In an interview with the Guardian, Andrew Todson, Chief Marketing Officer at the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (ANHMC), answered questions like, “how do you decide who is going to work in the network, what are the benefits and the drawbacks?”
And he also revealed that “what is the best way to make sure that you don’t have a monopoly?”
He added that the network is “a combination of different levels of expertise”.
Todston said that while some of the healthcare experts who are employed by the network might not be in the clinical arena, “we have some that are in the research community, so they’re helping to provide us with insights, helping to answer questions and making recommendations on things like what to do with our drugs and how we’re going to develop them.”
He said that ANHMC is also “working with other health care experts to bring them on board”.
Toodson’s comments are a bit surprising, because he also recently said that “the majority of our experts are still in academia, and we’re still looking for those people to work with us.”
However, he has not said how much of the peak network has actually been in academia.
In the interview, Todsey did reveal that the ANHMRC is “doing a lot of collaboration with the private sector, working with the industry and industry-specific bodies, and also collaborating with government and other institutions, so there’s a lot happening around the health network.”
Todsson also confirmed that the healthcare network “does provide an opportunity to provide support to those who want to be part of the network.”
According to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), healthcare professionals can’t join the network if they have “an interest in the industry or profession.”
The AMA also told the Guardian that there is “an expectation” that healthcare professionals who join the healthcare provider network “will be motivated to work more closely with us and to share their knowledge, experiences and expertise.”
It added that “as healthcare providers, we must be careful that our expertise is not used to exploit our customers’ access to the health system.”
The ACA has also warned that there will be “unprecedented” demand for healthcare professionals if the health care network is fully implemented.
“We will be inundated with calls for support to meet rising demand in Australia,” the ACA said in a statement.
“In the meantime, we have an important job to do to provide affordable and high-quality healthcare for all Australians.”
According the AMA, “there is no substitute for genuine expertise and the best and brightest in the health field can only come from universities and other higher education institutions.”
For the healthcare industry, it’s important to note that healthcare is not a service, and there is no “free lunch” when it comes to healthcare.
The healthcare industry is already a highly regulated sector, with some states requiring healthcare professionals to obtain certain credentials.
In New South Wales, healthcare professionals must have a “bachelor of science degree or higher,” and “have a minimum 3.0 GPA.”
While the AMA says that healthcare providers must adhere to state regulations, it also notes that “in some jurisdictions, it may be impossible to obtain a doctorate or doctorate-level diploma if the applicant does not have a certificate from an accredited university.”
The Australian Health Information Technology Association (AHITA), an industry body, has said that healthcare provider networks are “more than a mere convenience.”
“The healthcare industry as a whole has an obligation to ensure that its practitioners are trained to meet our industry’s requirements, and to ensure we have access to knowledge that is timely, relevant and relevant,” AHITA chief executive Andrew Wilson said in an email to the Guardian.
“It is our belief that our healthcare providers are part of this larger enterprise that supports and supports our workforce.”
The AHITB has also been lobbying states to “ensure that the workforce of the health sector is adequately trained to access information, advice and support” to patients.
“While some healthcare providers might be motivated by profits, we recognise that they also recognise the vital role that we play in the healthcare system,” AHB general secretary David Gompert said in the same statement.
Healthcare providers are currently required to obtain health insurance through the Commonwealth, but there is still no mandatory national health insurance scheme.
“There is no such system for healthcare providers to have access for their clients, as it’s not in their contract with the Commonwealth,” AHBT CEO Richard Brown told the New York Times.
The AMA is currently in talks with the Australian government about how the healthcare sector can become a more “competitive” industry.