Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, February

An Alternative Approach to Projecting Health Expenditure in Australia
AbstractObjective: To introduce a large body of work that explores the modelling of expenditure on health services per person living with major causes of disease or injury as a valid basis for conclusions regarding future health expenditure in Australia.Methods:...
An Overview of Clinical Governance Policies, Practices and Initiatives
AbstractObjective: To map the emergence of, and define, clinical governance; to discuss current best practices, and to explore the implications of these for boards of directors and executives wishing to promote a clinical governance approach in their...
A Partnership Model in the Development and Implementation of a Collaborative, Cardiovascular Education Program for Aboriginal Health Workers
AbstractA partnership model was established among key education providers, policy makers, non-government organisations, the local area health service and Aboriginal community controlled organisations aimed at increasing collaboration, skill development,...
Building Resiliency: Ensuring Business Continuity Is on the Health Care Agenda
AbstractIn light of recent disasters and terrorist attacks, private and public organisations alike are becoming increasingly concerned with their ability to continue operating in spite of unforeseen events. This paper describes a project conducted at...
Cardiovascular Disease Management: Time to Advance the Practice Nurse Role?
AbstractObjective: More than two-thirds of health expenditure is attributable to chronic conditions, of which a significant proportion are related to cardiovascular disease. This paper identifies and explores the factors cited by practice nurses as impacting...
Changing Shape: Workforce and the Implementation of Aboriginal Health Policy
AbstractThirty-five interviews were conducted in a case study on the implementation of the Northern Territory Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy (PCDS) to explore the role of the health workforce in the implementation of Aboriginal health policy. There...
Clinical School Partnerships: The Way Forward in Nursing Education, Research and Clinical Practice
AbstractThis paper describes the development of a partnership between a university clinical school and a sub-acute health care facility in Melbourne, Australia. A brief history of nursing education is given to provide a background for the development...
Community Health Information Sources - a Survey in Three Disparate Communities
AbstractObjective: To determine the current utilisation, importance, trust and future preference for contemporary sources of health information in three different socioeconomic groups.Design: A pilot study including key informant interviews and direct...
Ensuring the Delivery of Quality Health Care
TO THE EDITOR: The recent episode of claimed medical mismanagement resulting in a woman miscarrying in a toilet in the emergency department of the Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales has attracted much attention. Politicians played the usual...
Evaluation of Current Practice: Compliance with Osteoporosis Clinical Guidelines in an Outpatient Fracture Clinic
AbstractBetter detection and management of osteoporosis will reduce unnecessary health expenditure. A number of high quality guidelines are available to support early detection and best practice management of osteoporosis in hospital settings. However,...
Exploring Experiences and Attitudes about Health Care Complaints among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Staff at an Opioid Treatment Service
AbstractThere is little information about managing frontline complaints with opioid-dependent women. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 13 opioid-dependent women and 10 staff at an Opioid Treatment Service. A multidisciplinary...
Health Professional Education: Perpetuating Obsolescence?
TO THE EDITOR: The August issue of Australian Health Review highlighted a critical issue in Australian health care, namely the endorsement of a health workforce that is able to "more rationally match ... health professional skills to health care needs".1...
Interprofessional Pre-Qualification Clinical Education: A Systematic Review
AbstractA search was made of relevant databases and the reference lists of key textbooks and reviews. Of 420 potentially relevant articles, 25 were included in the review. Medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work were the...
Introduction
IN RECOGNITION OF the importance and the complexity of governance within the Australian health care sector, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has established a regular governance section in Australian Health Review. The aim of this...
Introduction
IN NOVEMBER 2006 the Queensland Centre for Public Health and the Brisbane Institute cohosted a public forum titled "What can we expect of our health care system?"The intention of the forum was to promote public discussion on serious questions about the...
Let's Talk Governance
AS THE Letters to the Editor illustrate, governance, both good and bad, can influence the effectiveness of the health care system. As reported by Dr Playford and her colleagues (page 6), the health workforce and educational leaders in Western Australia...
Options for Expanding the Health Workforce
AbstractHealth workforce reform remains a major challenge for Australia. The recent Productivity Commission report provided some guidance, but, sadly, few of the recommendations have been implemented. Health economies (and with them the health workforce)...
Reforming Funding for Chronic Illness: Medicare-CDM
AbstractChronic diseases are a major challenge for the Australian health care system in terms of both the provision of quality care and expenditure, and these challenges will only increase in the future. Various programs have been instituted under the...
Review of Patient-Reported Type 2 Diabetes Service Quality
AbstractA critical review was conducted of the literature from 1960 to June 2005 on service quality in type 2 diabetes. The review demonstrated that improving service quality may improve the outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes. The potential service...
Social Determinants of Indigenous Health
Social determinants of Indigenous health Carson B, Dunbar T, Chenhall RD, Bailie R (eds) Alien and Unwin, 2007 ISBN: 978 1 74175 142 O. 306 + xxix pages. RRP: $49.95Social determinants of indigenous health is a useful and important addition to the available...
Supporting Cancer Control for Indigenous Australians: Initiatives and Challenges for Cancer Councils
AbstractAs in other developed countries, the Australian population is ageing, and cancer rates increase with age. Despite their substantially lower life expectancy, Indigenous Australians are also experiencing concerning cancer statistics, characterised...
Supporting the Transition from Student to Professional - a Case Study in Allied Health
AbstractAllied health graduates are entering an increasingly complex and demanding workforce. They require a mix of clinical competencies and broader professional skills. Making the transition from the learning environment of university to the workplace...
Teaching Professional Health Care Practice: Considering the Elements of Emotions and Artistry
AbstractThis commentary addresses the need to maintain a role for emotions and artistry in human services and health care practice and discusses some approaches to including these issues in teaching at the tertiary level.Aust Health Rev 2008: 32(1):...
The AROC Annual Report: The State of Rehabilitation in Australia 2006
AbstractThis is the second comprehensive annual report that describes patients discharged from subacute inpatient rehabilitation programs provided by facilities that are members of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).The inaugural...
Working with Communities in Health and Human Services
Working with communities in health and human services Taylor J, Wilkinson D, Cheers B Oxford University Press, 2007 ISBN: 978 O 19 555835 7. 291 + xix pages . RRP: $65ACCORDING TO the back cover, Working with communities in health and human services...