Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: Five years of performance – final report of the COAG Reform Council – 11 June 2014

Posted on June 12, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: Five years of performance – final report of the COAG Reform Council – 11 June 2014

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Healthcare 2010–11: Comparing performance across Australia – COAG Reform Council – released 14 June 2012

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Healthcare 2010–11: Comparing performance across Australia  – COAG Reform Council – 14 June 2012

Media release: Inequality still plagues Australian health system

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COAG Meeting – 13 April 2012, Canberra

Posted on April 18, 2012. Filed under: Disability, Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

COAG Meeting – 13 April 2012, Canberra

“COAG held its 32nd meeting in Canberra on 13 April 2012. 2012 marks 20 years since COAG first met in December 1992. The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association attended the meeting.”

The Communiqué is available on the Meetings Outcomes page.

National Health Reform Agreement

“COAG has agreed, out-of-session in August 2011, the National Health Reform Agreement which will deliver major reforms to the organisation, funding and delivery of health and aged care.

The Agreement sets out the shared intention of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to work in partnership to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure the sustainability of the Australian health system.

The reforms will achieve better access to services, improved local accountability and transparency, greater responsiveness to local communities and provide a stronger financial basis for our health system into the future through increased Commonwealth funding. This new agreement gives effect to the commitment made by COAG on 13 February 2011, and in doing so, supersedes the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement and the Heads of Agreement on National Health Reform.

Under the National Health Reform Agreement, the Commonwealth is providing an extra $16.4 billion, through to 2019-20, for public hospitals.”

National Health Reform Agreement – PDF 1.1MB

“COAG has also agreed to a new National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services, as well as amendments to the National Healthcare Agreement and the Intergovernmental Agreement of Federal Financial Relations”

National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services – PDF 1MB

Expert Panel Report – PDF 2.5MB

National Healthcare Agreement – PDF 355KB

Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations – PDF 181KB

“This announcement builds on a number of significant investments in Australia’s public hospital system by the Commonwealth Government.”

Brief Summary of Cth investments in public hospitals – PDF 172KB

A media release is available from the Prime Minister’s website: http://www.pm.gov.au

COAG Communiqué: 13 April 2012 – DOC 74KB | PDF 124KB

Attachment A: High-level Principles for a National Disability Insurance Scheme – DOC 144KB | PDF 66KB

Attachment B: Progress Report: Building a National Disability Insurance Scheme – DOC 82KB | PDF 95KB

Attachment C: Projects under the National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform – DOC 50KB | PDF 79KB

Mental Health Reform

National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform – PDF 8.89MB

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2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report Supplement to Australian Government Expenditure by State and Territory – Productivity Commission – 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics | Tags: , |

 

2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report Supplement to Australian Government Expenditure by State and Territory – Productivity Commission – 2011

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

 

“This supplement extends the methods and data used in the Indigenous Expenditure Report to estimate Australian Government ‘own purpose’ expenditure on services to Indigenous Australians by state and territory.

 

The first Indigenous Expenditure Report — commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments and developed under the auspice of the Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations — was publicly released on 28 February 2011. It provided, for the first time, comprehensive and comparable information on expenditure by the Australian, State and Territory Governments on both Indigenous specific services and the estimated Indigenous share of mainstream services. However, at the time of its publication, it was not possible to allocate Australian Government direct expenditure to individual states and territories. This  supplement provides that allocation, and thus also enables the estimation of the total government resources committed in each state and territory.”

 

 

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National Health Reform Progress and Delivery – 7 September 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Nat Hlth & Hosps Reform Comm | Tags: |

National Health Reform Progress and Delivery – 7 September 2011

ISBN: 978-1-74241-546-8
Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-547-5

“This publication provides stakeholders in the reform process with an outline of the measures to be implemented under the National Health Reform Agreement and a set of Council of Australian Governments reform initiatives. It outlines implementation progress and stakeholder engagement undertaken on health reform measures since April 2010 and details the next steps in the process. High-level implementation plans with major milestones and  timelines are included for each of the major areas of work across the eight streams.”

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National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines: Performance report for April 2010–March 2011 – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines: Performance report for April 2010–March 2011 – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

“This is the council’s second report on the National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines. The council has assessed the performance of all States and Territories against four benchmarks based on maintaining, and, where possible, improving immunisation coverage rates.

This report was submitted to COAG on 10 August 2011, and publicly released on 6 September 2011.”

Executive summary –  PDF 108KB
Full report – PDF 498KB

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National Partnership Agreement on the Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan: Period 3 assessment report – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: , |

National Partnership Agreement on the Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan: Period 3 assessment report – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

“Under the National Partnership on the Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan, each State and Territory has agreed targets for the number of elective surgery volume admissions over three reporting periods.

