Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, 2004

A Case Study in Mainstreaming Flexible Learning in Health - Perspectives from the Bush
AbstractOur mission is to inculcate an ethos of online learning and communicating, moving it from the margins to mainstream. A skilled health workforce is crucial to better practices. Face-to-face teaching still dominates learning across NSW Health,...
A Question of Balance?
Issues in the health care domain are rarely singular and simple. The very nature of health care means that it is difficult to remove the emotion from the debate. Issues are often polarised and policy preferences are, as always, as strongly influenced...
'Closing the Loop': The Role of Health Care Leaders in Integrating Research and Practice
AbstractThe study reported here examines what health care leaders do to implement the routine integration of information into clinical practice decision making. Clinical leaders of a major Australian tertiary teaching hospital were interviewed. The study...
Data, Circumstance and Politics: Reflections on Regional Mental Health Planning
AbstractWe use our experience as consultants to a regional mental health planning project in South Australia to describe three practical aspects of regional health planning. First, we systematically summarised various data on socio-demographic indicators,...
Generic Drugs: International Trends and Policy Developments in Australia
AbstractPublic and private third-party payers in many countries encourage or mandate the use of generic drugs. This article examines the development of generics policy in Australia, against the background of a description of international trends in this...
How to Write a Case Study for Australian Health Review
A case study is a form of qualitative, descriptive research about a single or small number of events or cases. Conclusions are drawn in relation to the specific participants in the specific content and there is no expectation that the results of the...
Impact of Private Health Insurance Incentives on Obstetric Outcomes in NSW Hospitals
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to analyse the impact of changes in Australian private health insurance coverage as seen in NSW'public and private hospital birth profiles, and identify trends in obstetric outcomes from 1997-2001. NSW Midwives Data...
Improving Human Resource Management in Chinese Healthcare: Identifying the Obstacles to Change
AbstractHealth sector reform in China has led to increasing responsibility for hospital managers in the management of staff, but constraints continue. New personnel reforms offer new opportunities but face a number of difficulties. Drawing on research...
Johnstone, M.-J. (2004) Effective Writing for Health Professionals: A Practical Guide to Getting Published
JOHNSTONE, M.-J. (2004) EFFECTIVE WRITING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED Crows Nest, NSW: Alien & Unwin, 223 pages, references and index. Paperback, $29.95.When my students are preparing to give presentations, I...
Management Competencies: Intrinsic or Acquired? What Competencies Are Required to Move into Speech Pathology Management and Beyond?
AbstractSpeech pathology managers frequently move into careers beyond their clinical discipline. As practicing speech pathology managers and students of business leadership, we were curious about the nature of career transitions out of speech pathology...
Patient Satisfaction: The Australian Patient Perspective
AbstractThe literature reveals little Australian academic study of the phenomenon of patient satisfaction and identifies several problems in current research practice. A theoretical discussion about the phenomenon of 'patient satisfaction' is for the...
Promoting the Health of Older Australians: Program Options, Priorities and Research
AbstractRelatively little emphasis has been placed on identifying health promotion research and program priorities for the older age group. A one-day conference culminating in an interactive session was organised to engage health service professionals...
Rethinking Midwifery Refresher Programs as a Recruitment Strategy
AbstractThis paper presents a case study on an innovative Midwifery Refresher Program in the context of current midwifery workforce issues. The refresher program was developed specifically as a recruitment strategy to address a staffing crisis at the...
The Impact of Caring on Caregivers' Mental Health: A Review of the Literature
AbstractThis paper provides a brief overview of the literature on the impact of caring on the mental health of informal caregivers in the areas of aged care, disability and mental health. Factors discussed that may impact on caregivers' mental health...
Type of Housing Predicts Rate of Readmission to Hospital but Not Length of Stay in People with Schizophrenia on the Gold Coast in Queensland
ABSTRACTAccommodation is considered to be important by institutions interested in mental health care both in Australia and internationally. Some authorities assert that no component of a community mental health system is more important than decent affordable...
Using Nursing Information Systems to Enhance Quality Service across Multiple Service Providers
AbstractThis study explored the key requirements identified by stakeholders for the integration of Nursing Information Systems (NIS) in three public hospitals in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. The study used a qualitative approach of semistructured...
Why It Is Time to Review the Role of Private Health Insurance in Australia
AbstractThe role of private health insurance (PHI) within the Australian health-care system is urgently in need of comprehensive review. Two decades of universal health cover under Medicare have meant a change in the function of PHI, which is not reflected...
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