New national streamlined approach to dementia support

In response to the Analysis of Dementia Programmes Report, which we reported on last year and which highlighted areas for improvement, the Minister for Aged Care, Health and Sport, Sussan Ley, last week announced a new national streamlined approach to the delivery of services and programmes supporting dementia patients and their carers.

As part of the new structure, one national provider will be engaged to deliver a streamlined dementia education program together with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service from October 2016 (replacing the eight separate state/territory-based providers).

To view our previous report on the analysis, click here.

To view the Minister’s announcement, click here.

Collaboration in healthcare is essential for success

KPMG International has released a report, “What Works – Partnerships, networks and alliances”, suggesting that better quality health services can be achieved through co-operation and collaboration between providers.

The report is based on 2 years of extensive research into healthcare consolidation and pinpoints “real world” best practices required to ensure successful partnerships, networks and alliances.  It highlights the following key factors for success:

  • Have a long-term strategy;
  • Innovate, coordinate service delivery and explore new markets;
  • Focus on quality, not quantity;
  • Expand opportunities beyond the original mission;
  • Focus on strong payer-provider alliances; and
  • Tension, flexibility and self-criticism are more important than the model.

To view the report, click here.


Legislative loopholes put Australia’s youth at risk

Current legislation regulating the sale of e-cigarettes is failing to protect Australia’s youth, according to a recent statement from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (“RACP”).

The statement follows research contained in the medical journal, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, revealing that regular smokers attempting to quit were 28% less likely to be successful while using e-cigarettes.

The RACP is calling for further legislation to ensure that non-compliant e-cigarette products, including liquid containing nicotine (which is illegal in Australia) and which target non-smokers and younger people, do not continue to be available as a result of “legislative loopholes”.

To view the RACP statement, click here.