States and Territories are eligible for reward payments made by the Commonwealth if they meet their targets. The council’s role is to provide the Commonwealth with an independent assessment of the achievement of the agreed targets.

This is the council’s third and final report on the National Partnership on the Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan.

This report was submitted to COAG on 8 August 2011, and publicly released on 6 September 2011.”

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National Healthcare Agreement: Performance report for 2009–10 – COAG – 8 June 2011

Posted on June 15, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: |

National Healthcare Agreement: Performance report for 2009–10 – COAG – 8 June 2011

“This is the council’s second year report on the National Healthcare Agreement, reporting progress against the objectives and outcomes compared to the baseline data summarised in the 2008–09 report on performance.

This report was submitted to COAG on 29 April 2011, and publicly released on 8 June 2011.”

Council of Australian Governments

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COAG Communiqué on National Health Reform – 13 February 2011

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Systems Improvement, Nat Hlth & Hosps Reform Comm | Tags: , , , , |

COAG Communiqué

COAG Communiqué: 13 February 2011 – Doc 765KB | PDF 125KB

Communiqué: 13 February 2011 Attachment – PDF 3.4MB

My Hospitals website

Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks – Boundaries

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COAG Reform Council – performance reports – 4 June 2010

Posted on June 4, 2010. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

COAG Reform Council Reports

“The COAG Reform Council reports to COAG on:

  • the performance of the Commonwealth and the States and Territories in achieving the outcomes and performance benchmarks specified in National Agreements
  • whether predetermined performance benchmarks have been achieved under National Partnerships “
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Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – a Council of Australian Governments initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments

Posted on May 21, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – a Council of Australian Governments initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments

“The Clearinghouse provides access to a collection of quality information on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. This will provide policy makers and program managers with an evidence base for achieving the Closing the Gap targets and related Indigenous reforms. Indigenous Australians will benefit through the delivery of policies and services which address Indigenous disadvantage more effectively.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to six targets in the areas of health, education and employment for Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.”

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Health reform – Council of Australian Governments Meeting – 19 and 20 April 2010, Canberra

Posted on April 21, 2010. Filed under: Nat Hlth & Hosps Reform Comm | Tags: , |

Council of Australian Governments Meeting – 19 and 20 April 2010, Canberra

“COAG Communiqué – Preamble

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) concluded its 29th meeting in Canberra today. …

COAG, with the exception of Western Australia, reached an historic agreement on health and hospitals reform – the establishment of a National Health and Hospitals Network. This represents the most significant reform to Australia’s health and hospitals system since the introduction of Medicare, and one of the largest reforms to service delivery in the history of the Federation. These reforms will deliver better health and hospitals by:”

…continues

Full COAG Communiqué -19 & 20 April – PDF 215KB

Related Documents

National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement

On 20 April 2010, COAG agreed, with the exception of Western Australia, to sign the following National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement.

National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement  PDF 406KB “

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Closing the Gap: Clearinghouse for evidence-based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

Closing the Gap:  Clearinghouse for evidence-based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians

“The Clearinghouse provides access to a collection of quality information on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. This will provide policy makers and program managers with an evidence base for achieving the Closing the Gap targets and related Indigenous reforms. Indigenous Australians will benefit through the delivery of policies and services which address Indigenous disadvantage more effectively.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to six targets in the areas of health, education and employment for Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.”

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First step taken towards national e-health system – consultation – Australia – 13 July 2009

Posted on July 14, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

First step taken towards national e-health system 13 July 2009

“In an out-of-session communique, the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference has announced that the first step has been taken towards a national e-health system. National consultations are set to begin on the legislative framework to underpin the governance, privacy and agreed uses for national healthcare identifier numbers essential to a secure national e-health system.

National consultations are set to begin on the legislative framework to underpin the governance, privacy and agreed uses for national healthcare identifier numbers essential to a secure national e-health system.

Healthcare Identifiers are unique numbers that will be given to all healthcare providers, healthcare centres and healthcare consumers. These unique numbers will provide a new level of confidence when communicating patient information between the myriad of private and government healthcare providers and systems.”   … continues on the website

Discussion paper

COAG Communique from 13 July 2009

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Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting – 2 July 2009 – COAG Communique

Posted on July 2, 2009. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting – 2 July 2009

COAG Communique – Preamble

“The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 27th meeting in Darwin today.  The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association were again joined by a number of Treasurers for the meeting.

Australia faces ongoing economic and social challenges which Australian Governments are determined to address.  COAG had a broad ranging discussion on further measures to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and the importance against the background of the global economic and financial crises of bolstering education, training and re-training efforts and securing further microeconomic and regulatory reform to enhance the economy’s future productive potential.

