Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 4, November

A Case Study of the Evaluation of a Public Health Intervention
AbstractLarge public health interventions to control infectious disease outbreaks are common, but rigorous evaluation to improve the quality and effectiveness of these is rarely undertaken. Following a large community-based clinic to prevent a hepatitis...
A Case Study on Determining and Responding to Health Managers' Priorities for Research to Assist Health Service Decision Making
AbstractThe Newcastle Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is a collaboration of health service and public health research groups in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia which aims to promote the use of evidence in decision making. However, use...
Demographic Change and the Future Demand for Public Hospital Care in Australia, 2005 to 2050
AbstractBackground: Over the next 45 years the Australian population will age rapidly as the baby boomer cohort moves into retirement and then old age. As the population ages there will be substantial growth in the demand for hospital bed-days, placing...
Developing a Policy Simulator at the Acute-Aged Care Interface
AbstractThis paper describes the development of a computer simulation of the interactions between the acute and aged care systems in Australia, using system dynamics modeling enhanced by agent-based techniques. National and regional simulations will...
Getting Evidence into Obstetric and Midwifery Practice: Reducing Perineal Trauma
AbstractProblem: Frequent obstetric perineal morbidity in a hospital setting with service providers inexperienced in getting evidence into practice.Design: Clinical practice improvement methodology in a tertiary referral obstetric unit.Strategies for...
Impact of Streaming "Fast Track" Emergency Department Patients
AbstractObjective: Fast track systems to stream emergency department (ED) patients with low acuity conditions have been introduced widely, resulting in reduced waiting times and lengths of stay for these patients. We aimed to prospectively assess the...
Mind the Gap
In this issue of Australian Health Review, the contributing authors explore the issues associated with their attempts to bridge the well recognised gap between research and practice in health policy and management. We have heard that it took nearly 200...
Nursing Morale: What Does the Literature Reveal?
AbstractThere is increasing attention to nursing workforce issues such as recruitment, retention, turnover, workplace health and safety issues and their impact on quality patient care. A number of these problems have been linked to poor morale. While...
Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results
Redefining health care: creating value-based competition on results Porter ME and Teisberg EO Harvard Business School Press, 2006 ISBN: 1 5913 9778 2. RRP: $55, xvii + 506 pagesTHIS BOOK PROVIDES readers with a salient insight into the failings of the...
Smart Thinking
Smart thinking Allen M 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2006 ISBN: 0 1955 1733 4. RRP: $42.95. xx-t-193 pagesYEARS AGO, logic was either a subject in high school or taught as a part of the English syllabus, along with grammar. Now, both seem to...
Social Determinants of Health - Why We Continue to Ignore Them in the Search for Improved Population Health Outcomes!
AbstractThere is now unequivocal evidence that the health status of individuals and of whole communities is socially and economically determined, as are many other aspects of our lives. This suggests, as advocates of public health and population health...
Striving for Excellence in Abortion Services
AbstractThe legalisation of abortion allowed the publication of surgical outcome data demonstrating low complication rates. South Australian data from the outcomes of surgery conducted at the Pregnancy Advisory Centre illustrate the monitoring of complication...
The Experience of Australian Project Leaders in Encouraging Practitioners to Adopt Research Evidence in Their Clinical Practice
AbstractObjective: This paper describes a qualitative program evaluation which sought to identify factors that either assist or impede the adoption of clinical evidence in everyday practice.Design and Participants: Thirteen Australian projects were funded...
The Impact of the Research Methods Support Structure on Research Capacity in Rural New South Wales
AbstractObjective: This paper evaluates a Research Methods Support Structure (RMSS) to foster research capacity in the New England region of rural New South Wales.Methods: A quasi-experimental design with a historical control for comparing changes in...
The National Health Survey 2001: Usefulness to Inform a Discussion on Access to and Use of Quality Primary Health Care Using Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus as an Example
AbstractIntroduction: This paper explores the usefulness of the 2001 Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey (2001 NHS) for examining access to and use of quality primary health care (PHC) in Australia, using diabetes as an example.Methods:...
Traversing the Bridge from Health Care Management Practice to Research
IF THERE IS A BRIDGE from research to practice, I've been crossing against the traffic. In 2000, I moved from the increasingly tough world of health care management practice (thinking I'd done my share and it was someone else's turn) and took up teaching...
Use of Clinical Guidelines for Whiplash by Insurers
AbstractObjective: To describe the opinions of, use of, and compliance with guidelines for whiplash associated disorders (whiplash) by insurance staff after an implementation program.Design: Observational design using questionnaires.Setting: Insurance...
Using Population Health Surveys to Provide Information on Access to and Use of Quality Primary Health Care
AbstractObjective: Currently, primary health care (PHC) is under-represented in health statistics due to the lack of a comprehensive PHC data collection. This research explores the utility of population health surveys to address questions relating to...