Sustainability of health systems is a key concern in Australia and elsewhere in the developed world. Much has been written about fiscal sustainability as well as getting better value from what is already spent. Sustainability implies that the health system endures and adapts by ensuring limited resources (physical, financial and human) are used efficiently and responsibly enough to continually maintain or improve population and individual health and wellbeing in a constantly changing external environment. It must deliver on the triple bottom line i.e. simultaneous financial, social and environmental return on investment. It includes adapting how we deliver services, health promotion, more prevention, corporate social responsibility and developing more resilient and enduring models of care.
Our researchers conduct sustainability analyses of health systems and explore models for conceptualising and creating sustainable organisations to deliver healthcare in the 21st century. We contribute to national and international models for health system sustainability. Our researchers are committed to seeing health systems improvement move from a localised, small-scale empirical endeavour, to one that is theoretically sound, efficient and cost-effective when performed at scale, and with the ability to be widely deployed and to have sustainable results.
Our research spans a range of themes including: