Deeble Institute Perspectives Brief No. 3: Funds pooling in Australia: could alliance contracting hold the key?

 

Pooled population-based health funding is central to maintaining the equitable, affordable health care system so valued by all Australians. However, at scale, such funding reforms will be challenging and potentially confronting to Australian service providers. 
 
This Perspectives Brief from the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, authored by Professors Claire Jackson (University of Queensland) and Robin Gauld (University Otago), explores the need for a population-based governance model, similar to New Zealand’s Alliance contracting, to unite diverse organisations and professional groups around a single patient-focused vision for local health needs, critical for delivering on Australia’s COAG reform agenda.