Thursday, 11 September 2014

Study calls for changes in service planning for the Victorian community health sector

DEPM student Veronique Roussy has co authored a study with Dr Charles Livingstone about service planning in the Victorian community health sector.
According to the study, comprehensive service planning has been uncommon in the Victorian community health sector. Where it has occurred, it has primarily been undertaken by community health services embedded within larger, hospital based health services. Reflections on the utility and efficacy of community health service planning are largely absent from the Australian peer-reviewed literature.

The paper noted that community health service planning is shaped by reforms, the legal status of agencies and data availability. Recognising the advantages and limitations imposed by these factors will assist in achieving more realistic planning outcomes.
The study additionally highlighted that the whole sector’s capacity to plan would improve if funding streams were less diverse, longer term and relied on improved reporting frameworks encompassing health outcome measures.


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