A health system that assists individuals to be healthy and delivers compassionate and quality health care to all.
- Health care is a right and should be available on the basis of need not the ability to pay.
- All should have access, in a timely manner, to services that maintain and support health and offer quality health care to those in need.
- Revenue from taxation should be used to fund health care services that provide equity of access and outcomes.
Primary Health Care top
- Modern health care systems should be designed to optimise the utilisation of health promotion and preventive strategies and those that allow early diagnosis and treatment to minimise the development of chronic disease.
- Health care systems should provide support so that individuals and can optimise their own health.
Community Engagement top
- Health care systems must be built on a partnership between the Australia Community and consumers.
- Health care policy must be grounded in and measured against community values; and changes to the health care system must be derived from the Australian community to ensure that they are informed and ready to embrace change.
Equitable Outcomes top
- Inequity and injustice in the delivery of health care are undermining Australia as a nation and must be reversed.
- The appalling health status of Australia’s Indigenous community must be addressed urgently
- An equitable health care system will ensure that those with special needs, including, for example, people with disabilities and those whose access to healthcare is restricted by cultural, linguistic or geographic factors enjoy health outcomes equivalent to that of the general community.
- Social determinants (from poverty to the state of the environment) impact on the health of an individual or community. Investment to address these determinants must be built into Australia’s planning for healthcare
- Australia must have a policy that extends beyond ‘self sufficiency’ to see us not only capable of training the health professionals needed to care for our community but also able to contribute to the health of our region of the world.
- Health workforce planning should result in the development of professionals who can provide quality services in a culturally sensitive manner to cater for the diversity that characterises modern Australia.
- Health care reform must remove the jurisdictional inefficiencies associated with the divided health care responsibilities of our State and Federal governments.
- Health care, should be based on the best available evidence and delivered by the most appropriately skilled health professional.