Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, August

A Case Study on Easing an Institutional Bottleneck in Aged Care
AbstractThis is a case study about a cross-sector Interim Health Care Strategy (IHCS) developed by a Victorian metropolitan health service in partnership with a private residential facility and a community agency to provide a range of transitional or...
An Integrated Service Network in Maternity - the Implementation of a Midwifery-Led Unit
AbstractMaternity services in Australia are in urgent need of change. During the last 10 years several reviews have highlighted the need to provide more continuity of care for women in conjunction with the rationalisation of services. One solution may...
A Principled Australian Text
A principled Australian text Ethics and law for the health professions (Second edition) Ian Kerridge, Michael Lowe, John McPhee The Federation Press, 2005 ISBN: 1 86287 644 8. RRP: $49.95In 1979, the Amencan authors Tom L Beauchamp and James F Childress...
Board Self-Evaluation: The Bayside Health Experience
AbstractBoard evaluation is a critical component of good governance in any organisation. This paper describes the board self-evaluation process used by Bayside Health, a public health service in Melbourne.The question of how governing boards can assess...
Costing the Ambulatory Episode: Implications of Total or Partial Substitution of Hospital Care
AbstractThe Macarthur Health Service introduced an innovative Acute Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) in 2000. The service was designed to substitute patient care previously provided in hospital beds with care in the patient's home. The financial implications...
Delivering Democracy? an Analysis of New Zealand's District Health Board Elections, 2001 and 2004
AbstractThe district health board (DHB) system is New Zealand's present structure for the governance and delivery of publicly-funded health care. An aim of the DHB system is to democratise health care governance, and a key element of DHBs is elected...
Factors Influencing Decisions about the State in Which Doctors Plan to Practise: Additional Results from the 2002 Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee National Survey
AbstractAs a result of growing doctor shortages, postgraduate doctor recruitment and retention within Australian states and territories has become an issue of concern. Australia's policy of national self-sufficiency in health workforce supply implies...
Future Directions for Workplace Bargaining and Aged Care under a Post 2005 Howard Government
ON THE 1ST OF JULY 2005, the Howard Government took control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate and substantial reform of the nations industrial relations framework is likely to proceed. In order to understand the implications of the...
Healthcare Reform in New South Wales 1986-1999: Using the Literature to Predict the Impact on Senior Health Executives
AbstractWhile numerous reviews have examined the changing roles, skills, competencies, and educational needs of health service managers as the result of health care reforms, no study has focused specifically on the impact of New South Wales health reforms...
Howard's Way: Seeking Conflict or Building Commitment?
WHILE MANY COMMENTATORS are describing the Federal Governments industrial relations reform package as radical or even revolutionary there is very little in it that is a complete surprise. Further reduction in the power of the Australian Industrial Relations...
Information Systems in the New World: An Emerging National Approach
AUSTRALIA IS ONE OF MANY countries around the world wanting to take advantage of clinical decision support systems to reduce misadventure, improve quality of care and enhance health outcomes. Policy and infrastructure developments that could remove many...
Networks: A Key to the Future of Health Services
AbstractHealth service reforms and structures have, in general, emphasised hierarchical systems to enable control and accountability. In doing so, policies have substantially sidelined networks and their potential for contributing to health service performance....
Private Care and Public waiting/IN REPLY
TO THE EDITORS: Having had oversight of the surgical waiting list at a large Melbourne teaching hospital over periods from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s, I read Professor Duckett's paper with some interest. He correlates the proportion of activity...
Recasting Australian Employment Law: Implications for the Health Sector
IN OCTOBER 2004 the Federal Coalition Government was re-elected with an increased majority and, from July 2005, control of the Senate. Between 1996 and 2004, while significant changes were implemented, most "reform" proposals were blocked in the Senate....
Relations with the Health Care Workforce, Industrially and Otherwise
IN THIS ISSUE we present three commentaries addressing the likely impact on the health care system of the industrial relations reforms proposed by the national government. Whether you believe that the reforms will control wages, increase flexibility...
Strengthening Clinical Governance through Cultivating the Line Management Role
AbstractThe implementation of clinical governance in health care services introduces increased responsibility and transparency around safety and quality into all staff roles. Encouraging staff to assume these responsibilities as part of their daily routine...
The "Right Story" to the "Right Person": Communication Issues in End-of-Life Care for Indigenous People
AbstractObjectives: To explore communication issues faced by health care workers and Indigenous patients and their families in a palliative care setting. Effective communication with Aborigines is especially important because Aboriginal beliefs of health...
Using Portable Digital Technology for Clinical Care and Critical Incidents: A New Model
AbstractThe number of patients suffering adverse incidents during treatment in hospitals is not declining. The cost of this poor safety record in Australia is $1 billion to $4.7 billion each year. Quality and safety initiatives focus on promoting adverse...
Wise Planning
Wise planningAssessment and planning in health programsHodges BC and Videto DMJones and Barlett, 2005ISBN: 0 7637 1748 7. RRP: $58.85PLANNING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART of modern organisations and is integral to the role of a health service manager. The planning...

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