The National Demonstration Hospitals Program

Aust Health Rev. 2000;23(4):198-204.


Fifty-five public hospitals in all Australian States and Territories participated in the first two phases of National Demonstration Hospitals Program (NDHP). The program was established in 1994 as part of a commitment by the then Department of Health and Family Services to reduce waiting times and improve health outcomes for patients. The program uses a collaborative approach to assist public hospitals to improve service delivery and patient care outcomes. Key results from Phases 1 and 2 of the NDHP have confirmed that identification of industry best practice, collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation are key elements required to achieve positive health care reforms.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Benchmarking
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Hospitals, Public / standards*
  • Humans
  • National Health Programs
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Total Quality Management / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Waiting Lists