We have gathered inspiration for this winter edition of Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin from NAIDOC week, being held in the first week of July. Our cover titled Rockholes west of Kintore (Acrylic on linen, 181 x 271cm) is by Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri and is courtesy of the artist and Art Equity. NAIDOC celebrates the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our county and our society and in recognition of this we are proud to have Dr Tammy Kimpton, President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, present this issue’s Foreword. To strengthen the theme, our ethics columnist, Professor Colin Thomson writes about ethics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients, and Clinical Governance Advisor and clinical lead of the National Electronic Health Transition Authority Dr Trevor Lord also presents the reasons behind his view that Aboriginal Health in Australia is of the most successful areas of development in Health Informatics.
In a new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, internet-based surveillance has been found to detect infectious diseases such Dengue Fever and Influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional surveillance methods.
Pressure injuries are changes in the skin seen in people who are generally immobile (e.g. after CVA or spinal injury) or are unable to mobilise themselves in a normal manner (e.g. following surgery). Usually, when someone is sitting or lying in the same position for too long, pressure is relieved by changing position, or perhaps even getting up and going for walk. This takes away the discomfort, and also ensures that the blood supply to that part of the skin is returned to normal.
In 2012-13, the Federal Government funded a major education and support initiative to develop the capability of nurses and midwives in Australia to deliver care using telehealth.