NACCHO Health Survey News : Invite to contribute to the reform of our health system and delivering a Healthier Medicare.

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“The Australian Government is inviting you to contribute to the reform of the health system and delivering a Healthier Medicare.

One of the priority areas is better supporting people with chronic and complex health conditions, including mental health conditions, through primary health care.

This survey has been announced alongside the release of a Discussion Paper by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, to examine options for health reform and provide a report to the Australian Government in late 2015. Your responses to this survey will inform the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and help determine how to best improve the primary health care system.”

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Healthier Medicare

The Healthier Medicare initiative includes three priorities: the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce; the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) and a review of Medicare compliance rules.

The Australian Government wishes to work hand-in-hand with health professionals and patients to deliver a healthier Medicare to ensure Australians continue receiving the high-quality and appropriate care they need as efficiently as possible.

To that end, the Australian Government has developed the ‘Healthier Medicare’ initiative to review three priority areas:

  1. Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce

    Led by Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, the MBS Review Taskforce will consider how services can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and improve health outcomes for patients.

  2. Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG)

    Led by the former Australian Medical Association President, and practising GP, Dr Steve Hambleton. The Advisory Group will investigate options to provide: better care for people with complex and chronic illness; innovative care and funding models; better recognition and treatment of mental health conditions; and greater connection between primary health care and hospital care.

    The Advisory Group is undertaking a comprehensive national consultation process to hear the views and experiences of people living with chronic and complex conditions, and people engaged in the care and management of these patients, across the health system. This will inform the advice that the Advisory Group will provide to Government in late 2015.

    The Public Information Briefing timetable and supporting resources including the Discussion Paper, Consumer document, Background Document and Online Survey can be found in the PHCAG section of this website.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

The Australian Government is inviting you to contribute to the reform of the health system and delivering a Healthier Medicare.

One of the priority areas is better supporting people with chronic and complex health conditions, including mental health conditions, through primary health care.

This survey has been announced alongside the release of a Discussion Paper by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, to examine options for health reform and provide a report to the Australian Government in late 2015. Your responses to this survey will inform the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and help determine how to best improve the primary health care system.

Additional information on Healthier Medicare, the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and this survey are available via the Department of Health website.

Thank you for taking time to participate in this important opportunity to shape Australia’s future health system.

This survey is hosted by ORC International, an independent research company. In the course of this research, ORC International will store data in Australia and the United States on secure servers that comply with Australian Privacy Law.

At any time during the survey, you may select to save your responses to return to at a later time. To do this, click the ‘Save to return later’ button located towards the bottom left of the page. You will be asked to provide an email address, to which a return link will be sent.

Throughout the survey, blue font indicates that a definition is provided. Hover over a phrase in blue to display its definition.

Where comments are requested, please limit each of your responses to 2250 characters or less (approximately 300 words). However, up to 3750 characters (approximately 500 words) can be entered in the final question which provides you with an opportunity to add any additional comments you may have.

For any questions about the hosting of this survey, please email PHCAG_Consult@orc-surveys.com.

Formal feedback should be provided via the Online Survey which will be open from Thursday 6 August to Thursday 3 September.

3.Medicare compliance rules and benchmarks

The Government will also work with clinical leaders, medical organisations and patient representatives to develop clearer Medicare compliance rules and benchmarks. The use of new techniques such as analytics and behavioural economics will provide more information to clinicians to enable them to better manage appropriate practices. As well, more information will be available to patients about fees charged by health professionals so they can make informed choices about their health care.

For further information, please refer to these two media releases:

Abbott Government to deliver a healthier Medicare – 22 April 2015Establishment of expert groups to shape a healthier Medicare – 4 June 2015

NACCHO report from the World Health Care Networks Conference, Cairns

World Health Care Networks Conference,

Cairns 26th to 28th July 2012

From James Lamerton, NACCHO Senior Policy Advisor – Health Reform

It is surprising and disappointing that, at an international conference held here in Australia and focussing on comprehensive primary health care, the role of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) sector was not acknowledged or, in fact, mentioned.

NACCHO Note: “Cultural village “image used to promote conference (see link below)

Australian Medicare Local Alliance chair, Dr Arn Sprogis, explained that that the lack of acknowledgement was not an oversight but was due to the fact that the ACCHS sector’s philosophy of service design and delivery had already been “mainstreamed”, presumably arguing that mainstream service providers, such as Medicare Locals, have already adopted the ACCHS methodology.

However, Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) chair, Dr Emil Djakic, in a simple, eloquent and moving statement which drew sustained applause from conference-goers, distanced AGPN and the organisers of the conference from this view.

He apologised for the glaring oversight and gave an undertaking that future conferences would place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at their centre.

The AML Alliance will host another primary health care conference in Adelaide in November 2012: we wait with interest to see how Aboriginal health and the ACCHS sector fares there. 

BACKGROUND

About the WHCN Conference 2012

Connecting Globally, Achieving Locally

Common health system challenges and an international commitment to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are helping to drive solidarity and cohesion within the global health community – particularly under the auspice of a renewed comprehensive primary health care agenda. World Health Care Networks (WHCN) was created to foster and promote this solidarity and synergism between national and international stakeholders by facilitating and promoting linkages and partnerships.

In achieving this, the WHCN 2012 Conference will act as a platform for you to meet, connect and build prosperous relationships with global health and social care leaders who share a common interest in improving health outcomes for the world’s population, rich and poor.

Specifically, WHCN 2012 will:

  • Connect the leaders who practice in multi-lateral approaches to health service delivery;
  • Share in the knowledge that makes a difference to multi-lateral health service delivery;
  • Promote understanding and the value of networks in enhancing multi-lateral health service deliver.

WHCN is for those who want to engage in a meaningful exchange of ideas and developments in the primary health care sector and to improve the networking capacity of the sector for the benefit of improving health systems both locally and globally.

Clinically-led and organised general practice and primary health care systems are expanding and progressing significantly and effectively re-modelling health services to improve health and system outcomes. In recognising this fundamental shift in health service delivery, the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and General Practice New Zealand (GPNZ) formed WHCN as the international platform for health and social service leaders to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences and in turn develop the international networks that can make a difference to health outcomes.