Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, May

A Bicultural Perspective on Health
A bicultural perspective on health Health and Society in Aotearoa New Zealand (Second edition) Kevin Dew and Peter Davis (editors) Oxford University Press, 2005 ISBN: 0 19558 469 4. RRP: $49.95 AUDTHE WAY PEOPLE THINK about health, ill-health and health...
Abortion in Australia: A Legal Misconception
Abortion is a procedure and practice which has been universally practised in some form since the beginning of recorded history. While deliberate terminations of pregnancy are reported throughout history, all races, cultures and religious groups have...
Are Victorian Elective Surgery Cases Still Converting from Overnight to Same Day Cases?
AbstractThe conversion rate on a diagnosis related group (DRG)-standardised basis of Victorian private overnight (ON) elective surgery cases to same day (SD) cases declined from 4.7% per annum over 1996-97 to 1998-99^sup 6^ to 2.5% per annum over 1998-99...
Blood Transfusion Prescribing in the ACT: An Insight into Clinical Decision Making
AbstractMedical practitioners with varying levels of experience may make medical decisions in hospitals. Little is known about who is responsible for these decisions. We determined transfusion appropriateness during an audit of blood transfusion, before...
Distributional Impact of Recent Changes in Private Health Insurance Policies
AbstractThe impacts of changes to private health insurance (PHI) policies introduced since 1999 - in particular the 30% PHI rebate and the Lifetime Health Cover - have been much debated. We present historical analyses of the impacts in terms of the proportion...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Health Care Teams
AbstractWhile it is recognised that effective health care teams are associated with quality patient care, the literature is comparatively sparse in defining the outcomes of effective teamwork. This literature review of the range of organisational, team...
From the Editors
Announcing the Australian Health Review Editorial BoardAS FORESHADOWED IN OUR LAST ISSUE, an Editorial Board has been established by the Australian Healthcare Association, with the task of setting policy directions and safeguarding the independence of...
Future Investment
Future investment Sustainability and health: supporting global ecological integrity in public health Valarie A Brown, John Grootjans, Jan Ritchie, Mardie Townsend and Glenda Verrinder (editors) Allen and Unwin, 2005 ISBN: 1 74114 442 6. RRP: $59.95 AUDSUSTAINABILITY...
Geriatric Interventions: The Evidence Base for Comprehensive Health Care Services for Older People
AbstractSpecialist geriatric services apply a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and management approach to the multidimensional and usually interrelated medical, functional and psychosocial problems faced by at-risk frail elderly people. This...
Health Workforce Design for the 21st Century
AbstractThe Australian health workforce has changed dramatically over the last 4 years, growing in size and changing composition. However, more changes will be needed in the future to respond to the epidemiological and demographic transition of the Australian...
Late Terminations of Pregnancy - an Obstetrician's Perspective
THE RECENTLY REIGNITED DEBATE on abortion has raised many questions, including the number performed, the age of the women and indications for the procedure. Those on the "pro-life" side of the highly polarised participants have also focused attention...
Lessons from the National Mental Health Integration Program
AbstractThree projects were funded under the national Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) in 1999, each of which employed a different model aimed at improving linkages between disparate parts of the mental health system. A national evaluation framework...
Long-Stay Views from the Hospital Bed: Patient Perspectives of Organisation of Care and Impact of Hospitalisation
AbstractThis study aimed to determine the perspectives of a group of patients categorised as "long-stay outliers" at a large South Australian metropolitan hospital about aspects of organisation of care and the perceived impact of long-term hospitalisation....
Management of Delirium: A Clinical Governance Approach
AbstractThis study assessed the management of delirium in the Acute Care of the Elderly unit (ACE) at a tertiary referral hospital as a case study of the application of clinical governance principles. The environment was found to be supportive of ongoing...
Nursing in Australian General Practice: Directions and Perspectives
AbstractPrimary health care services, such as general practices, are the first point of contact for many Australian health care consumers. Until recently, the role of nursing in Australian primary care was poorly defined and described in the literature....
Public Health Job Vacancies - Who Wants What, Where?
AbstractThis paper presents a snapshot of job vacancies in the public health workforce labour market. The analysis is based on 404 advertised public health jobs appearing in the press, and on-line job alerts over a 2-month period in mid 2003. The analysis...
Sex Education and Unintended Pregnancy: Are We Seeing the Results?
THE RECENT DEBATE about the pregnancy rate among adolescents in Australia has led to increased interest in the most successful way to prevent unintended pregnancies, and in the potential contribution of sex education with young people in schools. We...
Sink or Swim - Ageing in Australia
AbstractAs the number of people under the age of 65 declines, the number over 65 will double in the next half century. By 2031, it is estimated those over 65 will account for more than a quarter of the Australian population. The fastest rate of growth...
The Effects of Increased Private Health Insurance: A Review of the Evidence
TO THE EDITORS: I refer to your September 2004 edition which contained an article by Professor Don Hindle and Mr Ian McAuley titled "The effects of increased private health insurance: a review of the evidence".1This article included commentary on two...
To Be or Not to Be ... a Manager: The Career Choices of Health Professionals
AbstractThis paper focuses on decisions made by professionals working in the health industry who have, at some stage in their career, considered taking on a management role. It describes some of the factors that appear to influence their decisions. The...
What Employment Programs Should Health Services Invest in for People with a Psychiatric Disability?
AbstractEmployment has significant health benefits for people with a psychiatric disability, including improved mental health and wellbeing and a reduction in symptoms and rates of relapse. Systematic reviews show that supported employment is more effective...