Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, May

Balancing the Balanced Scorecard for a New Zealand Mental Health Service
AbstractGiven the high prevalence of mental disorders, there is a need to evaluate mental health services to ensure they are efficient, effective, responsive and accessible. One method that is being used is the "balanced scorecard" which uses performance...
Better Access to Psychology Services in Primary Mental Health Care: An Evaluation
AbstractIntroduction: The Access to Allied Psychological Services program was introduced as part of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care initiative in 2001-2002. Divisions of General Practice are funded to establish programs that allow GPs to refer...
Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care - a General Practice Perspective
THE BURDEN OF DISEASE AND INJURY report of 1999 noted that the "remarkable progress in the physical and material wellbeing for most Australians over the twentieth century has not necessarily been matched by gains in mental and subjective wellbeing"....
Exploring the Need for Hepatology Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in Victorian Liver Clinics
AbstractObjective: To examine the need for hepatology nurses and allied health professionals in Victorian liver clinics to meet the increasing demand from people seeking treatment for hepatitis C infection.Design: We reviewed the literature, analysed...
It's Time for Action: Do Something to Help
IN 1997, while I was the Premier of Victoria, 1 was challenged by my daughter to do something to stop young country men dying on our roads.Further investigation of the two deaths that caused my daughter to cry out her challenge found that, while both...
Mental Health Care: Commitment to Action?
THE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS (the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association) focused on mental health...
Private Hospital Insurance Status among a State-Wide Injured Population
AbstractInjury is a leading cause of inpatient hospital episodes. Over a 4-year period (1997-2000) the Australian Government introduced measures to support the private health insurance industry by providing incentives for people to take up private health...
Reducing Aggressive Behaviour and Staff Injuries: A Multi-Strategy Approach
AbstractObjective: To evaluate the impact of a multi-strategy approach on the management of patient aggression and staff injury rates at a stand-alone mental health facility.Methods: A multi-strategy aggression management program was developed and introduced...
Report Review
Report review Not for service: experiences of injustice and despair in mental health care in Australia Mental Health Council of Australia and Brain and Mind Research Institute in association with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Mental...
Reviewing the Learning Organisation Model in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
AbstractFrom 1995 onwards, a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) applied Senge's learning organisation model. This review compared service performance with that of peer services 5 years later and explored whether any differences were associated...
Routine Outcome Measurement in Public Mental Health: Results of a Clinician Survey
AbstractThis paper explores the attitudes of mental health workers in one public mental health service towards the implementation and use of routine outcome measurement. Two years after their introduction into routine clinical practice, there were equal...
Routine Outcome Measurement in Public Mental Health - What Do Clinicians Think?
IN ORDER TO FULLY EVALUATE and manage a service, one should be able to answer all parts of the question "Who receives what services, from whom, at what cost, and with what effect?"1 While there is good information on the first four elements, mental health...
"Safe Times: 11.30am-12.00 and 4.30pm-5.00"
RECENTLY I WENT to visit a friend in a public psychiatric unit. I had quite a long wait as she was being brought out of the High Dependency Unit. As I was sitting there I was staring at the nurses' station when I spotted the sign attached to the wall....
Scheduling Unplanned Surgery: A Tool for Improving Dialogue about Queue Position on Emergency Theatre Lists
AbstractTheatre use is heavily influenced by the presentation and scheduling of emergency cases for unplanned surgery. This research guided the development of a triage standard for scheduling emergency surgery in New South Wales public hospitals and...
Stakeholder Concerns about Australia's Mental Health Care System
AbstractThere is growing community and professional concern that the Australian mental health care system requires substantial reform. In response to these concerns, a Senate Select Committee on Mental Health has been commissioned to conduct an inquiry...
The Influence of Federal Health Care Policy Reforms on the Use of Private Health Insurance in Disadvantaged Groups
AbstractObjective: To examine changes in the incidence rate ratio of private health insurance (PHI) and Medicare use for episodes of hospitalisation as a function of socio-economic status and accessibility to evaluate the impact of federal health policy...
The Journey of a Teaching Hospital to Become a Learning Organisation
AbstractThis paper describes how an acute tertiary referral hospital moved away from a "culture of blame", using change management principles aligned with the concept of the learning organisation. I outline the process of change, and describe its outcomes....

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