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New guide designed to better protect patients' privacy

17 October, 2019

Patients' health information could be better protected with the help of a newly issued privacy guide from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.


Combating the white coat effect

27 September, 2019 by Gerard Stevens*

Communication and system consistency keep patients safe from crashing.


Firesafe technology: a 'design for safety' solution to oxygen fire risks

25 September, 2019

Firesafe technology operates automatically if an oxygen tube becomes ignited. Firebreaks stop the flow of oxygen, which extinguishes the fire in the oxygen tube.


95% healthcare workers 'soldier on' when sick

24 June, 2019

A Canadian study has found that 95% of healthcare workers keep working after they start experiencing symptoms of infectious diseases, such as influenza.


Gayed report: implications for hospitals

09 April, 2019 by Dr David Carter*

For years, gynecologist and obstetrician Dr Emil Gayed, and the health system, failed his patients. We review the case and its implications for hospitals.


Recycling sharps responsibly

11 March, 2019

Sharps or needlestick injuries are a risk not only to healthcare workers, but anyone who comes into contact with them.


Third Atlas to drive healthcare improvements

19 December, 2018 by Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan*

The third Atlas examines neonatal and paediatric health, thyroid and gastrointestinal investigations and treatments and cardiac tests.


Protecting the vulnerable from climate change

20 November, 2018 by Jennifer Wressell MACN*

Vulnerable communities, in particular, could be at risk due to climate change. But there are actions healthcare professionals can take to mitigate this.


Bullying doctors a threat to patient safety

07 November, 2018

Bullying and unprofessional behaviour in the medical profession not only impact the target, but patient safety, too.


Midwife banned from practising

31 October, 2018

A Bacchus Marsh Hospital midwife has been banned from practising. She is one of 38 practitioners at the hospital who have been, or are being, investigated.


Aged-care commissioner announced

25 October, 2018

Health sector leader Janet Anderson has been appointed to lead the new and independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.


Preventing patient identity errors

23 October, 2018 by Catherine Koetz*

Capturing a patient's identity correctly is essential to prevent adverse events. We learn how ACT Health and The Canberra Hospital tackled this issue.


Biotoxin-related illnesses report presented

22 October, 2018

The Australian Parliament's Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has presented its 'Report on the Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia'.


Food contamination — managing the incident

02 October, 2018 by Andrew Thomson*

Strawberries and other fresh fruit have been deliberately contaminated; does your facility's foodservice have an incident management plan?


Doctors, not Dr Google, are the answer

10 September, 2018 by Dr Preeya Alexander AKA The Wholesome Doctor*

Doctors may not have all the answers, but they can do a better job than Google at diagnosing a headache.


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