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60,000 avoidable hospital admissions costs taxpayers $2.3 billion

An Australia-first study has found 500,000 people could avoid chronic illness, $2.3 billion in annual hospital costs could be saved, and the annual number of taxpayer-funded Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions could be cut by 5.3 million.

The study, The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health, reveals avoidable chronic illness costs the Federal Government $4 billion each year in welfare payments and the national economy $8 billion in lost earnings.

Click here to read the study's findings.

Deferred charity regulation opportunity to cut red tape

The Federal Government's deferral of mooted changes to not-for-profit law provides time for State and Territory Governments to rethink their resistance to creating a genuine National not-for-profit regulator.

Welcoming the Federal Government's decision today to delay new not-for-profit governance and reporting requirements until 2013, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) thanked Ministers David Bradbury and Mark Butler for acting in response to problems that rushed regulatory change of not-for-profit law would have created.

Budget delivers surplus by cutting hospital beds

The Gillard Government has fulfilled their promise of a Budget surplus by slashing spending on sub-acute hospital beds.

Last month, Catholic Health Australia gave its support to the aged care reforms announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Ageing Mark Butler, and the Budget tonight confirmed the funding mechanisms for those reforms.

Catholic health leader addresses Vatican conference

The chair of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board has addressed a Vatican conference about the physical and spiritual care of people with visual impairment living in Australia.

Tony Wheeler was one of several international speakers invited to the conference, hosted by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, to describe efforts to improve the visual health of people in their home countries.

CHA, ACU award grants for professional development

Catholic Health Australia and Australian Catholic University last week awarded a second round of 10 grants of $2,500 each for professional development for nurses and midwives working in Catholic hospitals, taking to $50,000 the total investment in a program launched last year.

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