Health and economic evaluation

Evaluation is at the core of understanding whether a program or service is delivering as expected, what the barriers and obstacles to good implementation are, and how to make it more efficient and effective.

Health evaluation is always complex because of the mix of variables at play in measuring any change in outcomes.

Health Policy Analysis has undertaken many evaluations, large and small, using our skills in data analysis, stakeholder consultation and effectively and methodically working through issues to provide our clients with clear recommendations.

Review of the NSW State Mental Health Telephone Access Line Program - Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office, NSW Ministry of Health, 2015

In late 2015, the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office (now known as the Mental Health Branch) of the NSW Ministry of Health engaged Health Policy Analysis to undertake a six-month review of the state wide operation of the NSW State Mental Health Telephone Access Line (SMHTAL) Program as part of the ongoing quality improvement process for the service. The project reviewed business processes, governance arrangements and the performance of the service. Read More

Formative evaluation of the Minimum Standards for the Management of Hip Fracture in the Older Person - NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, 2014

Health Policy Analysis was engaged to undertake a formative evaluation of the ACI’s Minimum Standards for in Fracture Management in the Older Person. The project involved the in-depth study of the implementation of the Standards at six sites within NSW, as well as studying the program governance established by the ACI and analysing data from across the state. Read More

South West Sydney Local Health District Renal Pathways Evaluation – NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, 2014

Health Policy Analysis reviewed the Renal Pathways program implemented in South Western Sydney Local Health District in October 2011. The aim of the evaluation was to quantify the savings resulting from the program. Read More

Central Australia and Barkly Integrated Eye Health Strategy Review – Fred Hollows Foundation, 2012

The Fred Hollows Foundation, on behalf of the Central Australia and Barkly Strategic Eye Health Advisory Committee (CABSEHAC), engaged Health Policy Analysis to examine the key features, aims and objectives of the CABIEHS and assess how successful it has been in achieving them. Read More

Economic evaluation and costing methodology: Mental Health and Aged Care Partnerships Initiative – NSW Ministry of Health, 2012

Health Policy Analysis conducted an economic evaluation of the Mental Health Aged Care Partnership Initiative which provides community residential services for people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and/or functional mental illness. The evaluation was designed analyse existing models and inform policy. Read More

Evaluation of aged care workforce reform project – Health Workforce Australia, 2012

Health Policy Analysis undertook a national evaluation of the aged care workforce reform project. An evaluation framework and associated templates were developed, a comprehensive literature review was conducted, research ethics approval was obtained, data collection took place at baseline, mid- and final stages, and around 150 interviews were conducted. Interim and mid-evaluation reports were also prepared. Read More

Evaluation of Medical Specialist Outreach Program and Visiting Optometrist Scheme – Department of Health and Ageing, 2010

In April 2010, Health Policy Analysis undertook an evaluation of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme. The evaluation was intended to address key aspects of the operations of these programs, and the resulting recommendations are progressively being implemented. Read More

Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme Review – NSW Department of Health, 2011

Health Policy Analysis conducted a review of the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme eligibility criteria and subsidy levels in the context of the NSW Government election commitment to provide an additional $28 million bringing NSW more in-line with other states. In 2012, Health Policy Analysis was re-engaged to assist with the allocations of the election enhancements across the IPTAAS offices and auditing the previous enhancements to the scheme. Read More

Evaluation of the Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People – NSW Department of Health, 2011

Health Policy Analysis undertook a mid-term evaluation of the NSW Service Plan for Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People 2005-2015. Its purpose was to the assess the progress of implementation of the Plan, evaluate the outcomes from Phase 1, and review the strategies and service models outlined for development in Phase 2. The recommendations arising from the evaluation are now being implemented by the Ministry. Read More

Review of Trachoma surveillance data arrangements - DoHA Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2010

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) commissioned HealthConsult in collaboration with Health Policy Analysis to review the current arrangements for the collection, recording, transfer and reporting of national trachoma data in order to evaluate the current surveillance system and make recommendations for improvements. Officers proceeded to implement the recommendations. Read More