• 11 FEB 16

    AIHW Publication – 25 years of health expenditure in Australia: 1989–90 to 2013–14

    Summary To better understand the long-term trends in health expenditure in Australia, this report presents data for the 25 years from 1989-90 to 2013-14, describes some of the key trends and explores the relationships between health expenditure and its drivers. A story of growth Over the 25-year period, health expenditure grew much faster than: inflation-growing

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    • 09 FEB 16

    Government announces prostheses review

    Prostheses reform a priority for cheaper health premiums The Australian Government will look to make thousands of medical devices ranging from pacemakers to pins and plates more affordable and accessible for patients in a move that will also reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums.  The review of the prostheses list will be led by health

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    • 08 FEB 16

    NHMRC Strategic Direction 2015-2016 and 2018-19

    Summary information The NHMRC Strategic Direction 2015-16 to 2018-19 is now available on the NHMRC website. It provides a snapshot of the key messages from the NHMRC Corporate Plan 2015-2016. Synopsis The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2015-2016 covers the period 2015-16 to 2018-19.  It includes NHMRC’s strategic directions, which were previously set out in the strategic

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    • 03 FEB 16

    2016 PHC Conference – Call for Abstracts Now Open

    Abstracts The 2016 PHC Research Conference will be held from 8–9 June 2016 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference is the national knowledge exchange opportunity for people working across the PHC frontline. It attracts some 450 delegates, contributing research as well as practice, policy, management and consumer/community perspectives.

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    • 03 FEB 16

    The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2016

    The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This report is being progressively released between 27 January – 4 February 2016.  http://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services The Productivity Commission data sows that last year, one in five Australians waited longer than they thought was acceptable to get

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    • 03 FEB 16

    Review of NHMRC’s grant programme announced

    The NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, has announced a review of the structure of NHMRC’s grant programme. NHMRC awards grants worth around $800 million each year from the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA). In recent years, rising application numbers to NHMRC schemes and rising costs of research have presented new challenges as we seek to

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    • 02 FEB 16

    Health in 2016: a cheat sheet on hospitals, Medicare and private health insurance reform

    We start 2016 as we started 2015 – with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.  In this article from The Conversation, Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute in gives his thoughts on what 2016 may bring in health policy  Health in 2016: a cheat sheet on hospitals,

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    • 02 FEB 16

    National Medicines Symposium 2016 – Call for Abstracts closing 29 February

      This leading biennial symposium being held in Canberra on 18-20 May brings together experts from across Australia and abroad to discuss and debate local and global approaches to quality use of medicines, and in 2016 will expand to include quality use of broader health technologies. It is a unique cross-disciplinary event, with representatives from all

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    • 02 FEB 16

    Reducing Health Care Costs Through Early Intervention On Mental Illnesses

    An interesting article in the January edition of Health Affairs focusing on patients with high mental health costs — and how they incur 30 percent more costs than other high-cost patients. This research helps to make the increasingly compelling case for earlier identification and intervention to address mental illnesses — if we’re concerned about saving money.

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    • 02 FEB 16

    Why are doctors dissatisfied? The role of origin myths

    Why are doctors dissatisfied? The role of origin myths J Health Serv Res Policy January 2016 21: 67-70, first published on June 19, 2015 doi:10.1177/1355819615589425 Robert Dingwall An interesting article on the role of origin myths as a source of ethical standards and aspirations for both doctors and society. And how a changing institutional environment

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