Australia - Elective surgery waiting times 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australia has released hospital statistics on wait times for elective surgery during 2014-15. Of the 700,000 patients admitted to public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists, 50% were admitted within 35 days; fewer than 2% waited over 12 months for surgery.

Canada - Canada’s slow health spending growth continues This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2015, health spending in Canada will continue a pattern of slow growth that began in 2011, according to data released recently by the Canadian Institute for Health Information(CIHI). Spending is projected to grow by $3.4 billion this year to reach $219.1 billion in 2015. This amounts to $6,105 per Canadian, about $35 more per person than last year.

New Zealand - New Zealand Health Strategy consultation announced This hyperlink will open in a new window.
New Zealand has begun public consultations on updating the country’s overall health strategy. A draft update available for review emphasizes improved local health care, integrated care, value and quality, and smart systems. The consultation period ends in December 2015 and the final updated strategy will be released in 2016.

UK - NICE launches initiative to speed up adoption of health technologies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched the Office for Market Access (OMA) to speed up the adoption of medicines, devices and diagnostics by the National Health Service (NHS). The OMA will help commercial stakeholders with regulations and streamline access to the NHS.

USA - HHS Awards More Than $240 Million to Expand the Primary Care Workforce and Connect Health Care Professionals to Underserved Communities This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has committed $240 million to further support National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps loan repayment programs. Over 9,600 NHSC primary care medical, dental and mental health practitioners and 2,000 Nurse Corps nurses are provided funding in exchange for service in underserved communities.

Upcoming Events

Canada - Sparking Population Health Solutions: Research for a healthier future
The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health will host this Summit on April 25 to 28, 2016 in Ottawa. It aims to catalyze dialogue about what policies and programs in health and other sectors work to improve population health status and health equity in Canada and globally. It also hopes to inspire research collaborations and accelerate a new research agenda in public health and health equity.

Canada - Pathways to innovation and change
The National Healthcare Leadership conference is the largest Canadian gathering of health system decision-makers from all levels. It takes place in Ottawa on June 6 and 7, 2016. Presentations and workshops will focus on the LEADS domains: lead self, engage others, achieve results, develop coalitions, and system transformation.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - An analysis of policy levers used to implement mental health reform in Australia 1992-2012 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australia’s government reformed mental health services four times between 1992 and 2012. This study explores how the reforms were implemented using five policy levers (organization, regulation, community education, finance and payment). It finds that the use of levers changed over time, moving from a prescriptive use of regulation to the monitoring of service standards and consumer outcomes.

Canada - Adding it all up: A value-based allocation process for child and youth mental health services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Focused on Ontario, this report examines ways to efficiently allocate provincial resources for child and youth mental health services. It recommends a process whereby the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and its agencies clarify the value and cost of services when determining allocations. The process would involve data collection, determination of service value, and collaborative planning.

Canada - Quality Matters: Realizing Excellent Care for All This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Quality Matters initiative is part of Health Quality Ontario’s ongoing effort to unite everyone in the health system through a common language of quality and to reach a shared commitment to take action on common goals. This report articulates the vision guiding the initiative. It offers six domains of quality, a set of principles to guide us, and key factors we need to consider in order to instill quality at the core of our health system. A one-page visual and a patient video accompany the report.

China - Public Expenditure Projections for Health and Long-Term Care For China Until 2030 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the OECD, this paper uses a component-based health expenditure model to establish future projections of public spending on health and long-term care in China. Projections show Chinese health expenditures increasing from 3% of GDP in 2012 to 5.2% by 2030.

Canada - Aligning Health System Performance Frameworks This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This new framework provides a system-level overview that allows stakeholders to assess the collective contribution of all parts of the health system and enables people to see how each of the system’s distinct components (such as hospitals or long-term care facilities) connects to overall system performance. This report shows how frameworks can help to build a common language across and within sectors to articulate how they each contribute to, and are influenced by, the performance of the wider health system.

Europe - A cost/benefit analysis of self-care systems in the European Union This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This European Union study explores the added value of self-care systems in Europe and assesses their economic and societal impacts. It provides evidence of the added value of self-care for five minor ailments (athlete’s foot, cold, cough, heartburn, urinary tract infection), analyzes costs and savings, and develops a strategy to disseminate benefits and best practices.

UK - Measuring the performance of local health systems. A review for the Department of Health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Conducted for the UK Department of Health, this review assesses measures of the performance of British local government health systems. It recommends the consolidation of three national outcomes frameworks into a single framework covering the National Health Service (NHS), public health and social care, and calls for the development of top-level indicators to present key performance information.

UK - The habits of an improver. Thinking about learning for improvement in health care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This UK paper examines the importance of education to healthcare improvement capability, looks at improvement from the perspective of frontline healthcare staff and describes five habits individuals can deploy for successful professional development. These include learning, influencing, resilience, creativity and systems thinking. The paper suggests there is a particular pedagogy for improving quality that best develops capability.

UK - On targets: How targets can be most effective in the English NHS This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The use of encompassing targets in England’s National Health Service (NHS) divides expert opinion. This report focuses on how country-wide targets can improve care quality and uses the evidence supporting their positive impacts to discuss tailoring their scope to effectively confront key challenges facing the NHS.