Aged & Allied Health

Inequality in Aboriginal child ICU admissions for invasive infections

01 February, 2017

Intensive care unit (ICU) admission rates for life-threatening infections in Indigenous children are several times higher than those of non-Indigenous children, and twice as many Indigenous children per population succumb to these severe infections despite life support.

Death clocks — take with a pinch of salt

01 February, 2017

The good news is that we are all living longer. The bad news is that we will all die … but when?

$450,000 palliative care boost for Cape York communities

18 January, 2017

St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) has committed $450,000 to bring culturally appropriate palliative care services to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Cape York as part of an MOU with Northern Peninsula Area Family and Community Services (NPAFACS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima).

Choking: the second highest cause of preventable death in aged care

13 December, 2016

Alarmingly, 40% of health professionals surveyed by speech pathologist Bernadette Dutton at an aged-care forum incorrectly believed that toast was suitable for those on a 'soft' food texture diet.

Victoria's model for assisted dying laws may get up

13 December, 2016

Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.

Nearly a third of med students suffer depression

12 December, 2016

"There's work stresses, there's the pressure to succeed, a lot of us are type-A personalities by nature, that's often what draws us to the profession, we're perfectionists." — Dr Dov Degen

Night-time heart attacks and survival in kids

08 November, 2016 by Corin Kelly

Do Nights, Weekends Affect Survival After Paediatric Cardiac Arrest in Hospital?

Promising drug for preventing pre-term births

08 November, 2016 by Corin Kelly

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have successfully tested a drug that is showing some early promise in efforts to prevent pre-term birth.

Putting patients at ease with smart and effective technology

02 November, 2016 by Corin Kelly

If you find yourself in the emergency room as a patient, things have probably not gone your way in recent times. Chances are you would prefer to be anywhere else and so when it comes time to be admitted, the more effortless that process is, the better. This is where the Brother TD-2000 series label printers can assist in patient care, by streamlining admissions - especially when it comes to Patient ID printing. In addition to speed, it also allows for higher reliability and can improve patient safety by utilising smarter and safer patient ID techniques and barcode medical administration system integration.

Airway management is different in kids

01 November, 2016 by Corin Kelly

For paediatric patients with serious head injuries, appropriate and timely airway management is critical for improved survival and outcomes. Yet managing a child's airway can be challenging in both the pre-hospital and hospital setting, in part because many providers lack experience with paediatric patients — only about 10 percent of emergency calls involve kids and of those, just 1 percent are serious injuries. A child's smaller size and the anatomical differences between children and adults also make managing the airway more difficult.

Ethics and Aged Care

01 November, 2016 by AHHB

In this AHHB exclusive, Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong unpacks the issues facing an Australia with an increasingly ageing population. The number of people aged 65 or older has more than tripled over the last fifty years and was 3.4 million in 2014, while the number of people aged 85 and over increased nine fold to 456,600. The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts that there will be 9.6 million people aged 65 and over and 1.9 million people aged 85 and over by 2064.

Harm Free Health Care at RACMA

31 October, 2016 by Corin Kelly

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) would like to thank colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors for being part of the 2016 conference that was held in Brisbane. Over 300 delegates – the highest number ever – came together to participate in an event that showcased a program full of high-calibre international and Australian speakers who focused on the theme Harm Free Health Care.

Reducing Healthcare Wastage with Data Analytics

28 October, 2016 by AHHB

Healthcare providers are unknowingly pouring funds down the drain – and that’s because they can’t keep track of all the spillage. That’s where analytics plugs the gaps.

Getting pressured to purchase?

25 October, 2016 by AHHB

In this article, Professor Nick Santamaria highlights the need for clinicians and managers to always base their decisions about pressure injury prevention strategies on sound scientific and clinical evidence.

Enjoying a meal ‘experience’ makes all the difference

24 October, 2016 by AHHB

As we get older, we all want to remain in our home where life is familiar, comfortable and we are close to our memories. To remain in our home, we need to remain healthy, which includes eating well. But this isn’t always as easy as it sounds. To really enjoy a meal and maximise nutrition, we need to have a positive meal experience.

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