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NSW is in the process of implementing Australia's health reforms which were agreed in 2010. The most relevant change affecting both the health workforce and the public is the establishment of Local Health Networks which, in NSW, will replace the existing eight Area Health Services. The new 15 LHNs will comprise a single hospital or group of hospitals and other health services that are geographically or functionally linked.
In 2007 the Rudd Labor government was elected on a platform of health reform. In 2008, it formed the National Health and Hospitals Commission to inform its policy decisions; the NHHC reported in early 2009. In March 2010, after coming under pressure for delaying its response, the government announced its proposals for an overhaul of the health system, involving taking control and revenue away from the States and forming small hospital "networks". The plan has not been welcomed by some States.
The Australian government's intervention in the Northern Territory (NT) is the largest whole of government initiative ever undertaken in Australia. The government set up the NT Emergency Response Taskforce to oversee the implementation of the emergency measures aimed at protecting children in Aboriginal communities and normalising services and infrastructure in a sustainable way. Health interventions form a small but important part of the Response, largely centering on child health checks.
The NSW government instituted an inquiry into the public hospital system of NSW. Undertaken by a lawyer, Peter Garling, the report resulted in 139 recommendations. The government has responded by accepting 134 of these.
The new national government in Australia has set aside AUD6 million to fund a National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. The main aim of the Commission is to "develop a long-term health reform plan for a modern Australia". The Commission comprises a Chair, and 10 part-time commissioners who represent a range of experience and perspectives, but are not representatives of any individual stakeholder groups. An interim report will be produced by the end of 2008; a final report by mid-2009.
Despite the fact that all Australian jurisdictions have in place legislation protecting whistleblowers, recent events have demonstrated that there are still barriers to whistleblowing in relation to perceived problems in the health system. Reducing such barriers is an important strategy in quality improvement for the health system, as it increases the transparency of the system's processes for dealing with threats to the quality and safety of health care provision.
The Department of Human Services in Victoria (Australia) has established the Victorian Policy Advisory Committee on Clinical Practice and Technology (VPACT) to consider and make recommendations regarding the application of new and existing technologies and clinical practices in health services such as public hospitals. This includes identifying, prioritising, introducing, evaluating and ongoing monitoring of new and existing technologies and clinical practices.
'beyondblue' is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian federal, state and territory governments. beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces and many other agencies towards raising community awareness about depression and reducing stigma associated with the illness.
Bulk billing by GPs is a major issue in Australian health policy (see previous surveys). Bulk billing means that the GP bills the government directly, receives 85% of the scheduled fee, the patient pays nothing. If the GP does not bulk bill, the patient pays the bill and receives 85% of the scheduled fee. GPs are free to set their fees. Following the conservative win in the election on Oct 9, "Medicare Plus" will be implemented.
Over the past 20 years, government sponsored health compliants mechanisms have emerged in Australia. The development of these bodies illustrates the rising power of health care consumers and concurrent loss of autonomy for health professions. Across Australia, there are important differences between the juisdictions in the way each body has developed and how it carries out its work. Recent events in NSW illustrate the differences between conciliatory and a prosecutorial approaches.