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National Healthcare Agreement (2013)

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Indicator set type:Help on this termCOAG IGA
METeOR identifier:Help on this term496807
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 30/04/2014
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The National Healthcare Agreement affirms the agreement of all governments that Australia's health system should:

  1. be shaped around the health needs of individual patients, their families and communities;
  2. focus on the prevention of disease and injury and the maintenance of health, not simply the treatment of illness;
  3. support an integrated approach to the promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of illness and injury, and diagnosis and treatment of illness across the continuum of care; and
  4. provide all Australians with timely access to quality health services based on their needs, not ability to pay, regardless of where they live in the country.

The objective of the Agreement is: 'Through this Agreement, the Parties commit to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure the sustainability of the Australian health system' (clause 12).

The outcomes of the Agreement are:

  1. Australians are born and remain healthy;
  2. Australians receive appropriate high quality and affordable primary and community health services;
  3. Australians receive appropriate high quality and affordable hospital and hospital related care;
  4. Older Australians receive appropriate high quality and affordable health and aged care services;
  5. Australians have positive health and aged care experiences which take account of individual circumstances and care needs;
  6. Australians have a health system that promotes social inclusion and reduces disadvantage, especially for Indigenous Australians; and
  7. Australians have a sustainable health system.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement (2012) Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement (2014) Health, Standard 30/04/2014

Outcome areas linked to this Indicator set:Help on this term

Aged Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Hospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority, Standard 25/07/2013

Patient Experience Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Prevention Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Primary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Social Inclusion and Indigenous Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Indigenous, Endorsed 11/09/2012

Sustainability Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Indicators linked to this Indicator set:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement: PB a-Better health: close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB b-Better health: halve the mortality gap for Indigenous children under five by 2018, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB c-Better health: reduce the age-adjusted prevalence rate for Type 2 diabetes to 2000 levels (equivalent to a national prevalence rate (for 25 years and over) of 7.1 per cent) by 2023, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB d-Better health: by 2018, increase by five percentage points the proportion of Australian adults and children at a healthy body weight, over the 2009 baseline, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB e-Better health: by 2018, reduce the national smoking rate to 10 per cent of the population and halve the Indigenous smoking rate over the 2009 baseline, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB f-By 2014-15, improve the provision of primary care and reduce the proportion of potentially preventable hospital admissions by 7.6 per cent over the 2006-07 baseline to 8.5 per cent of total hospital admissions, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PB g-Better health: the rate of Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA) bacteraemia is no more than 2.0 per 10,000 occupied bed days for acute care public hospitals by 2011–12 in each state and territory, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 01-Proportion of babies born of low birth weight, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 02-Incidence of selected cancers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03-Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 04-Rates of current daily smokers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 05-Levels of risky alcohol consumption, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 06-Life expectancy, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 07-Infant and young child mortality rate, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 08-Major causes of death, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 09-Incidence of heart attacks, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 10-Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 11-Proportion of adults with very high levels of psychological distress, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 14-People deferring access to selected healthcare due to financial barriers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 15-Effective management of diabetes, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 16-Potentially avoidable deaths, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 18-Selected potentially preventable hospitalisations, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b-Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion completed within four hours, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 22-Healthcare associated infections, 2013 Health, Superseded 25/11/2013

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 23-Unplanned hospital readmission rates, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-Survival of people diagnosed with notifiable cancers, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 25-Rate of community follow up within first seven days of discharge from a psychiatric admission, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 26-Residential and community aged care places per 1,000 population aged 70+ years, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 27-Number of hospital patient days used by those eligible and waiting for residential aged care, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 28-Proportion of residential aged care services that are three year re-accredited, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 29-Proportion of residential aged care days on hospital leave due to selected preventable causes, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30-Elapsed time for aged care services, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 31-Proportion of aged care recipients who are full pensioners relative to the proportion of full pensioners in the general population, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32-Patient satisfaction/experience, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33-Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations, 2012. Canberra. National Healthcare Agreement 2012. Viewed 12 March 2013,
<http://www.federalfinancialrelations.gov.au/content/npa/healthcare/national-agreement.pdf>

COAG Reform Council, 2013. Canberra. Healthcare 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia. Viewed 6 June 2013,
<http://www.coagreformcouncil.gov.au/reports/healthcare/healthcare-2011-12-comparing-performance-across-australia>

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