The major policy report provides you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in policy analysis, policy development and policy advocacy, although the relative balance between each element might vary depending on the topic. In this policy report you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the following areas:
familiarity with major state, national and international institutions and arrangements that influence and shape the selected policy;
familiarity with the contemporary policy environment within which this field of health policy is located; and
familiarity with the evidence, leading arguments, and main political forces associated with this particular policy.
You will choose a policy issue of interest to you, and identify an institutional/a stakeholders perspective from which you will be undertaking the exercise. Ideally, you will:
define the problem, quantify ? be specific about problems scope and magnitude, affected group(s), and specify the nature of the problem;
examine the historical development of the policy issue;
analyse the factors which have influenced the course of policy development and implementation (including the institutions and the actors);
consider the strengths and weaknesses (or benefits and costs) of current and/or proposed policy positions; and
propose realistic policy improvements based on evidence and analysis.
topic for major policy report
Please select one of the following policy issues / questions to be addressed in the Ministerial briefing note. Please choose any topic from below for major policy report
1. The recently released Closing the Gap annual report on the quality of life of Indigenous Australians revealed improvements in some but not all health indicators. What policy advice would you give in relation to priorities for action to close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians?
2. One of the greatest public health challenges confronting Australia and many other industrialised countries is the obesity epidemic. The food people consume is a major factor in obesity. It needs to be easier for people to make healthier choices about what they eat. More than a year ago the federal government introduced the health star rating system after a series of discussion with the major stakeholders. However, this rating system is voluntary for industry to implement. It is argued that as it is voluntary, food manufacturers can decide whether a product will display health stars or not.
3. Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness. However, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding continues to be sub-optimal in many developing countries. Considering a developing country context advise policy for Health of that country as to how exclusive breastfeeding could be increased substantially.
4. Real-time prescription drug monitoring programme
The current Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the number of Victorians dying from prescription drug overdoses, with the introduction of a real-time prescription monitoring system. With more people losing their lives each year in Victoria from overdoses of prescription drugs than those dying in road accidents, a real-time prescription monitoring system has the potential to prevent the deaths of up to 90 Victorians over the next five years.
Real-time prescription monitoring is a clinical decision support system that will allow doctors and pharmacists to access an up-to-the-minute medication supply history of certain high risk medicines for their patient at the point of consultation. This information will enable doctors and pharmacists to make more informed decisions about prescribing and dispensing of controlled medication.
5.. Rural and remote health
About one-third of Australias population lives in regional, rural, and remote areas. They do not enjoy the same high standard of health and wellbeing as those who live in the cities, or the same access to health services and health-related infrastructure. There are a range of issues involved and it is the rural and remote people themselves who are best placed to understand the issues and to generate and manage solutions. The current government appointed Rural Health Commissioner who will have responsibility for making recommendations to Government to improve the health outcomes of people in rural and remote Australia.
The report should follow an essay-style format with an introduction, body and conclusion. Sub-headings may be used but are not mandatory, and will contribute to the word count.
In-text referencing must be used, according to a recognised referencing style such as APA6
The list of references will not be included in the word count.
The paper must be written in Times New Roman, 12 font. Use 1.5 line spacing.
Please insert a cover page that includes your name, number, title of essay and word count. Also ensure page numbers are included in the paper.
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