Health expenditure Australia 2013-14 (AIHW)

Health expenditure Australia 2013-14 reveals that total expenditure on health was estimated at $154.6 billion in 2013-14, up by 3.1% on 2012-13 in real terms. Growth in expenditure per person was $6,639, which was $94 more in real terms than in 2012-13. Despite this relatively slow growth, total expenditure was 9.8% of GDP in 2013-14, up from 9.7% in 2012-13.

Governments provided $104.8 billion (or 67.8%) of total health expenditure, which represented about 25% of taxation revenue (unchanged from 2012-13).

The non-government sector share of total expenditure increased from 30.0% in 2011-12 to 32.2% in 2013-14, despite generally falling throughout the decade. Funding by individuals was the fastest growing area of non-government sector expenditure over the decade.

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Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care


This UK national framework urges health organisations and local authorities to act together to improve end of life care for people of all ages. It sets out 6 principles for how people near the end of their lives should be cared for. The 6 'ambitions' for palliative and end of life care are:

  • Each person is seen as an individual
  • Each person gets fair access to care
  • Maximising comfort and wellbeing
  • Care is coordinated
  • All staff are prepared to care
  • Each community is prepared to help
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    Brain Basics

    Changes in the brain can lead to mental disorders, such as depression. Brain Basics, from NIH's National Institute of Mental Health, provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.

    Brain Basics will introduce you to some of this science, such as:

    • How the brain develops
    • How genes and the environment affect the brain
    • The basic structure of the brain
    • How different parts of the brain communicate and work with each other
    • How changes in the brain can lead to mental disorders, such as depression.

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    Palliative care services in Australia 2015 - tranche 1 (AIHW)

    Palliative care services in Australia 2015 - tranche 1 is the first of two scheduled updates of the Palliative Care Services in Australia (PCSiA) online publication for 2015. This first update includes An overview of palliative care, Admitted patient palliative care, Palliative care facilities and services, Palliative care-related medications, Services provided by palliative care medicine specialists and 4 supporting technical information sections (classifications, data sources, identifying palliative care hospitalisations and technical notes).

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    New Indigenous healing portal

    Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet, in partnership with the Healing Foundation, has launched a Healing portal on the Health InfoNet website.

    The Healing portal will engage users from a broad range of areas including health, justice, child protection and family violence. At the heart of the portal and Yarning place is the connection with culture, knowledge systems and information sharing.

    The portal brings together information about what is working in Indigenous healing and includes examples of best practice healing initiatives, the latest research from around Australia and tools people can use to develop healing opportunities in their communities.

    An introduction to trauma informed care (Free paediatric e-learning)

    ACATLGN has recently announced the launch of a free online learning website - An Introduction to Trauma Informed Care.

    This online learning has been designed to increase information and knowledge on the impact of experiences of adversity and trauma on children and young people. It contains information, resources, videos and links to provide a comprehensive introduction to trauma informed care. The program is designed as an easily accessed on-line introduction and learning program for families, carers and other professionals with responsibilities for the care of children who may need support as a result of challenging and potentially traumatic experiences. There are 6 modules that you can work through at your own pace, with free resources to download that accompany the modules.

    The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network is based at the Australian National University and is funded by the Australian Government.

    Free e-learning-An Introduction to Trauma Informed Care

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    BHI reports show how the NSW health system compares internationally

    BHI has today released two complementary reports that show how the NSW healthcare system compares internationally, and also how well it is accommodating the increasing health demands of the ageing population.

    The 5th annual performance report Healthcare in Focus 2014: How does NSW fare? places the performance of NSW's healthcare system in an international context by comparing it with Australia and 10 other countries including the UK, the USA, Canada and France.

    Insights: Healthcare performance across the life span, Volume 1 is the first instalment in othe new miniseries Healthcare performance across the life span and looks at the relationship between ageing and healthcare, particularly in terms of how people aged 55 years and over use and experience healthcare services.

    The reports draw on international data, including the results of the Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults 2014 and OECD data, as well as information from local sources including the NSW Patient Survey Program, the AIHW and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    Acute kidney injury in Australia: a first national snapshot (AIHW)

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasing in incidence globally. Acute kidney injury in Australia: a first national snapshot presents the first national statistical snapshot on AKI and its impact in Australia.

    The key findings show that AKI accounts for a considerable number of hospitalisations and deaths and further, that the burden of this condition is not equally distributed across the Australian population. These inequalities were seen in relation to all population characteristics examined, namely sex and age, remoteness of residence, socioeconomic disadvantage and Indigenous status.

    Media release

    A better way to care: actions for health service managers

    A better way to care: actions for health service managers, produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, describes a pathway to improve the early recognition of, and response to, patients with cognitive impairment to reduce harm and ensure they receive safe and high-quality care in hospital. Cognitive impairment impedes communication, attention, memory, thinking and problem solving. Dementia and delirium are the two most common conditions associated with cognitive impairment. People with dementia are also at a greater risk of developing delirium.

    For some people with dementia and/or delirium and for their carers and families, a hospital stay can be a negative experience. Staff can also struggle to provide the right care in the absence of appropriate education and training. Dementia and/or delirium in hospital is often associated with adverse outcomes, including functional decline, increased risk of falls, increased morbidity and mortality. These adverse outcomes can lead to a longer length of stay in hospital and an increased risk of entry into residential care.

    There are evidence-based ways to improve the care of patients with cognitive impairment in acute care and considerable work is under way within health systems at all levels to implement these improvements. However, there are currently no mechanisms for requiring best practice and few processes that support a systematic approach to the provision of care.


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    Mental Health Rights Manual

    Consumers, carers and mental health workers struggling to understand their rights within the NSW mental health system have a new resource to guide them through. The fourth edition of the Mental Health Rights Manual has been published this week by the Mental Health Coordinating Council

    Written in plain English, the Manual is an invaluable readily accessible resource, bringing together vital information crucial to anyone having to navigate the mental health system, enabling them to become acquainted with their rights, the legal and service system, and access support and guidance.

    A key objective of this Manual is to provide a resource which covers many of the areas which may at some time or other be of concern to people with mental health conditions, their carers and families, and the workforce that supports them that they can access in one place.

    Indigenous collections on the Cochrane Library.

    Since 2002, Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR), and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) have been working together on initiatives to improve Indigenous people's health. To commemorate this year's event, contributors from these organizations and Cochrane have prepared a series of Special Collections focusing on health issues relevant to Indigenous people.

    The Special Collections, available on the Cochrane Library, focus on available Cochrane evidence in three topic areas, each of which has significant health implications for Indigenous populations: diabetes, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and suicide prevention.

    Special Collection

    Special Collection

    Special Collection


    Health of Indigenous peoples: suicide prevention

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework

    The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework was developed to identify evidence-based priorities for the many communities, organisations and governments whose combined efforts are required to address the disparities and improve cancer outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

    This response aims to address the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a higher incidence of cancers that are preventable, are less likely to participate in screening programs and are more likely than other Australians to be diagnosed with cancer that has progressed to an advanced stage.

    The 7 identified priority areas which, based on the evidence, will have the greatest impact in addressing the disparities and improving cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are:

    • improving knowledge and attitudes about cancer;
    • focusing prevention activities;
    • increasing participation in screening and immunisation;
    • ensuring early diagnosis;
    • delivering optimal and culturally appropriate treatment and care;
    • involving, informing and supporting families and carers;
    • strengthening the capacity of cancer-related services to meet the needs of Indigenous people.

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    Media release