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Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2022
The early sections of this report present information about the social and cultural context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, social determinants, the structure of the population, and measures of population health including births, deaths and hospitalisations. The remaining sections consist of selected health...
Healthcare system transformation and the journey towards inclusive care
Healthcare systems in Australia and around the world are struggling with the same issues: service access and demand, workforce shortages and staff burnout to name a few. This report argues that new approaches to healthcare challenges are needed because historic methods are unlikely to be...
The unlucky country: life expectancy and health in regional and remote Australia
This report highlights growing health inequality between city and country New South Wales. Those in the state’s far west are twice as likely to die prematurely as their Sydney counterparts, and their deaths are two and a half times more likely to be potentially avoidable.
Reform critical: a fragmented health system at breaking point
Australia and New South Wales have the foundations of a great health system, with a highly professionalised workforce and principles of universality underpinning the efficient and effective delivery of health care. The authors of this report argue that those foundations are starting to crack, with...
The safety of anaesthesia delivered by rural generalist anaesthetists: a scoping review of the literature
Rural generalist anaesthetists (RGAs) are central to the delivery of health care in much of rural and remote Australia. This article details a systematic review of the literature specifically asking the question, ‘what is the current evidence of the 'safety' of anaesthesia delivered by RGAs?’
Post-implementation review of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement
This review report provides an overview of the context in which Community Pharmacy Agreements have developed over time and an analysis of the impacts of specific changes made by the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement in respect of pharmacy remuneration, wholesale supply and distribution arrangements, and...
A roadmap towards scalable value-based payments in Australian healthcare
The author of this paper argues that embedding value-based payment models into the Australian healthcare system must travel down a digital road, while maintaining clinical safety and promoting health equity.
Geographic variation in suicide risk and service delivery to Indigenous Australians
This report identifies regions (using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Indigenous Regions) in which suicide prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is likely to be relatively challenging compared with other regions.
Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities
Mangai Balasegaram, Allison Choe, Mélanie Gréaux, Juliet Milgate, Maria Francesca Moro, Deepa Palaniappan, Amy Russell, Emre Umucu, Bente Mikkelsen, Ren Minghui, Renu Addlakha, Anthony Danso-Appiah, Alessandra Aresu, Jerome Bickenbach, Alexandre Bloxs, Marieke Boersma, Jarrod Clyne, Sarah Collinson, Julian Eaton, Danny Haddad, Dominic Haslam, Xiangyang Hu, Lisa Iezzoni, Anne Kavanagh, Gloria Krahn, Hannah Kuper, Vivian Lin, Caitlin Littleton, Amanda McRae, Manel Mhiri, Sophie Mitra, Sagit Mor, Susan L. Parish, Andrea Pregel, Susannah Rodgers, Dikaios Sakellariou, Michael Schwinger, Ashley Shew, Shahin Soltani, Leslie Swartz, Bonnielin Swenor, Alberto Vásquez Encalada, Martine Abel Williamson, Sandra Willis
Substantial progress has been made in many countries. However, the world is still far from realising the right to the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities. This report brings health equity for persons with disabilities to the attention of decision-makers in the...
Shining a light: radiotherapy cancer treatment in Australia
This white paper highlights the most significant obstacles to accessing radiotherapy cancer care in Australia including access, awareness, and financial burden; and provides three evidence-based recommendations to improve utilisation of radiotherapy and health outcomes for Australians living with cancer.
Australia’s medical workforce: maldistributed and lately never enough
This paper covers the spread of, and interactions within, the medical workforce in recent decades. It does this in order to illustrate the way in which a bias towards hospital and specialist care has occurred.
Consultation paper: development of the National health literacy strategy
This paper describes a draft framework that will form the building blocks for the 'National health literacy strategy'. This framework has been developed based on feedback gathered through consultations with a diverse range of stakeholders and consumers, and reviews of national and international evidence of...
Canadian health care’s digital future: voices of key leaders
This paper argues that collaboration is critical to advancing digital health in Canada. The problem is not one of technology - it is rather one of working collaboratively to get the right policy frameworks, incentives and governance in place to enable health data sharing and...
Traditional Human Immunodeficiency Virus treatment and family and social influence as barriers to accessing HIV care services in Belu, Indonesia
Access to HIV care services, including antiretroviral therapy (ART), is essential for improving health outcomes of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and reducing HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths. As a part of a qualitative study in Belu, this paper describes the use of traditional medicines...
Post-migration stressors and mental health for African migrants in South Australia: a qualitative study
We conducted a qualitative study involving African migrants (n = 20) and service providers (n = 10) in South Australia to explore mental health stressors, access to mental health services and how to improve mental health services for African migrant populations. This paper presents the...
City health and liveability: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts
Papers in this track bring together academics, tertiary students, policymakers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to explore how our cities are impacting health behaviours, risk factors and outcomes, and how cities can be more resilient and equitable in the decades ahead.
Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region
Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
Health policy and equity
Good health is not guaranteed for all Australians. The authors of this paper argue that policy must address issues of access and appropriate care so no one is left behind.
Provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians: interim report
This interim inquiry report recommends that the Australian government further investigates the provision and distribution of general practitioners in rural and regional Australia, and that the Department of Health should develop benchmarks for the optimal distribution of primary health professionals.
Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2021
This publication aims to provide a comprehensive outline of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Access to and delivery of general practice services: a study of patients at practices using digital and online tools
This briefing examined data from 146 GP practices in England using the askmyGP online consultation system between 1 March 2019 and 30 September 2021. The analysis shows that patients often choose remote over face-to-face consultations and that GP practices can mitigate the risk of digital...
Building public understanding of health and health inequalities
This report explores reasons behind current public attitudes towards health and inequalities in health outcomes in the United Kingdom, drawing on polling and public attitudes research by the Health Foundation and others.
“I have to ask to be included…”
This document reports on survey and focus group research conducted by Women’s Health Matters in 2021 and makes recommendations towards improving the health and wellbeing of women with disabilities in the ACT.
The voice of Australian health consumers
This survey report outlines what Australian consumers think about their health system’s performance before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state of health and care 2022
In this report, the authors propose policies designed to better live with COVID-19, to help build back better, and to help prepare for the future.