Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, February

A Description of Handover Processes in an Australian Public Hospital
AbstractHandover of patient care has been an ongoing problem within the health care sector. The process remains highly variable and there is a threat to patient safety. Despite the general belief that handover transitions in patient care have become...
A Framework for Place Based Health Planning
AbstractPlace based health planning is an effective approach to health planning with enormous benefits including the use of local characteristics, organisations and partnerships to effectively and efficiently identify and prioritise needs, and develop...
After Hours Medical Ward Duties in a Teaching Hospital
AbstractIn many Australian hospitals a medical officer is available for urgent review of inpatients outside normal working hours. Current practice in nurse-initiated requests for medical officer involvement out of hours may adversely affect patient outcome...
An Evaluation of the Timing between Key Insulin Administration-Related Processes: The Reasons Why These Processes Happen When They Do, and How to Improve Their Timing
AbstractWe investigated the incidence of timing problems with insulin-related processes in a subacute inpatient unit in Melbourne and found that nursing staff often conduct blood glucose level (BGL) testing longer than 30 minutes before insulin administration...
A Prospective, Randomised Controlled Trial of an Aged Care Nurse Intervention within the Emergency Department
AbstractThe aim of this randomised controlled trial involving 224 elderly patients was to determine whether early geriatric assessment (in the form of an aged care nurse intervention based in the emergency department) reduced admission to the hospital,...
Building a Culture of Research Dissemination in Primary Health Care: The South Australian Experience of Supporting the Novice Researcher
AbstractThe Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) program in Australia aims to build research capacity in primary health care. In South Australia, the program (PHCREDSA) has addressed skill building in dissemination of research...
Canadian Health System Reforms: Lessons for Australia?
AbstractThis paper analyses recent health reform agenda in Canada. From 1988 until 1997, the first phase of reforms focused on service integration through regionalisation and a rebalancing of services from illness care to prevention and wellness. The...
Care Coordination in the Emergency Department: Improving Outcomes for Older Patients
AbstractThis study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the care coordination (CC) program operating in the Emergency Department (ED) of The Northern Hospital in improving outcomes for older people and reducing ED admissions and re-presentations. This...
Clinical Pathways in 17 European Union Countries: A Purposive Survey
AbstractWe undertook a survey of clinical pathways across the 25 European Union countries. Fifty-one questionnaires were completed by largely self-selected experts from 17 countries. Respondents reported that pathways were important and were becoming...
Combining DRGs and per Diem Payments in the Private Sector: The Equitable Payment Model
AbstractThe many types of payment models used in the Australian private sector are reviewed. Their features are compared and contrasted to those desirable in an optimal private sector payment model. The EPM(TM) (Equitable Payment Model) is discussed...
Connecting Hospital and Community Care: The Acceptability of a Regional Data Linkage Scheme
AbstractLack of information on an individual's premorbid needs and services in place can impede the transition from community to acute care. We report on a trial of an electronic data linking system between Flinders Medical Centre and Metropolitan Domiciliary...
Hands on Finance
Hands on finance Health care financial management Mary Courtney and David Briggs (editors) Elsevier Mosby, 2004 ISBN: 0 7295 3745 5. RRP: $50FROM TIME TO TIME, the Australian Health Review will include multiple reviews regarding the same publication....
Hurdles to Health: Immigrant and Refugee Health Care in Australia
AbstractRefugees and asylum seekers face a number of barriers to accessing health care and improved health status. These include language difficulties, financial need and unemployment, cultural differences, legal barriers and a health workforce with...
Performance Monitoring in the Victorian Health Care System: An Exploratory Study
AbstractThis paper reports on an exploratory study which aims to improve our understanding of how the Chief Executive Officers of Victorian health services monitor strategic and operational performance in their organisations. As a component of a large...
Private Care and Public Waiting
AbstractWaiting time for public hospital care is a regular matter for political debate One political response has been to suggest that expanding private sector activity will reduce public waiting times. This paper tests the hypothesis that increased...
The Ethical Dilemmas of Nursing
The ethical dilemmas of nursing Bioethics - a nursing perspective Megan-Jane Johnstone Churchill Livingstone, Sydney ISBN: 0 7295 3726 9. RRP: $60.50OVER RECENT DECADES, the health consumer voice has risen in significance and receives considerable space...
You Can't Get There from Here: Building Bridges across Research and Practice Communities
IN THIS ISSUE, Ried and Fuller (page 6) describe an approach taken by the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) program in South Australia to support novice authors. This paper reminds us of the acute need to support developing...