Health

Our initiatives in the area of health and wellbeing since 2003 have ranged from discussions of national health policy to the problems of implementing an Australia-wide e-health infrastructure and the potential applications of genetic testing in drug therapy to the management and long-term funding of chronic "lifestyle" diseases in an ageing Australian population.

GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement (2015-2016) is a cross-sectoral multidisciplinary group established by Global Access Partners to analyse Australia’s public health procurement and offer practical proposals for reform (see final report). The Taskforce considered the impact of procurement processes on the age and reliability of medical equipment, service levels, innovation and competition. Its final report highlights some of the inefficiencies of current health government purchasing  and calls for a more rational tendering process to reduce costs and waste in the system, while improving the quality and safety of care.

Recovery at Work: A New Way of Thinking About Work Injuries  (2016). On 5 May, GAP hosted the first in a series of strategic discussions on the health benefits of work and early intervention (see final report). The Roundtable considered ways to encourage recovery at work after soft tissue injuries and the opportunities for larger-scale implementation of best-practice return-to-work protocols. Latest research shows that by improving RTW rates for injured employees, organisations can reduce employee absenteeism, improve health and work outcomes for injured workers, and cut government and employer costs. The event  was an initiative of the GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing and was sponsored by NSW Family & Community Services, State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Insurance & Care NSW (icare) and WorkSafe Victoria.

GAP/ACHR Workshop “The Australian Healthcare System as a Market” (2015). The event brought together a select audience of health practitioners, industry leaders and consumer advocates to discuss the key issues affecting the Australian healthcare system’s productivity, efficiency and performance and the drivers behind the rising costs of care. The GAP report from the workshop outlines how the use of ‘market quality frameworks’ pioneered by Capital Markets CRC could improve the dissemination and understanding of health data across stakeholder silos, reduce waste and, in the longer term, improve clinical efficiency and consumer choice.

GAP Taskforce on Self Care: “Towards Responsible Self Care: The Role of Health Literacy, Pharmacy and Non-Prescription Medicines” (2015). The final report of the Taskforce was launched by the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, on 23 June at Parliament House in Canberra. The group examined the potential of self care to improve individual and public health outcomes and play a greater role in health policy. It emphasised the importance of health literacy and the expanded role for pharmacies and non-prescription medicines in supporting responsible self care and reducing government expenditure. As well as enabling a more efficient health system, these factors are consistent with a growing desire by health consumers to become more involved in their own health care.

"Primary Health Care and Private Patient Journey": ACHR/GAP Workshop (2011). The Australian Centre for Health Research and Global Access Partners brought together thought leaders from primary health care, private hospitals, private health insurance and consumer health organisations to address issues related to private health reform, in a workshop on 2 March 2011 in Melbourne. The workshop explored the issues emerged via an extensive stakeholder consultation commissioned by the ACHR in the lead-up to the event. It found scope for further multidisciplinary discussion specifically around topics such as e-health, health IT, service gaps, the expanding role of health funds and better advocacy of the private sector's role in pursuing quality of care (see report).

GAP Task Force on Australia’s Health (2009); GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health (2009). The 2009 Task Force on Australia's Health, run by GAP in association with the ACHR, examined a range of proposed and possible health reforms and the improvements required for the health system to effectively meet the future needs of the Australian population. The work of the task force complemented the findings of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and culminated in the GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health at Parliament House of Victoria in November 2009 (see report) and the release of the Task Force report “Structural Barriers to reform of the Australian health and public hospital system” authored by Ken Baxter.

Health Information Exchange Project (2008). This project sought to identify technologies which could support a more efficient, safe, consumer-centred and accessible health care system, with a particular focus on chronic care delivery. It was initiated after a closed door meeting with Tony Abbott which discussed the reasons why fifteen years of electronic health system development in Australia have failed to establish a comprehensive e-health system despite significant funding and resources.

National Pharmacogenomics Consulting Group (2008). This group was brought together to examine the medical and economic benefits and effects of pharmacogenomic testing in diagnostics and drug therapy. The work of the group culminated in the release of a report “Improving the Quality Use of Medicines in Australia: Realising the Potential of Pharmacogenomics” in October 2008 prepared by Deloitte Economics in consultation with NPCG. The report predicted significant healthcare savings if pharmacogenomics were widely adopted in Australia, and was taken up by the Victorian Government to inform its 2010 Pharmacogenomic Decision Support System project with Melbourne Health.

Implementing a Rational e-Health System in Australia: GAP Forum (2007). This roundtable discussed possible solutions and actions to make progress in the area of widening acceptance and implementation of e-health, based on the research led by Prof Michael Georgeff of Monash University (see report).

GAP Congress on Wellness & Ageing (2007). Held in Parliament House of Victoria in February 2007, the congress explored the concept of preventive healthcare and increasing general "wellness" of the population as a means to better manage Australia's healthcare issues (see report).

Better Health Care Through Electronic Information (2004). This forum brought together executive stakeholders from government, industry, research and the vendor community to discuss national priorities and further steps in building an interoperable health care system in Australia (see report). The Australian National Consultative Committee on Health (ANCCH) was established as a result of the forum in 2005.

GAP Forum on Informatics in Biology and Medicine (2003). Discussions were built around informatics capabilities for the biological science and health sectors, Australia's participation in this important emerging industry, and ways to benefit from scientific and commercial opportunities it presents.

