Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, August

21st Century Medical Education
AbstractAustralian universities provide good examples of how to meet the growing challenges to the training of doctors that have resulted from information overload in traditional curricula, new models of care, including multidisciplinary team dynamics,...
A Brief Primer on Good Samaritan Law for Health Care Professionals
AbstractThe Good Samaritan law is not found on the statute books, but has been a concept that courts have applied as public policy. However, this has recently changed in all the states and territories in Australia with the codification of Good Samaritan...
A Tale of Two Colleges: Do Specialist Trainees Receive Adequate Hospital-Based Training?
AbstractBackground: Both medical and surgical trainees have a dual reliance on their specialist training college and their respective teaching hospitals to maintain standards in teaching and training. Although guidelines are in place for the administration...
Clinical Activity of Overseas-Trained Doctors Practising in General Practice in Australia
AbstractIntroduction: Medical workforce shortages in Australia have led to increasing reliance on overseas-trained doctors (OTDs) to work in general practice in areas of need, particularly in rural areas. These OTDs do not have Australian post-graduate...
Clinical Characteristics of People with Mental Health Problems Who Frequently Attend an Australian Emergency Department
AbstractThe objective of this study is to determine the clinical characteristics of people with mental health problems who frequently attend an Australian emergency department (ED). A retrospective clinical audit of presenter characteristics was conducted...
Coming in from the Interprofessional Cold in Australia
AbstractIn Australia, implementation of interprofessional education (IPE) has been slow compared with peer countries. One cause is an apparent uncertainty about where and how to situate IPE at policy levels. Without a clear articulation of related needs,...
Developing Metrics for Hospital Medical Workforce Allocation
AbstractPublic hospitals deliver a broad range of specialist treatments to patients, with public demand for hospital services almost always outstripping supply. Health department and hospital managers prioritise requests for additional resources, such...
Editorial
Individuals are LIVING longer than ever before, with a propensity to acquire debilitating conditions, often with comorbidities. This necessitates care delivered from many sectors of the service system. This issue's featured Models of Care article, "Integrated...
Falls in the Acute Hospital Setting - Impact on Resource Utilisation
AbstractObjective: To determine the resource utilisation of patients who fall within an acute metropolitan hospital.Design: Retrospective observational study, part of a larger falls prevention project in a 323-bed acute care, tertiary teaching hospital...
Graduate Capabilities for Health Service Managers: Reconfiguring Health Management Education @UNSW
AbstractThe Master of Health Administration program at UNSW was extensively revised in 2006 to ensure that it effectively meets the challenging and dynamic environment of health service managers in local and global health contexts. This paper describes...
Health Professional Education: Perpetuating Obsolescence?
Traditional conceptualisations of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy ... are unlikely to be sufficiently flexible to address 21st century needs.1THE CURRENT SUITE of health professions was established to respond to health care needs of the distant past....
Integrated Care Facilitation for Older Patients with Complex Health Care Needs Reduces Hospital Demand
AbstractObjective: The evaluation of a new model of care for older people with complex health care needs that aimed to reduce their use of acute hospital services.Method: Older people (over 55 years) with complex health care needs, who had made three...
Interdisciplinary versus Multidisciplinary Care Teams: Do We Understand the Difference?
As a MANAGER OF allied health staff in a major metropolitan health care service, I am responsible for recruitment to a variety of different disciplines. One of the questions I regularly ask at interview centres around the applicant's understanding of...
Learning to Manage in Health
"I'm a MRP" is the grammatically incorrect response I offer anyone who asks the ever popular "What do you do?" question. The error in the statement may be understood when you realise that the acronym stands for an inanimate entity: Management Residency...
Living on the Edge: Issues That Undermine the Capacity of Residential Aged Care Providers to Support Student Nurses on Clinical Placement
AbstractThis paper reports in part on the Building Connections in Aged Care Project about developing quality clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in residential aged care in Tasmania, Australia. Informed by an action research approach,...
Making Interprofessional Education Real: A University Clinic Model
AbstractInterprofessional education (IPE) is an emerging focus in the professional training of allied health students. To date, IPE has occurred in classroom teaching or case simulations, rather than in the provision of client services. At the University...
Predicting Professional Resource Input in Home Care: The ONI Survey
AbstractObjective: To assess the use of the ONI (Ongoing Needs Identification) survey to predict resource requirements in the home care sector.Methods: Data from an urban community-based services provider was used to test whether certain indicators captured...
Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Population Health at the Local Level: A Case Study in Workforce Capacity Development
AbstractThis paper describes a service-based initiative to enhance capacity for evidence-based practice (EBP) in the South Western Sydney Area Health Service Division of Population Health. A working group planned an organisational response to a customised...
Stakeholders' Perspectives on Health Workforce Policy Reform
AbstractWe administered an electronic survey in October-November 2006 to gauge stakeholder perspectives on Australia's recently adopted health workforce policies. Nearly all of the 41 survey respondents (65% response rate) ranked workforce as very important...
The Case for Aboriginal Health Workers in Palliative Care
AbstractObjectives: The findings are drawn from a 2-year research project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which aimed to develop an innovative model for Indigenous palliative care. The findings presented in this article...
Views from the Executive Suite: Lessons from the Introduction of Performance Management
AbstractPerformance management introduced to the senior health executive levels in the New South Wales public health care system included the senior executive service in 1989 and, as a key element of that service, performance agreements in 1990. This...
What Medical Students Value from Their Teachers
AbstractAs Australian medical educators become more accustomed to the increasing pressures imposed upon them, there is a risk that the traditional educational relationship between a student and his or her teacher is replaced by a pure transactional relationship...

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