This book is destined to become a classic in its field.
Sidney Sax, Chairman, Ethics Committee, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, former Director of Health Services, Planning and Research, NSW
The whys and hows are clearly and carefully explained for everyone involved in planning health services of all sizes in today's demanding climate. No health planner should go to work without this book.
Tony Adams, Professor of Public Health, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
Increasing concern about a positive return on investment in health leads to a need to make choices. As a result, skills in planning are increasingly being required of managers, providers and policy makers in health care.
Experienced planners and teachers Kathy Eagar, Pamela Garrett and Vivian Lin have written a comprehensive introduction that bridges the theory and practice of health planning. They outline the health policy and planning context, the impact of different resource allocation environments on planning, and explain the processes and the technical skills needed to undertake service, program, corporate, business and facility planning.
The authors also explore major challenges facing health planners, including the growing role of market forces in health care, the need to balance equity of access with equity of outcomes, and the tension between planning for population health versus planning for more efficient health care delivery.
Illustrated with extensive case studies from both the public and private sectors, Health Planning is an indispensable reference for health professionals and a valuable text for students.
Table of Contents
List of figures, tables and boxes
About the authors
About the case study authors
Part I Overview and context of health policy and planning
1. Introduction to health planning
2. Trends and issues in the Australian health system
3. A brief history of health planning
Part II Planning in different resource environments
4. Planning in the context of resource allocation
5. Planning in the Australian private health care sector
Part III Core health planning skills
6. Identifying health needs and issues
7. Information and evidence for health planning
8. Community involvement in health planning
10. Developing goals, objectives and strategies in health planning
11. Setting priorities and selecting interventions
Part IV Specialist health planning practice
12. Service planning
13. Program planning for health
Kathy Eagar is Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Service Development at the University of Wollongong. Pamela Garrett is Senior Planner at the South Western Sydney Area Health Service and teaches Health Care Management at the University of Western Sydney. Vivian Lin is Professor of Public Health and Head of School at La Trobe University.