Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Wikipedia hits help track flu spread

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.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Australian ship in search of MH370 black box, debris

A marker flare is deployed into the Indian Ocean from a Royal New Zealand Air Force plane searching for plane debris off the west coast of Australia.

Dan Harrison, Tom Allard Equipment to recover the ''black box'' flight recorder of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is being loaded on to an Australian naval vessel in Perth, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told reporters.

Same-sex couples can marry in UK consulates from June

Same sex couple Claiire and Steph (white top) who hope to marry at the British consulate later this year.

Dan Harrison Same-sex couples will be able to use British laws to marry in Australian cities from June.

Majority of Australians think nation has problem with alcohol

Fourteen people died and 11 were hospitalised after drinking consuming bootleg alcohol in Siberia.

Dan Harrison And more than three quarters believe Australia's battle with the bottle will not get better over the next decade, according to new polling.

Government healthcare spending figures may bolster case for a GP co-payment

Dan Harrison Federal spending per person on primary healthcare services, including visits to GPs, grew by 50 per cent over the past decade, according to new figures that may bolster the case for new fees to visit...

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Australian child poverty up, generosity takes a beating

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Dan Harrison Child poverty is on the rise and fewer of us are donating to charity, according to a report that calls into question Australia's self-perception as the land of the fair go.

OECD report: Poverty engulfing many Australians

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Dan Harrison Child poverty is on the rise and fewer of us are donating to charity, according to a report that brings into question Australia's self-perception as the land of the fair go.

Peter Greste: PM Tony Abbott 'deeply concerned' by charges

Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...

Report slams TV alcohol ads

Dan Harrison Current rules on alcohol advertising are failing to protect children and must be tightened, according to the government agency charged with preventing disease.

Doctors fear overcrowding in emergency departments if $6 GP fee adopted

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Kate Hagan and Dan Harrison A minimum $6 fee to see a GP would lead more patients to seek treatment in overcrowded emergency departments including those with conditions that had deteriorated because of deferred care, doctors...

NDIS trials to cost further $400m

Dan Harrison Federal Labor's rush to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme before last year's election contributed to it underestimating the cost of trials by almost $400 million, the Coalition says.

Raising Medicare levy the solution to health costs, says architect

Prof John Deeble

Dan Harrison One of the architects of Medicare has called for an increase in the Medicare levy, warning Australians will not accept any change that restricts access to healthcare to those who can pay for it.

Cashed-up private medical insurers in rude good health

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Dan Harrison Head of the agency charged with advising the government on private health insurance premium rises says the industry is in 'pretty good nick', despite Abbott government recently signing off on the...

Peter Dutton says growing health care costs show why 'waste' must be cut

Dan Harrison Government health spending per head rises 37 per cent a year, new figures show.

Health Minister Peter Dutton pushes overhaul to cut 'waste'

Dan Harrison, Jonathan Swan Health Minister Peter Dutton says new figures showing an escalation in health spending demonstrate why the government must cut ''waste'' in health.

Drinks industry representatives reject AMA's calls for alcohol summit

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Dan Harrison Alcohol industry representatives have rejected the medical profession's call for a national summit to tackle an ''epidemic'' of booze-related harm.

GPs oppose insurers covering cost of visits for fear of switching

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Dan Harrison Doctors have expressed concern that proposals to allow private insurers to pay for GP visits might encourage people to change doctors, undermining continuity of care.

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