Assisted Euthanasia and the Right to Dignity

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Assisted euthanasia is always a sensitive topic, and a recent study of New Zealand GPs has revealed that 11.8% admitted having intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.

On Our Agenda: Debating Homeopathy

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

This week the BMJ published a debate between two researchers over the effectiveness of homeopathy in treatment of illness. Should Doctors Recommend Homeopathy? played off a 2015 Australian NHMRC report citing that homeopathy was ineffective.

Mobile Phone Hygiene Standards Are Not Necessary

16 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Yesterday we reported on the study performed in an Australian hospital showing healthcare workers not employing infection control practices when handling mobile phones - potential leading to the spread of bacteria.

Queensland Government Spends Big in Health Budget

15 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Queensland’s Labor Government released its budget, with healthcare to benefit substantially in the areas of hospital services and facilities, ambulance services, disability services and children’s and community  health in a record $14.2 billion investment in the public health sector.

Re-testing for Antibiotic Allergies

15 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

People who have grown up believing they have an allergy to antibiotics will now be able to be safely tested and reassessed, with the opening of Victoria’s Austin Hospital antibiotic de-labelling clinic.

Tech in Health Update: Managing Patient Files

08 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

VMO to Hospital Documentation Cabrini Health in Melbourne has signed up with secure cloud provider Argus to transmit clinical documents and correspondence between visiting medical officers' (VMOs) practice software and automatically upload them to the hospitals' web-based patient administration system.

Is Private Health Cover Working in Australia?

06 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Australia’s largest private health insurer Medibank Private has ended its contract with ACT private hospital group Calvary Health Care following months of negotiation.

Sleep Awareness Week Seeks Survey Participants

06 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

More than two million Australian adults - over 10% of the population - suffer from a sleep disorder, clinical insomnia or sleep apnea. Sleep disorders cost the Australian economy more than $5.1 billion per year. The reduction in life quality caused by sleep disorders has a further cost equivalent of $31.4 billion a year.

Australia Invests in Primary Healthcare Nurses

06 July, 2015 by Sharon Smith

The numbers of nurses working in rural and remote settings will increase as part of a partnership between the Federal Government and Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

The Evolving Health Workplace

01 July, 2015 by ahhb

Critical Care Decision Making - Intensive Care

15 June, 2015 by Ryan Mccann

The forgotten Australian women doctors of the Great War

24 April, 2015 by Sharon Smith

Image: Australian troops in France in the first world war – and one of Australia’s women medics, possibly Dr Laura Foster. Heather Sheard The War Office regrets it cannot utilise the services of women doctors – Sydney Morning Herald, May 10, 1915. From the outbreak of the first world war until late 1916, military officialdom throughout the British Empire denied women doctors the right to enlist with the Allied medical corps. Nevertheless, more than 20 Australian women doctors acted as surgeons and medical officers in military base and field hospitals in Belgium, France, Serbia, England, Egypt, Malta and across Europe between 1914 and 1919.

New Regions to Deliver the Australian General Practice Training Program

09 April, 2015 by Petrina Smith

General Practice Registras Australia (GPRA) supports the plan to establish a new profession-led General Practice Training Advisory Committee to provide advice to the government on GP training policy and delivery. The advisory committee will include representatives from GPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, GPSA as well as an independent Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander GP.

Survey to Improve Nutritional Advice for Patients

30 March, 2015 by Petrina Smith

How much confidence GPs have in providing nutritional advice to patients is the subject of research by Griffith University’s Dr Lauren Ball.

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