A healthier future for all Australians - National Health & Hospitals Reform Commission Final Report June 2009

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission has delivered its final report A Healthier Future for all Australians.

The Commission says that our health system has many strengths and our health outcomes are among the best in the world. But it is under growing pressure – especially as the health needs of our population change. The Commission has found that we have a fragmented health system with a complex division of funding responsibilities and performance accountabilities.

The report identifies actions that can be taken against three reform goals:

  1. Tackling major access and equity issues that affect health outcomes for people now;
  2. Redesigning our health system so that it is better positioned to respond to emerging challenges; and
  3. Creating an agile and self-improving health system for long-term sustainability.

More than 280 public submissions (PDF 48KB) were received by the Commission during its 16 months of work.

The Commission has presented more than 120 recommendations (PDF 1074KB) on health care reform.

View the archival NHHRC website.

National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Report

Executive Summary (PDF 1225 KB)
Recommendations (PDF 1074 KB)
Introduction (PDF 1027 KB)
Chapter 1: A time for action (PDF 1486 KB)
Chapter 2: Our vision for long-term health reform (PDF 1039 KB)
Chapter 3: Tackling major access and equity issues that affect health outcomes for people now (PDF 1081 KB)
Chapter 4: Redesigning our health system to respond to emerging challenges (PDF 1124 KB)
Chapter 5: Creating an agile and self-improving health system (PDF 1117 KB)
Chapter 6: Reforming governance (PDF 1102 KB)
Chapter 7: Implementing a national plan for health reform (PDF 1523 KB)
Appendix A: Terms of reference (PDF 24 KB)
Appendix B: About the Commissioners (PDF 143 KB)
Appendix C: Acknowledgements (PDF 30 KB)
Appendix D: Discussion papers (PDF 42 KB)
Appendix E: Submissions in response to the Interim Report (PDF 48 KB)
Appendix F: Design and governance principles (PDF 46 KB)
Appendix G: Implementing reforms (PDF 189 KB)
Appendix H: Investing in reform (PDF 153 KB)
Glossary & Acronyms (PDF 3290 KB)

Full Report - large file (PDF 12378 KB)
Full Report (RTF 6941 KB)

An HTML version of this document is being prepared. If you are having difficulty accessing the PDF, please contact talkhealth@nhhrc.org.au for an alternative version to be sent to you. A rich text format version is provided as an interim measure.

ISBN: 1-74186-940-4
Publications Number: P3 -5499

Commonwealth of Australia 2009

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