Healthcare access and equity
Inequality of pandemic proportions: State and pharma failures not to be repeated
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fourth year, this report identifies four key lessons from the failure of States and pharmaceutical companies to comply with their human rights obligations and responsibilities to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.
Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report
This report outlines a vision for Australia’s primary care system of the future. The report recommends significant changes to how primary care is funded and delivered to enable high quality, integrated and person-centred care for all Australians.
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.
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.
Hygiene poverty in Australian schools: the hidden crisis
Hygiene poverty is emerging as a significant crisis, not just for low-income countries, but also high-income OECD countries - in the wake of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report was commissioned with the goal of informing further discussion about the needs of those...
Health service approaches to providing care for people who seek treatment for obesity: identifying challenges and ways forward
This paper aims to identify challenges in current health service approaches to providing optimal care for people who seek treatment for obesity in Australia.
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...
Youth Engagement Evaluation Framework
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) commissioned the Centre for Program Evaluation to develop common measures for youth engagement, drawing from five health promotion projects as case examples in 2020.
Every life is worth the same: the case for equal treatment
This report uses the case of 'Pharmac' to show how the prescribed remedies depart from the principle of equal treatment for equal need, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Evolution of racism and anti-racism lessons for the Aotearoa New Zealand health system
The purpose of this literature review is to trace the evolution of the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of racism and anti-racism for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Preconception health and care: policy brief
Good health prior to pregnancy leads to better birth outcomes, improves the short- and long-term health of children and families and can reduce health inequities. Preconception care (PCC) involves the provision of counselling and education about the changes people can make to their health and...
Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework: baseline indicator data for Australians aged 18-64 years
Highlighting gaps and limitations in national data related to people with disability, this report presents the first national data using the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and Indicators developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Health in the climate emergency: a global perspective
Climate change is a global health emergency. In this report, the InterAcademy Partnership reaffirms the top priority must be to stabilise the climate and accelerate efforts to limit carbon emissions as soon as possible, with the aim of attaining the agreed target of a zero-carbon...
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.
Close the gap - transforming power: voices for generational change
This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors
This study aimed to quantify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare 'health check' claims in Australian adults, in relation to socio-demographic and health characteristics, including prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors.
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.
Rural, regional and remote roundtable on health service access report
A specialised roundtable discussion with rural health consumers, facilitated in December 2021 by the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), has resulted in a number of recommendations to help address gaps in accessing health services in rural, regional and remote...
Health and independence report 2020
This report presents an overview of the state of public health in New Zealand covering the period to December 2020 and includes a section on the impacts of COVID-19.
National preventive health strategy 2021-2030
This release of this strategy document presents an opportunity for Australia to build a sustainable prevention system for the future – building on previous success and momentum, addressing the increasing burden of disease, reducing health inequity and increasing preparedness for emerging health threats.
Improving access to specialist outpatient services
This audit report finds that by implementing the Specialist Outpatient Strategy, Queensland Health has improved patient access to specialist outpatient services and addressed the backlog of long waits at a point in time.
Sector strengthening plan: health
This Health Sector Strengthening Plan (Health-SSP) is offered as a resource to be used over the next three years to prioritise, partner and negotiate beneficial sector-strengthening strategies. The long-term objective of the Health-SSP is to build a strong community-controlled sector.
Australian COVID-19 policy responses: a health equity report card
This report assesses the health equity implications of federal, state and territory government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across housing, employment and income support.
Shot of hope: Australia’s role in vaccinating the world against COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone. Through seven key recommendations, this report makes the case for an ambitious, expansive and intelligent investment to vaccinate the world.