Changes to Outcome and Program Structure

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Comparison of 2015–16 and 2016–17 Outcome Structures


2015–16

Outcome 1: Population Health

A reduction in the incidence of preventable mortality and morbidity, including through national public health initiatives, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and approaches covering disease prevention, health screening and immunisation.

Outcome 2: Access to Pharmaceutical Services

Access to cost-effective medicines, including through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and related subsidies, and assistance for medication management through industry partnerships.

Outcome 3: Access to Medical and Dental Services

Access to cost-effective medical, dental, allied health and hearing services, including through implementing targeted medical assistance strategies, and providing Medicare subsidies for clinically relevant services and hearing devices to eligible people.

Outcome 4: Acute Care

Improved access to, and efficiency of, public hospitals, acute and subacute care services, including through payments to state and territory governments.

Outcome 5: Primary Health Care

Access to comprehensive primary and mental health care services, and health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and rural and remote populations, including through first point of call services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health and ongoing services for managing chronic disease.

Outcome 6: Private Health

Improved choice in health services by supporting affordable quality private health care, including through private health insurance rebates and a regulatory framework.

Outcome 7: Health Infrastructure, Regulation, Safety and Quality

Improved capacity, quality and safety of Australia’s health care system to meet current and future health needs including through investment in health infrastructure, regulation, international health policy engagement, research into health care, and support for blood and organ donation services.

Outcome 8: Health Workforce Capacity

Improved capacity, quality and mix of the health workforce to meet the requirements of health services, including through training, registration, accreditation and distribution strategies.

Outcome 9: Biosecurity and Emergency Response

Preparedness to respond to national health emergencies and risks, including through surveillance, regulation, prevention, detection and leadership in national health coordination.

Outcome 10: Sport and Recreation

Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, and excellence in high-performance athletes, through initiatives to help protect the integrity of sport, investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues.

Outcome 11: Ageing and Aged Care

Improved wellbeing for older Australians through targeted support, access to quality care and related information services.

(In accordance with the Administrative Arrangement Order issued on 30 September 2015, ageing and aged care functions transferred to the Department of Health from the Department of Social Services.)

2016–17

Outcome 1: Health System Policy, Design and Innovation

Australia’s health system is better equipped to meet current and future health needs by applying research, evaluation, innovation, and use of data to develop and implement integrated, evidence-based health policies, and through support for sustainable funding for health infrastructure.

Outcome 2: Health Access and Support Services

Support for sustainable funding for public hospital services and improved access to high quality, comprehensive and coordinated preventive, primary and mental health care for all Australians, with a focus on those with complex health care needs and those living in regional, rural and remote areas, including through access to a skilled health workforce.

Outcome 3: Sport and Recreation

Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, excellence in high-performance athletes, and protecting the integrity of sport through investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues.

Outcome 4: Individual Health Benefits

Access to cost-effective medicines, medical, dental and hearing services, and improved choice in health services, including through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Medicare, targeted assistance strategies and private health insurance.

Outcome 5: Regulation, Safety and Protection

Protection of the health and safety of the Australian community and preparedness to respond to national health emergencies and risks, including through immunisation, initiatives, and regulation of therapeutic goods, chemicals, gene technology, and blood and organ products.

Outcome 6: Ageing and Aged Care

Improved wellbeing for older Australians through targeted support, access to quality care and related information services.

