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Leading a $19 billion health infrastructure portfolio – insights from Rebecca Wark at NSW Health

Delivering the second largest infrastructure portfolio in NSW - amid a global pandemic and fast-evolving healthcare delivery landscape - is no easy feat, but it is all in a day’s work for Rebecca Wark, Chief Executive of NSW Health Infrastructure. Over this term of government, NSW Health will progress the development of around 100 health…

1 Apr 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Enhancing the health of people released from prison

It is well documented that rates of physical and mental ill health are elevated among people in prison. Some conditions – including chronic disease, substance dependence, and mental illness - are usually brought into the system, whilst others – particularly blood borne viruses – may be acquired within its precincts. The RACGP estimates, for example,…

10 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Challenges and opportunities for telehealth – an interview with Dr. Rahul Gupta

They say adversity is often the catalyst for change and for the Australian healthcare sector, COVID-19 has been no exception. Faced with the awkward objective of treating more patients with fewer resources, the sector has embraced innovation quickly; upholding – even surpassing – usual rates of service provision. Telehealth has been pivotal in this response,…

2 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Real time prescription monitoring: an update

For decades, a paper based system has underpinned Australia's strict medicines and poisons regulations. Within this system, doctors have no way of knowing if patients seeking controlled medicines are living with an undiagnosed addiction and securing multiple doses of the same drug from different practices. Often, prescribing doctors say ‘yes’ and write a script because…

18 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Data analytics: the next frontier in medication management

Right patient, right time, right method, right dose and – last but not least - the right medication. When it comes to administering pharmaceuticals in health care settings, there are many different avenues for clinical error - especially when visual checks are used to inspect product labels, eMARs, and NMICs. These errors occur in around…

1 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Wrongful birth damages – an interview with Bill Madden

Maintaining a duty of confidentiality is an integral part of any healthcare profession, but what happens when upholding medical confidentiality leads to adverse health outcomes? Patient Y, a pregnant woman, sought damages when Doctors failed to inform her that her father had been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a heritable brain disorder that had been…

11 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Adverse health outcomes during the pandemic response – legal implications

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenging risk management scenarios for healthcare workers - and with the heightened threat of adverse outcomes, many now feel as though they are treading murky legal water. While Australia has missed the levels of system overwhelm seen in countries hardest hit by the virus, the very threat of it…

17 Dec 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Standards focus continues during pandemic – Gary Brook, TEQSA

TEQSA Director Gary Brook has commended the higher education sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic but says the agency is continuing to keep a close watch on standards and emerging risks. One area TEQSA is actively monitoring is the decline in ELICOS commencements in the latter half of 2020 and how this could impact the…

10 Nov 2020, by Informa Insights

Healthcare | Occupational Health & Safety

Renewed focus on nurse and midwife safety needed during COVID-19, says ANMF President

If you work in the healthcare sector, you are likely no stranger to the issue of workplace violence. According to the World Health Organisation between 8 and 38 percent of health workers will experience physical assault at some point in their careers, and a significantly greater number will be exposed to it. This year though…

30 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Legal

Eliminating PFAS from firefighting sites – Fire & Rescue NSW

It has been three years since per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals once used in food packaging, cooking hardware and firefighting foam – were first banned in Australia, after being exposed as an environmental and health threat. Since then the body of evidence highlighting the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has grown, as have…

20 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic
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