The second edition of Health Policy in Australa has many new chapters on timely issues. The book provides details of the health system and of the main political influences and the theoretical and conceptual underpinning for decisions and trends in health and health care. the book has a national focus and the health issues selected reflect this while still acknowledging the importance of the states in Australia's federal structure. A range of health issues is presented, including approaches to health and health care from the consumer to the health professions, from general practitioners to nurses, from public health partnerships to environmental health, from complementary medicine to evidence-based health, from the national to the international. A chapter on the relevance of health information management is included. Some of the authors are academic analysts of the policy process; others are involved in the actual formulation and implementation of policy; and some are both observers and practitioners. All are experts in their field. Health Policy in Australia continues to be a valuable text for students, health policy-makers, and health practitioners.