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A Surgeon’s perspective on working together in the operating theatre environment

Patient safety in the operating room has improved in the last few decades, however significant risks remain. Operative environments can be acutely stressful, with heavy workloads and high-risk decision making. Healthy team dynamics are critical in this context. Ahead of the Operating Theatre Management Conference, Dr. Nicole Yap, a Breast Surgeon and Deputy Chair of…

11 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Commercialising Healthcare Innovation

The Australian healthcare sector is not short of innovation. In a single year, around 10,000 digital health apps will be added to the app store; almost as many pharmaceutical research papers will be published by academic journals; and the Australian medical technology (medtech) industry will gross upwards of ten billion dollars. But in a bottlenecked…

10 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

The headwinds confronting PHI and opportunities to grow participation

The Australian private health insurance (PHI) industry is no stranger to the topic of affordability, but with rates of participation declining for the first time since the introduction of Life Time Health Cover loading; the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and 30 percent Rebate some 19 years ago, the issue is resurfacing. Though participation rates remain generally…

12 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

What does dementia feel like?

In Australia 342,000 people are living with Dementia – a pervasive collection of symptoms including memory loss, confusion and apathy. Despite its prevalence, renowned dementia advocate, John Roth, believes the condition is often misinterpreted by both healthcare professionals and wider society. While many of the symptoms have the potential to reduce quality of life for…

4 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

2019 a key year for PHI reform

2019 looks set to be a key year for private health insurance with the Australian Government this week confirming it will fund the development of a nationally searchable website to promote the transparency of medical specialist fees; with a complementary education initiative for consumers, GPs and specialists. The website will provide information on the costs…

8 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

A new therapeutic for Alzheimer’s is imminent – what is it and what will it mean?

An ageing population could see global cases of dementia and its major form Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) almost double every twenty years. However, a new therapeutic approach currently being trialled in Australia could put a halt to this growth, cutting cases of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50 percent. Associate Professor Michael Woodward - who appeared…

6 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

The ageing doctor – ethical and legal implications

Laying off a post-retirement-age doctor on the basis of their age is an offence under the Age Discrimination Act 2004. However, there are growing concerns that doctors practicing beyond 65-years of age may be more prone to mistakes, due to the age-related decline of various physical and cognitive faculties. As such, many experts have called…

22 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Managing complex pain in digital hospitals

Pain management in clinical settings is highly complex, and the digitisation of workflows in some Queensland Health hospitals - although popular across the board - has added an extra layer of complexity, according to Pharmacist IT Consultant, Deborah Boland. “When assessing pain and administering analgesia there are many variables to consider and criteria to satisfy”,…

13 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Insights into Denmark’s eHealth system

The rise of chronic disease, an ageing population and growing community expectations present some challenging conditions, in which the Australian healthcare sector must not only survive, but thrive. Delivering sustainable, patient-centred and cost-effective healthcare in this environment, will require a series of paradigmatic shifts over the coming decades – including a move from ‘illness’ to…

4 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The future of health

Global health care spending is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in 2018-2022, a considerable rise from 2.9 percent in 2013-2017. Aging and growing populations, the greater prevalence of chronic diseases, and exponential advances in innovative, but costly, digital technologies continue to grow health care demand and expenditures. Health care stakeholders—providers,…

17 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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