This report from a number of leading health experts recommends major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illnesses from dying between 14 and 23 years earlier than other Australians.
Fact Check: Greg Hunt says nearly 90 per cent of people receive their GP services for free. Is he correct?
Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt claimed that, under the Coalition, more Australians were being bulk-billed by their GP than under Labor. Verdict: Mr Hunt's claim is over-egged.
Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says the cost of visiting your doctor has increased by more than 30 per cent since the Coalition took office. Is he correct?
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese claimed that the cost of visiting the GP had risen 34 per cent under the Coalition. However, this does not account for the many people who receive bulk-billed GP services, or the fact bulk-billing rates have also increased. Verdict: Mr Albanese's...
Advance care directive prevalence among older Australians and associations with person-level predictors and quality indicators
Advance care planning (ACP) and related medical treatment legislation enable individuals to maintain choice and control over their health-care decisions in the event they lose decision-making capacity in the future.The ultimate goal of ACP is that people receive medical care that is consistent with their...
The rapid uptake of telehealth in Australia during the pandemic has been life-changing for many patients. This report is intended to contribute to health system decisions, design, implementation and evaluation of telehealth to maximise the benefits, avoid the pitfalls, and encourage equitable access.
This report finds that many patients are not fully aware of the level of control they are entitled to when it comes to choosing medication. It suggests that pharmacists could play a greater role in the patient care pathway to support patients make choices about...
Characteristics and outcomes associated with carers in Central and Eastern Sydney aged 45 years and over
Care is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. This study looked at a group of more than 30,000 people in the Central and Eastern Sydney region who were recruited to the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study around 2008, and have been followed...
This report gives a unique overview of Australian general practice, while also addressing the impact of COVID-19 on general practice and patients.
This report explores the experiences that patients with chronic conditions have with their health providers, particularly with respect to whether or not GPs and other specialists consistently communicated in a respectful and attentive way.
The specialist referral system is a key operational component of the Australian health system. This briefing argues that moving towards a health service model that places a greater emphasis on the appropriateness of the referral above the profession of the referrer is necessary to bring...