Monday, November 10, 2008

HCCA 2009-10 health budget priorities

HCCA input to ACTCOSS submission for 2009 - 2010 ACT Health Budget
HCCA views and priorities for 2009-2010 reflect a continuation of those proposed last year. While supporting the outlays proposed through the Capital Assets Development Program, HCCA argues that these additional capital assets and infrastructure must be seen as a means to providing the necessary services.
It is also important to ensure that the immediate service needs are met at the same time as the investment in the medium to long term infrastructure is taking place – there must be balance.

Identified Priority Areas - which warrant increased resources and policy emphasis

Primary health care

  • Ensure supply of GPs and nurses to ACT through recruitment and training programs
  • Restructuring of health workforce eg nurse practitioners and allied health assistants
  • Chronic condition management, including support for self-management
  • Community health centres/clinics (Walk-in/Super GP clinics)• Community based services – including allied health services and support
  • Health promotion and illness reduction

Aged and palliative care

  • Develop appropriate housing/residential needs
  • Develop transition facilities/services including convalescence beds
  • Expanded respite care
  • South side hospice
  • Palliative care services and community based services
  • ACT based spinal injury rehabilitation centre and services
  • Improve access to HACC programs and services for residents of aged care facilities

Community infrastructure and supportive care programs

  • Enhancement of aged care services inc equipment loan scheme
  • Dental health
  • IPTAS
  • NGO support networks

Mental health

Consumer participation in ACT Health

  • Need additional training resources and support to meet increased demand for consumer representatives from government
  • E-health (electronic information, digitised images, individual health) will require more informed consumer representatives and improved consumer health literacy
  • Develop consumer advocates and system “navigators”

Cancer services


Maternity care

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