Policy Think Tank will scrutinise rural health reforms

Sunday, April 1, 2012


The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the National Rural Health Alliance are holding a joint Policy Think Tank to discuss the rural and remote implications of organisational changes and new funding mechanisms resulting from the National Health Reform agreed by COAG in 2011.

Put Thursday 19 April in your diaries and have your say on rural Medicare Locals, Local Hospital Networks and Multi-Purpose Services.

A range of speakers will address the meeting. They include Sharon Willcox, who has over 25 years’ experience working in public policy in government and community health sectors; Anne Handley, rural health service manager with wide experience in NSW and Victoria; and Lyndon Seys, CEO of Alpine Health, a Multi-Purpose Service in Victoria.

Speakers will analyse some of the critical issues to be dealt with if the new agencies are to have the capacity to significantly improve things on the ground in rural and remote areas. The Think Tank will give people the chance to hear and discuss what the health care reforms will mean for consumers and practitioners and contribute to a policy and advocacy plan for AHHA and NRHA to take forward.

Paul Dugdale, Associate Professor of Public Health at the Australian National University and Director of Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services at ACT Health, will facilitate the Think Tank.

The Think Tank will cost AHHA and NRHA members $220, non-members $360, and students $110.

The program and registration form can be found at www.aushealthcare.com.au  or by phoning (02) 6162 0779.

Terrie Paul - Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association: 02 6162 0780
Gordon Gregory - Executive Director, National Rural Health Alliance: 02 6285 4660