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The arrangements between the Federal Government (Federal Government) and the State and Territory Governments (States) for the funding of public hospitals in Australia are set out in what are known as Australian Healthcare Agreements (AHCAs). The AHCAs formalise an arrangement where the federal government contributes funding to the States for...

Against many key indicators of population health, Australia performs very well relative to its international peers. OECD and Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) data indicates that Australians enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world and falling incidences of many major diseases. However, this reflects the quality...

One in eight women will develop breast cancer of which approximately 60 per cent are treated surgically for axillary node staging and primary breast tumour resection. It is estimated that over 50 per cent of women suffer chronic pain following the treatment for breast cancer surgery. It seriously affects quality...

The National Joint Replacement Registry monitors the outcome of all joint replacement procedures undertaken in Australia. It is an initiative of the Australian Orthopaedic Association which was established in 1999 and fully implemented nationally in 2002. It is a collaborative between orthopaedics surgeons, government, all hospitals undertaking joint replacement surgery...

Like National Health systems in other countries, Medicare is the icon of public policy. Health is personal and intimate to us all. Medicare taps into one of our most basic fears and gives us a feeling of security at a time when we might be vulnerable. Whichever way you look at...