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.

Click here to read CHA's submission.

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.

Click here to read the paper.

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.

Click here to download the discussion paper.

Impact of private health insurance rebate changes

Following the Government's announcement that it planned to means-test the private health insurance rebate scheme, Access Economics carried out a study on behalf of Catholic Health Australia analysing what effect such changes might have. The report suggested that a change to the rebate could lead to a decrease in the number of people taking out private health insurance cover.

Click here to read the Access Economics report.

Response to the Federal Government's broad health reform plan

Catholic Health Australia has written a formal response to the health reform plan announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the National Press Club in March 2010.

Click here to download the response.

Putting disadvantaged Australians at the forefront of health reform

Ahead of the 2010 Federal Election, Catholic Health Australia outlined its election platform. On any given day, one in 10 Australians in a hospital or residential aged care bed is being cared for in a Catholic facility. One in three of all older Australians receiving Commonwealth funded community care is being cared for by a Catholic organisation. These services exist for all Australians, but particularly for those in socioeconomic disadvantage who, through no fault of their own, often miss out on quality health and aged care.

The Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board invites all people or parties seeking election to the House of Representatives and Senate to consider adopting CHA's policy initiatives as their own.

Click here to download the election platform.

CHA-NATSEM Report: Health Lies in Wealth

This report, Health Lies in Wealth - Health inequalities of Australians of working age, conclusively finds that the health of working aged Australians is affected by socio-economic status. Household income, level of education, household employment, housing tenure and social connectedness all matter when it comes to health.

Click here to download the report.

Putting palliative care on the national policy agenda

The neglect of palliative care in the broader health policy agenda presents as an urgent health challenge for governments. Palliative care is not an optional extra -- it must be viewed as an integral core component of health care delivery and take place in any setting. Governments must invest in providing palliative care services as a core part of health care and not as an "add-on extra".

Catholic Health Australia's new publication, Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, aims to contribute to the revision of the National Palliative Care Strategy and calls for an adherence to fifteen principles that should be responded to by governments and service providers in order to deliver excellence in palliative care.

Click here to download the document

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