Healthcare reform is back on the agenda, but the typical top-down policy approach could be doomed to failure.
Experts say there is a growing body of international evidence that a reform focus on the administrative apex undermines improvements to healthcare delivery.
Victoria University’s Professor Pauline Stanton said a bottom-up approach was more likely to succeed: “In one Australian study staff who believed they were involved in decision-making also believed these decisions led to better patient care.”
Three leading academics from the US and Australia present their latest research in this area at a seminar at Victoria University on Tuesday, 18 August:
Giving American Nurses a greater voice in the delivery of patient care
Professor Paul F. Clark, Head of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Pennsylvania State University, US
Teamwork and Innovation in nine acute care hospitals
Richard Gough, Senior Lecturer in the School of Management and Information Systems, Victoria University
Employee participation, high performance work systems and the quality of patient care
Professor Pauline Stanton, Head of the School of Management and Information Systems at Victoria University
When: Tuesday, 18 August
Where: Room 1105, Level 11, Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Media are invited to attend. Presenters are available for interview.
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