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Why the controversy around microdosing in medicinal psychedelics?

The use of microdosing in medicinal psychedelics has stirred much controversy in recent years. While supporting research is now stacking up, the evidence base lacks maturity, leaving health providers and potential users unclear on its therapeutic prowess. Intuitively, too, some have doubts about the efficacy of microdosing in the treatment of severe mental health conditions.…

16 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


How to manage Down syndrome and dementia

Thanks to advancements in healthcare, people with Down syndrome are living longer, healthier lives. Since the 1940s, life expectancy for people with this chromosomal condition has increased fivefold from just 12 to 60 years; and today, babies born with Down syndrome may live up to 80. However, affecting half of those who reach their sixties,…

15 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Why Australia needs dementia friendly ambulances

Transport by ambulance can be a distressing experience for people with dementia. Noisy, enclosed, and unfamiliar, the environment can exacerbate symptoms, destabilise a person’s psychological health and, in severe cases, cause delirium. This adds an extra layer of complexity to the individual’s healthcare, sometimes overshadowing the initial treatment being sought. To address this, Paramedic Lindsay…

22 Mar 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


What does Amplar Health’s new Group Lead have in store for the organisation?

In November 2023, Robert Read joined Amplar Health during a busy period of growth for the organisation. In the year leading up to his appointment, the organisation delivered more than 1.6 million virtual health interactions. Meanwhile, the My Home Hospital initiative – delivered by the Calvary Amplar Health Joint Venture on behalf of SA Health…

5 Mar 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

What do NSW health workers need to know about the new voluntary assisted dying laws?

New South Wales’ (NSW) version of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation came into effect in November last year, providing welcome relief to people suffering in the advanced stages of illness and disease. With the legislation now in full swing, what do NSW health workers need to be mindful of – legally and ethically - in…

27 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Time to reassess hospital in the home? This healthcare CEO thinks so

Although hospital in the home (HITH) is now a well-established model of care, its definition remains relatively broad and ambiguous. In some HITH models, patients are initially required to attend a bricks and mortar hospital, with their care continued remotely upon discharge, or beyond a certain stage of treatment. In others, the entire end-to-end patient…

25 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


The dangers of telehealth and RPM technology

Virtual healthcare models, like ‘hospital in the home’, are garnering widespread support from Australians, with up to 94 percent expressing their intent to attend a virtual appointment in the future. Despite their popularity, Dr Shaun Hosein of Queensland Health – a speaker at this year’s Hospital in the Home Conference - believes complacency around the…

11 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Hospital in the home for mental health – insights from a former acute psychiatric consumer

Dr Jacqueline Kirkman’s first two encounters with psychosis saw her being admitted as an involuntary patient at an acute psychiatric ward. Years later, during her third encounter, she felt a different treatment option was needed and became one of the first Australians to receive mental health care under ‘hospital in the home’. “For me personally,…

3 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Pushing for a broader virtual care rollout – what has the UK learned?

The National Health Service (NHS) in England is ramping up its use of virtual care, striving for 40-50 virtual ward ‘beds’ per 100,000 people, and more than 50,000 virtual admissions each month. To date, this rollout has been well-received by the UK public, with 71 percent claiming they are open to the idea of being…

18 Dec 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Is telehealth working in the mental health space?

This financial year, 58 percent of the mental health services commissioned by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN have been delivered via telehealth, up from 53 percent in the last financial year. While the uptake is encouraging, the move towards greater telehealth adoption has not always been smooth, according to Mental Health Project Coordinator, Alanna…

13 Dec 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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