New reports

Report calls for primary care reform

A new report calls for GPs to be paid to collect primary care data, and for changes to Medicare’s fee-for-service payments system, in order to cut avoidable hospital admissions and provide better care for people with chronic disease. The Grattan Institute report, Building better foundations for primary care, states that … Continue reading

Primary care home impacts revealed

Primary care homes can reduce emergency department use, cut patient stays in hospital and improve staff satisfaction, a new report on a UK trial of the care model suggests. In the UK, the primary care home (PCH) model was developed by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) to help … Continue reading

Hospital mortality and readmissions in the spotlight

Hospital mortality rates from ischaemic stroke have fallen markedly among patients in NSW over the past three years, according to a new report that looks at variations in both hospital mortality and readmissions for up to nine different conditions. The Bureau of Health Information report assesses how hospital mortality rates up … Continue reading

Child protection services increasing

The number of children receiving child protection services continues to grow, with one in 33 Australian children receiving such services in 2015‒16, according to the latest data. The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that more than 162,000 children received child protection services in the year. … Continue reading

Salt levels in many breads too high: report

A new report into salt levels in bread shows that some loaves contain more than one third of the daily recommended salt intake in just two slices. The George Institute for Global Health analysed the salt content of 1439 bread products in Australia from 2010‒2017. The results, released in March … Continue reading

Half of deaths occur in hospitals

Half of deaths in Australia in 2014 occurred in hospitals ‒ a lower proportion that a decade earlier, the latest data show. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014-15  showed that while the number of deaths in hospitals increased by 8% between 2005‒06 … Continue reading

Parents back vaccination, but safety fears are common

The vast majority of Australian parents support vaccination, but a quarter have some concerns about vaccine safety, a poll of Australian parents shows. The Australian Child Health Poll, based on a survey of 1942 parents commissioned by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, showed that 95% of parents kept their children’s … Continue reading

Report reveals impact of Sydney alcohol lock-out laws

A new report on the so-called “lockout laws” which restrict alcohol sales in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts show that assaults have fallen in the target areas, but have increased in surrounding suburbs. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) report covers the 61 months before … Continue reading

Priority evidence gaps in Indigenous health

A forum on translating research into policy and practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has outlined priorities for action on evidence gaps across the stages of the life course, from maternal and child health through to older adults. The NHMRC Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP) Forum … Continue reading

Report sets out roadmap to tackle obesity

A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across Australia has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets, which it warns is a leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. While Australia is … Continue reading