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The one question people who work with NDIS participants should always ask

What does fun look like for you? It’s not a question that comes up frequently in a professional context; but it is one that Peer Mentor and disability advocate Adrian O’Malley has begun asking a lot in recent years. Adrian – who lives with disabilities himself following a stroke he had 16 years ago –…

1 Jul 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

How NSW is planning for state wide health infrastructure growth

When Chief Executive of Health Infrastructure, Rebecca Wark took on Australia’s second largest infrastructure portfolio in 2019, she wasn’t anticipating an onslaught of bushfires, floods, and a pandemic. But despite the difficulties these events presented when planning for state-wide health infrastructure, they helped cement a strategic foundation. With upended supply chains, workforce pressures, and more…

8 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Tackling the backlog in elective surgery

The cessation of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a challenge to the Australian healthcare sector, with both public and private clinics struggling to work through a backlog of some 400 000 cases. Wait times for certain category 2 procedures – which are typically required within months - have blown out, in…

7 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

How Buy Now Pay Later is fuelling appetite for private healthcare

Changes in the deferred payments landscape could see more Australians gravitating towards private care to fund out-of-pocket health procedures, according to Chief Executive of Openpay, Dion Appel. The last few years have seen attitudes towards credit changing, with consumers turning their back on credit cards to access funds in times of need. As of March…

3 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

How to better care for people living with dementia

Dementia is one of Australia’s most widespread and impactful health conditions, directly affecting almost two thirds of aged-care residents. Whether managing prodromal symptoms, or a more progressive stage of cognitive impairment, the consequences of poor dementia care can be significant. While the last ten years have seen notable developments in the realm of diagnostics and…

31 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Should you keep someone living with Dementia in an aged care facility during a pandemic?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of people have considered withdrawing their family members from residential aged care facilities in a bid to minimise their risk of viral exposure. For relatives or carers of people living with Dementia, this decision has been more challenging. Will their loved one get the care they need without…

29 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Improving the efficacy of telehealth for Indigenous Australians

After being catapulted onto the MBS rebate schedule at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, few would doubt that telehealth has now earned its place as a permanent fixture of mainstream clinical practice. Backed by some encouraging uptake statistics, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recently touted its benefits for people who have children, mobility issues,…

21 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

How this hospital is set to achieve the gold standard in pharmacy automation

‘Zero errors, zero-touch, and zero medication waste’. It may sound like an ambitious goal for any budding autonomous pharmacy, but it is one seemingly within reach for Dubai’s Fakeeh University Hospital. Since adopting the world-renowned ‘autonomous pharmacy framework,’ Fakeeh has made significant reductions in medication errors and wastage, using a system that requires virtually no…

4 Mar 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

How might voluntary assisted dying legislation in NSW compare with other jurisdictions?

In the last few years, a major shift in political thinking has seen most Australian jurisdictions - bar those that lack the statutory power to do so - adopt some form of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation. First Victoria in 2019, followed by Western Australia in 2021; and more recently Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia,…

31 Jan 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Why private health insurers should care about chronic disease management

Surgery for heart disease represents one of the largest costs for private health insurers in Australia at a collective $2.1 billion annually. By comparison, the sector has only modestly invested in heart disease management – a move that, paradoxically, could make acute outcomes like surgery much less common. Since 2007, when the sector was first…

17 Dec 2021, by Amy Sarcevic
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