Monday, October 13, 2008

Health Reform discussion papers

The process of developing appropriate reforms of our health system continues. The complex interrelationships of health care, funding, health workforce, commonwealth/states issues just to mention a few major considerations makes untangling and reconstructing our current health system a difficult and complicated task. To assist in preparing a long term health reform plan the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHRC) invited discussion papers in the key areas of Primary and Community Care, Prevention, Governance, and Public-Private Mix. These papers are now available on the NHHRC website under 'Discussion Papers' at

The papers are:

· Achieving a patient-centred, effective, efficient, robust and sustainable primary and community care sector 2020, Professor Claire Jackson and Adjunct Associate Professor Diana O'Halloran
· New Models of Primary and Community Care to meet the challenges of chronic disease prevention and management
, Mark Harris, Michael Kidd, and Teri Snowdon
· Primary Care Reform Options, Hal Swerissen
· New Models of Primary Care and Community Care with a Focus on Rural and Remote Care, Associate Professor Isabelle Ellis, Ms Debra Jones, Professor Sandra Dunn, and Dr Alison Murray
· Models of primary and community care in 2020, Dr Beres Wenck and Ian Watts
· Primary health care in rural and remote Australia: achieving equity of access and outcomes through national reform, Professor John Humphreys and Professor John Wakerman
· New and emerging nurse-led models of primary health care, Professor Mary Chiarella
· Options for reform of Commonwealth and State governance responsibilities for the Australian health system, Professor Judith Dwyer and Professor Kathy Eager
· A Mixed Public-Private System for 2020, Mary Foley
· Funding Policy Options for Preventative Health Care within Australian Primary Health Care, Professor Doris Young and Professor Jane Gunn
· A vision for primary care: Funding and other System Factors for optimising the primary care contribution to the community's Health, Professor Leonie Segal
· A Preventative Priorities Advisory Committee and Prevention Benefits Schedule for Australia, Associate Professor Anthony Harris
· Financial incentives, personal responsibility and prevention, Professor Anthony Scott

A number of these relatively short discussion papers are worth reading by Canberra health consumers as they provide views and some indication of possible policy directions in areas of interest.


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