Understanding the Australian Health Care System

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Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, Helen Keleher
Elsevier Health Sciences, May 25, 2012 - Medical - 444 pages
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A updated overview of Australia’s health care system, addressing its core features, concepts and issues

Understanding the Australian Health Care System, 2nd edition is an excellent university book for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.

Published four years after the original, this second edition has been fully revised to reflect major Australian health care reform. Its fully up-to-date content includes current governmental and legislative changes impacting Australia’s health care system.

Other topics addressed include quality and safety within the system, health insurance in Australia – both public and private – the PBS and integrated medicine.

This outstanding medical book delves deeply into the system’s theoretical framework, structure and organisation and includes comparisons with the US and UK health care systems.

This new edition of Understanding the Australian Health Care System will be a valuable reference for those studying health science, health promotion, sports and exercise science, physiotherapy, human services, nursing, midwifery, medicine, paramedicine, health system management, medical radiations science and health informatics.

  • Online student and instructor resources
  • Stronger focus on social determinants throughout text
  • Addresses a wide range of health professions – now including disability professionals and social workers
  • Current theoretical framework for healthcare reform (Tuohy 2009)
  • Stronger focus on social determinants throughout text
  • Addresses current position on national registration
  • Features an excellent ancillary package on Elsevier’s Evolve platform
  • Includes three new chapters addressing: disability professionals; quality and safety; and social work
  • Reflects major health care reform in Australia (COAG 2009)
  • Discusses current theoretical framework for healthcare reform (Tuohy 2009)
  • New contributors
 

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Contents

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Health Care Managers in a Changing
Introduction
Health Care in the UK and USA Welfare
The UK health care system
Occupation
Chapter Summary
HowHealthCare is Organised
Incident disclosure
Chapter Summary
and learning
The Professionalisation of Paramedics
Registration versus regulation
Health Profession Regulation
Current availability of dietetic services in
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Universal and targeted public health approaches
public health
The publichealthworkforce How are public health issues handled?
The Australian Health Care System
Professional organisation
Recent Commonwealth reforms in workforce supply
ThePharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Ensuring affordable access to necessary drugs for all Australian residents Evolution over five decades
Costs andcost containment The politicsofthe
Delivering community mental health care
The Aged Care Sector Residential
ThePublic Hospital System
Where do Developmental Educators and other
Measuring quality Historical approaches toquality
Occupationaltherapy education and standardsof
Chapter Summary
Ethical speech pathology practice in a complex
Chapter Summary
Managers and management in health care
Challenges inachanging healthcaresystem The managercliniciandivide Getting the system to work
Social Work Providing Health People Families and Communities Care
What typeofworkdo social workers undertake
Glossary
Abbreviations
References
Subject Index
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