• SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    • AUGUST 31, 2017
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    Uncovering Scandinavia’s health-data secrets

    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.

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    • AUGUST 28, 2017
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    In the news – “junk health insurance policies”

    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”

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    • AUGUST 28, 2017
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    In the news – Over-diagnosis

    Over diagnosis continues to feature in the journals and press this week.

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    • AUGUST 28, 2017
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    King’s Fund Report – Developing accountable care systems: lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand

    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.

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    • AUGUST 28, 2017
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    Nuffield Trust Report – Primary Care Home: Evaluating a new model of primary care

    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.

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