in a report showing the regions of Australia where people are most at...

'Bamboo ceiling' blocking Asian Australians, says commissioner

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Dan Harrison A ''bamboo ceiling'' is preventing Asian Australians from taking their share of leadership positions, the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, has suggested.

No data on how many patients are bulk-billed

Dan Harrison Health Correspondent The Abbott government stands accused of operating in an ''evidence-free zone'' by introducing a $7 fee for Medicare services in the absence of data about how many people are bulk-billed.

Welfare groups warn changes will spark jobless catastrophe

Dan Harrison, Beau Donelly More than half a million young people could need emergency assistance to pay for food and shelter because of a federal government change which welfare groups warn will lead to ''catastrophe''.

Doctors under pressure to bear cost of scheme, AMA warns

Dan Harrison Doctors could be forced to churn through patients more quickly in order to absorb cuts to their income linked to the proposed $7 Medicare fee, the new federal president of the Australian Medical...

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System that awarded scholarship to Frances Abbott is still a mystery

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Daisy Dumas, Saffron Howden, Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been forced this week to answer questions about his daughter Frances, as details of her scholarship at a private college remain cloaked in mystery.

New $20 billion medical research fund: wonky, wedge or wonder cure?

Dan Harrison Dan Harrison takes the temperature of a $20 billion medical research fund policy.

Health Minister Peter Dutton says Medicare fees will improve health outcomes

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted the introduction of a fee to visit the doctor will improve health outcomes by making it easier for patients to get an appointment and for doctors to spend...

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Study links ice to violence

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Dan Harrison Researchers have for the first time proved a causal link between methamphetamine use and violent behaviour.

Indigenous population to grow by a third by 2026, ABS projects

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Dan Harrison Australia's indigenous population is set to increase by a third, to top 900,000 by 2026, according to new projections from the Bureau of Statistics.

Expert health committee recommends cervical screening overhaul

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Dan Harrison Australia's expert advisory committee on medical procedures has recommended a dramatic overhaul of the screening program for cervical screening.

Hockey's bulk-billing claim misses the mark

According to Treasurer Joe Hockey, the age of entitlement is over.

Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Fergus Hunter Treasurer Joe Hockey's claims that his wealthy constituents enjoyed some of the highest bulk-billing rates in the country are looking a little washed out.

Wikipedia hits help track flu spread

A life-long flu vaccine could be available soon.

Dan Harrison US researchers have developed a highly accurate model for tracking the spread of the flu, using the number of hits on flu-related articles on Wikipedia.

Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk

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Dan Harrison One third of us have a gene that makes us more susceptible to colourectal cancer from eating processed meat, according to new study.

Proposal for government loans to fund court cases

Dan Harrison Litigants unable to afford lawyers should be able to accrue HECS-style debts.

Western Australia's Senate election: The will or the swill of the people?

Dan Harrison A preference system that can be gamed and an electoral administration that loses ballot boxes.