Australian Health Review

Australian Health Review is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, August

A Health Impact Assessment on the Construction Phase of a Major Hospital Redevelopment
AbstractA prospective health impact assessment (HIA) was conducted to identify potential health impacts arising from the planned redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital, a major teaching hospital in New South Wales, Australia. A multidisciplinary team of...
An Overview of Clinical Governance Policies, Practices and initiatives/IN REPLY
TO THE EDITOR: Braithwaite and Travaglia make some telling points in their article "An overview of clinical governance policies, practices and initiatives".1 However, while they have identified many of the key components of clinical governance, they...
A Pilot Program of Physical Activity Promotion among Clients Receiving Home and Community Care
AbstractThree Victorian local governments cooperated in a pilot study of physical activity promotion as part of home and community care (HACC) service delivery. Thirty-one people receiving HACC volunteered to participate, including completing the Transtheoretical...
A Survey of Rehabilitation Services in Australia
AbstractA survey, which achieved a 54% response rate, was completed to assess the availability and type of rehabilitation health services in Australia. 1044 surveys were sent out and 561 were returned. The details of a total of 346 rehabilitation services...
A Ten-Year Retrospective Study of Unplanned Hospital Readmissions to a Regional Australian Hospital
AbstractObjective: To examine the trend in unplanned readmissions (URs) to Dubbo Base Hospital (DBH) over the period 1996-2005 and assess possible correlations with basic demographic data.Results: URs increased over the study period, both as a total...
Community Nursing in Australia
Book review Community Nursing In Australia Kralik D, van Loon A (eds) Wiley-Blackwell, 2007 ISBN: 9781405151733. xviii + 342 pages. RRP: $64.95.THIS BOOK AIMS to be a comprehensive insight into community nursing in Australia. The text largely achieves...
Decision Makers' Perceptions of Health Technology Decision Making and Priority Setting at the Institutional Level
AbstractThis study describes health care decision makers' perceptions about decision making processes for the introduction, diffusion and prioritisation of new health technologies at the regional and institutional level. The aim of the study was to aid...
Did General Practice Health Assessments of Older Australians Improve Equity?
AbstractObjective: To examine if claims for general practice health assessments of older persons in Australia over the period 1 November 1999 to 30 September 2002 were equitably distributed.Design: Closed cohort study with data analysis using logistic...
Drug Treatment Clients' Readiness for Hepatitis C Treatment: Implications for Expanding Treatment Services in Drug and Alcohol Settings
AbstractThis study explores the perception of and readiness for hepatitis C treatment within a sample of 77 clients already participating in drug treatment, with a view to identifying likely barriers and incentives to hepatitis C treatment within a drug...
Editorial
THERE ARE TWO articles featured in the Models of Care section; a research article entitled "Measuring person-centred care in a subacute health care setting" by Davis et al (page 496) and a case study entitled "Planning for transition care" by Crombie...
Educating Social Workers for the Demographic Imperative
AbstractOur health system aims to restore, maintain and improve the independent function of all Australians and so our health workforce needs to have the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve this task. As older people are already significant users...
Enhancing Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer in Rural Communities: What Can Remote Counselling Offer?
AbstractRural cancer patients are often disadvantaged in access to psychological services. We reviewed remote counselling research for psychological support using telephone, videoconferencing, and the Internet as a potential solution. Telephone counselling...
From Quality Assurance to Clinical Governance
AbstractClinical governance is seen as a relatively new concept; but a long history of health care quality improvement sits behind it. Over the last 20 years, a number of approaches have been tried and discarded, with some inadequately implemented and...
Measuring Person-Centred Care in a Sub-Acute Health Care Setting
AbstractObjective: A more appropriate tool to measure the client experience of person-centred care is required to complement other existing measures of quality. A tool developed in the United Kingdom was trialled to determine its utility with a frail...
Modelling Costs of Dementia in Australia: Evidence, Gaps, and Needs
AbstractWith the rapid ageing of the Australian population, dementia has emerged as a major health and economic challenge. Consensus exists that the number of people with dementia will grow significantly because the prevalence is strongly correlated...
People with an Intellectual Disability in the Discourse of Chronic and Complex Conditions: An Invisible Group?
AbstractPeople with an intellectual disability and their families experience poorer health care compared with the general population. Living with an intellectual disability is often challenged by coexisting complex and chronic conditions, such as gastrointestinal...
Planning for Transition Care
AbstractThe Australian Government introduced the National Transition Care Program in the 2004-2005 Federal Budget. This program is designed to assist elderly patients who have completed a stay in hospital to move from the hospital to their homes or other...
Projected Acute Inpatient Activity in New South Wales - alM2005
AbstractObjectives: To describe the statewide projections of acute inpatient activity in New South Wales.Methods: Data on acute inpatient activity in NSW for the period 1998-1999 to 2003-04 were derived from the Admitted Patient Data Collection. Regression...
Reduction in Hospitalisation Following Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD
AbstractObjectives: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves exercise capacity and health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and reduces health care utilisation. This study quantified outcomes of a PR program over a 6-year period and determined the effects...
Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older People: Issues and Future Challenges in Community and Residential Settings
AbstractAlthough often associated with older age, loneliness and social isolation are not well understood in terms of their prevalence, risk and protective factors. Evidence suggests that only a minority of community-dwelling older people are "severely"...
The Australian Social Inclusion Agenda
LAST MONTH we saw the first meeting of the Australia Social Inclusion Board. Members of the Board - Ms Patricia Faulkner, Monsignor David Cappo, Ms Elleni Bereded-Samuel, Dr Ngaire Brown, Mr Eddie McGuire, Mr Ahmed Fahour, Professor Fiona Stanley and...
The Internet as a Source of Health Information in Three Disparate Communities
AbstractA survey questionnaire was designed and implemented across three different communities to determine the current utilisation, importance, trust and future preference for the internet as a source of health information in three different socioeconomic...
Turnaround in an Aged Persons' Mental Health Service in Crisis: A Case Study of Organisational Renewal
AbstractThis case study demonstrates how leadership was harnessed to turn around a decline in the performance of an aged persons' mental health service - the Namarra Nursing Home at Caulfield General Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In 2000 the...
Understanding the Use of Respite Services among Informal Carers
AbstractObjective: To examine the use of respite services among carers of non-institutionalised individuals aged 15 and over with either profound or severe disabilities.Methods: Based on data collected from the Australian Survey of Disability, Ageing...
Vouchers for Chronic Disease Care
AbstractThis paper explores the economic implications of vouchers for chronic disease management with respect to achieving objectives of equity and efficiency. Vouchers as a payment policy instrument for health care services have a set of properties...
Workload Capacity Measures for Estimating Allied Health Staffing Requirements
AbstractWorkforce planning methodologies for the allied health professions are acknowledged as rudimentary despite the increasing importance of these professions to health care across the spectrum of health services settings. The objectives of this study...