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Australian Centre for
Value-Based Health Care

November 2019 Newsletter

Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Newsletter


November will kick off with another of ACVBHC's popular webinars, this time featuring Dr Sally Lewis, National Clinical Lead for Value-Based and Prudent Healthcare, NHS Wales, discussing the opportunities for value-based health care to meet the evolving needs of the population. The October webinar which examined the question "Can we increase the uptake of shared decision making" sold out but a recording is available online now.

In late October the AHHA released its latest Issues Brief Reforming for value: opportunities for outcome-focused national health policy, by Dr Kate Raymond from Dental Health Services Victoria. The brief discusses the need for clear policy levers to measure and funding meaningful improvements in health outcomes and provides recommendations to embed the emerging principles of value-based health care in Australia's national health policy.
 
The Centre is also seeking to provide new opportunities to build leadership and knowledge in the areas of value-based health care and policy advocacy with the announcement of an exciting opportunity for two individuals to undertake a six-month secondment within the Centre to deliver a strategic program of work. This is an exceptional career and professional development opportunity which offers the opportunity to make a significant and important contribution to the development of the work of the Centre.
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Webinar: VBHC - Meeting the evolving needs of the population

13 November 2019, 10:00am (AEDST)

The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care is pleased to present the next in our ongoing series of free webinars. Dr Sally Lewis, National Clinical Lead for Value-Based and Prudent Healthcare, NHS Wales will discuss the opportunities for value-based health care to meet the evolving needs of the population.

Sally recently authored an opinion piece for the value-based health care focused edition of Australian Health Review, AHHA’s peer reviewed journal on the topic. In it she outlined some of the concepts that inform value for patients and value for the health system and how value-based health care can inform relationships and drive investment or disinvestment.

Join us to hear more about how value-based health care can meet the evolving needs of the population and challenges encountered during the phases of policy implementation.

For more information and to book your place, visit the website.

Webinar: Value-based Radiology - A Practical Approach

26 November 2019, 8:00pm (AEDST)

In November the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care is pleased to present a second free webinar.

Carlos Francisco Silva, MD, is a Portuguese board-certified radiologist with a special interest in value-based radiology and healthcare management.With his colleagues Dr Oyunbileg von Stackelberg and Professor Hans-Ulrich Kauczor he recently released a book examining a practical approach to value-based radiology.

Further details and registration will be available shortly.

Secondment Program

The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Secondment Program is now open for applications. It provides a rewarding and challenging opportunity for a high-achieving individual from a member or partner organisation to temporarily join the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care for a 6-month period with the option of a further 6-month extension to undertake a strategic program of work.

The Secondment Program has been designed to build leadership and knowledge in the areas of value-based health care and policy advocacy. It will provide opportunities for learning through introduction to a different working culture and exposure to new ideas, new contacts and diverse approaches to policy-making and the challenges and practicalities of advocating for policy and process change.

Secondments can be used for a range of purposes including providing career and professional development opportunities. The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Secondment Program also offers member and partner organisations the opportunity to make a significant and important contribution to the development of the work of the Centre.

Two positions are currently open, an executive level position targeted towards an EL2 or executive team member, and a policy analyst targeted towards an EL1 or manager level team member. Position descriptions for both roles are available on the Centre's website.

To apply, potential secondees should send a cover letter outlining their interest in the role, along with their CV and a letter of support from their employer indicating their willingness to support them including agreeing to meet their salary and related costs during the program.

Deeble Perspectives Brief No. 33: Reforming for value: opportunities for outcome-focused national health policy

Current national health policy emphasises costly and unsustainable scaling up of healthcare volume and perpetuates ongoing inequities in access to care.

The Commonwealth Government’s Long-Term National Health Plan includes commitments to support flexible care models that do not rely on fee for service, as well as the development of a national preventative health strategy. However, without clear policy levers to measure and fund meaningful improvements in health outcomes, national efforts to achieve a vision of ‘a mentally and physically healthy Australia’ are likely to be hampered.

Deeble Issues Brief No.33 authored by Dr Kate Raymond from Dental Health Services Victoria discusses these issues and offers a range of recommendations to embed the emerging principles  of value-based healthcare in Australia’s national health policy.

Read the Issues Brief here.

Webinar: Can we increase the uptake of shared decision making in Australia?

In October Tara Dimopoulos-Bick, Regina Osten and Professor Lyndal Trevena delivered a sold out webinar where they explored, discussed and debated potential approaches for advancing the uptake of shared decision making in Australia.

Shared decision making is a process of involving patients in making informed and preference-based decisions about their care and treatment.  Despite a growing evidence base, uptake in Australia has been slow. The webinar built on an article they, along with  fellow authors Tammy Offman and Chris Shipway, recently published in AHHA's peer-reviewed journal Australian Health Review “Shared decision making implementation: a case study analysis to increase uptake in New South Wales”. The article is available via open access at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/AH/AH18138

To view a recording of this, or any of our other free webinars, visit the past events section of the ACVBHC website.

Validated PROMs

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare released a list of validated PROMs in September. The lists of PROMs have been developed to support the identification of validated measures and the use of PROMs in Australia.

The website includes information on selecting a PROM, a list of generic PROMs that are suitable for use across healthcare settings and conditions, a list of condition-specific PROMs and information on the development of the lists.

For more information visit the Commission's website at: https://safetyandquality.govcms.gov.au/our-work/indicators-measurement-and-reporting/patient-reported-outcomes/proms-lists

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