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Simulation and scepticism: reflections on road blocks to integrated health care

Croakey recently published this report on an Integrated Care Simulation run by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) in Canberra that invited around 85 health leaders to come together to road test three major potential health policy initiatives: the introduction of bundled care packages for people with chronic diseases a role for private health [...]

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The rural health risks of the transition to Primary Health Networks

The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks is one of the most significant challenges currently facing our health system. The success (or otherwise) of these new primary health care organisations will have far reaching and long term impacts on the health of our community. The outcomes of the PHNs will also be a [...]

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The Health Wrap: Mental Health Week; medical pressure points; standing up for public health

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer reported the federal government saying it was committed to having the Primary Health Networks up and running by 1 [...]

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Primary Health Networks – an opportunity for the AMA to make some money, expand its influence?

Now that some details about the 30 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been released, it might be timely to see some serious analysis of who are the winners and the losers amid the considerable upheaval and waste involved in shifting from Medicare Locals to PHNs.  That is one warts-and-all analysis I would very much like [...]

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A call to make better use of nurses in the primary healthcare workforce

With tenders for the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs) due to be called before too long, there is considerable speculation and uncertainty about how the new organisations will shape up. Nurses must have a central role in these new primary healthcare teams, says Kathy Bell, CEO of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).  **** [...]

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AHCRA Communique highlights the role of primary health care

In mid-July thirty-seven member organisations of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) came together from around Australia for the National Health Reform Summit to assess the key needs and issues in the Australian health system. Sixty participants were challenged and informed by a range of stimulating speakers from diverse organisations and perspectives. At the [...]

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Closed for business…

(This post was updated on July 3, 4 and 20 – see bottom of post) Today marks the end of an era, for many organisations, their employees and those who have relied upon or been part of their work. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency *** The COAG Reform Council The final statement from John [...]

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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Primary health care – still fighting the good fight.

Many thanks to Jason Trethowan, CEO of Barwon Medicare Local for this eye-witness account of the impending move from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks. There has been much discussion about the future of Medicare Locals and what the federal government is recommending for the 24 new Primary Health Networks (PHNs). This week in Canberra, [...]

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Look what’s missing from the latest round of primary health care reforms

In the wake of the explosion that was the Federal Budget, plenty of details have gone missing in action and may take time to surface. In the article below, health policy consultant Dr Sharon Willcox identifies some of the details that are missing from planned primary health care reforms, and also highlights some contradictions in [...]

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