NSW review says healthcare system needs treatment

Date: Sep 08, 2011

New South Wales should be at the world centre of healthcare research but has its potential blocked by disparate parties, according to a recent report.

A strategic review of the NSW health and medical research industry – chaired by distinguished researcher Peter Wills – has found that the state is not yet reaching its full potential.

Wills says that the state's separate institutes need to work together for the benefit of the resident population.

He asserts: "We have a world-class health system, excellent researchers, preeminent universities and research organisations and pockets of excellence in research fields.

"However, NSW wins less than our natural share of competitive domestic grants given the size of our population and economy and has taken a relatively fragmented approach to supporting health and medical research."

The review committee has been aiming to provide infrastructure planning advice and regulatory recommendations that will help build up the reputation of local medical establishments.

Due at the end of November in 2011, an interim report will provide members of NSW professional medical bodies with suggested improvements on the current levels of service.

To this end, Wills has written an opinion piece that outlines his projected vision to improve the state of healthcare over the next ten years.

By forming hubs that focus on particular issues, professionals will be able to access data and assets from across multiple organisations – improving research times and potentially producing more viable results.

While already yielding promising dividends, further investment in clinical research could help to produce treatments that are highly targeted at the medical issues suffered by the NSW population – reducing the instances of accidental injury from misdiagnosis.

Pushing the commercialisation of healthcare innovations could reduce the time that a treatment for a particular condition takes to reach the open market – improving the chance a sufferer has of accessing the appropriate procedure.

By shifting the focus of infrastructure investment to institutes that are capable of delivering results that are beneficial on a worldwide scale, the state may be able to benefit from increased levels of foreign investment.

The final suggestion by Wills relates to the governance of the medical profession, with strategic planning bodies providing direction for reporting and accountability that may help reduce the occurrence of accidents.

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