Australian Medical Association's
Vision for Australia's Health
The Australian Medical Association's vision for reorganising the health system to face the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities of the future.
Health reform in this country is sorely needed, and long overdue.
If the Australian health system is to evolve, then it needs to be reorganised to tackle the challenges of the future. We cannot expect an underfunded system to absorb the late-stage complications of an ageing, chronically ill and obese society. Already our hospitals, especially our emergency departments, are over-stretched. We cannot keep doing things the same way.
It is realistic for Australia to become the healthiest country in the world, and that should be our collective aim.
We cannot expect to manage the increasing chronic disease burden if we do not engage earlier in prevention and appropriately fund integrated general practitioner medical homes, as the foundation for improved care co-ordination across the entire health system. Seminal in this will be the effective adoption of innovative technologies and an emphasis on quality models of care where safety and clinical appropriateness protect patients.
The beginning point of all reform should be safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.
We must engage our patients in their own healthcare and improve health literacy. We must invest in our medical practitioners to ensure appropriately funded, efficient, evidence-based practice is at the heart of any new approach to healthcare.
Investment requires vision and ethical commitment. We must invest now to correct critical deficiencies within the Australian healthcare system. Failure to do so will translate into suboptimal outcomes and declining quality of life and access for Australians in the future.
Drawing upon the expertise of our broad member base, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) is uniquely positioned to identify and understand systemic issues in the healthcare system that cut across preventative health, General Practice, public and private healthcare. Members provide advice and make policy through committees, state AMAs, and Federal Council; our vision is a product of that significant effort and expertise.
The AMA’s Vision for Australia’s Health represents a clear blueprint for all Governments, and players in the system, built around five pillars of detailed policy reform.
For too long, health reform has been stagnant or piecemeal. The AMA believes now is the time for a comprehensive plan to be put forward, funded and implemented. The AMA stands ready to lead reforms in these areas and is eager to partner with other organisations, providers, and individuals. Our health system has responded to the immediate threat of COVID-19, while continuing to deliver care. Now is the time for Government to respond and future proof it for the challenges ahead.
38% of the chronic disease burden in Australia could be prevented.
8.7 million Australian adults will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime.
In 2017-18, 7% of all hospitalisations were due to 22 preventable conditions that could be managed by General Practice.
The AMA's Vision for Australia's Health represents a clear blueprint for all Governments, and players in the system, build around five pillars of detailed policy reform.
Integrated, multi-disciplinary GP led patient-centred medical homes, underpinned by increased funding and focused on managing chronic and/or complex disease.
An evolved and adequately funded public hospital sector, providing for timelier elective and emergency treatment and greater linkages to primary care.
A reinvigorated, resilient and sustainable private health system, which complements the public system by providing high-quality, timely and affordable care.
A health system for all
A sustainable health system achieved via policy and funding reform with a focus on prevention and access for all Australians.
A health system for the future
A system that embraces new technology, data and innovation, and consolidates the gains from COVID-19 reforms.