Topic archives: health policy

New international project to support evidence in practice and policy

New international project to support evidence in practice and policy

November 22, 2011

DECIDE is a new international collaborative research project for developing and evaluating strategies for communicating evidence-based recommendations and policy briefs. In the article below, one of the researchers involved in the project, Andy Oxman from the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, provides an overview of DECIDE. *** Helping inform patients, clinicians and policymakers […]

Tackling the health issues left in the “too hard” basket: what can we learn from the US?

July 29, 2011 2

Public health policy consultant Margo Saunders has taken a look at some recent reports from the US Institute of Medicine, and considers some possible lessons for Australia. Margo Saunders writes: While progress on so many health issues in Australia seems to be frustratingly slow, the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) is charging head with a […]

Evidence into policy: what works?

July 25, 2011

In Sydney tomorrow, Gary Banks, chairman of the Productivity Commission, is due to officially launch the Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research. Professor Sally Redman, the chief investigator of the Centre, explains below what it aims to do. *** Building an evidence base for informed health policy Professor Sally Redman writes: […]

Beyond the private heath insurance industry spin

May 5, 2011 11

The private health insurance lobby received pretty much the sort of headlines (see here and here) it must have been seeking when it released research sounding the alarm about the impact of means testing of the private health insurance rebate – with the notable exception of Sue Dunlevy’s story in The Australian. Health policy analyst […]

Is it time to rethink travel assistance for patients in rural, regional and remote areas?

March 25, 2011 1

It’s not a sexy issue and it struggles to grab the headlines but it’s one that never seems to go away as a major issue of concern for patients from rural, remote and regional areas: the inadequacy of schemes meant to help finance their travel for healthcare. More than three years ago, a Senate Community […]

Why doesn’t the NSW Opposition want us to know its plans for the health portfolio?

February 24, 2011 4

There wasn’t much visionary talk about health policy in the NSW election debate today between Premier Kristina Keneally and Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell. We didn’t get much beyond the usual auctioneering calls on hospital bed numbers. Unfortunately, most of us are unlikely to learn more from an event to be held in Sydney tonight that […]

Documenting the hidden health reports: latest update to Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents

Documenting the hidden health reports: latest update to Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents

February 3, 2011 2

The Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents (CRUD) was first launched in April 2009 with the goal of recording “the details of evaluations, plans, reviews and other such documents that should be released (whether by governments or other commissioning bodies), in the interests of promoting better informed policy, practice and debate”. Thanks to Daniel Vujcich for […]

Health policy: who is on the best-read list?

December 22, 2010

Australian Policy Online has just published a list of its five most read reports and commentary pieces in the health area for 2010. 1. Primary health care reform in Australia Department of Health and Ageing 2. Black Saturday: the immediate impact of the February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia Peter A. Cameron, and others | […]

How to save billions in health costs AND improve the community’s health

October 14, 2010 3

Australia could save billions of dollars on medicines by using cheap generic products, and these savings could be ploughed into prevention interventions that would make a huge difference to the community’s health. That’s the message that will be put to Department of Health and Ageing staff and other senior health policy types at a meeting […]

A call to health policy researchers: have you examples of government gags?

October 2, 2010 7

(PostScript: Croakey is taking a week’s leave. See you around Oct 11 or so…) A recent Croakey post reported on moves by the Canadian Government to stifle scientific contributions to public debate. Daniel Vujcich, a University of Western Australia graduate who is currently on a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, is investigating the […]

Where was health in the ‘great’ debate? At least some of the audience were left wondering…

July 25, 2010 3

The previous Croakey post noted the glaring absence of health from the election campaign. If voters are hanging on health policy discussion to determine how they swing, tonight’s non-debate offers no help. The leaders and their questioners were seemingly uninterested in discussing health in any substantive way. Does this matter? Given the standard of policy […]

Problems with media coverage of health policy…and some suggested solutions

June 29, 2010 4

Health policy, let’s be honest, is a turn off for most media managers and editors. Given a choice between a cancer breakthrough (even if it is only in rats) and a change to how health services are delivered or financed, you know which one will get the splash. Who can blame them, really. Health policy […]

Mega-wrap of latest news in media and health (part 1)

May 31, 2010 1

How could the quality of health reporting be lifted? Here are some suggestions from recent initiatives and articles, in the first part of a mega-wrap covering media and health-related issues. It can’t be a coincidence that so many of these come from the US, can it? • A US hospital has given a journalist free […]

Some more pieces in the swine flu puzzle, but the overall picture is still lacking

January 18, 2010 7

Some more pieces in the swine flu puzzle appear in today’s edition of the Medical Journal of Australia (some of the articles were previously rapid online publications). When you put them together, the impression is that there are many more pieces still missing. The overall pandemic picture is incomplete, highlighting many gaps in knowledge – […]

Hospital management is too important to leave to medicos

November 2, 2009 4

A call for hospital management to return to arrangements of the past has drawn fire from former senior health service manager Michael Moodie and health economist Professor Gavin Mooney. They write: “John Graham’s suggestion for saving NSW hospitals, as outlined in his recent Centre for Independent Studies monologue, dreams of hospitals managing their own affairs […]

Has our response to swine flu gone over the top? Maybe, maybe not…

June 25, 2009 3

Given the relative mildness of swine flu, has Australia’s response been appropriate? It’s a worthy question that will, no doubt, be debated for some time. In the journal Rural and Remote Health, Dr Alexander Hamilton, a senior resident medical officer at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, puts forward one view. While many believe the response […]

Lesley Russell: How the bean counters beat the policy wonks

May 18, 2009

Dr Lesley Russell, of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, has been analysing what the budget means for health policy and finds it lacking: The exigencies of the global financial crisis and its consequences always meant that the 2009-10 budget was going to be more about targeted new spending and lots of budget cuts in […]

Stephen Leeder calls for some clarity in the private health insurance muddle

May 15, 2009

I’ve been struck by how public debate has framed changes to the private health insurance rebate as “an attack on middle class welfare”. This distracts attention from the arguably more important issue that PHI is considered by many to be an inefficient, inequitable way of funding health care. It also seems to undermine community understanding […]

Hearing one thing, but doing another?

May 13, 2009

Questions are being asked about whether there is a pattern of inconsistency emerging. First we have evidence, as per the previous post, that the Government is planning something quite different for the National Preventive Health Agency than what the experts have recommended for it. Now compare and contrast the following two statements – the first […]

The hidden nasties in the health budget

May 13, 2009

A well-placed anonymous source has identified some cutbacks in critical areas which, strangely enough, the Budget press releases are not spruiking. The source also raises some pertinent issues about the future of the National Preventive Health Agency. The source writes: “I think Yvonne Luxford may be wrong  in her comment, on Croakey, that “the much […]