Health Policy Forum: Sustainable Future for Health
11 July, 2017 (staff)
Murdoch University, together with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), are presenting a Health Policy Forum "Sustainable Future for Health" on the 18th of July at Murdoch University (WA).
Despite good performance and results over the last 10 years in quality and safety of care, Western Australia’s health system faces huge challenges: health expenditure is growing at an unsustainable rate, public hospitals cost 20 percent more than the national average, and State debt is increasing.
According to the Sustainable Health Review, the main risk factor are WA’s growing and ageing population, the high cost of chronic diseases, and our low number of GPs per capita compared to other States.
A patient-centered health care system, investments in new technologies, promotion of healthier lifestyles to reduce chronic diseases, and better partnerships across sectors are needed to reduce expenditures and improve health outcomes.
In this policy forum, industry experts will investigate some of these specific reform options, drawing on potential strategies to adapt Australia’s healthcare system for current and future challenges.
Key speakers include:
• Andrew Matthews, Chief Actuary, Medibank Private Limited, “THE ROLE OF PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE”
• A/P Emmanouil Mentzakis, University of Southampton, UK, “CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASES: TRENDS & CHALLENGES”
• Dr Ana Rita Sequeira, Murdoch University, “STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND PATIENT ACTIVATION”
• Dr Adeleh Shirangi, Murdoch University, “GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATION AND HEALTH