Clinical Services

Victorian Inquiry into Community Pharmacy Announced

12 June, 2014 by Petrina Smith

In a first for State-based politics in Victorian Government, the Victorian Legislative council has passed a motion to inquire into the role and opportunities for community pharmacy in primary and preventative care in Victoria.


Australian-first Translational Pharmaceutical Science Laboratory to be Built in Melbourne

05 June, 2014 by Petrina Smith

[caption id="attachment_7936" align="alignright" width="162"] Dr Michelle McIntosh will use the new facility for her Inhaled Oxytocin project. Image from Monash University[/caption] A landmark grant will be used to build a world-class and Australian-first translational pharmaceutical science laboratory at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne. Directly supporting capacity building, skills growth and education development, the new Translational Research Lab has been made possible by a $1.2 million grant from the Helen Macherson Smith Trust (HMSTrust), $1.1 million of in-kind contributions from industry partners PerkinElmer and Shimadzu and a further $350,000 contribution from the McCallMcBain Foundation to build state of the art facilities at the precinct.


Hospital Emergency Departments Record Improvements in Patients Departing Within Four Hours

29 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

Australia’s major metropolitan public hospitals saw marked improvements in the percentage of patients departing emergency departments (ED) within four hours , however regional hospitals were not as faring as well according to a new National Health Performance Authority report.


Feedback Required on Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia

29 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

The management of common health conditions varies considerably depending upon where people live, according to new paper Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia, released  by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).


Medicine Shortages Information Initiative launched

27 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

The Medicine Shortages Information Initiative has been launched by Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, to provide  information about prescription medicine shortages in Australia.


Self Funding of Higher-cost Medicines Needs Public Discussion

26 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

With self funding of higher-cost medicines becoming more common in Australia, leading health authorities are calling for public discussion on the issue.




Student Applied Mathematics to Improve Liver Imaging Methods

08 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

Third year medical undergraduate Charles Baker has applied his background in mathematics to the field of nuclear medicine to improve liver imaging methods, which may improve diagnosis time and possibly save patients undergoing unnecessary surgery.


AIHW Report on Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-2013 Now Available

01 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

The  Australian hospital statistics 2012-13 report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows same-day admissions are rising at a faster rate than overnight admissions.


Stem Cells from Teeth Grow to Resemble Brain Cells

01 May, 2014 by Petrina Smith

[caption id="attachment_7666" align="alignright" width="166"] Dr Kylie Ellis.Photo by Jennie Groom[/caption]


Experts Propose Adoption of a Cohesive Cardiac Care Approach

30 April, 2014 by Petrina Smith

[caption id="attachment_7636" align="alignright" width="163"] Associate Professor Julie Redfern[/caption]


Research Grants Awarded to Developing New Therapies for Life-threatening Infections

24 April, 2014 by Petrina Smith

Funding worth almost $10 million will see scientists develop cutting edge treatments for life-threatening infections caused by bacterial superbugs.



Nurses Remain Australia's Most Ethical and Trusted Professionals

23 April, 2014 by Petrina Smith

For the 20th consecutive year, Nurses have been voted Australia’s most ethical and trusted professionals, with pharmacists and doctors ranked second and third respectively.


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