The Productivity Commission plans to release its draft report on the relative performance of public and private hospitals next month, with the final report due with the Government on December 4.
It will be the subject of much discussion at the “Hospital Performance Measurement summit”, to be held in Sydney on December 10-11, and the conference organisers are keen to hear from Croakey readers with suggestions for their program.
Liz Noonan, from Informa Healthcare, writes:
“Assessing the quality of health care has become increasingly important in response to the growing demands from purchasers, providers, clinicians and the public.
In June, the Federal Government directed the Productivity Commission to conduct a report on the Performance of Public and Private Hospital Systems to underpin the Government’s commitment to move towards nationally consistent performance reporting for the public and private hospital systems.
The inaugural Hospital Performance Measurement Summit will not only be focusing on the challenges currently facing performance measurements within the public and private hospital sector, but it will also analyse how the assessment of health care has become increasingly important to ensure transparency, control costs and reduce variations in clinical practice.
The program will also focus on issues such as the outcomes of the Hospital Performance Report; ensuring that the essential dimensions of hospital performance are met; overcoming ingrained variables within the public/private and rural/urban divide; staff performance measurements and pediatric care facilities.
Informa Healthcare is issuing a call for papers and contributors for this inaugural event, which will initiate a much needed dialogue between the medical, administrative and financial aspects of the Australian hospital sector.”
If you want to participate in the summit, please contact Liz Noonan: Elizabeth.Noonan@informa.com.au; 02 9080 4036.