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Ross Barnett (2003)Revolving doors: New Zealand's health reforms
Health & Place, 9
P. Davis, T. Ashton (2001)Health and Public Policy in New Zealand
S. Sax (1984)A strife of interests: Politics and policies in Australian health services
Australia and New Zealand Health Policy is a new journal which aims to promote debate and understanding about contemporary health policy developments in Australia and New Zealand. Although there are other international journals focussing on health policy, there are no Australian or New Zealand journals with this focus. One of the aims of Australia and New Zealand Health Policy is to focus on contemporary critiques and contemporary developments. Accordingly an e-journal format is particularly appropriate. Australian and New Zealand Health Policy is an open access journal which means that all articles will be freely and universally accessible online which, amongst other things, means that all articles will be freely and universally accessible online without any barriers to access, which increases their visibility. are medical, public health or hospital-related. Although Editorial Welcome to Australia and New Zealand Health Policy a new the local journals publish occasional policy articles, this journal which aims to promote debate and understanding area is not their principal interest, nor are they necessarily about contemporary health policy developments in Aus- the journals which policy-oriented academics or policy tralia and New Zealand. Health policy is regularly in the practitioners scan to keep abreast of developments. media and is a high profile issue at election times. In Aus- tralia the health system has been characterised by conflicts The absence of a health policy journal serving Australia over values and policy choices over the decades. So perva- and New Zealand has long-term consequences for the sive is this conflict that Sax entitled his 1984 book about development of systematic analysis of and research into health services, "A Strife of Interests" . Health policy in health policy. One consequence is that there is no forum New Zealand has also had a turbulent time over the past where health policy developments are documented and decade [2,3]. Health policy changes in Australia and New tracked, a lacuna which precludes cumulative analyses of Zealand are thus ripe for analysis. Australia and New Zea- trends. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy will land Health Policy aims to provide a prestigious venue for address this by publishing annual reviews of policy devel- analysis and critique of health policy in the two countries. opments. As one of the aims of Australia and New Zealand Health Pol- Why a new journal? Although there are other international journals focussing icy is to focus on contemporary critiques and contempo- on health policy, there are no Australian or New Zealand rary developments, an e-journal format is particularly journals with this focus. Other related-area local journals appropriate. Debate will also be stimulated by providing Page 1 of 2 (page number not for citation purposes) Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2004, 1:1 http://www.anzhealthpolicy.com/content/1/1/1 for 'Comment' on published articles, in a way analogous Open access journals are funded by article processing to a letters column. charges rather than journal subscriptions. The costs are therefore borne by the authors, their institutions of from Australia and New Zealand Health Policy is a peer reviewed their grants. That is, all access to journals is free to readers journal. In keeping with its policy-applied focus, articles via the web (BMC online-only journals). Authors from will be refereed by two referees, preferably one with a institutional supporters are exempt from authorship strong practitioner background, such as currently or charges. The institutional supporters pay a sliding scale recently employed in a policy role in a health authority, based on the number of staff and postgraduate students in and one from an academic background. At least one of the biomedical sciences. referees will have substantive content knowledge relating to the article. Articles published in Australia and New Zea- Institutional subscription has a number of benefits. In land Health Policy will be listed in PubMed and perma- addition to the direct benefits in terms of waived author nently archived in PubMed Central as well as certain other fees, there are public policy benefits in supporting an national archives. open access journal regime such as Biomed Central. Open access journals are one mechanism for putting pressure on regular journal publishers to moderate their price Journal scope Australia and New Zealand Health Policy contributes to increases. understanding of health policy development and practice with a particular focus on Australia and New Zealand. It Unfortunately there are no New Zealand institutional welcomes submissions which: subscribers to BioMed Central at present, which means that New Zealand authors will face article processing • Review and critique contemporary health policy issues; charges, although no article processing charges will be payable on manuscripts submitted in the first six months Identify major trends in health policy and emerging pol- following the launch of the journal. Article processing icy issues, including new evidence about the effect of pol- charges are also usually regarded as a legitimate charge icy changes; against research grants. In the medium term, alternative arrangements, such as institutional support, should be Identify impacts of health services research on new pol- encouraged, although after this time the editor-in-chief icies; will be able to grant a limited number of discretionary processing charge waivers. Identify major public policy and governance trends and their application to health policy; The first articles Australia and New Zealand Health Policy commences its Analyse contemporary health policy themes which cut publication program with a series of articles which across a range of policy areas; describe and evaluate health policy developments in Aus- tralia in 2003. Responses or commentaries on these arti- Report on international policy developments and new cles would be welcome. It is the aim of the Editorial Board international comparisons of health policy involving Aus- to encourage a cluster of articles at the start of each year tralia and/or New Zealand; or about health policy developments in Australia and New Zealand in the previous calendar year. Authors who have Critique contemporary health policy developments. an interest in reviewing contemporary developments are encouraged to submit manuscripts on these themes early Open Access in the New Year so that the articles can contribute in a Australia and New Zealand Health Policy is an Open Access timely way to health policy debate in the two countries. journal, which means: S.J.Duckett All articles will be freely and universally accessible online without any barriers to access, which increases Editor-in-Chief their visibility. References 1. Sax S: A strife of interests: Politics and policies in Australian health services You and your peers will be free to print out copies of Allen & Unwin, North Sydney; 1984. your article, email it to colleagues, and post it on the web 2. Davis P, Ashton T, Eds: Health and public policy in New Zealand Oxford because of the BioMed Central copyright and license University Press, Auckland; 2001. 3. Gauld R: Revolving doors: New Zealand's health reforms Institute of Pol- agreement. icy Studies and the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria Univer- sity, Wellington, NZ; 2001. Page 2 of 2 (page number not for citation purposes)
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Published: Nov 17, 2004
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