Australian’s have courage

Australian’s have courage

Australians have courage. Especially under fire The small Gallipoli peninsula lies quietly on the western edge of Turkey, facing the blue Mediterranean sea. A hundred years ago it staged one of the most bloody and cruel massacres of the first world war. At...
Care Track Study

Care Track Study

1 MAY, 2014 Lack of national clinical guidelines Fragmented, inaccurate records High error rates A large Australian study revealed that Best Practices are often not being followed. A major study called Care Track: assessing the appropriateness of health care delivery...
Closed circuit TV in nursing homes

Closed circuit TV in nursing homes

31 AUGUST, 2015 Sexual Physical and Emotional abuse 87% of relatives support the use of closed circuit tv in nursing homes Physical, sexual and emotional abuse of elderly and disabled people is a chronic and entrenched issue. It is a historical problem that has been...
The Health Funding Paradox

The Health Funding Paradox

The bill for health services reflects the power balance between seller and buyer. This is the health funding paradox. Why do health experts around the world get so angry about privatised healthcare? Wouldn’t private health insurance companies be more efficient...
Australian hospital safety scores

Australian hospital safety scores

How can Australian’s access hospitals safety scores? Sadly, Australian’s can only access one timid government website, called MyHospitals. The information is frequently out of date and contains only a tiny amount of the data actually collected on hospital...
Hospital reform is coming

Hospital reform is coming

Hospital reform is comingHospitals have always been dangerous places. But changing procedures has always met with aggressive resistance from medical, business and political circles. Florence Nightingale revolutionised Victorian hospitals by throwing out untrained and...
Wikileaks exposes health secrets

Wikileaks exposes health secrets

Wikileaks exposes secretive trade deals between governments and big business Wikileaks has released an updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Rights Charter. This international agreement covers a range of issues that impact on the...
Hospital errors and secrecy

Hospital errors and secrecy

3 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Bureaucratic reports Actual numbers Politics Hospital errors, the hidden death toll Australian’s are accustomed to hearing from politicians that they have the ‘best health systems in the world’. It is routinely declared to be ‘safe and affordable’....
Taking risks in Recovery

Taking risks in Recovery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Lack of accountability Lack of safe staffing levels Avoidable errors Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting staff in Recovery Accreditation for hospitals and nursing homes follows a simplistic, sometimes irrelevant approach. Things...
Greek tragedy

Greek tragedy

Western governments are wrestling unsuccessfully, with healthcare costs Governments across the Western world are trying unsuccessfully to control rising  healthcare costs.Like Heracles battling the Hydra, they face a daunting task.There are three major problems.An...
Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Frail, elderly people and busy, error prone hospitals are a bad combination Constantly changing nursing shifts,  pressure for beds and rushed discharges. The trigger for errors is always there. And the longer elderly people stay in hospital, the higher the risks of...
Nursing home death ignored

Nursing home death ignored

How a man ended up dead from an insulin overdose only a month after being admitted to a nursing home And five years later no one had been held responsibleWhile mainstream media publishes stories of mistreatment in aged care sector, the truth is only a small number of...
Obesity and surgery

Obesity and surgery

Morbid obesity and surgery don't mix 67% of Australian adults are overweight and one in four adults in Australia are obese. This story tells the impact that obesity can have on surgical outcomes. And why stricter guidelines on who can have elective surgery might save...
Stroke patient misses out

Stroke patient misses out

Sometimes patients race to Emergency Departments, only to end up waiting for hours If you think that sick people just need to be rushed to a hospital, then you need to read this story.A fifty year old woman experienced a sudden onset of visual disturbances, abnormal...
Sexism in surgery

Sexism in surgery

A senior female Doctor mentioned sexism, and unleashed a storm of angry 'me too' stories. Bullying is a major problem. And it particularly affects junior Doctors who’s careers are easily derailed.This story started with a book launch. Dr Gabrielle McMullin was...