Mapping 2015–16 and 2016–17 Outcome and Program Structure

2015–161 2016-172
Outcome 1 Population Health (1, 2, 5)
Programs:
1.1 Public Health, Chronic Disease and Palliative Care (1.1, 1.4, 2.4, 2.5, 5.2)
1.2 Drug Strategy (1.4, 2.4)
1.3 Immunisation (5.3)
Outcome 1 Health System Policy, Design and Innovation (1, 7)
Programs:
1.1 Health Policy Research and Analysis (1.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.6)
1.2 Health Innovation and Technology (7.1)
1.3 Health Infrastructure (7.5)
1.4 Health Peak and Advisory Bodies (1.1, 1.2, 7.2, 7.7)
1.5 International Policy (7.3)
Outcome 2 Access to Pharmaceutical Services (4)
Programs:
2.1 Community Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Awareness (4.3)
2.2 Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Services (4.3)
2.3 Targeted Assistance – Pharmaceuticals (4.3)
2.4 Targeted Assistance – Aids and Appliances (4.8)
Outcome 2 Health Access and Support Services (1, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Programs:
2.1 Mental Health (5.4)
2.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (5.3)
2.3 Health Workforce (5.5, 8.1, 8.2)
2.4 Preventive Health and Chronic Disease Support (1.1, 1.2, 7.2, 7.4, 7.7)
2.5 Primary Health Care Quality and Coordination (1.1, 5.1)
2.6 Primary Care Practice Incentives (5.2)
2.7 Hospital Services (4.1, 7.4)
Outcome 3 Access to Medical and Dental Services (4)
Programs:
3.1 Medicare Services (4.1, 4.7)
3.2 Targeted Assistance – Medical (4.1)
3.3 Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Services and Radiation Oncology (4.1)
3.4 Medical Indemnity (4.5)
3.5 Hearing Services (4.2)
3.6 Dental Services (4.6)
Outcome 3 Sport and Recreation (10)
Program:
3.1 Sport and Recreation (10.1)
Outcome 4 Acute Care (2)
Program:
4.1 Public Hospitals and Information (2.7)
Outcome 4 Individual Health Benefits (2, 3, 6, 7)
Programs:
4.1 Medical Benefits (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
4.2 Hearing Services (3.5)
4.3 Pharmaceutical Benefits (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 7.4)
4.4 Private Health Insurance (6.1)
4.5 Medical Indemnity (3.4)
4.6 Dental Services (3.6)
4.7 Health Benefit Compliance3 (3.1)
4.8 Targeted Assistance – Aids and Appliances (2.4)
Outcome 5 Primary Health Care (2)
Programs:
5.1 Primary Care Financing, Quality and Access (2.5)
5.2 Primary Care Practice Incentives (2.6)
5.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2.2)
5.4 Mental Health (2.1)
5.5 Rural Health Services (2.3)
Outcome 5 Regulation, Safety and Protection (1, 7, 9)
Programs:
5.1 Protect the Health and Safety of the Community Through Regulation (7.7)
5.2 Health Protection and Emergency Response (1.1, 7.4 & 9.1)
5.3 Immunisation (1.3)
Outcome 6 Private Health (4)
Program:
6.1 Private Health Insurance (4.4)
Outcome 6 Ageing and Aged Care4 (11)
Programs:
6.1 Access and Information (11.1, 11.5)
6.2 Home Support and Care (11.2,11.3, 11.6)
6.3 Residential and Flexible Care (11.4, 11.5)
6.4 Aged Care Quality (11.2, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6)
Outcome 7 Health Infrastructure, Regulation, Safety and Quality (1, 2, 4, 5)
Programs:
7.1 eHealth (1.2)
7.2 Health Information (1.1, 1.4, 2.4)
7.3 International Policy Engagement (1.5)
7.4 Research Capacity and Quality (1.1, 2.4, 2.7, 4.3, 5.2)
7.5 Health Infrastructure (1.3)
7.6 Blood and Organ Donation (1.1)
7.7 Regulatory Policy (1.4, 2.4, 5.1)
Outcome 8 Health Workforce Capacity (2)
Programs:
8.1 Workforce and Rural Distribution (2.3)
8.2 Workforce Development and Innovation (2.3)
Outcome 9 Biosecurity and Emergency Response (5)
Program:
9.1 Health Emergency Planning and Response (5.2)
Outcome 10 Sport and Recreation (3)
Program:
10.1 Sport and Recreation (3.1)
Outcome 11 Ageing and Aged Care4 (6)
Programs:
11.1 Access and Information (6.1)
11.2 Home Support (6.2, 6.4)
11.3 Home Care (6.2)
11.4 Residential and Flexible Care (6.3, 6.4)
11.5 Workforce and Quality (6.1, 6.3, 6.4)
11.6 Ageing and Service Improvement (6.2, 6.4)

1 Bracketed numbers indicate where Outcome and Program(s) have moved to in 2016–17 structure.
2 Bracketed numbers indicate where Outcome and Program(s) have moved from 2015–16 structure.
3 In accordance with the Administrative Arrangement Order issued on 30 September 2015, responsibility for health benefit compliance transferred to the Department of Health from the Department of Human Services.
4 In accordance with the Administrative Arrangement Order issued on 30 September 2015, ageing and aged care functions transferred to the Department of Health from the Department of Social Services.

