Submission on National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Bill

The Federal Government plans to create a new objective national assessment of public hospital costs, which may over time inform where health system funds can be most efficiently applied. Catholic Health Australia supports such a mechanism, but also sees flaws in the legislation as drafted. CHA has accordingly made a submission to the Inquiry in the Bill.

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2012-13 pre-Budget submission to Treasury

Catholic Health Australia has responded to Treasurer Wayne Swan's invitation to Australian families, individuals, businesses and community groups to submit ideas and priorities for the 2012-13 Federal Budget. In its submission, CHA outlines a number of priorities for aged care as part of the wider efforts to reform the sector.

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Submission on Mineral Resource Rent Tax

On November 10, the Senate jointly referred a number of bills for inquiry and report, including the Mineral Resource Rent Tax Bill. Click here to read Catholic Health Australia's submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics.

Submission on Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011

Catholic Health Australia has lodged a submission on the legislation establishing the PCEHR system. CHA's submission supports the concept of a shared health record. It notes, however, that because it will operate on an "opt in" basis, initial uptake by both consumers and providers is likely to be slow. CHA also calls on the governance framework to take greater account of the role and contribution of the non-government sector in the provision of health services.

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Submission on IHPA paper "Activity-based funding for Australian Hospitals"

Catholic Health Australia has lodged a submission on the paper named above. CHA is generally supportive of the principles set out in the Framework document, but has issued provisos around issues of fairness for hospitals and the principle of activity-based funding pre-eminence.

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Senate Inquiry into palliative care in Australia

In its submission on palliative care in Australia, Catholic Health Australia calls on governments to be mindful of some of society's most vulnerable and marginalised -- including those in prison, those with a disability and those with a mental illness -- when making plans on how best to deliver palliative care.

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The central place of health in Australia's social policy agenda

Catholic Health Australia drafted a policy paper calling for a greater emphasis to be placed on addressing the social determinants of health to achieve social inclusion.

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Social Inclusion and Catholic Health Care

As the Federal Government develops its Social Inclusion Agenda, CHA has released a discussion paper prepared by Dr Patrick McArdle on the role of Catholic social justice principles within the Social Inclusion Agenda.

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