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Healthcare | Technology

Becoming an award-winning, fully-integrated digital hospital

St. Stevens hospital in Hervey Bay is Australia’s first fully-integrated digital hospital. It was the first hospital nationally to get level 7 HIMSS EMRAM accreditation, and the third globally, outside of North America, to win the highly prestigious HIMSS Nicholas E Davies Award of Excellence. How did it get there? Ahead of the eMedication Management…

9 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Is a national rollout of voluntary assisted dying legislation imminent?

The medical industry is, by nature, beset with ethical controversies; few more profound than the issue of voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Victoria is currently the only state in Australia to have such a law, but lately - with the heightened national focus on elder rights - there has been increased talk about enacting the legislation…

4 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Balancing the rights and responsibilities of doctors and patients

In December 2014, a 21-year old man was brought to a Victorian Emergency Department (ED) by his family because of bizarre behaviour. Clinicians believed he was suffering from a mental illness, probably psychosis. He was, however, co-operative and agreeable to staying for further assessment and probable admission. Therefore, he did not meet criteria for involuntary…

15 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

Healthy investments – more of the same or something different?

The health sector is undergoing seismic change driven by rapid technological innovation, increased demand from a growing and ageing population, budgetary pressure, and evolving patient and consumer expectations. When planning and budgeting for hospital infrastructure in this context, Governments are often faced with a key decision: invest in more of the same, or in delivering…

31 Oct 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

How feasible are the new aged care standards?

Amid revelations of elder abuse as part of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week, governments and agencies continue their efforts to stomp out malpractice and improve quality of life for all aged care recipients. As part of these efforts, the Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission’s (ACQSC) new standards came…

28 Oct 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Evidence based practice and passing accreditation. Are they the same thing?

Accreditation standards and evidence-based practice (EBP) both strive to make the healthcare sector a better place, but do the two marry up? In 2018 the second edition of the National Safety & Quality Health Services standards came into effect. Included within the governance framework is a Comprehensive Care Standard requiring healthcare leaders to establish and…

17 Oct 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Social Policy

Whistleblowing protections vital for improving aged care in Australia

Improving protections for whistleblowers should be the one of the first steps taken by government to ensure reasonable standards of aged care in Australia, according to Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), The Hon. Bruce Lander QC. Speaking to Informa ahead of the Aged Care Reform Conference, Mr. Lander said that sheltering whistleblowers from acts of…

23 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Cutting the cost of correctional services healthcare delivery

The delivery of Primary Health Care services in Australian prisons is an increasingly costly business, with one in three prison entrants in 2018 self-reporting a chronic health condition, and one in four on medication for a mental health issue, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) and Top…

28 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

The start of a drug development revolution?

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, a pioneer in the field of immuno-informatics from Flinders’ University, claims to have developed the world’s first AI-generated drug to have entered human trials; and is encouraging other drug researchers to also consider AI technology. Using tools such as Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Hidden Markov models, Random Forrest Walk and Genetic Algorithms,  Professor…

2 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Social Policy

The physical and mental health of young people in youth detention: A global scoping review

A systematic review of the health of young people in youth detention is expected to reveal, for the first time, a detailed and accurate picture of their physical and mental health, in a bid to entice further government intervention and investment. The research – undertaken by Dr. Rohan Borschmann and peers at the University of…

30 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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