Catholic Health Australia's Nurse of the Year 2015: Megan McKechnie

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Megan McKechnie who was honoured with the CHA Award for Nurse of the Year 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Megan was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra for her dedicated and outstanding work in the treatment of patients with complex alcohol and drug complications, severe mental health issues, as well as for providing sensitive and compassionate care to the marginalised in-keeping with the ethos of Catholic health care provision.

Catholic Health Australia's Emerging Leader 2015: Stephen Tippett

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Stephen Tippett who was honoured with the CHA Award for Emerging Leader 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Stephen, who is the Manager of Food Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference for his standout leadership qualities, his dedicated service to patients’ health, his continued ability to provide strong but sensitive direction for staff with disabilities, and for his provision of exceptional care, in keeping with the Catholic mission.

Health fund contracts must not harm quality

“Aggressive health fund contract negotiations are threatening the development across the health sector of appropriate measures and incentives to improve hospital safety,” warns Suzanne Greenwood, CEO of Catholic Health Australia.
Medibank Private’s self-proclaimed action to ‘flex its muscles’ in negotiations with private hospitals by introducing its own list of 165 ‘highly preventable’ adverse events risks derailing the work of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

DOTE report essential to Catholic health policy strategy

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Greenwood, today welcomed the release of the Dropping off the Edge (DOTE) 2015 report and acknowledged the essential role the report plays in the shaping of Catholic health policy efforts for all Australians.

Patient safety threatened by Medibank Private's heavy handed approach

Medibank Private is threatening the national effort to improve safety and quality in Australian hospitals by its proposal to limit with hospitals the cover for patients insured with Medibank Private in certain situations. Eminent medical and nursing clinicians across the country have been working closely with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) to develop a list of potentially preventable hospital complications. This list is still in the validation phase and is currently being tested in hospitals across Australia.


CHA calls for further consultation regarding Medibank 'Quality & Safety' Measures

The CEO of Catholic Health Australia - Australia’s largest provider grouping of non-government health, aged and community care services, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, called on Medibank Private to work constructively with hospitals in the implementation of robust safety and quality standards.

Aged Care Update - Budget 2015

2015 Budget ushers in welcome next steps in aged care reform

Reflecting a largely bipartisan approach, the Government’s first Budget consolidated the 2012 aged care reforms by progressing the reform strategy initiated following the Productivity Commission’s Report Caring for Older Australians. In its second Budget, the Government has gone further. The centrepiece of this year’s Budget initiates the logical next steps towards creating a consumer-driven aged care system by announcing that ‘funding will follow the consumer’ for home care packages, and that the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care (Packages) Program will be integrated to create a single home care program. 

Specialist Training Program a worthwhile continuing investment in Australia's Future Health Workforce

Catholic Health Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Greenwood, welcomed the release of the report into the Administration of the Medical Specialist Training Program (STP) by the Australian National Audit Office on 10 March 2015.  CHA urgs the government to continue funding this program.

Dementia Response Teams useful but do not solve the problem

4 February 2015 

Catholic Health Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, says that the Government's announcement today of multidisciplinary 'Severe Behaviour Response Teams' providing expert advice to residential aged care facilities as the response to last year's axing of the Dementia and Behaviour Supplement will be useful for some facilities but does not provide a comprehensive response.

What's New in 2015

2015 Promises to be a vibrant and innovative year for CHA.  This month, we are launching a new weekly e-newsletter - with the same valuable information in a new reader-friendly format.  Click here to subscribe!

Later this month, we host an afternoon with Dr Larry O'Connell, President and CEO of the Ministry Leadership Centre in California, USA.  For details about this exciting leader formation event on 20 January 2015 click here to download the flyer.

Key events happening in early 2015 include the Aged Care Forum on 19 March, the Contemorary Catholic Governance Conference on 30/31 March, and from 5 to 7 May will be the Mission Leaders Forum, the Ethics Education Seminar and the Pastoral Care Forum.

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