Clinical Services > Accident & emergency

Bone fractures costing Aust. more than $3.1 billion a year

30 October, 2017

Checking for undiagnosed osteoporosis the first time a bone is broken is essential.

Sci-fi smart bandage promotes healing

14 October, 2017

Laced with electronic fibres coated with medication, this futuristic bandage can be activated by a smartphone.

E-triage tool improves emergency outcomes

03 October, 2017

Developed in the US, an E-triage tool is providing more accurate ESI allocation.

Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients

21 June, 2017

Acupuncture, generally regarded as an alternative therapy, has been proven as a safe and effective substitute to pain-relieving drugs for some patients in emergency wards.

Time saved is brain saved

12 June, 2017 by Corin Kelly

Rapid access to stroke treatment made possible through the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program and Australia's first ever dedicated stroke ambulance.

A Day in the Life of critical care retrieval consultant Dr Simon Hendel

05 May, 2017

"The helicopter is able to land on the roof of the neurosurgical centre and the patient is transferred directly to the operating theatre for life-saving surgery."

Storm chasers — predicting the future of coastal flooding

29 March, 2017

Simulating storm surges is challenging and important. Being able to predict storm surges could reduce flood risk.

MSF calls to spare civilian lives in Aleppo battle

14 December, 2016

"Hospitals are now part of the battlefield," said Meinie Nicolai, MSF president.

Credentialling and the future of infection prevention and control

19 September, 2016 by AHHB

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating a direct correlation between patient outcomes and the implementation of infection prevention and control programs led and staffed by infection control professionals who hold professional certification or credentialling and have a combination of comprehensive experience and formal training. 

Measles - sharing the love east coast

06 July, 2016 by Corin Kelly

A measles alert has been issued for the greater Brisbane region, as well as Melbourne and Shepparton in Victoria after an infected woman visited those cities and stayed in the area for several days. This follows four measles cases that were diagnosed in Sydney in April.

Cancer in 3D - the real world of cancer cells

23 February, 2016 by Corin Kelly

It's now possible to take 3D images of lab-grown cancer cells to get a more realistic snapshot of how they grow, spread and respond to their environment, thanks to a new high-resolution microscope developed by US researchers.

Infection Control: The White Coat Question

25 September, 2015 by Sharon Smith

On a warm August 2004 day in Philadelphia, I joined 150 first-year medical students on stage at the University of Pennsylvania to celebrate the start of our medical careers. The dean called our names and, one by one, draped short white coats around our shoulders. We then stood together as a class and recited the Hippocratic Oath, reflecting on the importance of becoming humanistic physicians. My parents had driven up from Kentucky and proudly sat in the audience. It was a powerful ritual and a memorable day.

A Patient Perspective of Diagnostic Imaging: Challenges for Patients

25 June, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Indexation and the Patient Gap The freeze on diagnostic imaging Medicare rebates has had a significant impact on the affordability of diagnostic imaging for patients. Currently in its 17th year, the freeze on indexation has resulted in the real value of diagnostic imaging Medicare rebates falling, in some cases, by almost 50 per cent. This has resulted in patients paying consistently higher gaps each year, making diagnostic imaging service costs increasingly prohibitive.  Figure 4 reveals the rise in patient gaps for each modality, with the average patient gap rising by over 50% in the last six years.

NPS Choosing Wisely: A Case Study

01 May, 2015 by Sharon Smith

The NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely campaign was unveiled this week and while we will be covering it in our upcoming print edition, we have obtained an op-ed discussing the reasoning behind the initiative.

Federal Court rules AMI exploited customers

23 April, 2015 by Sharon Smith

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has welcomed today’s Federal Court decision that Advanced Medical Institute (AMI) had engaged in ‘unconscionable conduct’ in the provision of their men’s sexual dysfunction treatments.

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