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Should you keep someone living with Dementia in an aged care facility during a pandemic?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of people have considered withdrawing their family members from residential aged care facilities in a bid to minimise their risk of viral exposure. For relatives or carers of people living with Dementia, this decision has been more challenging. Will their loved one get the care they need without…

29 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Improving the efficacy of telehealth for Indigenous Australians

After being catapulted onto the MBS rebate schedule at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, few would doubt that telehealth has now earned its place as a permanent fixture of mainstream clinical practice. Backed by some encouraging uptake statistics, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recently touted its benefits for people who have children, mobility issues,…

21 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

How this hospital is set to achieve the gold standard in pharmacy automation

‘Zero errors, zero-touch, and zero medication waste’. It may sound like an ambitious goal for any budding autonomous pharmacy, but it is one seemingly within reach for Dubai’s Fakeeh University Hospital. Since adopting the world-renowned ‘autonomous pharmacy framework,’ Fakeeh has made significant reductions in medication errors and wastage, using a system that requires virtually no…

4 Mar 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

How might voluntary assisted dying legislation in NSW compare with other jurisdictions?

In the last few years, a major shift in political thinking has seen most Australian jurisdictions - bar those that lack the statutory power to do so - adopt some form of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation. First Victoria in 2019, followed by Western Australia in 2021; and more recently Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia,…

31 Jan 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


Why private health insurers should care about chronic disease management

Surgery for heart disease represents one of the largest costs for private health insurers in Australia at a collective $2.1 billion annually. By comparison, the sector has only modestly invested in heart disease management – a move that, paradoxically, could make acute outcomes like surgery much less common. Since 2007, when the sector was first…

17 Dec 2021, by Amy Sarcevic


The impact of low vector supply in Australia

A global genomic revolution is currently in full swing, with significant advances in gene editing, DNA sequencing, CRISPR, therapeutics, and molecular diagnostics. However, manufacturing for viral vectors – the engineered viruses that carry genetic materials to host cells - is lagging behind global demand, delaying clinical trials and the progression of new genetic therapies to…

15 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Occupational Health & Safety

How to stop violence in hospitals

‘Prevention not cure’ has long been considered the Holy Grail of healthcare, but what if this same logic was applied to security in healthcare settings, in place of reactive strategies for combatting patient violence? Associate Professor Paul Preisz who founded Australia’s first ever PANDA (Psychiatric, Alcohol and Non-Prescription Drug Assessment) unit believes preventing – not…

9 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic


Managing workplace violence at Monash Health – an interview with Security Director Steve Bills

Violence against healthcare professionals is prevalent in Australia, with 87 percent of workers reporting at least one physical assault over a six month period. With the rise of methamphetamine usage and the number of patients presenting to emergency wards with acute mental health problems, the issue is growing. Between 2016 and 2019 physical assaults in…

25 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic


Improving outcomes from reproductive carrier screening – an interview with Prof Martin Delatycki

Reproductive carrier screening (RCS) has become increasingly sophisticated over the years. Now capable of screening thousands of genes, RCS can identify couples at risk of many hundreds of autosomal and X-linked recessive genetic conditions. But while RCS is being offered to more women and couples, scope for poor patient outcomes remains higher than it should,…

20 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic


How Dr Louise Sun is Harnessing Big Data to Change Cardiovascular Medicine

There's a new, glimmering frontier in healthcare. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are reshaping the future, with the potential to relieve the burden on health professionals and allow physicians to connect better with patients. Also known as ‘Deep Medicine’, AI and Machine Learning can help cut down the cost of healthcare. From transforming note taking and…

28 Sep 2021, by Skye Rytenskild
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