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National Health Reform Agenda
Ministers endorsed specific actions for IM & ICT and Workforce as part of the National Health Reform Agenda for 2005 and 2006 at its meeting in Alice Springs today.
28 July 2005
Joint CommuniqueMinisters endorsed specific actions for IM & ICT and Workforce as part of the National Health Reform Agenda for 2005 and 2006 at its meeting in Alice Springs today.
Health Workforce: the major reform activity is through the engagement with the Productivity Commission’s Health Workforce Study. The study is sponsored by COAG and due to report by December 2005.
IM & ICT: Underpinning the development of an electronic health record and the rollout of HealthConnect progressed by NeHTA are specific projects including clinical data standards, National Health Identifier, National Provider Index, Clinical terminology, medical formulary, secure messaging, supply chain and technical integration standards business cases and consent models.
Ministers noted that preliminary work is also occurring in the areas of pharmaceuticals, cancer funding and indigenous affairs.
Ministers strongly supported the COAG sponsored work on health system improvement and the relevance of this work to the future national health reform agenda.
Ministers noted that COAG is addressing the issues including electronic health records, workforce, Health Call Centres, as well as work in aged care, the integration of aged care, primary health care and acute care, prevention and promotion, and younger people with disabilities in nursing homes.
Many of these issues are related to the interest Ministers have expressed on the need for reform in the balance and interaction between aged care, primary health care and acute care.
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