Key Health Reform Body a Step Closer

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Australia is one step closer to establishing a National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) to improve the transparency and accountability of Australia's health care system, according to the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA).

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare.

“Key legislation to support the establishment of this key health reform body is currently before Parliament and, once passed, will enable the NHPA to formerly commence operations,” Ms Prue Power, AHHA Executive Director said today.

“The NHPA will play a vital role within the health reform agenda in driving consistent standards across jurisdictions and spearheading public reporting of outcomes. This will lead to clearer accountability for the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in both the public and private sectors. 

“AHHA explored the potential for the NHPA to effect changes within the health system at our ground-breaking National Health Reform Simulation Event in June.  The senior health care managers and experts who attended this event agreed that the NHPA would be most effective if it became the lead national agency for standardising health data from all jurisdictions.

“AHHA urges parliamentarians to consider this recommendation in the context of the current legislative debate in order to maximise the ability of the NHPA to drive performance improvements throughout the health sector. Once the organisation has been established, we also believe that it should focus on using data to assist clinicians and managers to improve services to patients.

"Strong leadership will be crucial to ensure to the NHPA's success and AHHA welcomes the announcement by COAG of the Chair, Ms Patricia Faulkner AO and Deputy Chair Mr John Walsh. We believe that their wealth of experience and knowledge of the health sector will ensure that the NHPA can deliver real gains to consumers in terms of greater transparency and improved performance.

"AHHA congratulates Ms Faulkner and Mr Walsh on their appointments and looks forward to working with them in the future to deliver a world class public health system for all Australians, Ms Power said

For further information/comment: Ms. Prue Power, Executive Director, AHHA Ph: 0417 419857.