In the former regard, COAG agreed on a compact for retrenched workers and endorsed a wide-ranging package of reforms for early childhood.  In the latter regard, it committed, in particular, to an ambitious agenda of transport regulatory reform in addition to a range of other deregulatory measures.

COAG also adopted a comprehensive 10-year strategy to accelerate energy efficiency improvements as a key component of the overall approach to combat climate change.  It also received briefings from the Deputy National Security Adviser on the swine influenza pandemic and the Coordinator-General regarding the implementation of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan.  As well, COAG asked for an international student strategy to be developed for its consideration before the end of 2009.”

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Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council Communiqué 8 May 2009 on the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions

Posted on May 11, 2009. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: , , |

Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council  Communiqué  8 May 2009

“The Ministerial Council has today reached a national consensus on how the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions will work. This will deliver improvements to the safety and quality of Australia’s health services through a modernised national regulatory system for health practitioners.

The Ministerial Council acknowledged and welcomed the very high level of participation by consumers, practitioners and regulatory bodies in the consultation process to date. Over 1,000 people have attended forums around the country and over 650 written submissions have been received in response to the consultation papers issued in 2008 and 2009.”  … continues on the website

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The health workforce in Australia and factors influencing current shortages – Australian National Health Workforce Taskforce – April 2009 report

Posted on May 11, 2009. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: , |

The health workforce in Australia and factors influencing current shortages (pdf, 677k)

“It is generally accepted that Australia will continue to experience increasing demand for health care workers and at a rate that will challenge Australia’s training and service delivery systems’ without significant change to it’s approach to workforce development. The underlying health service demand drivers include; population growth, ageing of the population, changing nature of the burden of disease and greater focus on health prevention, which taken together with consumer and workforce expectations, combine to result in increasing demand for health care services and for healthcare workforce.

The current and projected shortage in the Australian health workforce are driven by a complex interaction of demographic, socio-cultural, clinical and professional factors that exert influences on both the demand for health workers’ services, and the supply of health workers. These shortages are not uniformly distributed, but vary by health profession, specialty, jurisdiction and geographical location (metropolitan, rural, remote).

As part of developing the health workforce reform package for consideration of and subsequent agreement by COAG in November 2008, the National Health Workforce Taskforce commissioned KPMG to prepare an analysis that outlines the factors influencing current and projected workforce shortage and that considers the implications that these factors may have on workforce development strategies. This document provides a useful background and insight to the problems being faced.”

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Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting – COAG Communique 30 April 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Council of Australian Governments’ Meeting COAG Communique 30 April 2009

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 26th meeting in Hobart today. The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association were joined for the meeting by Commonwealth, State and the Australian Capital Territory Treasurers and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery.
….
In light of the recent Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods, COAG resolved to re-examine Australia’s arrangements for managing national disasters and has agreed to take immediate steps to enhance these arrangements through, inter alia, the development of a telephone-based emergency warning system.  ….

One of the attachments:
Child Protection Framework – PDF 363KB

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Directions Paper: Clinical training – Data management system – April 2009 report from the National Health Workforce Taskforce

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Workforce | Tags: , |

Directions Paper: Clinical training – Data management system (162 kb)

Following the release of the Discussion Paper: Clinical placements across Australia: capturing data and understanding demand and capacity, National Health Workforce Taskforce, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) undertook an extensive consultation process across Australia as to the preferred system to manage the clinical training placement data.  The outcome of those consultations is the Directions paper Clinical training – Data management system.

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Clinical training – Governance and Organisation Discussion paper

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Workforce | Tags: |

Clinical training – Governance and Organisation Discussion paper (pdf, 424k)

The National Health Workforce Taskforce, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), has prepared a Discussion Paper to seek input and feedback about how clinical placements could be organised and managed across Australia.

This Discussion Paper explores clinical placement governance and organisational issues. Its primary function is to raise issues and provoke thought and discussion about the future strategic direction for governance and organisation of clinical education in Australia. To provide context to the discussion of future strategic direction, information about the organisation of clinical education in Australia, including current arrangements, challenges, and responses to those challenges is also presented.

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COAG Report on Government Services Published 30 January 2009

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Acute Care, Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Obstetrics, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Council of Australian Governments.  This report was released on 30 January 2009.

It has been produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP).  The report has been published in two volumes. Also released with the report are attachment tables, which are not part of the printed report but are available in the report sections.

Fact sheets:

Ambulance services
Public Hospitals
Maternity Services
Primary and Community Health
Breast cancer detection and management
Mental health
Aged care services
Services for people with a disability
Supported accommodation and assistance services
Government services and Indigenous people (PDF – 99 Kb)

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