Headlines

Australia - New framework lays the foundation for Indigenous mental health reforms This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian government has published a five-year strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing. It sets out a culturally appropriate stepped-care model to guide and support Indigenous mental health policy and act as a resource for policymakers, advocates, service providers, clients, consumers and researchers.

Australia - New report outlines residential aged care funding reform options This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report into aged care funding highlights options to modify Australia’s residential care sector. The report reviews funding mechanisms and focuses on ways to improve delivery, including incorporating external assessments of funding needs. Australia spent a record $18.6 billion on aged care in 2016.

Canada - Study finds significant overlap in the drugs covered by Canadian public drug plans This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has published the first of three reports that compare drug coverage across provincial and federal public drug plans. The report found that plans listed a high percentage of the same drugs, especially essential medicines and generic drugs. Variation was greatest for high-cost drugs.

Canada - National Survey of Nurses' Perspectives on Safe Home Care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions (CFNU) has released a nation-wide survey of nurses’ perspectives on home care. The survey of 1,116 home care and long-term care nurses provides insight into the home care client population and service quality. Most of the surveyed nurses agreed that there are safety concerns in home care at present.

International - 7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This United Nations (UN) report reveals that although fewer children under age five are dying worldwide (5.6 million in 2016, compared with 9.9 million in 2000), newborn deaths increased from 41% to 46% during the same time period. In 2016, 7,000 babies died daily in their first 28 days of life.

Upcoming Events

Canada - 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is co-hosting, along with the BC Ministry of Health, the Public Health Association of BC, and the United Kingdom's Fuse Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health. The conference takes place in Vancouver from May 8 to 10, 2018. The organizers have launched a call for abstracts presenting research on challenges in integrating evidence into policy. The deadline in November 20, 2017.

Canada – 2nd IoT, Big Data Healthcare Summit Western Canada
This second Big Data Summit will be held in Vancouver on November 28 and 29, 2017. It looks at the Internet of Things, such as sensors, mobile devices and other technologies, that produce vast amounts of data. The conference will explore how healthcare can make better use of this data.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Belgium - Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 And Criteria For Rationalisation Of Complex Cancer Surgery, Radiotherapy And Maternity Services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report is part of Belgian reforms to improve hospital care access, quality, and affordability. It has two objectives. The first concerns overall hospital capacity: how many hospital beds will be needed in Belgium by 2025? The second objective is to assess required hospital capacity for various care assignments, including maternity services, radiotherapy centres and complex surgery for pancreatic, oesophagus, and lung cancer.

Canada - Measuring Up 2017. A yearly report on how Ontario’s health system is performing This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Using 50 indicators to assess the annual performance of Ontario’s health system, this year’s report by Health Quality Ontario (HQO) finds improvements in premature mortality, care continuity, screening, surgical wait times and long-term care. It gives black marks to access, equity, caregiver support and transitional and palliative care.

Europe - Austerity and health: the impact in the UK and Europe This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Government austerity measures have enormous social impact, including on health. This review evaluates the evidence of austerity’s health impacts using two mechanisms: a ‘social risk effect’ of catalogued socio-economic risk factors, and a ‘healthcare effect’ viewed through analysis of service cuts, reductions in coverage, and restrictions on access to care.

Sweden - Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Publically funded but run by a private company, Saint Göran is a Stockholm hospital that regularly stands out in Sweden and internationally on important performance indicators such as emergency room wait times, cost effective management, and patient and staff satisfaction. This article by Quebec researchers analyzes Saint Göran in depth to see what lessons can be drawn for Canadian hospitals.

UK - Healthy Business? Managerial Education and Management in Healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Also published by the London School of Economics (LSE), this study investigates links between hospital performance and managerial education. The authors collect and assess a large database of management practices and skills in hospitals across nine countries. Analysis shows that hospitals closer to universities with medical and business faculties have better quality management, more MBA-trained managers, and lower mortality rates.

USA - Follow the evidence - Care Continuum Optimization can minimize clinical variation to drive real quality in healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper describes a care quality model called Care Continuum Optimization (CCO), which minimizes clinical variation to improve performance across the care continuum. The model involves clinical care redesign supported by data analysis, care management, and governance models managing provider accountability. Improvements are achieved through management of operational, financial, and clinical data. Advanced data and analytics are vital for identifying areas for process improvement.

International - Understanding effective approaches to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper from the London School of Economics (LSE) provides an overview of approaches to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness in the 34 countries of the OECD. While there is an extensive evidence base for effective interventions, the authors find the existence of prevention and promotion programs uneven both between countries and across the life course.

International - Managerial attitudes and perceived barriers regarding evidence-based practice: An international survey This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Evidence-based practice (EBP) in mainstream management is still in its infancy. To facilitate uptake, this research surveyed 2,789 management practitioners in Belgium, the Netherlands, the US, the UK and Australia. Findings indicate that most managers have positive attitudes towards EBP, but lack of time and a limited understanding of scientific research are perceived as major barriers to uptake and implementation.