• SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

    Australia’s health system is enviable, but there’s room for improvement

    In this article from the Conversation’s global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world, Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute takes a look at the Australian system. He concludes that, although Australian’s are rightly proud of their health system and value Medicare highly, this is not to say they see the health system through rose-coloured glasses. Health care regularly rates as one of the top three issues of concern to voters.

    The general directions of policy in Australia are similar to international trends – more efforts to establish better relationships between hospitals and family doctors; more emphasis on rewarding health care providers for improved outcomes; and implementing new methods to pay doctors for managing the care of people with chronic conditions.

    But core to all reform proposals in Australia is a commitment to maintain universal access and tax-based financing.

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    • SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

    Over 45s report positive experiences with Australia’s health care system

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) jointly present information from the Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016. This survey explored the experiences of people aged 45 years and over who had seen a GP in the previous 12 months, with a focus on coordination of health care, including information transfer between GPs, specialists and hospitals in Australia. Coordination of care is important for quality health care and has been shown to improve people’s health outcomes. It found that “Overall, the majority of people believe they are well-informed about their medical care or treatment but there are differing levels of satisfaction”.

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    • SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

    As Victorian MPs debate assisted dying, it is vital they examine the evidence, not just the rhetoric

    In this article from The Conversation Ben White, Queensland University of Technology; Andrew McGee, Queensland University of Technology, and Lindy Willmott, Queensland University of Technology consider how Victorian MPs will sift through competing claims as they prepare to debate an assisted dying bill.

    In late October Ben and Lindy will present a joint webinar for the Association on “Futile treatment and why doctors provide it to patients at the end of life: some empirical findings”

    Assisted dying in Australia is no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. Will the “when” be 2017 through the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill likely to be tabled in the Victorian parliament this week?

    The politics of assisted dying are notoriously unpredictable, and how our politicians ultimately vote may turn on last-minute lobbying. However, a robust process to develop the bill, coupled with government and high-profile political support, means reform is a real possibility.

    As with previous Australian assisted dying bills, Victorian parliamentarians have been offered a conscience vote. As politicians ponder how they will respond, interest groups on both sides of the debate are lobbying fiercely. MPs are being provided with a range of conflicting information about how assisted dying regimes operate overseas and the risks or benefits of these regimes.

    How can politicians sift through and assess these competing claims?

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    • SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

    Words of Wisdom from those who publish (and do not perish)

    This article from the Literary Hub debunks some of the myths surrounding academic writing, and not least the fallacy of effortless productivity.

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    • SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

    New Zealand’s health service performs well, but inequities remain high

    In this article, which is part of The Conversation’s global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world, our past president Jacqueline Cumming explores New Zealand’s health care system. Comprehensive and largely publicly funded, the New Zealand System generally performs well, but there are significant inequities in access and outcomes.

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    • SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

    Who is responsible for reducing waste in medical research

    On this week’s Radio National Health Report Norman Swan spoke with Professor Paul Glasziou about wasted health and medical research. Paul and Iain Chambers also wrote a BMJ opinion piece arguing journals come too late in the research production process to have much influence on four of the five stages of waste and that it is funders and regulators who have the principal power to implement most of the solutions needed.

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    • SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

    World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research

    The report describes the evolution of the field of health policy and systems research and provides figures on the number of publications produced, funding trends and institutional capacity in LMICs to conduct HPSR. It provides insight into how the multidisciplinary and systems approach used in HPSR can help countries advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda.

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    • SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

    Increasing opportunities for research impact

    In this article from Franklin Women Tamika Heiden from Knowledge Translation Australia talks about the online Research Impact Summit.

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