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Fake, female entreprenuers

Fake, female entreprenuers

28 MARCH, 2016 AstronomyLifeSociety What does Elizabeth Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow have in common? Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In...

Modern treatments for addiction

3 FEBRUARY, 2019 AddictionDespairTechnology Every family has someone with an addiction problem. The problem is, no one seems to know what the causes are, or what is the best treatment. Can smartphone apps save us from addiction? Are tried and true methods like...
Students, Seniors and Entrepreneurs

Students, Seniors and Entrepreneurs

5 JANUARY, 2019 Work experienceFinal year studentsHelping small business Do you run a small business, a local charity or other entity that needs some help with web design, marketing or business planning but can’t afford to pay a professional? Then consider the...
Waiting for change…

Waiting for change…

18 NOVEMBER, 2018 Overwhelmed Emergency DepartmentsElderly patients with chronic conditionsOutdated treatments Generally, people attending hospital Emergency Departments are doing so because they think they’ll receive immediate attention to their possibly...
The Red Light District of medicine

The Red Light District of medicine

28 OCTOBER, 2018 Rushed sex change operations on teenagersPrivate cancer patients left infertile aftercancer treatments A recent UK investigation into sub standard practices referred to private hospitals as the ‘red light district’ of medicine. While...
Sexism, Sleaze and Silicon Valley

Sexism, Sleaze and Silicon Valley

14 OCTOBER, 2018 Sexism Stupidity Social disconnection A series of stunning revelations have been made in a book published early this year. Brotopia, breaking up the boys club of Silicon Valley was written by technology journalist Emily Chang. It covers sexism in...
Shh! We’re Australian

Shh! We’re Australian

11 JULY, 2018 Secret hospital errors Bureaucratic cover ups Political lobbyists burying reports Are you afraid of offending others? Even worst, are you scared of being sued? Welcome to the biggest threat to Australians economic and education future. Secrets. And...
Scientific fraud?

Scientific fraud?

9th APRIL, 2018 Alternative Therapies Unsubstantiated claims A billion dollar industry Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAM) were once laughed at by Western medical groups as scientific fraud. Today they are accepted by many members of the health industry,...
Hidden data, poor outcomes

Hidden data, poor outcomes

8 NOVEMBER, 2017 Inaccessible data Lack of policy Lack of accountability The health system is awash with fragmented data, that is not shared with patients, doctors and hospital managers. That is the opinion of the Gratten Institutes latest report Strengthening safety...
Small fish caught up in big nets

Small fish caught up in big nets

28 FEBRUARY, 2018 Data breaches Huge fines Small business caught up in big nets The Australian government has cast a wide net to try and catch companies covering up data security breaches. Notifiable Data Breaches Bill came into act on February 22. Any organisation...
High risk, poor outcome surgery

High risk, poor outcome surgery

1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
Spinning our wheels

Spinning our wheels

28 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Poor Return On Investment Excessive hype A broken funding system ‘Digital health tech is dead’ announced Rob Coppedge, CEO of Echo Health Ventures in a post on the 6th September 2017. Rob has more than 20 years of experience in health...
Not so lucky patients

Not so lucky patients

The Lucky Country and out of pocket costs Australian’s are used to being told they are the ‘lucky country’ and that healthcare is ‘free’. Before you accept this concept as fact, consider the following information. 17% of all total health...
Florence in a private hospital

Florence in a private hospital

How much has changed since the 19th Century?   Florence Nightingale though she had her hands full, trying to reform nineteenth century English hospitals. Run down hospitals, drunken unskilled nursing aids, surgeons who refused to wash their hands and patients...
The real cost of health care

The real cost of health care

The cost of health care reflects the power imbalance between seller and buyer  Why do health experts around the world get so upset about proposals to privatised healthcare? Wouldn’t private health insurance companies be more efficient at managing health services...
Quick fixes and sham-economics

Quick fixes and sham-economics

Education means investing in an employable workforce. Healthcare means investing in a healthy community. When ‘Sir Les Patterson’ style politicians get caught out wasting money on shabby deals, they tend to respond with funding cuts to serious portfolios...
Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists The ongoing outcry about more funding desperately needed for struggling Australian hospitals may be somewhat of a red herring. According to a wide range of unconnected sources, waiting lists in some public hospitals are sometimes being...
The third largest killer in America

The third largest killer in America

A new study questions the record-keeping practices of hospitals and nursing homes. It concludes that errors could rank just behind heart disease and cancer, in the number of fatalities they cause. A study by researchers at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical...
Who owns the health budget?

