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Becoming Australia’s second quadriplegic doctor – insights from Dr. Dinesh Palipana

As a quadriplegic medical professional, Dr. Dinesh Palipana spends much of his time at hospital. Either tending patients or being one himself. The car accident and resulting spinal cord injury that left him paralysed made medical school a challenge. But Palipana saw it through, becoming only the second quadriplegic in Australia to have done so.…

7 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Leadership & Communication

COVID-19 is as much an aged care mental health crisis as it is a physical one, researcher says

Australia was approximately fourteen months into its Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic took hold. For a sector already beset with staffing, skilling and budgetary constraints, the pandemic has had a profound impact, prompting some to describe it as an “aged care crisis”. Whilst much of the…

26 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Vaccine development – what have we learned from COVID-19?

From the moment a pandemic is declared, every day, week and month that passes without a vaccine is significant. Globally, Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been seen to infect more than one hundred thousand people in a single day, with a fatality rate of up to five percent. Despite this urgency, the vaccine development process is…

18 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The right support for people living with dementia

Anne has always loved writing poetry. It was the one thing she would look forward to in English classes at school, and, later in life, was her go-to pastime when the children were busy; or to escape the stress of her day job as an English teacher. Anne’s care worker doesn’t know this about her though.…

30 Mar 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Leadership & Communication

To merge or not to merge – a modern dilemma for health insurers

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is ramping up pressure for health insurance companies to amalgamate, as part of the sector’s “financial recovery plan”. At an industry level, the rationale for a largescale M&A push is clear. But at a company level it is often less so, explains Police Health Chief Executive, Scott Williams. “Consolidation…

4 Mar 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Language change could be a pre-symptomatic marker of dementia

Iris Murdoch is a famous and highly regarded author, who not only made a valuable contribution to the world of literature, but also (inadvertently) to dementia research. Like any gifted writer, Murdoch drew upon an impressive use of syntax and vocabulary range in her work, but later in her career - when her language ability…

12 Feb 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Ensuring medicines safety in digital health innovation

Electronic medication management is becoming increasingly embedded in our health system and has already had a meaningful impact on prescribing decisions, safety, workflow efficiencies, quality assurance and audit capacity. Whilst there is growing consensus that the advent of digital platforms in medical practice is a positive development for the sector, it does raise a number…

6 Feb 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

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
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