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.
The chances are you have already had the experience of an endoscopic procedure. The most commonly reported procedure group for the private sector in 2007-2008 was procedures on the digestive system (673,000), with 87.9% of these being for fibreoptic colonoscopy, panendoscopy with excision and fibreoptic colonoscopy with excision. Other commonly reported procedures across both sectors were diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy (626,000 separations).
The recent national benchmark for golden staph infection rates is one of a whole host of new safety and quality measures being reported on the “MyHospitals” federal government website. This has once again raised the importance of infection control in a healthcare environment, especially after 13 hospitals failed to meet the standards in 2010/11, which was set at no more than two cases per 10,000 occupied beds.