Critical services

CEDA will explore the complex network and future of health services in Australia in 2020.

How do we deliver critical services with better outcomes?

Australia’s health system is a complex network made up of services, providers and patients, alongside research, technology developments such as e-Health, a widespread workforce, financing and funding as well as Medicare and governance. 

This system provides support to millions of Australians who each require unique and individualised care dependent on age, gender, medical history, culture and socioeconomic background.

CEDA drives discussion on Australia’s health system examining efficient service delivery, innovative and cost-effective funding models and meeting today’s requirements while planning for the future.

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  • Mental health in the age of COVID-19 | PwC Director, Economics and Policy, Dr Sharon Ponniah; Strategy& Partner, Damien Angus; and PwC Partner, Stuart Babbage, write that data, integrated care, better use of technology, and a focus on the social determinants of mental health can drive meaningful reform.
  • The evidence around virtual hospitals | The demands of COVID-19 have spurred rapid uptake of new healthcare practices. Sax Institute, Knowledge Exchange Program Manager, Dr Gabriel Moore, assesses the evidence surrounding tele-health and virtual medicine, which has become an important resource for Australian healthcare during the pandemic, and says the early signs are promising.
  • The mental health pandemic | The COVID-19 pandemic could greatly increase Australia's already-high rates of suicide. EY Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Andi Csontos surveys the evidence and offers insight into how communities and employers can address this growing problem. 
  • Broken mental health system prompts Victorian Royal Commission | The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will provide a blueprint for lasting change and help establish the state as a leader in mental health support systems, Victorian Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Martin Foley told a CEDA event in Melbourne.
  • Collective purpose, clear communication, a sense of self-control, and reform, essential for the mental health of Australians: Julia Gillard | Collective purpose, clear communication, a sense of self-control, and reform, will be essential for the mental health of Australians as we come through the COVID-19 crisis, former Prime Minister and BeyondBlue Chair, the Hon. Julia Gillard shared at a CEDA livestream.
  • Managing your mental health while working from home | Australian Catholic University Institute of Positive Psychology and Education Professor, Joseph Ciarrochi, shares his insights on how to manage your mental well-being during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Healthcare in post-coronavirus Australia | Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering CEO, Kylie Walker, explains how better incorporating technology into Australia's healthcare system can prepare us for the next global pandemic. 
  • Communities are key to solving some of Australia's big problems | Centre for Policy Development Chair, Terry Moran AC, argues for the importance of community based approaches to providing critical services.
  • Hospitals are dangerous places to be, more home care capacity needed | Hospitals are dangerous places to be, they’re unfamiliar, you’re on drug regimes in unfamiliar places and unless you’ve got a nurse looking after you full time, you’re at risk of falling, SA Department for Health and Wellbeing CEO, Dr Chris McGowan told a CEDA audience in Adelaide.
  • COVID-19 driving technological healthcare transformation | The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that technology-driven healthcare initiatives are more important than ever, according to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Co-Chair, Expert Working Group, Health Technology Readiness Project, Sue MacLeman.
  • Building our mental wealth: time for serious structural reform | Major opportunities for structural reform in mental health are on the agenda, but what will Australia choose; serious structural reform or more of the same? University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre, Health and Policy Co-Director, Professor Ian Hickie AM explores. 
  • Reimagining value-based healthcare | Speaking at a CEDA event in Sydney, Grattan Institute Health Program Director, Dr Stephen Duckett, asked how can traditional models of healthcare be realigned to emphasise value to the consumer and achieve better patient outcomes?
  • Over-diagnosis and over-treatment biggest sources of waste in healthcare system | Bond University Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare Director, Professor Paul Glasziou, has said that the Australian healthcare system is riddled with over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
  • My Health Record empowering Australians to take more control of health and wellbeing | Digital technology will reinforce the human imperative of medical care, according to Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey.
  • WA releases blueprint for Healthcare future | Independent Panel Chair, Robyn Kruk AO has said that unless sustainability drivers are put into place and healthcare spending curtailed, healthcare will grow to be 38 per cent of the State budget by 2026-2027.


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