We all need healthcare – either for ourselves or a loved one. This includes support for health issues, mental health issues, and substance use issues. Furthermore, our need for quality healthcare has never been greater – this is largely because of our ageing populations and the rise of multi-morbidities, including those that are prioritised by Australian and New Zealand governments.
Managing health services can be difficult – this encompasses the ways they are designed, resourced, governed, led, organised, managed, developed, marketed, regulated, and coordinated; as well as the ways they translate research into practice. Consider, for instance: the increasing cost of healthcare; the limited availability of public funding; the rate of reform; the speed of technological innovation; our changing (if not heightened) expectations, as patients or carers; the louder calls for transparency; different (if not greater) accountability mechanisms; as well as increasing pressure to demonstrate evidence-based practices, including interprofessional care, whereby disparate disciplines are expected to collaborate, complement, and coordinate.
Given the importance of healthcare, the aim of the Health Management and Organisation Special Interest Group is to advance ANZAM interests through concentrated scholarly activity on the processes and practices within and among health services, broadly defined. This aim is achieved by:
- Connecting individuals – and the organisations they represent – with a shared interest in healthcare to form a critical mass
- Advancing the strategic plan of ANZAM by pursuing this shared interest in healthcare, empirically, theoretically, conceptually, methodologically, and practically
- Extending and complementing the ANZAM Health Management and Organisation Conference Stream
- Engaging with different methodologies and methods that support transdisciplinary approaches
- Advocating and lobbying for policies, practices, and scholarship that promote member interests
- Partnering with organisations across and beyond the Tasman with shared and complementary interests, and coordinating our efforts accordingly
Associate Professor Ann Dadich, PhD, MAPS, NSW JP, ANZAMM
School of Business
Western Sydney University