Town Hall: Blueprint for a Post-2020 National Health Agreement

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Old Parliament House
Date: 07 March 2018 9:15am to 07 March 2018 04:00pm

AHHA National Council members and Australian health leaders were invited to participate in our Blueprint Town Hall in Canberra where we sought input into the development of case studies to be used to support our advocacy on the implementation of the blueprint’s recommendations by governments.

On 18 December 2017 the AHHA released Healthy people, healthy systems, a solid blueprint for a post-2020 national health agreement with a range of short, medium and long term recommendations on how to reorientate our healthcare system to focus on patient outcomes and value rather than throughput and vested interests.

With participant input and expertise, AHHA will produce a number of case studies that will point to current practice in the Australian health system that are exemplars of:

  1. a nationally unified and regionally controlled health system that puts patients at the centre
  2. performance information and reporting that is fit for purpose
  3. a health workforce that exists to serve and meet population health needs
  4. funding that is sustainable and appropriate to support a high quality health system

Following the Town Hall, AHHA National Council members and health leaders have the opportunity to advocate at the grassroots for the implementation of the blueprint’s recommendations with their local Member of Parliament and Senators armed with the blueprint, supportive case studies and AHHA’s Health Sector Advocacy Handbook.

We encourage our members, National Council members and National Board members to advocate at the grassroots to help transform Australia’s public healthcare system for the better. Speaking with elected representatives one-on-one, you are a reliable health expert able to help your local Member of Parliament and Senators understand the health issues affecting their constituents and electorates, and you are able to encourage them to speak with the Prime Minister, the Health Minister and the Treasurer on how government can implement the blueprint’s recommendations for outcomes-focused and value-based healthcare.

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Presentations included:

Ms Lisa Davies-Jones, Health Service Chief Executive, North West Hospital and Health Service
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Adj Assoc Prof Christopher Carter, Chief Executive Officer, North Western Melbourne Primary Care Network
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Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Chief Executive, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director, Grattan Institute
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Ms Ilsa Nielsen, Principal Workforce Officer, Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland
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Dr Chris Helms, Director, Bridging Healthcare, endorsed nurse practitioner working in private general practice
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Prof Christobel Saunders, Head of School, Surgery, University of Western Australia
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Prof Johanna Westbrook, Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
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A Storify from the day is available here

The Town Hall was proudly supported by HESTA.