21
Sep 16

Mental Health Reform: Change management as important as change itself

Change is an inevitable part of any nation’s development. Fifty years ago the Commonwealth moved our nation’s currency from English pounds, shillings and pence, to a decimal system with the Australian dollar. This important reform was a substantial undertaking with years spent on planning and developing designs, as well as a comprehensive education campaign to bring … Continue reading Mental Health Reform: Change management as important as change itself

01
Apr 16

Mental Health Stepped Care – Off the ladder and onto the staircase

A critical factor in driving strategic mental health service system reform is the interplay between a region’s infrastructure, the investment that has already been made, and the degree to which leadership and direction is available for guiding the implementation of strategies to make personalised, place-based approaches to managing mental health a reality. At a national … Continue reading Mental Health Stepped Care – Off the ladder and onto the staircase

15
Mar 16

The PHN role in Mental Health Reform

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients – particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes – and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time[1]. Establishing PHNs provides … Continue reading The PHN role in Mental Health Reform

09
Dec 15

Risk Stratification & the Use of Data in Chronic Conditions Management

Put simply, to risk stratify patients is to classify them into high, moderate and low health risk tiers. Risk stratification uses a process or ‘model’ to identify people likely to suffer a deterioration of their health or avoidable (and unexpected) hospitalisation, so that appropriate co-ordinated care is provided to them. When implemented effectively across the … Continue reading Risk Stratification & the Use of Data in Chronic Conditions Management

17
Jul 15

Primary Health Networks: Where do the Priorities Lie?

This month, 31 Primary Health Networks have begun operating, replacing the 61 Medicare locals established by the Labor government. Minister for Health Sussan Ley has said the new roll out will ensure patients receive better access to frontline services in their local area, as well as improving coordination with local hospitals and boosting overall operational efficiency … Continue reading Primary Health Networks: Where do the Priorities Lie?