The $5 billion Health and Hospital Fund (HHF) created as part of the Nation Building Funds Act 2008 as part of the Commonwealth`s commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Health Infrastructure will soon cease to operate. The HHF funds health and hospital infrastructure projects of national importance, for example. B for cancer services or projects in regional areas. The new Future Fund for Medical Research, announced in this budget, is funded in part by $1 billion in un committed HHF funding. Subsequently, the HHF will be abolished by the repeal of the Nation Building Funds Act 2008. Projects for which funds are committed for the period 2017-18, including the national component of the cancer control system and the regional priority cycle, will continue to be funded from specific resources after they are abolished.  The budget included announcements that will affect Commonwealth funding of public hospitals and other programs that will be important to federal relations. A number of related health care funding agreements with states and territories will be terminated, postponed or revived. The expected savings from changes to public hospital funding are significant. The savings in hospitals and education on this budget are expected to amount to $80 billion by 2024/25, most of which will be extracted from the savings made in Hospital Funding.  All savings resulting from these budget measures will be donated to the new Future Fund for Medical Research. Conclusion: Longer-term investment in and guide chronic disease prevention is needed. The NPAPH was built on positive reforms by creating opportunities for large-scale program implementation, workforce capacity building and improved evaluations.
The early shutdown of the NPAPH meant that a potential return on investment was not achieved, that new partnerships could not always be maintained, and that prevention workers were again threatened. Moreover, the responsibility for prevention, which has never been clear, has become even more opaque. SO WHAT? NPAPH as a national initiative to improve chronic disease prevention was a welcome investment. The divestment into the NPAPH and other promising reforms of the time resulted in a loss of credibility in the results focused on financial cooperation and missed opportunities for the health and well-being of the Australian population. Australia needs a re-commitment at all levels of government to investment and prevention and recovery measures commensumed with the scale of the health burden. Theme: Australia`s efforts to combat chronic disease related to prevention have included many strategies, committees, policies and programs. This research reflects this changing landscape, focusing on recent and larger investments, and then divestments in preventive health, the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH).