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Table 1 Outcomes of Australian Health Ministers' Conferences 2004–2005 in relation to structural reform

From: (Re)form with Substance? Restructuring and governance in the Australian health system 2004/05

Agreement / Outcome Press release date
Agreement to take "immediate action to progress reform of the Australian health care system in the areas of after hours GP services; aged care; chronic disease and cancer services; medical workforce planning; and, renal disease services" [10] 28 November 2003
Establishment of a national nursing taskforce to drive major nursing education and workforce reforms [11] 28 November 2003
Release of Australia's first national health workforce strategic framework [12] 23 April 2004
Agreement to take further steps "to progress reform of the Australian health care system in the areas of after hours GP services; aged care; chronic disease and cancer services; medical workforce planning; and, renal disease services" [13] 23 April 2004
Agreement on a nationally consistent approach to medical registration [14] 23 April 2004
Agreement on the first National Health Workforce Action Plan [15] 29 July 2004
Agreement to continue the Health Reform Agenda and the future priorities for reform [16] 29 July 2004
Agreement to establish a Review of the Future Governance Arrangements for Safety and Quality in Health Care [17] 29 July 2004
Agreement to establish a new national entity to drive critical e-health initiatives – NEHTA [18] 28 January 2005
Endorse development of a National Framework for Action on Dementia [19] 28 January 2005