Health

Richard Di Natale is the Greens spokesperson for health. The Greens believe that everyone has the right to timely, quality health care.

Senator Di Natale’s work in this area is focused on primary health care and preventative health care, and working towards a health system focussed on individual and social wellbeing.

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Let’s have a real conversation on healthcare reform

15 Jan 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the Abbott government’s last minute back down on the $20 cut to short GP consultations. 

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OVERVIEW OF ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S HEALTH CHARGE CHANGES

15 Jan 2015

You don’t make the health system more sustainable by shifting costs onto patients. That’s cost shifting, not cost saving.

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Making a bad problem worse

11 Dec 2014

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today slammed the Abbott Government’s cynical attack on Medicare.

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Amidst the gloom there are moments of light: Sierra Leone

08 Dec 2014

Before leaving Monrovia I get an early morning coffee with the Australian doctor leading the UNICEF response in Liberia. He’s one of several Australians playing a key role in the emergency effort. He’s worried that complacency may set in and tells me no one can predict where things will be in six months. There’s even a possibility that we may never eliminate it, that Ebola may become endemic.

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'The acrid smell of burning hospital mattresses now fills the air': Day 2 in Liberia

05 Dec 2014

The day starts with an early morning meeting of the incident management team. In the room are the heads of all the major global players responding to the outbreak - the World Health Organisation, The Centre for Disease Control, Medicens Sans Frontieres, various UN agencies and representatives from Liberian government. They come from all parts of the globe, including Australia.

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'I have to do it for my people': witnessing the dangerous but vital jobs in the Ebola crisis

04 Dec 2014

The Red Cross Safe and Dignified Burial Team perform a vital task - disposing of Ebola patients' bodies when they are highly infectious.

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Why I'm going to West Africa

02 Dec 2014

A long flight gives you plenty of time to think. I’m now on the final leg of a two-day journey to West Africa and I’ve been reflecting on the reaction to the news that I would be visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Medicinal cannabis bill to be introduced today

27 Nov 2014

Australian Greens health spokesperson and Co-convenor of the Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that he was pleased to join with Senate colleagues from across the political spectrum to introduce a bill that will make medicinal cannabis available for people who need it.

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Committee calls for conscience vote on Dying with Dignity

10 Nov 2014

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has today tabled its final report into an exposure draft of federal dying with dignity legislation. The bill was drafted and introduced by Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens Senator requests consular assistance for Ebola mission

05 Nov 2014

Australian Greens Health Spokesperson and former public health specialist, Dr Richard Di Natale, wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today seeking consular assistance for a field trip to West Africa. 

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