Aged & Allied Health

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

20 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

From 1st January 2013 hospitals and day procedure services across Australia will be required to participate in accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, writes Amy Winter.


Compression Therapy

18 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

The value of compression therapy in treating lower leg ulcers is clinically proven, but until government subsidised funding is approved, many patients will continue to suffer unnecessarily, as The Australian Wound Management Association’s (AWMA) Robin Osborne explains.


The Economic Impact of Incontinence in Australia

15 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Earlier this year The Continence Foundation of Australia was pleased to announce the launch of the Deloitte Access Economics report ‘The economic impact of incontinence in Australia’, which reveals an unspoken emotional impact as well.


Choose A Nursing Course That Works For You

13 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

It has been evident that the nursing profession has changed dramatically in the last decade which has forced training for nurses to increase in order to keep up with such changes as the increase in community nursing, writes Dr Mary Casey, CEO and Founder of The Casey Centre.


Education Equals Opportunities

11 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Furthering your own nursing career is the first step in enhancing our profession, says Kate Gray, from the Royal College of Nursing Australia.


Doctors In Need

06 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

The rate of substance abuse amongst anaesthetists is thought to be similar to the rest of the population but their knowledge of drugs and ease of access makes their situation more dangerous. Meaghan Shaw explores this and other welfare issues facing anaesthetists.


Speaking with Cognitive Neuroscientist - Dr Maree Farrow

01 February, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin speaks to Dr Maree Farrow, a cognitive neuroscientist and Research Fellow with Alzheimer’s Australia and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention.


Health messages told via a little birdie

31 January, 2013 by John Connole

A new study by researchers from the University of Sydney has found that social media networks such as Twitter, have a strong potential for not only widely disseminating public health messages, but for directly engaging with specific target stakeholders; yet the most respected sources of public health information are among the least active in promoting their messages.


East Arnhem to Benefit from New Health Facilities

30 January, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Healthcare in East Arnhem has been a big winner in the Mini Budget announced on 5th December.


Study Says Government Not Responsible For All PBS Delays

28 January, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Blaming “the Government” for delays in PBS listing processes might turn out to be a poisoned chalice for the pharmaceutical industry, according to a new study in the Australian Health Review.


New National Poll on Australia’s Nursing Crisis

25 January, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

A new poll launched today is asking nurses, midwives and members of the public if the Gillard Government is doing enough to solve Australia’s nursing crisis – with a predicted shortage of more than 109,000 nurses by 2025.


Roxon Wins Public Health Award

23 January, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Former federal health and ageing minister Nicola Roxon has been announced as the Sidney Sax Medallist for 2012 for her outstanding contribution to public health.


Human-centred design

22 January, 2013 by John Connole

“The health of our environment and the health of the people within it are inextricably linked,” says Sheree Proposch, Director of Bates Smart. She believes that a holistic approach to sustainability, includes – environmental, emotional, physical and psychological considerations. Sustainability can and should be thought of in broad terms, reducing energy consumption, as well as encompassing social responsibility and the creation of well-considered environments. Building positive structures is the way of the future. Understanding the impacts of architecture on human emotion and behaviour, especially in healthcare buildings has lead to a design philosophy that contributes to wellness.


Government Subsidy for Compression Therapy a ‘No Brainer’

21 January, 2013 by Adriana Rehbein

Dr Bill McGuiness, AWMA President, and Ann Marie Dunk, AWMA (ACT) President and Committee Member of AWMA, are pictured at Parliament House, Canberra on 19 November 2012. The AWMA representatives spent a busy day meeting with members of the Australian Senate’s Standing Committee on Community Affairs, which focuses on the portfolio areas of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Health and Ageing, and Human Services. Approval was given by the AWMA Committee to target the Members during Senate Sittings in November 2012. The visit focused on raising awareness of the costs associated with managing venous leg ulcers, emphasising the need for subsidy arrangements for products used to treat these wounds. The MPs were also made aware of the current work being undertaken by consultancy firm KPMG on behalf of AWMA and the web based petition to the Senate. Senators from across the political spectrum agreed that AWMA’s case for appropriate government subsidisation was a strong one that offered substantial benefits for both patients and the budgetary bottom-line. As one Senator put it, “In my view it’s a no-brainer, and I’ll be supporting you in any way I can.” Feedback of this kind was typical, regardless of party affiliation. It’s no secret that the next Federal Budget will be a tight one, but the support AWMA is receiving is mounting fast, and we will continue this campaign on behalf of our 3000 members and 300,000 patients until a successful outcome is achieved.


National Safety And Quality Health Service Standard

16 January, 2013 by John Connole

From 1st January 2013 hospitals and day procedure services across Australia will be required to participate in accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, writes Amy Winter.


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