Health policy


30 May 2017

Leaked documents reveal Commonwealth bureaucrats are considering a proposal to simplify how public hospitals are funded in Australia.

Journal article

27 Apr 2017

Formation of Australia’s National Drug Strategy (NDS) included an extensive consultation process that was open not only to community and public health stakeholders, but also to representatives of the tobacco and alcohol industries.

Australia is bound by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on...

Research report

19 Apr 2017

The existence of labour and human rights abuses in medical goods supply chains has implications for Australian healthcare companies and public procurement, as the health and well-being of Australians should not come at the cost of the abuse and exploitation of workers in low-wage countries....

Journal article

1 Apr 2017

This paper explores the challenges that arise through the multidisciplinary nature of evidence-informed policy making.

Research report

30 Mar 2017

Summary: This review presents a refreshed strategic direction for adult palliative care and proposes a suite of initiatives to help manage future increases in demand for palliative care.

We know that as people live longer there will be more people with complex conditions...

Discussion paper

27 Mar 2017

In 2016, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) Policy Advisory Committee on Health and Wellbeing (PACHW) discussed increasing concerns by health services and multicultural advocates regarding the low levels of awareness among culturally diverse communities about the role and engagement of accredited interpreters....

Research report

24 Mar 2017

Summary: The information used in the report in order to compare health funds is based on data collected for regulatory purposes. This information is the most appropriate, independent and reliable data available.

The report is intended to help you to decide which health...

Research report

24 Mar 2017

Our indicator reports monitor changes over the Transforming Health program implementation. We selected indicators to monitor changes in patient access and equity taken from the case for change stated in SA Health’s Our Next Steps :

Too many deaths occur in our hospitals...

Discussion paper

27 Feb 2017

The purpose of this Accreditation Systems Review is to build upon the information collated through the NRAS Review and provide advice to the Ministerial Council on the governance, structure and cost-effectiveness of accreditation systems in the National Scheme.

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

This paper discusses the use of secondments as a tool to increase knowledge translation between academics and policy makers by developing individual capacity.

A case study is presented of a reciprocal secondment between a government department and a university.

Enablers of knowledge translation...

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

There is a growing body of literature about the barriers to, and enablers of, the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Research funders are in a unique position to influence activities aimed at promoting research use.

During the past decade, NSW (New...

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

There is often a disconnection between the creation of evidence and its use in policy and practice. Cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary partnership research, founded on shared governance and coproduction, is considered to be one of the most effective means of overcoming this research–policy–practice disconnect.

Similar to...

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

Public health researchers and practitioners want to see their research inform government decision making.

It is not always clear to researchers how evidence is used in policy decisions in a highly politicised environment with many competing demands.

Public Health Research & Practice spoke...

Journal article

8 Feb 2017

Objectives To investigate mortality and its causes in adults over the age of 20 years with intellectual disability (ID).

Design, setting and participants Retrospective population-based standardised mortality of the ID and Comparison cohorts. The ID cohort comprised 42 204 individuals who registered for disability...

Research report

7 Dec 2016

Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in the health sector and deliver...

Policy report

Priority policy actions for a healthier Australia
28 Nov 2016

Getting Australia's Health on Track 2016 is the subsequent policy report to the chronic disease report card Australia's Health Tracker 2016 . Both were compiled by a national collaboration of Australia's leading chronic disease experts.

Getting Australia’s Health on Track presents 10 priority policy...

Annual Report

10 Nov 2016

More than 657,000 health practitioners are now registered as part of Australia’s national registration and accreditation scheme, as detailed in the 2015/16 annual report published today by AHPRA, representing a growth of 20,000 more health practitioners over the past year.

The 2015/16 annual report...

Research report

30 Oct 2016

Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious health outcomes for Australian women and their children, and its prevention is a recognised national priority.

Burden of disease studies measure the combined impact of living with illness and injury (non-fatal burden) and dying prematurely (fatal...

Research report

24 Oct 2016

The Australian health system records sufficient high quality data in digital form to support consistent and targeted, real-time, personalised healthcare for each Australian. While, at a whole of-population level, Australians enjoy high quality healthcare, our study shows that the acute level of data fragmentation creates...


13 Oct 2016

This report sets out how the government and department are addressing the entirety of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria's recommendations under four areas of emphasis:

Setting the goal that no one is harmed in our hospitals Supporting strong leadership...



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