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World Congress on Public Health

AHCRA Executive Member Bruce Simmons recently attended and gave these two presentations at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.
 
See his presentations below:
 

 

BETTER WAYS TO SPEND THE $7 BILLION

INDEPENDENT HEALTH BODY – 9th May 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today called on the Government to re-direct funding in the upcoming Budget from the $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate to establish an independent health body to oversee the future of the Australian health system.

INDIGENOUS HEALTH – 8th May 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today called on the Government to re-direct funding in the upcoming Budget from the $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REBATE – 7 May 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance today called on the Government to re-direct funding from the inefficient and inequitable private health insurance (PHI) rebate to increase access to medical specialists in the public system and to improve fee transparency in the private sector.

DENTAL HEALTH CARE – 6th May 2017

The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance today called on the Government to re-direct funding in the Federal Budget 2017/18 from the inefficient and inequitable $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate into dental services, in order to improve the oral health and well-being of all Australians.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REBATE – PREVENTIVE AND POPULATION HEALTH – 5th May 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance today called on the Government to re-direct funding from the inefficient and inequitable private health insurance (PHI) rebate to strengthen preventive and population health efforts in the Australian health system.

MENTAL HEALTH – 4th May 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today called on the Government to re-direct funding in the upcoming Budget from the $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate to increase services for people with mental illnesses.

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE – May 3rd 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance today called on the Government to re-direct funding from the inefficient and inequitable $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate to key areas of primary health care in the Federal Budget 2017/18.

Better Ways To Spend $7 Billion – May 2nd 2017

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today called on the Government to re-direct funding for the $7 billion private health insurance (PHI) rebate in the upcoming Budget to address key areas of inequity and under-performance.

 

Jennifer Doggett new Chair of Australian Health Care Reform Alliance

The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today announced the appointment of its new Chair, Jennifer Doggett, replacing Tony McBride who has stood down after six years at the helm.

Read more here

 

#keepdentalcentral Social Media Campaign

To highlight the importance of dental services and the need for the Commonwealth Government to take a leadership role in this area, AHCRA is running a social media campaign using the hashtag #keepdentalcentral.

Please support this campaign through sharing and re-tweeting and joining the shared advocacy strategies to improve access to dental care in our community.

For more information about the current state of dental health policy in Australia, check the website of the National Oral Health Alliance (and if not already a member consider joining this important group).

The following article, outlining AHCRA’s rationale for this campaign was recently posted at the health blog

Read more here

 

ABOUT AHCRA

The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) is a coalition of peak health groups working towards a better health system for Australia’s future.

Australia’s health system has developed over several generations and no longer meets the needs of our urban and rural communities. Many Australians are missing out on the care they need or not receiving the best possible care for their condition. There is a growing gap in health and the provision of care which is undermining the fairness of our society.
Australia needs to make major changes to its healthcare system to make it better and fairer for all. With an ageing population and increasing demand for appropriate care, we need to ensure that every dollar we spend on health care delivers maximum value. We also need to make sure that our health system reflects the values of our community.

AHCRA is working to find solutions to optimise our health system, and to overcome identified deficiencies including:

  • poor access to care for many Australians especially rural and remote populations
  • consumer frustration and difficulties in navigating an overly complex system
  • the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australiansincreasing out-of-pocket costs for services
  • poor distribution and some shortages in doctors, nurses and other health professionals
  • unfulfilled demands for better mental and dental care
  • an insufficient focus on prevention and primary care
  • inefficiencies caused by the current State/ Commonwealth funding structure.

The Federal Government continues to modify health care policies that threaten universal health care including making significant changes to the ways in which health care is funded and delivered. While many of these changes recognise existing problems, they are being made in the absence of a coherent national policy commitment. AHCRA believes significant gaps and system flaws remain that have not been adequately addressed.   AHCRA continues to advocate for these issues to be confronted and to influence the effective implementation of equitable measures that deliver a healthy nation.

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