While other countries are increasingly using health data in clever ways, Australia is being left behind according to a recent article published in the Medical Republic . “This is a global phenomenon and Australia, to its detriment, is not yet participating,” the Productivity Commission said in its March 2017 commission’s report.Read more
Last week the Australian Medical Association (AMA) president, Michael Gannon, spoke out against “junk” health-insurance policies, saying these are “worth nothing more than the paper they’re written on”, and pushing the federal government to streamline policies so people know what they are buying.
Continuing this theme Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney has written in the Conversation “Getting rid of junk health insurance policies is just tinkering at the margins of a much bigger issue”Read more
This report form the King’s Fund considers the lessons that the NHS can learn from the health system in Canterbury, New Zealand, as it embarks on its own journey of transformation.Read more
The Nuffield Trust has published an evaluation report on the Primary Care Home model – a way of organising care for groups of 30,000 to 50,000 patients. Established in the UK last year, the model seeks to link staff from general practice, community-based services, hospitals, mental health services, social care and voluntary organisations to deliver joined-up care. The model was piloted in 15 rapid test sites, each of which qualified for £40,000 of start-up funding from NHS England. Since then another 170 sites have signed up.
The Trust has also published a blog by Stephanie Kumpunen on her learning from the report, and a guest blog from Dr Nav Chana from the National Association of Primary Care outlining the progress of the Primary Care Home programme.Read more
We are pleased to welcome our latest Corporate Member, The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre.Read more
RSL Care + RDNS was created when the two well-respected and iconic providers merged in 2015 to deliver more services, supporting more people through all life stages and health needs. The organisation will now be known as Bolton Clarke, a name that honours two key pioneers in community service whose values helped to shape the organisation and continue to drive its purpose.Read more
In this article from Croakey the HSRAANZ President Jon Karnon discusses the NHMRC’s review of its grant application processes and argues that if new drugs and medical services have to demonstrate their value before attracting a public subsidy then so too should medical research.Read more
The slides, transcript and recording of the NHMRC’s webinar on the new grant program (18 August) are now available online.Read more
On 23 August Professor Nick Graves, AusHSI Academic Director, launched the Taking Healthcare Home Outcomes Paper at the Australasian College of Health Service Management Breakfast Forum.Read more