Academic journal article Australian Health Review

The Australian Health Care System, 4th Edn

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

The Australian Health Care System, 4th Edn

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THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, 4TH EDN By S. Duckett and S. Willcox Oxford University Press, 2011 ISBN: 9780195574647; xvii+387 pages

I am fortunate to be able to review the latest edition of a text I last reviewed in 2008 (Aust Health Rev, 2008; 32(2): 371). At that time I praised the text as 'providing useful insights and a deeper understanding of the issues that confront the future direction and delivery of health services in this country'. Some 3 years later, the fourth edition came across my desk.

On initial inspection, the text has undergone a significant faceliftin regards to layout, style and approach. Also pleasing is the edition of useful summaries at the commencement of each chapter; key terms; with further reading lists and useful websites at the conclusion of each chapter. These enhancements take this edition to a new level. In addition to the chapters that focus on: frameworks for analysis; the Australian population and its health; financing healthcare; the Health workforce; departmental and intergovernmental structures; hospitals; public health; primary and community care; pharmaceuticals; and policy challenges for the Australian healthcare system, the authors have included three new focus areas, namely:

* Primary care services;

* Specialised health services; and

* Aged care and disability services.

Further enhancing this edition, the authors have included case studies to assist the reader to link theory and practical aspects. …

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