Strategic recommendations to improve South African healthcare based on the Australian health model.
Although strategic planning is widely used in industry and has been adopted by many not-for-profit organisations, the Department of Health has been slow to realise the relevance of a strategic approach. This thesis uses a strategic planning approach to assess the Department of Health by examining the three interacting factors which influence organisational outcome, namely the external environment, the internal structure of the organisation and the planning process itself. A composite model or template which incorporates several well-known strategic instruments is proposed as well as an overview of the Australian national health system and these are then used as part of the strategic assessment of the Department's vision and mission. The results and recommendations of the assessment are presented in the thesis.