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The appropriate way for doctors to handle surrogacy births – insights from a surrogate mother and lawyer

The world of surrogacy is often a foreign one to health professionals, with many clinicians feeling as though they are in treading in a legal quagmire when handling the care of surrogate mothers. Complexities around health disclosures, antenatal medical treatments and newborn care are among the pitfalls clinicians can encounter when dealing with a surrogacy.…

5 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Overcoming barriers to short stay joint replacement programs

Short stay joint replacement programs are increasingly being talked about in healthcare, as forecasts for the surgery blow out to unsustainable levels. Statistics show that the lifetime risk of knee replacement in Australia is 1 in 5 for women and 1 in 7 for men. If this trend continues, the number of procedures is predicted…

4 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Why all clinicians need to learn trauma-informed care

Clinicians have long known that women who misuse drugs and alcohol, experience domestic violence, or have a history of trauma, are considered ‘vulnerable’ along the child-bearing continuum, but a striking proportion have not yet received training on how to care for this patient cohort. Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Louise Everitt, says trauma-informed care is crucial in…

29 Jun 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Healthcare CEO dispels the myths surrounding ERAS

ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) was first introduced as a model of care in the late 1990s, and is increasingly earning the support of clinicians in a range of surgical treatment modalities. The model, which uses a range of techniques to allow for faster post-operative recovery and mobilisation of patients, has been linked with a…

22 Jun 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Beyond the amyloid hypothesis – how small molecules are giving hope to Alzheimer’s research

Ever since it was discovered in 1906, scientists have been rushing to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease – a form of dementia that affects 1 in 10 Australians aged over 65. In recent years, the bulk of this research has been centred on the ‘amyloid hypothesis’, which highlights the role amyloid plaques and tau…

5 Jun 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


What Imugene CEO Leslie Chong has learned in her bid to create the world’s best immunotherapy

Visit Bio Connections Australia Website When Leslie Chong took over Imugene as Chief Executive in 2015, she was excited to progress the development of what could be the world’s first cancer vaccines. HER-VAXX, which creates antibodies from a patients’ own B cells, has already shown great efficacy in tackling HER2-positive cancers, such as breast and…

22 May 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


What skills and capabilities do clinicians need before delivering tele- and virtual-health?

Tele- and virtual-health is often celebrated for its ease and simplicity, but as Gail Forrest, Associate Director, Clinical Education Strategy at the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) reveals, the practice may be more nuanced than it appears at first glance. Ms Forrest and team have spent the last two years analysing insights from healthcare…

4 May 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


How to manage incontinence in dementia

Incontinence is one of the most common health complaints among people living with dementia, affecting around one third of sufferers. It is also one of the most stigmatised of all health ailments, generally, meaning conversations around the subject are often avoided. Professor Joan Ostaszkiewicz, a research director and former district nurse, believes the hushed nature…

1 May 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


How do we integrate telehealth into existing models of care?

Low urgency presentations to emergency departments (EDs) are a significant issue throughout Australia, representing around one third of all ED patients. The bulk of these presentations are from 15-35 years-olds, with people aged 65 and older also making up a large portion. The issue places undue stress on ED workers and affects access to primary…

19 Apr 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Thriving with dementia – how this man reinvented himself after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

When renowned Dementia advocate William Yeates received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis at just 59 years of age, he entered a dark period of his life. The former pharmacist, physics teacher, and deputy school head once took pride in his photographic memory and was able to recall the names of thousands of his students. When he began…

6 Apr 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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