Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, May

A Survey of Reimbursement Practices of Private Health Insurance Companies for Pharmaceuticals Not Covered under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 2008
AbstractObjective. To describe the current practices and policy of Australian private health insurance (PHI) companies with respect to cover for pharmaceuticals not subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).Design, setting and participants....
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Building Capacity in Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives from Key Health and Higher Education Stakeholders
AbstractObjective. A substantial literature engaging with the directions and experiences of stakeholders involved in interprofessional health education exists at the international level, yet almost nothing has been published that documents and analyses...
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Capital Planning for Operating Theatres Based on Projecting Future Theatre Requirements
Abstract. During 2006, NSW and ACT Health Departments jointly engaged KPMG to develop an Operating Theatre Requirements' Projection Model and an accompanying planning guideline. A research scan was carried out to identify drivers of surgical demand,...
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Clinical Informatics: A Workforce Priority for 21st Century Healthcare
Abstract. This paper identifies the contribution of health and clinical informatics in the support of healthcare in the 21st century. Although little is known about the health and clinical informatics workforce, there is widespread recognition that the...
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Determining Priority of Access to Physiotherapy at Victorian Community Health Services
Abstract. Prioritisation of clients requesting physiotherapy in Victorian community health services has occurred in the absence of a uniform evidence-based prioritisation process. The effect of the varying prioritisation procedures on client outcomes...
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Development of a Multi-Source Feedback Tool for Consultant Anaesthetist Performance
Abstract. The process of development, and implementation, of a multi-source feedback tool for consultant anaesthetists is described. Rater groups included the anaesthetist-in-charge, anaesthetic assistants, anaesthetic trainees and, for some, the nurse-in-charge...
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Development of an Accreditation Program for Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in General Practice
AbstractObjectives. To describe the development and evaluation of an accreditation program for Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in general practice, which was part of the PoCT in general practice (GP) Trial conducted in 2005-07 and funded by the Australian...
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End-of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals
End-of-life (EOL) care is increasingly being carried out in acute hospitals. Approximately 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in intensive care units (ICUs). At least 90% of these deaths are as a result of withdrawing or withholding treatment.1-4How...
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Health Care and the Law, Fifth Edition
HEALTH CARE AND THE LAW, FIFTH EDITION By Janine McIlwraith and Bill Madden 2010. Published by Lawbook Co., Australia. ISBN 9780455227030.Health Care and the Law has been written in the tradition and style of law texts. As such, many healthcare workers...
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Hidden Costs Associated with the Universal Application of Risk Management in Maternity Care
Abstract. This paper presents a critical analysis of risk management in maternity care and the hidden costs associated with the practice in healthy women. Issues of quality and safety are driving an increased emphasis by health services on risk management...
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How Is Advance Care Planning Conceptualised in Australia? Findings from Key Informant Interviews
AbstractObjective. Advance Care Planning (ACP) has been gaining prominence as an important component of good end-of-life care. This study explored how ACP is conceptualised by stakeholder organisations and clinicians involved in aged care and end-of-life...
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Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators
IMPROVING HEALTH CARE SAFETY AND QUALITY: RELUCTANT REGULATORS By Judith Healy 2011. Ashgate Publishing Limited. ISBN 0754676447This book is a most valuable addition to the Australian safety and quality in healthcare literature. Starting with a punchy,...
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Is Health Workforce Sustainability in Australia and New Zealand a Realistic Policy Goal?
Abstract. This paper assesses what health workforce 'sustainability' might mean for Australia and New Zealand, given the policy direction set out in the World Health Organization draft code on international recruitment of health workers. The governments...
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Mapping Maternity Services in Australia: Location, Classification and Services
AbstractObjective. To describe maternity services available to Australian women and, in particular, the location, classification of services and support services available.Design. A descriptive study was conducted using an online survey that was emailed...
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Negotiating Norms, Navigating Care: Findings from a Qualitative Study to Assist in Decreasing Health Inequity in Cardiac Rehabilitation
AbstractPurpose. People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLDBs) have lower rates of participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Systematically evaluating barriers and facilitators to service delivery may decrease health inequalities....
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'Nowhere to Room . . . Nobody Told Them': Logistical and Cultural Impediments to Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Cancer Treatment
AbstractBackground. Cancer mortality among Indigenous Australians is higher compared to the non-Indigenous population and attributed to poor access to cancer detection, screening, treatment and support services.Alarge proportion of Indigenous Australians...
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Preparedness for Internship: A Survey of New Interns in a Large Victorian Health Service
AbstractObjective. To gain better understanding of the work-preparedness of new interns and identify areas where further training and education should be provided.Design. Surveys of new interns assessing self-reported confidence and preparedness for...
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Psychosocial Oncology Services in New South Wales
Abstract. There is limited published evidence about how psychosocial services should be organised or routinely integrated into cancer services to ensure that cancer patients receive appropriate psychological, social and emotional support during periods...
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Receptionists in Intake in Community Health
Abstract. Receptionists are employed as administrative assistants, but in Community Health Centres, especially rural ones, they are the first step in service delivery, the intake system. This has implications for the people seeking services and for receptionists....
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Segmenting a General Practitioner Market to Improve Recruitment Outcomes
Abstract. Recruitment is an ongoing challenge in the health industry with general practitioner (GP) shortages in many areas beyond rural and Indigenous communities. This paper suggests a marketing solution that identifies different segments of the GP...
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Setting Priorities for High-Cost Medications in Public Hospitals in Australia: Should the Public Be Involved?
AbstractAim. To explore healthcare decision makers' perceptions about public involvement in setting priorities for high-cost medications (HCMs) in public hospitals in Australia.Methods. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 decision-makers...
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Trial of an Allied Health Workload Allocation Model
Abstract. Allied health (AH) managers need to be able to quantify workloads to effectively manage the increasing demands on the health system. Workload allocation models provide a means of monitoring, evaluating and determining manageable workloads....
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Truncated Careers in Nuclear Medicine Technology: Increased Job Control May Improve Retention
AbstractObjectives. The aim of the study was to gain understanding of why nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) leave and to compare workforce and service provision trends with diagnostic imaging professionals.Design and setting. A survey of all NMT...
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