The NSW government has attempted to ease fears of job cuts at two Sydney children's hospitals despite pressure to slash labour costs.
The 2012 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Conference is the first conference of the new College. The program focused on recent research findings and innovative strategies that will define infection surveillance, prevention and control beyond and into the challenging future for Infection Prevention and Control, writes Steve Burke.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said federal authorities are working at every level with the state to help people get through the disaster.
As we come to the end of another busy year, it is a good time to reflect on what I see as some of the key elements for the pharmacy profession as we move forward, writes Grant Kardachi.
Improving access to radiation therapy for cancer patients is the focus of a new program to be rolled out across Australia.
Candidaemia: A rising tide in critically ill patients3-5
Medication misadventure continues to be a major issue for Australia’s health system, and the latest figures available paint a sobering picture of the extent of the problem in Australia, and the cost it is having on the health system.
In a healthcare environment the need for improved infection control is always at the top of mind. Surfaces within these environments need to control the transfer and possible development of infections. Insitu wallcovering and pinboard fabrics now provide wall surfaces that prevent and stop the development of healthcare associated infections, providing a colourful, yet functional noise reduced environment within aged care facilities and hospitals.
Health Reform Opportunities for All in the Sector
Russel Duncan, CEO emerging systems
Lend Lease is one of the world’s leading project management and construction companies, known for our ability to create and deliver high quality projects on time and on budget. We've partnered with government and the private sector to deliver some of Australia’s major healthcare projects, including the new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne.
Improving hand hygiene compliance has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the key strategies to reduce Hospital Associated Infections (HAIs) globally. Australian hospitals are now mandated to conduct ongoing audits and submit the results to Hand Hygiene Australia – which can be a timely and labour-intensive exercise for any already time-constrained hospital department.
The Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin speaks exclusively with Tony Lubofsky, Project Director of the new Royal Children’s Hospital Project, from the Department of Health, Victoria.
Keeping people out of hospitals is an important part of a pharmacist’s role, and ensuring the quality use of medicine is one of the most effective ways of helping to minimise hospital admissions.