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The formation of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) and the National Preventative Task Force in 2008, demonstrate a renewed Australian Government commitment to health reform.
The re-focus on prevention, bringing it to the centre of health care has significant implications for...
This article examines issues facing the future health care workforce in Australia in light of factors such as population ageing.
At present, we have very limited ability to compare public health activity across jurisdictions and countries, or even to ascertain differences in what is considered to be a public health activity.
Existing standardised health classifications do not capture important dimensions of public health, which...
This survey sought to describe how government health departments in Australia use specialist health economic advice to inform policy and planning and the mechanisms through which they access this advice.
Government anticipates that health economic analysis will contribute to evidence-based policy development. Early examples...
The International Health Regulations (2005) and the emergence and global spread of infectious diseases have triggered a re-assessment of how rich countries should support capacity development for communicable disease control in low and medium income countries
(LMIC). In LMIC, three types of public health...
In public health, as well as other health education contexts, there is increasing recognition of the transformation in public health practice and the necessity for educational providers to keep pace. This article explores the impact of these changes.
The article looks at the impact...
The need for research to better address health disparities in Indigenous people has been widely recognised. This paper examines past policies and outlines issues for Indigenous health policy in the future.
There is considerate potential for health research to contribute to better health services...
The health sector in Australia faces major challenges including an ageing population, spiralling health care costs, continuing poor Aboriginal health and emerging threats to public health. At the same time, the environment for policy making is becoming increasingly complex. In this context, strong policy capacity...
If the outcomes of the recent COAG meeting are implemented, Australia will have a new set of benchmarks for its health system within a few months. This is a non-trivial task. Choice of benchmarks will, explicitly or implicitly, reflect a framework about how the health...
Withdrawing health resources from existing healthcare practices, procedures, technologies, or pharmaceuticals that are deemed to deliver little or no health gain for their cost is growing as a priority for international health policy. The term disinvestment in health care is gaining prominence internationally. It relates...