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2016-2017

Sydney as an Innovation Hub Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, June 2017

Recovery at Work: Engaging Large Employers in Best Practice; GAP 2nd Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2017

The case for national electricity reform; Report by the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment; Global Access Partners, February 2017

Space Tiger Team Submission to the Australian Government; Global Access Partners, January 2017

Increasing efficiency and value in public healthcare procurement; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement, November 2016

GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education Report; Global Access Partners, October 201

2016 A Vision for Australia – Spaces of Australian Innovation: GAP 7th Annual Economic Summit; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2016

Recovery at Work: A New Way of Thinking About Work Injuries; GAP 1st Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2016

The North, Agriculture and the Environment; GAP Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, March 2016

The business case for the establishment of an International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), ICDP Working Group / Global Access Partners, January 2016

2014-2015

2015 National Economic Review – The Future of Jobs: Australia’s 6th Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2015

A Vision for Australia Discussion Paper, Global Access Partners, August 2015

“Towards Responsible Self Care: The Role of Health Literacy, Pharmacy and Non-Prescription Medicines”, Report by the GAP Taskforce on Self Care, June 2015

“The Australian Healthcare System as a Market” GAP/ACHR Workshop; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, April 2015

“Energy Security and Affordability in New South Wales: Issues of Concern and Recommendations for Action; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Energy Security, Fergus Neilson, Global Access Partners, October 2014

Strategic advice for AIM’s future development (2015-2018); Paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, October 2014

2014 National Economic Review: Australia’s 5th Annual Growth Summit (Education Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2014

“Health interventions to improve economic productivity”; Discussion Paper for the GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing; Global Access Partners, August 2014

The New University Model: Paper by the GAP Taskforce on Leadership in Education meeting held on 18 August 2014, Global Access Partners

The G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Conference Communique and Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, June 2014

“Why boards are investing in analytic capabilities”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Peter Grainger; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, March 2014

2012-2013

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Proposal; Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Participation in Creative Arts subjects by Year 11 & 12 students in Australian secondary schools”; Research paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Social Media’s Commercial Application”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Michael Coomer; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, October 2013

2013 National Economic Review: Australia’s 4th Annual Growth Summit (Food Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2013

“Emerging trends and opportunities in tertiary music education”: Scoping paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, June 2013

“A Future without Age”: GAP/ACHR Conference on Productive Ageing Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, May 2013

“Harnessing the human-digital interface and multidisciplinary collaboration to advance digital research & development in Australia”; Final Report by the Cyber Research and Development Taskforce; Global Access Partners / Smartnet, April 2013

2012 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, September 2012

Commercialising Australian Ideas: Issues and Recommendations; Report by the GAP Innovation Advisory Board, September 2012

The case for a global e-Conservatorium of Music based in Australia; Global Access Partners, August 2012

Progress in Society Taskforce Final Report; Global Access Partners, May 2012

Strata Laws Online Consultation Final Report, Global Access Partners, April 2012

A National Telehealth Strategy for Australia; Discussion Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, November 2011

2010-2011

2011 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2011

International Complex Project Management Task Force Report; Global Access Partners & International Centre for Complex Project Management; September 2011

“20 years after the Dawkins Review: Tertiary Music Education Task Force Report, Global Access Partners, September 2011

GAP Workshop on Cloud Computing, Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, June 2011

GAP Task Force on Cloud Computing Report, Global Access Partners, May 2011

Primary Health Care and the Private Patient Journey; ACHR/GAP Forum Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, March 2011

"Project Mozart": A vision and approach for radical, transformative change in the Gold Coast Health Service towards integrated, patient-centric care; Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, March 2010

2010 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2010

2007-2009

"Low-Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Australia": Report by the GAP Task Force on Low-Carbon Economy, November 2009

GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health Report of Proceedings, November 2009

National Human Rights Online Consultation, Final Report to the Australian Government,  July 2009

Global Access Partners 2002-2008 Achievement & Activities Report, March 2009

“Urban Water: A vision for national road map for national progress”: GAP Urban Water Forum Report; Allen Consulting Group, Global Access Partners, February 2009

“GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: Opportunities for Business”, Report of Proceedings, released January 2009

“Directions for Reform of Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1997”: Regulating in Technology Rich Environments Task Force Report, December 2008

ANCCeH Cabinet Meeting with the Hon. Tony Abbott Report, 30 October 2008

“Open Forum Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit”, Global Access Partners, April 2008

“Innovation Attitudes in Australia” Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, February 2008

"Shaping Government policy" Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, December 2007

"Fostering Citizen-Government Interaction" GAP Focus Groups Report, December 2007

“The potential uses of pharmacogenetic testing for cytochrome P450 (CYP450) variations and its applications in routine drug therapy” GAP Roundtable Report, October 2007

“Implementing a Rational e-Health System in Australia”: GAP Forum Report, September 2007

Forum on Victoria’s National Innovation Agenda “Creating a Better Regulatory Environment for Innovation", Report of Proceedings, August 2007

“Formulating a New Approach to Trust and Privacy in the Information Age”: 4 July 2007 Conference Report (commissioned to GAP by the Privacy & Trust Partnership)

“GAP Congress on Wellness and Ageing: Breaking the Barriers – the Role of Government, Industry, Providers & Consumers” Report of Proceedings, February 2007

2002-2006