Antibiotics are being overused in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and more integrated efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing practices need to be introduced, researchers say.
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) has thrown its support behind the ‘No GP Tax in our name!’ Campaign.
More than 60 senior provider members delivering the full spectrum of age services in both private and not for profit facilities have banded together to form a policy blue print for the age services industry.
A new general practice centre operated by four Aboriginal doctors on Palm Island is streamlining healthcare in the region and creating a blueprint for Indigenous healthcare across Australia. The move heralds a new dawn in healthcare in the remote corner of Australia, a fantastic milestone for the community.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is inviting medical software vendors to participate in a pilot project to facilitate reporting adverse events by health professionals. The project is to develop a TGA web service to assist software vendors who wish include access to reporting adverse events for health professionals in medical software. Following this pilot project, which is expected to run until April 2014, a TGA web service will be available to software vendors at no cost. Any company providing software to health professionals - such as general practitioners, hospital and community pharmacists, specialists and nurses - who submit reports of adverse events to medicines is welcome to participate. The web service will be compatible with both mobile and desktop devices. Involvement in the pilot will require vendors to develop a reporting interface within their own software program and to test transmission of reports using the web service from their software to the TGA in XML format. Reports of adverse events from health professionals are essential to the TGA’s safety monitoring activities. Feedback to the TGA indicates that the time required to report is a significant barrier to reporting by health professionals. Providing an adverse event reporting mechanism in medical software, particularly one that allows reports to be automatically populated from clinical record data, has been suggested as a way of reducing the time required to find, complete and send reporting forms. Development of the adverse event report web service is one of a number of projects that the TGA is currently undertaking to encourage adverse event reporting by health professionals and consumers by:
Chief Executive Officer of Leading Age Services Australia, Patrick Reid, presents the spring edition foreword.
A new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows women make up the majority of allied health workers.
A landmark report co-authored by researchers from Sydney University's Brain and Mind Research Institute into mental health reform in Australia has found little change in the past 30 years.
If you’re looking for a better way to make sure the people in your village or home stay involved, entertained and engaged, it’s time to consider the benefits that FOXTEL can offer.