• 31 MAR 16

    Brave new tax world: devolution back on the COAG agenda

    A clear analysis of Prime Minister Turnball’s proposal to give income tax power back to the states from The Mandarin.

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    • 31 MAR 16

    Government unveils its Healthier Medicare package

    The Prime Minister’s office has released part of the government’s primary healthcare review – which it received in December. The review, chaired by former Australian Medical Association President, Dr Steve Hambleton, recommended establishing Healthcare Homes “which provide continuity of care, coordinated services and a team-based approach, according to the needs and wishes of the patient.”

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Health Minister Sussan Ley said in a statement that they would establish a trial of Healthcare Homes, which allowed patients with multiple chronic illnesses to nominate a GP practice as their “home base”. This practice would coordinate a healthcare package tailored to their conditions, they said, billing it as “one of the biggest health-system reforms since the introduction of Medicare 30 years ago”.

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    • 31 MAR 16

    Assessing impact is here to stay: researchers must embrace it.

    In this article from the Sax Institute Prof Don Nutbeam (Senior Advisor, Analysis and Innovation) say’s “it’s time to get on board with new approaches to measuring research impact”. In the article he shares his recent experiences from the UK where the Government Excellence Framework (REF) 2009-2014 changed the rules to include assessment of research impact for the first time and for this to count for over 20% of overall assessment. According to Prof Nutbeam the outcomes were astonishing. “Universities- and their researchers – can point to the extraordinary and pervasive impact they have in their local communities, nationally and internationally. In Australia public policy and business decisions are being made, frequently with inadequate knowledge of available evidence…Organisations like the Sax Institute have a vital role to play in the acceleration of knowledge exchange and the delivery of the position vision of Australia as an innovation nation”

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    • 17 MAR 16

    The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper?

    This BMJ article question whether the increase in chronic diseases truly reflects poorer health.

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    • 17 MAR 16

    Researchers receive $9.5m NHMRC grant to combat unnecessary testing and treatment

    HSRAANZ Corporate member The George Institute for Global Health is part of a $9.5m NHMRC grant to combat unnecessary testing and treatment.

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    • 17 MAR 16

    Hospitals in Australia

    The Conversation is running a series on Hospitals in Australia. In one article the Association’s President, Jon Karnon, Professor of Health Economics, University of Adelaide discusses how the collection and analysis of data on the performance of our health-care system can be used to improve the quality of health services and maybe also reduce costs. And in their article “Here’s how to boost hospital funds and end the blame game” HSRAANZ members Jane Hall, University of Technology Sydney and Kees Van Gool, University of Technology Sydney suggest that for the generally asset rich baby boomers a wealth tax rather than an income tax more accurately reflects a contribution according to means. Such a tax could take the form of a new national health funding scheme applied to the value of household assets.

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    • 15 MAR 16

    Regression discontinuity designs in healthcare research

    An interesting article form the BMJ which argues that regression discontinuity is underutilized in healthcare research despite the ubiquity of threshold based decision making as well as the design’s simplicity and transparency. Moreover, regression discontinuity provides evidence of “real world” therapeutic and policy effects, circumventing a major limitation of randomized controlled trials. The article discusses the implementation, strengths, and weaknesses of regression discontinuity and reviews several examples from clinical medicine, public health, and health policy and concludes by discussing the wide array of open research questions for which regression discontinuity stands to provide meaningful insights to clinicians and policymakers.

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    • 14 MAR 16

    Menzies Centre for Health Policy – leadership announcement

    It is with great pleasure that we congratulate HSRAANZ Executive Committee member Adam Elshaug on his promotion to Professor of Health Policy, in the University of Sydney, School of Public Health. Adam is also taking on the role of Co-Director of the Sydney Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

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    • 14 MAR 16

    Health Department boss: ‘doing nothing is not an option’

    Published in the Madarin this week is an edited version of the speech that Martin Bowles PSM the secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health delivered to a Committee for Economic Development of Australia forum on March 11.

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    • 10 MAR 16

    United Kingdom HiT (2015)

    A New Health Systems in Transition (HiT) report for the United Kingdom from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy shows steady progress but renewed investment needed to advance outcomes.

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