Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, May

An Integrative Review of the Role of Registered Nurses in Remote and Isolated Practice
AbstractObjective. To examine the role of the registered nurse in remote and isolated areas of Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia; and to illustrate the impact of the burden of disease on nursing practice.Data sources....
A Snapshot of Rehabilitation Referrals in Rural New South Wales
Abstract.The aim of this paper is to describe patterns of referral to inpatient rehabilitation in rural NSW. Archival records of referrals to one rural speciality medical rehabilitation service during 2004 and 2005 were analysed using descriptive statistics...
A Working Model for the Extraordinary Review of Clinical Privileges for Doctors and Dentists in the Australian Capital Territory
Abstract.The extraordinary (unplanned) review of clinical privileges is the means by which an organisation can manage specific complaints about individual practitioners' clinical competence that require immediate investigation. To date, the extraordinary...
Change Is the Only Constant
'Change' is a word we hear a lot these days, especially when it comes to fundamental reforms in the Australian health industry. As this issue goes to print there is much discussion around the national health reform agenda, in particular the recently...
Cost Effectiveness of a General Practice Chronic Disease Management Plan for Coronary Heart Disease in Australia
AbstractBackground. The cost effectiveness of a general practice-based program for managing coronary heart disease (CHD) patients in Australia remains uncertain. We have explored this through an economic model.Methods. A secondary prevention program...
Improving the Coordination of Care for Low Back Pain Patients by Creating Better Links between Acute and Community Services
Abstract.This paper reports on the development of a care-pathway to improve service linkages between the acute setting and community health services in the treatment of low back pain. The pathway was informed by two processes: (1) a literature review...
Interprofessional Education in Clinical Practice: Not a Single Vaccine
Abstract.In increasingly complex health service environments, the quality of teamwork and co-operation between doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, is 'under the microscope'. Interprofessional education (IPE), a process whereby health professionals...
Is Western Australia Representative of Other Australian States and Territories in Terms of Key Socio-Demographic and Health Economic Indicators?
AbstractObjective. To evaluate the extent to which Western Australian (WA) represents the broader Australian population in terms of key socio-demographic and health economic indicators.Methods. We compared key demographic, social and health economic...
Maximising the Value of Hospital Administrative Datasets
Abstract.Mandatory and standardised administrative data collections are prevalent in the largely public-funded acute sector. In these systems the data collections are used for financial, performance monitoring and reporting purposes. This paper comments...
Medicare and Chronic Disease Management: Integrated Care as an Exceptional Circumstance?
Abstract.Chronic disease represents a significant challenge to the design and reform of the Australian healthcare system. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) provides a framework of numerous chronic disease management programs; however, their use at...
Models of Care Editorial
The Models of Care section of Australian Health Review features original research articles, reviews and commentaries dealing with one central theme: coordination of services for individuals and populations. Articles have ranged from coordination of services...
Multidisciplinary Care Needs in an Australian Tertiary Teaching Hospital
AbstractBackground. The ageing of the Australian population is placing increasing demand on the nation's healthcare system. This study set out to describe the level of need for multidisciplinary care in an Australian tertiary hospital setting.Methods....
Patterns of Delivery of Dietetic Care in Private Practice for Patients Referred under Medicare Chronic Disease Management: Results of a National Survey
Abstract.A national survey was used to examine patterns of delivery of dietetic care for patients referred to private practitioners under Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM). This asked dietitians about referrals from general practitioners, patient...
Postoperative Infection Rates in Foot and Ankle Surgery: A Clinical Audit of Australian Podiatric Surgeons, January to December 2007
AbstractBackground. Surgical site infections are one of the most common post-operative complications encountered by foot and ankle surgeons. The incidence reported in the literature varies between 0.5 and 6.5%. The results of a 12-month Australia-wide...
The Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) - Measuring the Quality and Outcomes of Palliative Care on a Routine Basis
Abstract.Australia is leading the way in establishing a national system (the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration - PCOC) to measure the outcomes and quality of specialist palliative care services and to benchmark services across the country. This...
The Development of a Streamlined, Coordinated and Sustainable Evaluation Methodology for a Diverse Chronic Disease Management Program
AbstractBackground. The Northern Alliance Hospital Admission Risk Program-Chronic Disease Management comprises 13 services delivering care to those with chronic disease and older people with complex care needs, who are frequent hospital users.Aims. To...
The Impact of Recent Physiotherapy Graduates in the Workforce: A Study of Curtin University Entry-Level Physiotherapists 2000-2004
Abstract.Physiotherapy is the largest healthcare contributor after nursing and medicine and it is important to understand its employment characteristics. This study aimed to explore workforce trends for recent physiotherapy graduates, including satisfaction...
Treating People You Never See: Internet-Based Treatment of the Internalising Mental Disorders
In the acute care model (people get sick, see doctor, get remedy, get well) it is always presumed that people 'see' a clinician, even if the clinician is only connected by a video link. Medicare is based on this model. This piece is about treating people...
Turnover and Intent to Leave among Speech Pathologists
Abstract.Sound, large scale and systematic research into why health professionals want to leave their jobs is needed. This study used psychometrically-sound tools and logistic regression analyses to determine why Australian speech pathologists were intending...
Ward Rounds: The Next Focus for Quality Improvement?
Abstract.The Garling Report, published in November 2008, was a public inquiry into the provision and governance of Acute Care Services in New South Wales Public Hospitals. Garling's 139 recommendations, aimed at modernising clinical care and equipment,...
Workforce Education Issues for International Medical Graduate Specialists in Anaesthesia
Abstract.International medical graduate (IMG) specialists in anaesthesia need education to be part of the assessment process for pre-registration college fellowship. Fellowship of the anaesthetic college is required in Australia for registration as a...