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“Exposing and stopping wastage in the Australian health system would deliver savings to Government and lead to improved healthcare without the need to raise taxes,” according to Private Healthcare Australia CEO, Dr Michael Armitage. The Council of Australian Governments should explore opportunities to fund improved health services by reducing wastage in the...

A new Productivity Commission research paper — based on views offered at a roundtable held with health policy experts, including the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) — has found that there are significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of Australia's health care system through reforms that can be delivered...

A new Productivity Commission research paper — based on views offered at a roundtable held with health policy experts, including the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) — has found that there are significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of Australia's health care system through reforms that can be delivered...

A controversial nurse endoscopy scheme will forge ahead, despite public opposition from Australia’s peak gastroenterology body. Under the scheme, trained nurse endoscopists perform colonoscopies, flexible sigmoidoscopies and upper GI endoscopiesas part of a multidisciplinary team, after completing a training program partially funded by Queensland Health. Earlier this year, the Gastroenterology Society of...

A recent book explores the many questions surrounding the design and implementation of P4P programs and examines the supporting systems and process that are necessary to drive and sustain performance improvement. Pay for performance (P4P) is increasingly used as an innovative tool intended to improve efficiency and service quality in health...

The Medical Board of Australia has commissioned international research into revalidation, or ways to make sure doctors keep their skills up to date throughout their professional lives. ‘We started a conversation about revalidation in Australia in 2012 as part of our commitment to making sure doctors in Australia maintain the skills...

New MJA article provides an objective measure of the minimum likely effect of the continuation of the freeze on Medicare schedule fees on general practice. Analysing the data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, a continuous cross-sectional, national study of GP activity in Australia, the authors sought...

Implementation Central (iCentral), is a dedicated website, developed and maintained by Dr Saravana Kumar at the University of South Australia, which acts as a repository for resources specific to evidence implementation. It provides an overview of commonly used tools to implement evidence into practice (such as clinical practice guidelines, clinical pathways,...

New workshop has been designed to discuss the central workforce issues that need critical reform across the health sector. Wednesday 29 April 2015 – Melbourne, VIC Australia’s health workforce is under tremendous pressure and must undergo significant transformation to meet the rapidly rising demands for healthcare. For Australia to continue to have...

A new WHO survey shows a stronger primary care structure is associated with more person-focused care system, and this was associated with more continuous and comprehensive care overall. Due to the increased prevalence of comorbid conditions, people often have more than one disease that needs to be managed consistently over time. Health-care...