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People power and politics in the WA health service

Posted on: 4 February, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Health Services Western Australia

Western Australia Policy Forum, Mooney G (2008)
People power and politics in the WA health service.
Perth: Western Australia Policy Forum

The paper discusses the WA health service and resource allocation. Highlighted is the value of the input of informed WA citizens in terms of prioritising limited resources. Specifically, it suggests that greater emphasis must be given to meeting the health needs of Aboriginal people and providing resources for prevention and public health.

The recommendations of the paper consider management practices, reducing inequality in the system, for example Aboriginal health, priorities for limited resources and public health and prevention. In conclusion the author argues for a system based on social value and not medical technical judgement.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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