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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

Healthcare

Healthcare delivery during COVID-19 – what has worked and what hasn’t?

Even before COVID-19 struck, moving from volume- to value-based models of healthcare delivery – as per a worldwide paradigm shift – seemed like a difficult task. As the Australian population ages, chronic disease is rising, with 90 percent of residents now seeing their doctor at least once per year. In 2019 there was also a sharp…

19 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Using technology for better obstetric decision making

Cardiotocography (CTG) has been used for foetal heartrate (FHR) surveillance since the 1970s, as a means of detecting foetal hypoxia and guiding clinical decisions around delivery timing. Despite the length of its usage, there is yet to be convincing evidence that CTG reduces birth asphyxia, stillbirths, caesareans or instrumental deliveries. Although the technology is good…

24 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Social Policy

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
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