Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme Policy: State of Play in 2011 and Future Issues

On Wednesday 19 October I attended the presentation given by  Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom at the University of Canberra along with Russell McGowan, Olivia Macdonald and Denis Strangman (ACT Cancer Services Consumer Reference Group). Professor Sansom’s presentation included a brief history from when the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme PBS began, covering the period 1944 to the present.  In 1946 legislation was amended…

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The Great Healthcare Challenge 2011: Achieving Patient-Centred Outcomes

Karen Jameson attended this 3-day conference which was held at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne from 11-14 October.  The event was sponsored by the Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care (AAQHC), the AustralianCouncil on Healthcare Standards, the Australian Healthcare and HospitalsAssociation and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators(RACMA). The conference brought together an…

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End of Life Care

Jeanne Arthur, HCCA consumer rep, attended an End of Life Care workshop in Sydney on 19 October, presented by Les Storey, FRCN, FHEA, RN, MScm. Les Storey, who is from the UK, has extensive qualifications and experience in the development of strategies for end of life care.  His presentation included information about the National End…

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Elective Surgery Report Card released

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has released a new ACT Surgery Report Card as part of her ongoing commitment to open government and increased transparency. The report card is attached for your information and reference. The ACT Government has made significant progress on elective surgery, with more people than ever having operations, reduced waiting times and fewer people on…

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