National Primary Health Care Strategy

The Primary Health Care Strategy has been released. The Key Priority Areas are: 1. improving access and reducing inequity; 2. better management of chronic conditions; 3. increasing the focus on prevention; 4. improving quality, safety, performance and accountability. Central to achieving this are: patient-centred focus eHealth system and well educated and distributed workforce The issues…

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National health reform

The Prime Minister officially launched the report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission at the Australian National University on Monday 27 July 2009. The full report is available online on the NHHRC website. The report contains three main reform goals: Tackling major access and equity issues that affect health outcomes for people now…

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Melton Health

Staff from HCCA were very impressed following a tour of the Melton Health Centre on the north west fringe of Melbourne last Wednesday (15 July). Melton Health is one of the sites of Djerriwarrh Health Services. Melton Health represents a new benchmark for Integrated Primary Health Centres that are proposed in the ACT and also…

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Patient Centredness

A new essay by Don Berwick on the role of patient centredness as a dimension of quality in healthcare was published yesterday in the journal Health Affairs. Abstract:“Patient-centeredness” is a dimension of health care quality in its own right, not just because of its connection with other desired aims, like safety and effectiveness. Its proper…

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