Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, August

Adverse Events in Victorian Admissions for Elective Surgery
AbstractObjectives: To investigate a method to identify and understand patterns of adverse events by utilising secondary data analysis; to identify the types of complications associated with elective surgery; to identify any specific "adverse event-prone"...
Australia's National Suicide Prevention Strategy: The Next Chapter
AbstractAustralia's National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) is about to move into a new funding phase. In this context this paper considers the emphasis of the NSPS since its inception in 1999. Certain high-risk groups (particularly people with mental...
Challenges in Implementing Evidence-Based Practice into Mental Health Services
AbstractThis paper highlights challenges in implementing mental health policy at a service delivery level. It describes an attempt to foster greater application of recovery-orientated principles and practices within mental health services. Notwithstanding...
Developing Inter-Agency Collaboration for Older Patients Needing Rehabilitation
AbstractInter-agency collaboration is becoming increasingly important in delivering services to elderly people. Collaboration is not easy and careful attention needs to be paid to developing and sustaining the necessary working relations. This paper...
Enhancing Palliative Care Delivery in a Regional Community in Australia
AbstractAlthough access to palliative care is a fundamental right for people in Australia and is endorsed by government policy, there is often limited access to specialist palliative care services in regional, rural and remote areas. This article appraises...
Ethico-Legal Issues in Relation to End-of-Life Care and Institutional Mental Health
AbstractObjectives: In view of the fact that there is a higher mortality rate for individuals with serious mental illness and that people with mental illness suffer excess mortality due to physical illness, the lack of attention to end-of-life care for...
Ethnicity, Deprivation and Mental Health Outcomes
AbstractAims: To describe and measure differences between ethnic groups on standard measures of mental health outcome.Methods: Clinical staff in eight New Zealand Health Districts collected consumer outcomes data at the start, end and review of episodes...
Improving the Retirement Village to Residential Aged Care Transition
AbstractOlder Australians living in retirement villages are an increasing community segment. These people make choices both about the place at which they live and the support needed at that place to optimise health and wellbeing. However, for some, unmet...
Measuring Health: A Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires
Measuring health: a guide to rating scales and questionnaires McDowell I 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2006 ISBN: 0195165675. RRP: $130. xvi+748 pagesMeasuring health provides a detailed discussion of 104 health measures. The author, Ian McDowell,...
Mental Health Care: Take 2
We are pleased to present our second issue on mental health care. Perhaps indicative of the needs in this sector, the original call for papers generated more interest than could be accommodated in one issue. We are also pleased to report that there has...
Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes
Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes Drummond M, Schulper M, Torrance G, O'Brien B and Stoddart G 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2005 ISBN: 019-852945-7. RRP $99.95. 350 pagesAS THE NAME SUGGESTS, Methods for the economic...
Models of Psychological Service Provision under Australia's Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Program
AbstractThe Access to Allied Psychological Services component of Australia's Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care program enables eligible general practitioners to refer consumers to allied health professionals for affordable, evidence-based mental...
Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: What Is the Ideal Setting for Rehabilitation?
AbstractObjective: To survey rehabilitation physicians about management of patients with non-traumatic spinal cord injury (NTSCI).Methods: Postal and email survey of Australian physicians treating adult inpatients in neurological rehabilitation or Spinal...
Online Referral and OPD Booking from the GP Desktop
AbstractThe Brisbane Inner South E-referral Project (BISEP) developed an application which allowed general practitioners, from their desktop, to successfully search for and book an available hospital outpatient appointment for patients with suspected...
Operations Research and Health Care: A Handbook of Methods and Applications
Operations research and health care: a handbook of methods and applications Brandeau ML, Sainfort F and Pierskalla WP (eds) Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004 ISBN: 1402076290. RRP: $297.15. viii+872 pagesOPERATIONS RESEARCH is the mathematics of efficiency. It...
Predictors of Failure by Medical Practitioners to Report Suspected Child Abuse in Queensland, Australia
AbstractObjective: The goal of this investigation was to examine the level of notification of child abuse and neglect and the perceived deterrents to reporting by medical practitioners, who are mandated to report their suspicions but might choose not...
Quantitative Methods in Health Care Management
Quantitative methods in health care management Ozcan YA Jossey-Bass, 2005 ISBN: 0 7879 7164 2. RRP: $102.48. xx + 412 pagesMANY PROBLEMS in contemporary health care lend themselves to quantitative analysis. How can we improve patient flow in the emergency...
SMS Text Messaging Improves Outpatient Attendance
AbstractObjective: To evaluate the operational and financial efficacy of sending short message service (SMS) text message reminders to the mobile telephones of patients with scheduled outpatient clinic appointments.Design: Cohort study with historical...
The Feasibility of Implementing an Electronic Prescribing Decision Support System: A Case Study of an Australian Public Hospital
AbstractMedication errors are common in public hospitals, with the majority at the prescribing stage of the medication pathway. Electronic prescribing decision support (EPDS) is a rules-based computer system that can be used by clinicians to warn against...
"There's No Point in Complaining, Nothing Changes": Rural Disaffection with Complaints as an Improvement Method
AbstractObjective: To validate earlier findings that lack of access to health services is the most likely issue of complaint by rural consumers, and that lack of knowledge about how to make effective complaints and scepticism that responses to complaints...