Reports and releases

IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL EYE AND TISSUE NETWORK, AUSTRALIAN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION AUTHORITY

The Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) in February 2009 to evaluate supply and demand trends for eye and tissue donation and  transplantation in Australia, together with current arrangements to support these activities, and provide recommendations for the implementation of the National Eye and Tissue Network.

BED SUBSTITUTION IN ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT FOR OLDER PEOPLE – AN EVALUATION OF THE INTENSIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT PROGRAM

Health Outcomes International (HOI) was engaged by the then Department of Human Services (the Department) in April 2008 to undertake an evaluation of the Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) Program – a bed substitution program for the acute psychiatric treatment of older people.

 

The key objectives for this evaluation were to:

- Determine whether the ICT is a feasible substitute for acute inpatient psychiatric treatment for older people;

- Provide the data and information to enable the Mental Health and Drugs Division (MH&DD) to model the demand for inpatient beds and establish  appropriate numbers of substitution places to facilitate access to acute psychiatric treatment for older people into the future; and

- Make recommendations regarding future development, improvements and implementation of the bed substitution model.

 

Subsequent to project commencement it was determined that due to a lack of availability of consistent data the second objective was not required to be reported on as part of this evaluation.

DEVELOPMENT OF OPTIONS FOR MAINSTREAMING MATERNITY SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDING- DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, VICTORIA

This document represents a report of the ‘Options for mainstreaming Maternity Services Program Funding’ (MSP) project. The document provides an overview of MSP in the context of the Department’s quality and funding  framework, provides an analysis of recent trends in service delivery and funding (globally and in Victoria), and  specifically examines maternity service arrangements and funding strategies in NZ, Canada, and the UK.

 

EVALUATION OF THE NSW YOUNG PEOPLE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE (YPIRAC) PROGRAM FOR NSW AGEING DISABILITY AND HOME CARE (ADHC

In February 2006, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) announced a limited 5­year program aimed at reducing the number of younger people living in a residential aged care facility (RACF). The program was designed to provide alternative accommodation for some younger people with disabilities living in residential aged care, improve services for those who continue to stay in residential aged care and reduce future admissions for those younger people who are at risk of entering residential aged care.

 

The NSW Department of Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (the Agency or ADHC) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) in April 2010 to undertake a qualitatively focussed evaluation of the NSW YPIRAC program. The Agency sought that the evaluation respond to the following broad questions:


1. To what extent do the program components meet the needs of the target group and the stated objectives?
2. What isthe appropriateness and effectiveness ofthe program design in terms ofservice delivery, service pathways, and service options?
3. To what extent has the program implementation (process/procedures) hindered or facilitated the meeting of the program objectives? and
4. How cost effective have the service models proven to be?

EVALUATION OF THE SWISH PROGRAM

The NSW Department of Health (the Department) appointed Health Outcomes International (HOI) July 2009 to conduct an evaluation of the NSW Health Statewide Infant Screening –Hearing (SWISH) program.

 

The objectives for the evaluation were to:

- Evaluate the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the SWISH program in meeting the performance indicators and international benchmarks for newborn hearing screening programs.

- Evaluate processes including: Program management, Referral processes, Service networks and the Satisfaction of parents/families.

- Develop a monitoring system and make recommendations for ongoing management and reporting of all aspects of the SWISH program 

NATIONAL ACTIVITY BASED FUNDING FRAMEWORK AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

This document is an Interim Report containing the results of work to this point on the development of a National Framework and Implementation Plan for the nationally consistent approach to Activity Based Funding as outlined in the National Partnership Agreement. 

 

The purpose of the outline Implementation Plan is to provide sufficient detail about jurisdictions’ implementation intentions to enable the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Ageing to make an informed decision on the release of 2008-09 funding to States and Territories to support implementation of the Activity Based Funding initiative. 

ACTIVITY BASED FUNDING AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES PAPER- MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Health Outcomes International (HOI) and the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) University of Sydney agreed to collaborate in the preparation of this issues paper to facilitate an increased awareness of ABF and to encourage active interest and involvement of the mental health sector in the implementation of the national health funding reforms.

 

This paper provides some background to the application of Activity Based Funding (ABF) to mental health in Australia that will be implemented on 1 July 2013.

RESEARCH TO INFORM SERVICE DELIVERY MODELS THAT INCLUDE THE APPLICATION OF SMART ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

In March 2012 the former Queensland Department of Communities (now the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) to conduct research to provide evidence to inform models of disability and community care service  delivery that integrate smart assistive technologies (smartAT) as an integrated component of service delivery for specialist disability and community care services for people with a disability.

Research Contributing To A Review Of The Purchasing Strategy For The Public Health Medicine Training Programme

The Clinical Training Agency (CTA) engaged Health Outcomes International Pty Ltd (HOI) to undertake research to contribute to a review of the Public Health Medicine Training Programme.

Taking a bite of the apple: The implementation of Fruit in Schools

Healthy Futures is the evaluation of the Ministry of Health’s Fruit in Schools (FIS) initiative. This report summarises the findings to date. The evaluation is being undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and HOI.

Court Diversion Program Evaluation

The Court Diversion Program Evaluation is an evaluation of three court-based diversionary programs aimed at a spectrum of criminal behaviours. 

Evaluation of the Relocated HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases Services

Diversion programs seek to refer offenders with problematic substance use issues who have contact with the criminal justice system into treatment. Diversion aims to improve outcomes for substance using offenders through referral to treatment and, for the community, by reducing substance use and associated criminal activity (Swan, O’Keeffe, Alberti and Ritter, 2002). NO LINK

The Evaluation of Victoria’s “Turning the Tide” drug policy

Illicit drugs and their abuse continue to be major issues for Governments at all levels both in Australia and internationally. In global terms the level of health-related harm caused by illicit drug use and abuse is relatively small compared to the harms associated with the socially accepted and regulated use of licit drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. NO LINK

Evaluation of Specialist Methadone Services

The first of the Specialist Methadone Services (SMS) in Victoria was established in 1994 as part of a redevelopment of drug treatment services, during which resources for institutional based services were redistributed to increase the range of community-based services. While general medical practitioners (GPs) provide the majority of methadone treatment services in Victoria, SMS were developed to provide support for those people receiving methadone treatment with complex medical, psychiatric or psychosocial problems. 

Family/whānau participation in mental health and addiction services: A stocktake of the Northern region

The Northern DHB Support Agency (NDSA) on behalf of the Northern DHBs, engaged Health Outcomes International Pty Ltd (HOI) to conduct a stocktake of family/whānau participation (FWP) programmes in Northern Region mental health and addiction services.