• 08 FEB 18

    Private Health Insurance

    News has centred this week on a new private health insurance policy the Labor Party will take to the next election. The Productivity Commission (PC) will be asked to review of the private health system to improve the value, quality and affordability of health insurance. In the meantime annual PHI premium rises would be capped at 2% for 2 years.

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    • 06 FEB 18

    Registration for Inaugural National Women’s Health Summit closing Monday 12 February

    Australia’s top 100 influencers in the field of women’s health and related disciplines will attend the summit. Attendees will put women on the agenda in the run up to the Federal elections.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    Precision Medicine Pros and Cons

    A report was released last week by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) arguing that precision medicine has the potential to transform Australia’s health care system. Debate has followed concerning the potential harms of screening and diagnosing the genes of healthy people, and the risk of widespread overdiagnosis.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    New Grattan Institute Report on Using Data to Make Hospitals Safer

    A new report from the Grattan Institute “All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer” shows that a patient’s risk of developing a complication varies dramatically depending on which hospital they go to: in some cases, the additional risk at the worst-performing hospitals can be four times higher than at the best performers.

    The report calls for all hospitals to lift their safety performance to the level of the best 10 per cent of Australian hospitals. This would mean an extra 250,000 patients leaving hospital each year free of complications.

    Patients should have access to the information on complication rates in different hospitals and for different procedures, so they – and their GPs – can make better-informed decisions about how and where they are treated.

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Member Profile

Our latest member interview is with Hamish Robertson, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Management, Faculty of Health, UTS.  Hamish's research interests are health and medical geography in the fields of health, ageing and disability.

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