Analysing Health Policy: A Problem-oriented Approach

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Elsevier Australia, 2008 - Medical - 298 pages
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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. This introductory text explores Australian health policy through a novel, problem-orientated approach. It shows the problem-solving techniques that are used when developing policy and demonstrates the skills of analysis and decision making. Introductory chapters explain the problem-orientated approach to health policy development and introduce the policy making process. These are followed by case studies that explore developments in Australian health policy in priority and topical areas. Chapters illustrate how policy-makers respond to perennial and emerging policy problems and demonstrate problem-solving approaches to the conception, development and implementation of health policy. Of particular concern are areas which are in transition or are highly contested. A team of prominent and expert contributors gives an overview of key issues, analyse the policy responses that have occurred and propose directions for the future. Topics covered span governance, values and specific service areas within major established areas of health policy of national concern as well as emerging problems and developments that have occurred in response to well-known cases.

  • Takes a novel, problem-oriented approach to analysing health policy in Australia, which fits well with how policy is often created in practice.
  • Combines a conceptual framework with a rich selection of pertinent and topical case studies by prominent researchers and policy practitioners to put policy analysis in context and give insights from practical experience.
  • Topics have been chosen to appeal to students from a wide range of health backgrounds and include issues in nursing, management, rehabilitation, health information, and technology.
  • Includes questions for discussion in each chapter.
  • A companion Evolve website for Instructors contains chapter-by-chapter notes on review questions, suggestions for tutorial exercises, assignment topics and examination questions.
 

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Contents

A problemoriented approach to health policy analysis
3
Health policy as a process
15
Institutional problems and health policy
28
Population health the health system and policy
41
Health Impact Assessment in a policy context
55
Federalism and health
69
The public service and health
83
Municipal public health planning policy in Victoria
94
the Maria Korp case
166
The problem of failing to provide culturally and linguistically
176
Government medical error and problem definition
188
Responding to perennial or emerging health policy problems
201
Reform of the pharmaceutical benefits scheme
214
Rethinking policy in mental health
225
robotics in prostate
240
Implementing postinjury rehabilitation policy
250

innovation substitution and reform
105
Regulating complementary and alternative medicine
119
Conflicting values in health information policy
139
The problem of trust in health policy
155
Achieving uniformity in food hygiene regulation
262
Improving hygiene and childrens health in remote Indigenous
271
Glossary
284
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