Australian Health Review

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, February

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Experiences of Hepatitis C-Positive and Negative Clients: Implications for Hepatitis C Treatment
AbstractTo assess whether HCV-positive clients perceive that alcohol and other drug (AOD) staff discriminate against them, this study compared the treatment experiences of 120 HCV-positive clients with those of 120 HCV-negative clients attending the...
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Allied, Scientific and Complementary Health Professionals: A New Model for Australian Allied Health
AbstractThere is no standard or agreed definition of "allied health" nationally or internationally. This paper reviews existing definitions of allied health, and considers aspects of allied health services and service delivery in order to produce a new...
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A Profile of Physiotherapy Clinical Education
AbstractThe purpose of the study was to examine clinical education placement data to generate a profile of providers and examine the students' exposure to health care and educational factors during clinical education. A retrospective audit of clinical...
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Developing a National Research and Development Centre in Assistive Technologies for Independent Living
AbstractAssistive technology (AT) plays a pivotal role in the lives of people who require assistance with one or more aspects of daily living. Ranging from simple devices such as an augmented fork to complex devices like a power wheelchair with integrated...
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Health Smart Cards: Differing Perceptions of Emergency Department Patients and Staff
AbstractAn analytical, cross-sectional survey of 270 emergency department patients and 92 staff undertaken in three tertiary referral hospital emergency departments was completed to compare the perceptions of patients and staff regarding the use of health...
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It's Not That Bad: The Views of Consumers and Carers about Routine Outcome Measurement in Mental Health
AbstractThe mandatory use of routine outcome measurement (ROM) has been introduced into all public sector mental health services in Australia over the past 6 years. Qualitative processes were used to engage consumers and carers in suggesting how the...
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Local Trends in Emergency Department Attendances by Older Patients in an Ageing National Population
AbstractNursing-led aged care services were set up at our Emergency Department (ED) in 2004-05 to assist in the appropriate discharge of older patients. This study examined local trends in ED attendances by older patients. A retrospective study was conducted...
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Managing Clinical Processes in Health Services
Managing clinical processes in health services Sorensen R, ledema R Churchill Livingstone Australia, 2008 ISBN: 9780729538251. xiv + 269 pages. RRP: $60.00.THIS AUSTRALIAN TEXT provides the reader with a framework to manage the clinical processes within...
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Medicare-Related Service Use and Costs among People with Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes and Respiratory Conditions
AbstractObjective: To compare Medicare-related costs and service utilisation of people with diagnosed diabetes, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to those who were previously undiagnosed, and those without these conditions.Design,...
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Orthopaedic Trauma from Road Crashes: Is Enough Being Done?
AbstractA file review of patients presenting to the Emergency Department of St Vincent's Hospital with fractures sustained in a road crash was completed to describe patterns of orthopaedic injury, acute intervention and separation as well as the cost...
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Patterns of Recovery Following Knee and Hip Replacement in an Australian Cohort
AbstractMost literature reporting the impressive results from knee and hip replacement derives from international data. Few Australian studies have comprehensively compared outcomes after joint replacement up to 1 year. This paper compares the patterns...
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Smart Health Cards or Health Smart Cards?
There is plenty of activity throughout the world focusing on encrypting personal health (and other) information on credit card-sized plastic "smart" cards. These cards are embedded with a computer chip and could provide easy access to essential health...
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The Cost and Compensability of Trauma Patients
AbstractInjury in Australia was responsible for 400 000 hospitalisations in 2002. This study aimed to examine the direct costs of trauma patients in a Level 1 trauma centre and determine the compensability of those patients. Data on all admitted patients...
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The Effect of Guidance in the Use of Routine Outcome Measures in Clinical Meetings
AbstractRoutine outcome measures (ROM) have now been introduced into all Australian public mental health services, but experience suggests that many clinical staff lack expertise in using them. In 2005 under the Quality Through Outcomes Network (QUATRO),...
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