Mapping of Health Outcomes, Programs and Program Objectives


Outcome

Program

Program Objective

Outcome 1
Health System Policy, Design and Innovation
Australia’s health system is better equipped to meet current and future health needs by applying research, evaluation, innovation, and use of data to develop and implement integrated, evidence-based health policies, and through support for sustainable funding for health infrastructure.

1.1     Health Policy Research and Analysis

1.1 A.         Providing support to Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council and the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)
1.1 B.         Improving research capacity
1.1 C.         Improving safety and quality in health care
1.1 D.         Improving Australians’ access to organ and tissue transplants
1.1 E.         Supporting access to blood and blood products

1.2     Health Innovation and Technology

1.2 A.         Providing national digital health leadership

1.3     Health Infrastructure

1.3 A.         Improving primary health care infrastructure
1.3 B.         Investing in other major health infrastructure

1.4     Health Peak and Advisory Bodies

1.4 A.         Supporting the Australian Government with informed policy advice and facilitating engagement with the health sector

1.5     International Policy

1.5 A.         Facilitating international engagement on health issues

Outcome 2
Health Access and Support Services
Support for sustainable funding for public hospital services and improved access to high quality, comprehensive and coordinated preventive, primary and mental health care for all Australians, with a focus on those with complex health care needs and those living in regional, rural and remote areas, including through access to a skilled health workforce.

2.1     Mental Health

2.1 A.         Investing in more and better coordinated services for people with mental illness

2.2     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

2.2 A.         Improving access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care in areas of need
2.2 B.         Reducing chronic disease
2.2 C.         Improving child and maternal health

2.3     Health Workforce

2.3 A.         Increasing the capacity and effectiveness of training and education for the future health workforce
2.3 B.         Redesigning the supply of, and support for, health professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia
2.3 C.         Improving access to health services for rural Australians

2.4     Preventive Health and Chronic Disease Support

2.4 A.         Reducing the incidence of chronic disease and complications, and promoting healthier lifestyles
2.4 B.         Supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based food regulatory policy
2.4 C.         Improving early detection, treatment and survival outcomes for people with cancer
2.4 D.         Improving access to high quality palliative care services for all Australians
2.4 E.         Reducing harm to individuals and communities from misuse of alcohol, pharmaceuticals and use of illicit drugs
2.4 F.          Reducing the harmful effects of tobacco use

2.5     Primary Health Care Quality and Coordination

2.5 A.         Focussing investment in frontline medical services for patients through Primary Health Networks
2.5 B.         Improving models of primary care
2.5 C.         Establishing the Primary Health Care Development Program

2.6     Primary Care Practice Incentives

2.6 A.         Providing general practice incentive payments

2.7     Hospital Services

2.7 A.         Supporting the States and Territories to deliver efficient public hospital services
2.7 B.         Improving health services in Tasmania
2.7 C.         Supporting the Mersey Community Hospital

Outcome 3
Sport and Recreation
Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, excellence in high-performance athletes, and protecting the integrity of sport through investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues.

3.1     Sport and Recreation

3.1 A.         Increasing participation in sport and recreation
3.1 B.         Supporting upcoming major sporting events
3.1 C.         Improving water and snow safety
3.1 D.         Protecting the integrity of sport

Outcome 4
Individual Health Benefits
Access to cost-effective medicines, medical, dental and hearing services, and improved choice in health services, including through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Medicare, targeted assistance strategies and private health insurance.

