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What is the pathway to success in biotech?

A researcher who is making headway with a novel dementia treatment, targeting small molecules, is giving his view on what success looks like for the Australian biotech sector. Actinogen CEO, Dr Steven Gourlay, whose cortisol-reducing ‘Xanamem’ drug is showing great promise in clinical trials, believes a host of factors are needed to see more “home-grown”…

14 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


What can Australia learn from US ambulatory surgery centres?

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have existed in the USA for more than fifty years, with around 6000 Medicare-certified centres now open throughout the country. These innovative healthcare facilities – which offer same-day surgical care, including diagnostics and prevention – have transformed healthcare for millions of Americans. But how do they compare in Australia’s healthcare system…

14 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


How do medicinal psychedelics work in practice? An interview with Dr Ted Cassidy

A new clinical program is shedding light on how medicinal psychedelics can be optimised in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The ‘approved prescriber pathway scheme’, which administers psilocybin and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as part of a comprehensive psychotherapy program, has so far demonstrated strong patient outcomes, and is giving psychiatrists increased hope over…

13 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Redeveloping mental health services in Western Sydney

Visit the Mental Health Models & Facilities Forum Website   Mental health services in Western Sydney are undergoing a radical transformation, thanks to the work of Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Vlasios Brakoulias, who has taken on a large part of the project. The professor, who specialises in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, is overhauling models of care…

11 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


The game-changing skin cancer treatment for localised non-melanoma skin cancer

A new treatment for localised non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), which offers an alternative to surgery or conventional radiotherapy for lesions in functionally and cosmetically sensitive areas, is helping to tackle the 100,000 hospitalisations which occur annually as a result of the condition. Rhenium-SCT (Skin Cancer Therapy) developed by Oncobeta, is an ARTG-registered medical device that…

4 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


How should we evolve funding for short stay hospital programs?

Visit the Mental Health Models & Facilities Forum Website   Short stay hospital programs are becoming increasingly popular in Australia, with growing evidence that they improve patient outcomes in a variety of healthcare categories. In the realm of mental health, short-stay crisis units - therapeutic spaces for stabilising, assessing, and referring patients - have reduced…

4 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Project update on Suburban Rail Loop

Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) is a 90 kilometre orbital rail loop linking every major train service from the Frankston line in Melbourne’s south east to the Werribee line in the west, via Melbourne Airport. The turn-up-and-go service will ensure a high speed train up to every two minutes during peak hours; while three transport super…

3 Jun 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Could a nurse practitioner service be key to tackling heart failure?

A new nurse practitioner service for patients with heart failure is driving down hospital readmission and mortality rates, saving hospitals up $110,000 every year. The initiative was devised by Professor Andrea Driscoll of Deakin University and Monash Health when she noticed education and support for this patient group was lacking. “On busy wards, people with…

28 May 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Inside Queensland Rail’s ten year infrastructure pipeline

Every week, more than 1000 people cross the border to begin a new life in Queensland, and soon - thanks to more than $20 billion in rail infrastructure - they will navigate the state’s growing urban centres with greater ease. Among the projects being delivered is Cross River Rail, which will add a third sector…

24 May 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


How feasible are residential aged care pharmacists?

Onsite pharmacists will soon become a regular fixture of the residential aged care system, with a dedicated government grant coming into effect in July this year. The role is expected to improve medication safety for a cohort in which people consume on average 9.75 medications, and have a 20 percent chance of being hospitalised for…

22 May 2024, by Amy Sarcevic
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