1st Edition

Health Planning Australian perspectives

By Kathy Eagar Copyright 2001
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is destined to become a classic in its field.

    Sidney Sax, Chairman, Ethics Committee, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, former Director of Health Services, Planning and Research, NSW

    The whys and hows are clearly and carefully explained for everyone involved in planning health services of all sizes in today's demanding climate. No health planner should go to work without this book.

    Tony Adams, Professor of Public Health, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University

    Increasing concern about a positive return on investment in health leads to a need to make choices. As a result, skills in planning are increasingly being required of managers, providers and policy makers in health care.

    Experienced planners and teachers Kathy Eagar, Pamela Garrett and Vivian Lin have written a comprehensive introduction that bridges the theory and practice of health planning. They outline the health policy and planning context, the impact of different resource allocation environments on planning, and explain the processes and the technical skills needed to undertake service, program, corporate, business and facility planning.

    The authors also explore major challenges facing health planners, including the growing role of market forces in health care, the need to balance equity of access with equity of outcomes, and the tension between planning for population health versus planning for more efficient health care delivery.

    Illustrated with extensive case studies from both the public and private sectors, Health Planning is an indispensable reference for health professionals and a valuable text for students.

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    About the authors

    About the case study authors

    Part I Overview and context of health policy and planning

    1. Introduction to health planning

    2. Trends and issues in the Australian health system

    3. A brief history of health planning

    Part II Planning in different resource environments

    4. Planning in the context of resource allocation

    5. Planning in the Australian private health care sector

    Part III Core health planning skills

    6. Identifying health needs and issues

    7. Information and evidence for health planning

    8. Community involvement in health planning

    9. Forecasting

    10. Developing goals, objectives and strategies in health planning

    11. Setting priorities and selecting interventions

    Part IV Specialist health planning practice

    12. Service planning

    13. Program planning for health


    Kathy Eagar is Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Service Development at the University of Wollongong. Pamela Garrett is Senior Planner at the South Western Sydney Area Health Service and teaches Health Care Management at the University of Western Sydney. Vivian Lin is Professor of Public Health and Head of School at La Trobe University.