A central ethical value in relationships between health professionals and their patients is respect for human beings, more often called respect for autonomy or, simply, autonomy. The expression has become very familiar in medical ethics, prominently because it was instrumental as an ethical foundation for patient led responses that gradually overturned a prevailing professional paternalism (“doctor knows best”) of later decades of the last century.
In speaking with you Karen, it is clear that you have a genuine passion to improve the delivery of food services and nutritional content to aged care communities throughout Australia. Tell us, how did this come about?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Furthering your own nursing career is the first step in enhancing our profession, says Kate Gray, from the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
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.
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.
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.
Healthcare in East Arnhem has been a big winner in the Mini Budget announced on 5th December.
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.
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.
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.
“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.