4.1     Medical Benefits

4.1 A.         Supporting a Medicare System that is modern, sustainable and in line with current clinical evidence
4.1 B.         Facilitating access to health services for Australians who travel to countries with a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement
4.1 C.         Supporting access to clinically necessary medical services, which are not available in Australia
4.1 D.         Providing financial assistance to eligible persons for out-of-pocket costs for ill health or injury arising from specific overseas disasters
4.1 E.         Supporting safe and effective diagnostic imaging services
4.1 F.          Supporting quality pathology services
4.1 G.         Improving access to prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer
4.1 H.        Supporting the delivery of high quality radiation oncology services

4.2     Hearing Services

4.2 A.         Supporting access for eligible clients to quality hearing services
4.2 B.         Supporting research into hearing loss prevention and management

4.3     Pharmaceutical Benefits

4.3 A.         Supporting timely access to medicines and pharmacy services
4.3 B.         Listing cost-effective, innovative, clinically effective medicines on the PBS
4.3 C.         Increasing the sustainability of the PBS
4.3 D.         Providing access to new and existing medicines for patients with life threatening conditions
4.3 E.         Undertaking post-market surveillance
4.3 F.          Monitoring the use of diagnostics, therapeutics and pathology

4.4     Private Health Insurance

4.4 A.         Supporting the affordability of private health insurance through the private health insurance rebate
4.4 B.         Ensuring access to safe and effective medical devices through the Prostheses List
4.4 C.         Promoting a viable, sustainable and cost-effective private health insurance sector

4.5     Medical Indemnity

4.5 A.         Ensuring that insurance products are available and affordable
4.5 B.         Ensuring the stability of the medical indemnity insurance industry

4.6     Dental Services

4.6 A.         Improving access to public dental services for children and adults

4.7     Health Benefit Compliance

4.7 A.         Supporting the integrity of health provider claiming

4.8     Targeted Assistance – Aids and Appliances

4.8 A.         Improving health outcomes for people with diabetes across Australia through the provision of subsidised products and self-management services
4.8 B.         Assisting people with a stoma by providing stoma related products
4.8 C.         Improving the quality of life for people with Epidermolysis Bullosa

Outcome 5
Regulation, Safety and Protection
Protection of the health and safety of the Australian community and preparedness to respond to national health emergencies and risks, including through immunisation, initiatives, and regulation of therapeutic goods, chemicals, gene technology, and blood and organ products.

5.1     Protect the Health and Safety of the Community Through Regulation

Therapeutic Goods
5.1 A.         Regulating therapeutic goods for safety, effectiveness/performance and quality
5.1 B.         Participating in international regulatory convergence and work sharing activities
5.1 C.         Promoting best practice regulation of therapeutic goods
Drug Regulation
5.1 D.         Regulating the import, export, and manufacture of controlled drugs
5.1 E.         Regulating the cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis
Chemical Safety
5.1 F.          Aiding the protection of the Australian people and the environment by assessing the risks of chemicals and providing information to promote their safe use
Gene Technology Regulation
5.1 G.         Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment by regulating work with genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

5.2     Health Protection and Emergency Response

5.2 A.         Reducing the incidence of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections
5.2 B.         Providing a comprehensive and effective response to national health emergencies
5.2 C.         Improving biosecurity and minimising the risks posed by communicable diseases
5.2 D.         Supporting the development of policies and implementation activities relating to health protection issues of national significance

5.3     Immunisation

5.3 A.         Increasing national immunisation coverage rates and improving the effectiveness of the National Immunisation Program

Outcome 6
Ageing and Aged Care
Improved wellbeing for older Australians through targeted support, access to quality care and related information services.

6.1     Access and Information

6.1 A.         Providing equitable and timely access to aged care assessments and making it easier for older people to find aged care services and information

6.2     Home Support and Care

6.2 A.         Providing entry level, support and care services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and providing coordinated Home Care Packages tailored to meet individuals’ specific care needs

6.3     Residential and Flexible Care

6.3 A.         Providing a range of residential and flexible care options and accommodation for older people who are unable to continue living independently in their own homes
6.3 B.         Administering the Accommodation Payment Guarantee Scheme

6.4     Aged Care Quality

6.4 A.         Promoting quality
6.4 B.         Caring for and supporting people with dementia
6.4 C.         Supporting the needs of people with dementia through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund
6.4 D.         Supporting a diverse community