This interim report contains the proposed reform directions as recommended by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, the body established in February 2008 to develop a long-term health reform plan for a modern Australia.
The report proposes 116 reform directions across the spectrum of health service delivery from a healthy start to life to end of life care – covering a range of issues including governance of the health system, primary health care, prevention, Indigenous health, hospitals, aged care, workforce, mental health, and rural health.
The report presents the Commission’s reform agenda under four themes, which are:
• Taking responsibility: individual and collective action to build good health and wellbeing – by people, families, communities, health professionals, employers and governments;
• Connecting care: comprehensive care for people over their lifetime;
• Facing inequities: recognise and tackle the causes and impacts of health inequities; and
• Driving quality performance: better use of people, resources, and evolving knowledge.