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In an effort to decrease binge drinking particularly among young people (especially women) the Government has increased the tax on ?alcopops? or ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages from $39.96 to $66.67 per litre of alcohol content.
In April 2008, the new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, convened a summit to develop long-term policy options across 10 critical areas, including health and health care. The Summit brought together 1000 leading Australians to debate potential responses. The health stream developed over 120 separate ideas across the fields of prevention, workforce, inequalities, future challenges and opportunities and health research. This report will highlight some of the big ideas that arose from the summit.
In 2005/06 the Australian government committed AU$43 million to a national screening program for bowel cancer. The target population is individuals turning 55 or 65 years of age plus those previously involved in the pilot program. While funds have been allocated for recruitment and the initial screening test, including the formation of a register, no specific additional funds have been allocated for the follow-up health care required by those who are identified as having a positive screen.
The Public Health Outcome and Funding Agreements (PHOFAs) provide funding from the Australian Government to each of the State and Territory governments for a range of public/population health programs. The first PHOFA commenced in 1997 and the current third round covers the period from 2004 to 2009. This survey reports on the main aims and principles of the PHOFAs as well as a review conducted after the second round.
Since the early 1990s, Australia has witnessed the de-institutionalising of mental health care. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the lack of community support programs, leaving many patients with inadequate levels of care and support. This failure received widespread publicity in late 2005 with the release of a scathing report of the system. This, along with other political factors, galvanised Australian governments to develop a national action plan on mental health.
We previously reported on the establishment of a bowel cancer screening pilot program. Since then the Federal Government has announced that it will phase in a national program with the ultimate aim that by 2008 every Australian will be screened for bowel cancer every two years. The final report of the Bowel Cancer Screening Pilot Program was published in October 2005. It showed favourable outcomes in terms of each of the key research objectives: feasibility, acceptability and cost-effectiveness.
The National Primary Care Collaboratives is a coordinated program of rapid change management to improve service delivery in general practices, especially in the management of chronic and complex conditions, and to spread those improvements beyond the originally participating general practices. Initially it will focus on the prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and also access to GPs, and will involve 600 general practices over three years.
'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.
A national primary care ?collaboratives? program was announced in 2003 (as part of the federal budget) by the Commonwealth Government, to be implemented in four waves between 2004 and 2006. The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program will be a large-scale coordinated program of change management to improve service delivery in primary health care, to meet national objectives and goals, especially in relation to the management of chronic and complex conditions.
The Final Report of the South Australian Generational Health Review, 'Better Choices Better Health', justifies the case for systemic reform of the South Australian (SA) health system. The report's 74 recommendations aim to create a health system which is: focused on population health and health inequalities; primary care based; more accountable; and more capable of effective change.