Health leadership required: programs guided by strategy, collaborative relationships

Monday, June 27, 2016

With less than a week till Australians go to the polls, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is calling on political leaders to go beyond program funding announcements to ensure our health system is guided by evidence-based strategy and founded on productive, collaborative relationships.

“There are overlapping roles and responsibilities in health policy, service delivery and funding across the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments, and the public and private sector,” AHHA Chief Executive Ms Verhoeven said.

“Strong and strategic leadership is needed from the Commonwealth as the steward of Australia’s health system and this requires effective partnership with state and territory governments.”

“While public hospitals have temporary funding support until 2020, securing a post-2020 agreement focused on innovation, better system integration and quality outcomes for consumers will require Commonwealth leadership and genuine, bi-partisan partnerships with the states and territories.”

“A number of primary care reform packages, for example in chronic disease, mental health and drugs and addictions, underscore the vital role Primary Health Networks play in implementing the Commonwealth’s reform agenda. PHNs must be appropriately funded and supported by the Commonwealth in order to deliver regional leadership in primary health.”

“True reform in the health sector cannot be siloed, nor should it be a series of disconnected funding measures. The Commonwealth must work with the states and territories to provide a coherent and holistic reform agenda for acute, primary, aged and disability care supported by appropriate funding for trials and implementation.”

“National health reform must be driven by partnership between governments,” Ms Verhoeven said. “State, territory and Commonwealth governments need to think past the next election cycle and work together to build a health system that is equitable, accessible and delivers quality outcomes for all Australians.”

Read more: AHHA Position Statement on Reform of Health System Funding
AHHA Election 2016 Health Policy Scorecard

Media enquiries:
Alison Verhoeven
Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
0403 282 501