Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, 2004

A Preliminary Casemix Classification System for Home and Community Care Clients in Western Australia
AbstractThe objective of the study was to examine the feasibility of using routinely available assessment, Minimum Data Set (MDS), socio-economic, geographic and unit cost data to define a discrete number of clinically meaningful, cost-homogeneous Home...
A Tale of a Few Hospitals
"I would like to think that the patients in my hospital are treated in the same way thatI would like my mother to be treated.". . . . More CEOs than can be namedI am currently in the unhappy position of suffering a life threatening illness that involves...
Australian Women's Perceptions of a Specialist Breast Nurse Model
AbstractThe aim of this study was to evaluate Australian women's perceptions of the specialist breast nurse (SBN) model developed by the National Breast Cancer Centre. Two hundred and forty women evaluated the care they received from a SBN. The SBN was...
Commentary: Public and Private Intervention Rates in Obstetric Practice
The paper by Shorten and Shorten published in the last edition of Australian Health Review highlights differences in intervention rates (induction of labour, caesarean section, use of epidural analgesia) between women receiving private obstetric care...
Demographic Patterns of Emergency Presentations to Northern Territory Public Hospitals
AbstractThis study investigates demographic patterns of emergency presentations to Northern Territory (NT) public hospitals over the past five years with respect to population changes, Aboriginality and age of patients. Retrospective analysis was undertaken...
Demographics and Utilisation of Health Services by Paediatric Refugees from East Africa: Implications for Service Planning and Provision
AbstractLittle is known of difficulties in accessing health care for recently arrived paediatric refugees in Australia. We reviewed routinely collected data for all 199 East African children attending a hospital Immigrant Health Clinic for the first...
Falls Are a Sensitive and Challenging Area of Health Care
Dear Editor,When 16 year old roofer, Joel Exner, was killed after falling from a roof, his employer was held responsible for failing to provide a safe workplace (Herald Sun 16/02/04). Construction workers stopped work to march on the NSW parliament demanding...
Hepatitis C-Related Discrimination in New South Wales
AbstractHepatitis C-related discrimination was examined. Intake interviews with 606 HepCare trial participants from New South Wales were analysed to determine the prevalence and correlates of hepatitis C related discrimination. The sample was a mean...
Let's Ban Drivel: Commentary on A Tale of a Few Hospitals
Before you read on, this is a commentary based on anecdote - not the stuff of high-level evidence. But let me tell you, from the feedback I get from listeners across Australia, Anne Cahill's story is pretty mainstream. You can argue I'm talking rubbish...
People Who Are 'Socially Disadvantaged' and the Role of the Aged Care Assessment Team: A Case Example
The role of Aged Care Assessment TeamsAged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) were developed as part of the aged care reforms that have been implemented in Australia over the last twenty years (Howel997). Their role includes completion of comprehensive assessments,...
Project Management in Health and Community Services
DWYER J, STANTON P. & THIESSEN V. (2004) PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES CROWS NEST, NSW: ALLEN & UNWIN, 200 PAGES, REFERENCES & INDEX. PAPERBACK $45.00Project Management is continuing to emerge as a recognised management...
Refashioning Child and Family Health Services in Response to Family, Social and Political Change
One hundred years ago maternal and child health services emerged as a community response in Australia, and most other industrialised countries, to concerns about the high rates of infant and early childhood mortality from infectious disease and poor...
Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice for Young People Who Self-Harm: A 4-Year Follow-Up
AbstractObjective: In 1998 and 1999, two NSW Area Health Services conducted the Youth At Risk of Deliberate Self Harm (YARDS) project. The YARDS project was designed to implement evidence-based service enhancements for the clinical management of young...
Tensions in Maternal and Child Health Policy in Victoria: Looking Back, Looking Forward
AbstractSince the late 1980s, Maternal and Child Health Services (MCHS) in Victoria have undergone significant change. This paper provides an historically-informed analysis of the complex intersection of policy, administrative restructuring and stakeholder...
The Impact of Manual Handling Training on Work Place Injuries: A 14 Year Audit
AbstractManual handling injuries represented both the highest costs and largest proportion of workers compensation claims for the South Australian Department of Human Services from 1995 to 1999 (Risk Management Services 2000). There is evidence to suggest...
The Influence of Socio-Economic and Locational Disadvantage on Patterns of Surgical Care for Lung Cancer in Western Australia 1982-2001
AbstractObjective: Patterns of in-hospital surgical care for lung cancer in Western Australia were examined, including the effects of demographic, locational and socio-economic disadvantage and the possession of private health insurance, on the likelihood...
The Lived Experience of Men and Women with Hepatitis C: Implications for Support Needs and Health Information
AbstractHepatitis C is Australia's most commonly notified infectious disease. Health education and support strategies that are gender-specific are key components of effective management of chronic illness, yet almost no information exists about gender-specific...