Shifting Ground? Government Influence in Health Professional Governance in Australia
This paper reports on document analysis and key informant interviews conducted in order to analyse evolution of the national scheme. We have characterised the influence of governments in the new scheme as a hydra-headed monster. A hydra concurrently occupies a unitary and multiple identities, which is a helpful analogy for a collection of federal and state governments with individual interests who also hold standing as a single Ministerial Council.
This new national scheme is consistent with a model of ‘quasi-independence’. The paper also canvasses critiques of the scheme, and concludes with a consideration of the relative influence of governments before after this most significant national reform in health professional governance.