Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Doing Health Policy in Australia

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Doing Health Policy in Australia

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Book review Doing Health Policy in Australia Dugdale P Alien and Unwin, 2008 ISBN: 978 1 74175 395 0. vii + 239 pages. RRP: $45

THIS BOOK ADDS to a string of recent offerings on Australian health policy in this country. What separates this text from the others is the way in which it practically and plainly leads the reader through the mire that is Australia's health policy and in doing so provides a coherent discussion on the forces that shape the face of Australia's health system.

The author divides the book into ten chapters that start with examining the health policy scene and the nature of health. The text then explores issues around governing doctors; the public health system in Australia; and Medicare. Finally, the book moves to helping the reader understand quality, safety and governance; and Indigenous health policy and health protection. What is pleasing is the chapter on health policy activism. This chapter not only explores activism but also includes a section on writing policy. …

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