Publications

We were very pleased to join with the Pharmacy Guild to arrange this forum in late 2012. The role of the pharmacist in the Australian community is critically important, highly visible and yet, strangely, at times undervalued, particularly by other elements within the health profession. This forum sought to present a...

Palliative care is provided to people with an active, progressive and advanced disease or illness, for whom there is little or no prospect of cure. Palliative care is holistic care; focussing on quality of life and helping people live well. Palliative care addresses the physical needs of the patient, including...

The purpose of this report is to examine the current process for approving increases in private health insurance premiums. The high degree of government involvement in and control of the process has been a feature of the broader set of private health insurance policies for a number of years. The most...

Health is forecast to be one of the biggest sectors of the Australian economy over the next few decades, but the debate over health policy ignores any concept of “productivity”. Productivity can be generally defined as the quantity of goods or services produced per unit of input, and are an important...

The demands on Australia’s health care sector will increase considerably as the Australian population ages. The regulatory burden on health care professionals is increasing and is coming at the expense of fulfilling their primary purpose of providing health care services. Health care providers may be required to liaise with up to 100...

Personal and political concerns about the delivery and funding of health services in Australia (and elsewhere) are, and will remain, a consuming issue for at least the next three decades. The trend is not new. As this report shows it has been the case since the colony was established. The fundamental...

The future design of the Australian health care system is under consideration. Because Australia has a good health care system, one option is to leave it as it is - just tweaking a bit at the margins. Some people argue that there are stress points in public hospitals and argue for...

The Centre for Research Excellence in Patient Safety received funding in 2006-07, from the Australian Centre for Health Research to undertake a research project to identify clinical indicators to monitor quality and safety in health care in private hospitals. Project aims To identify a core set of clinical indicators that are suitable...

Australia has a two-tier health system, with one tier provided by the government and the other provided by the private sector. The two tiers work together to provide Australians with an affordable healthcare system, that also provides Australians with choice regarding their healthcare needs. The Private Health Insurance (PHI) system...