NDIS Criterion
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Leadership, Politics

Health Sector Must Seize Reform Opportunity


Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 10:27 am
Ellie Cooper, Journalist
Ongoing Commonwealth Government processes to reform the Federation and the tax system must be used to improve Australia’s health system, according to sector leaders at a recent Think Tank on Sustainable Funding of Public Hospitals in Brisbane.

Thursday, 24th September 2015
at 10:27 am
Ellie Cooper, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Health Sector Must Seize Reform Opportunity
Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 10:27 am

Ongoing Commonwealth Government processes to reform the Federation and the tax system must be used to improve Australia’s health system, according to sector leaders at a recent Think Tank on Sustainable Funding of Public Hospitals in Brisbane.

“In an environment of fiscal restraint and ever present demand for hospital services there is widespread recognition of the importance of better integrated care across sectors in the health system,” AHHA Senior Research Leader, Dr Linc Thurecht, said in a conference communique.

“The Reform of the Federation process provides a rare opportunity to re-examine how patient care is provided across all points of contact within the health system.”

The Think Tank organised by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association brought together more than 100 health leaders to discuss ways to ensure the durability and sustainability of funding for public hospitals in the future.

“While the need to increase funding to the health sector has been telegraphed to the community in the context of an ageing population, increased community expectations and the ever increasing costs of new medical technology, there remains still the opportunity to achieve more with what we already have,” Dr Thurecht said.

“Ensuring value with healthcare, providing integrated care across the patient journey funded by regionally based bodies as a single fund holder, is an effective way to realise these goals.”

One of the major topics discussed at the Think Tank was the need to coordinate care across health sectors, providing value in healthcare, regional commissioning of integrated and patient-centred healthcare and the necessity of ensuring whichever tier of government was given responsibility for health services was able to provide durable, sustainable funding.

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven welcomed the discussion at the Think Tank as a step forward in helping the health sector adapt to current challenges including an ageing population and a growing burden of chronic and complex disease.

“Governments and health administrators grappling with budget challenges must seize the opportunity to reform financing and payment models to ensure Australians continue to receive high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare,” Verhoeven said.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and Not for Profit hospitals and  community and primary healthcare services.

To read the Communique on Sustainable Funding for Public Hospitals, click here.


Ellie Cooper  |  Journalist |  @ProBonoNews

Ellie Cooper is a journalist covering the social sector.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

...


More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

State Asthma Foundations Merge to Form National Health Charity

Wendy Williams

Monday, 16th October 2017 at 12:19 pm

Have You Been Commodified?

David Crosbie

Thursday, 12th October 2017 at 8:36 am

Study Reveals Wastage and Pressure on Australia’s Grants Industry

Lina Caneva

Friday, 28th July 2017 at 5:01 pm

Collaboration the Key to Community Volunteering Success

Jayne Mayer Tucker

Tuesday, 18th July 2017 at 8:48 am

POPULAR

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Donors Looking for a Personalised Experience to Give More – Study

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 8th November 2017 at 1:43 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


NDIS Criterion
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!