Headlines

Australia - First-of-its-kind data tool puts Australia’s international health performance in the spotlight This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has built a data tool comparing Australia's health performance with the other 35 member countries of the OECD. The tool shows that Australia performs relatively well across most indicators with scores higher than the OECD average.

Canada - Independent Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying Releases Three Reports This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released three reports on requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID). The CCA was asked by Parliament to examine advance requests for MAID, requests by mature minors, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition. The three reports can be downloaded online.

New Zealand - Action needed to help people with mental health issues in New Zealand This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the OECD says New Zealand has successfully carried out major health reforms over the past decade but still needs to overhaul mental health services due to problems with access and timely treatment. Every year, one in five New Zealanders experiences a diagnosable mental health issue.

UK – NHS Long Term Plan launched This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The National Health Service (NHS) has released a long-term plan to improve patient care and health outcomes, including measures to prevent heart attack, stroke and dementia, and provide better mental health services. The plan also sets out how the new five-year £20.5 billion ($34.7 billion Cdn) NHS budget will be spent.

International - 5 Ways to Achieve Universal Health Coverage By 2030 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This World Bank article explores international progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) and discusses five ways to help achieve it by 2030. The five essential elements for accelerating progress in UHC are: increasing funding for health; focusing on the quality of care; protecting people from pandemics; embracing innovation; and mobilizing for collective action.

Upcoming Events

France - 5th Irdes-Dauphine Workshop on Applied Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
This workshop provides an opportunity to hear and discuss new research on public policy analysis and evaluation in areas including health services delivery and organization, social health inequalities, and meeting the needs of specific populations. It takes place in Paris, on June 20th and 21st, 2019.

UK - Integrated Care in Theory and Practice
The International Summer School in Integrated Care provides a week of intensive training for health and social care professionals, clinicians and researchers wanting to improve their ability to analyze, design, evaluate and practice integrated care. It takes place in Oxford from June 23 to 28, 2019. Applications can be submitted until April 5.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - The impact of Australian healthcare reforms on emergency department time-based process outcomes: An interrupted time series study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2011, the Australian government introduced national healthcare reforms aimed at increasing the timeliness and quality of hospital care. This study evaluated the impact of the reforms on emergency department (ED) process outcomes, including patient wait times for treatment and patient ED departures. Findings showed small improvements following the introduction of the national reforms.

Australia - Improving the quality of healthcare: a cross-sectional study of the features of successful clinical networks This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study of 19 clinical networks in the Australian state of New South Wales draws on interviews with 51 managers. The authors investigate factors that make clinical networks effective at improving quality of care and facilitating system-wide change. Three networks were found to have a high impact on quality of care, and seven had a high impact on system-wide change. Network management appear to be a primary contributor to effectiveness.

Canada - Transforming Healthcare Organizations Healthier Workers. Healthier Leaders. Healthier Organizations This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report on ways to promote psychological health in healthcare organizations relies on two synergistic conceptual frameworks: the Canadian National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and the LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework that outlines desirable leadership practices. The report is intended to help organizational leaders understand the two frameworks and their commonalities.

Czech Republic - Improving the Czech health care system This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Compared to other post-Communist countries, the Czech healthcare system is doing well in terms of health outcomes and is now approaching Western European standards. This paper assesses the performance and emerging challenges of the Czech health system and provides recommendations for effectiveness and financial sustainability in the Republic's aging society. International benchmarking points to a potential for further efficiency gains throughout the health system.

Europe - Public health, healthcare, health and inequality in health in the Nordic countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) emphasize public health and equal, easy access to health care. Employing European Social Survey data, this comparative study with Germany finds that mean health, measured by self-assessed categories, is better in the Nordic nations. The five countries show a high degree of socioeconomic equality in health.

USA - Targeted Reforms in Health Care Financing to Improve the Care of Adolescents and Young Adults This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) summarizes impediments that adolescents and young adults and their providers face in accessing timely and appropriate health care. These impediments include limited scope of benefits, high cost sharing, inadequate provider payment and insufficient confidentiality protections. The policy statement offers specific recommendations for the reform of healthcare financing for young people.

International - Middle managers’ role in implementing evidence-based practices in healthcare: a systematic review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Middle managers are thought to be in a unique position to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in healthcare organizations. After examining 105 research articles and healthcare organization documents, this systematic review concludes that middle managers do play an important role in facilitating EBP implementation as they largely shape an organization's implementation climate. Future studies should seek to better understand their role.

International - Health Literacy for People-Centred Care. Where do OECD countries stand? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Commissioned by the OECD, this paper surveys health literacy across the 36 OECD countries. In 18 countries, at least one third of the population shows poor health literacy levels, while in 12 countries that proportion rises above 50%. Current data also suggests that the European public in particular finds it difficult to evaluate health information or judge treatment options.

International - Literature Review. Alzheimer’s Disease Policies in OECD Countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Analyzing Alzheimer's disease policies in OECD countries, this literature review by Québec researchers examines 59 scientific articles and policy reports along with the action plans adopted by eight Canadian provinces. The authors suggest that long-established policies have promoted diagnostic measures at the expense of care and services after diagnosis, and call for a more holistic approach.