Who owns the health budget?

Whose money is it anyway?   Several articles passed through my in-box this week. Both of them reminded me of daily life as a nurse. Both raise the issues of billions of health dollars wasted every year while powerful health unions fight health reform. First. A...
Private dissatisfaction

Private dissatisfaction

The ‘Harley street specialist’ model of medicine does not belong in the 21st century   A new survey released today has found only half of people with private health insurance are clear about what their policy covers. Only one in four finds it easy to...
Taking a stand at the end

Taking a stand at the end

In the end, dignity is the most important thing   A recent Canadian survey showed that one-third of elderly, gravely ill hospital patients are tagged to receive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, even though they had stated they did not want this aggressive and...
Big data

Big data

Is the 21st century coming to the health industry?   The problems holding health care back are so basic, it’s difficult to explain to people outside the industry. Basically, the health industry is a data mess. Inaccurate and incomplete patient records float...
Nurse whistleblowers

Nurse whistleblowers

Nursing whistle blowers Toni Hoffernam is a senior nurse who blew the whistle on surgeon Mr Jayant Patel while working at Bundaberg hospital, in Queensland. She originally began to raise doubts about the ability of Mr Patel after a high number of patients experienced...
Media campaigns v wasted billions

Media campaigns v wasted billions

Don’t confuse aggressive media campaigns with the truth about wasted billions Every time governments try to cut back the on their ballooning health budget, the groups who profit from this wealthy and influential sector kick back like a mule.  In 2015 medical and...
Silly bureaucracy and nursing errors

Silly bureaucracy and nursing errors

Dump badly designed government e-health records. Open up e-health systems to public ratings and reviews. And make technology firms compete for the right to do business with doctors and nurses The reason that your favourite apps are so fluid and practical? They have to...
Henry VIIIth and Health Reformation

Henry VIIIth and Health Reformation

Henry the VIII’s ghost. The Catholic Church, the Reformation and Health Reform Hospitals have gone from being utilitarian buildings that housed the acutely sick for a short period of their life, into a billion dollar empires full of powerful vested interest...
Cardiac Infection ignored

Cardiac Infection ignored

18 NOVEMBER, 2018 Private cardiac surgery Post operative infection ignored Rude, unskilled nurses People tend to think that if they ‘pay more’ for private healthcare, then their treatments will automatically be ‘better quality’. In the normal...
In defense of Norman Swan

In defense of Norman Swan

The recent 4 Corners program called ‘Wasted’ was a big step forward for Australia. This country lags behind other Western societies, who have been publicly debating fraud and waste in health care for some years. The winners of this misspent money are the...
Death with dignity

Death with dignity

Death with dignity. Harder than crossing the boarder at San Ysidro, California   Death is an intersection of powerful forces. A legal void where there are no clear guidelines. Political ducking and weaving from anything that could ‘damage careers’...
Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups If you are interested in reading about the history of private healthcare, start with Michael Wynne’s astonishing site Corporate Health Care. Michael came from a Medical Family and graduated in Medicine from Capetown University in...
Patient care and privatisation

Patient care and privatisation

How does patient care relate to hospital profits?Most people who fall ill, just want to be taken care of in an efficient and caring manner. Hospital profits are the last thing on their minds. The health sector likes to present itself as a modern, scientific and caring...
private healthcare pricing

private healthcare pricing

The dirty little secret of private healthcare pricing   Pricing secrets allow costs to be artificially inflated. Pubic information on the costs of delivering tests, hospital admissions and treatments would expose excessive profit margins and allow consumers to...
National Health sell off

National Health sell off

NHS sold off in UK private healthcare moveThe British National Health Service (NHS), long held up as a shining example of a cost effective model of healthcare, is being ‘put up for tender’. And as in Australia, public debate or rigorous cost analysis in...
Social injustice in hospitals

Social injustice in hospitals

Australia’s mismanaged health budgets is causing social injustice It was one of those chilling conversations that you just can’t forget. A woman in her fifties asked me about her eighty-year-old mother, who has been diagnosed with skin cancer. As an...
Not enough beds cliches

Not enough beds cliches

Stop repeating cliches about ‘not enough beds’ and start looking at alternatives like startups   I commend The Age and the ABC for their recent expose of the 7 11 scams. However when it comes to health, I feel both these media outlets publish shallow...
Paying for errors

Paying for errors

12 SEPTERMBER, 2015 Private insurers wanting value for money Comprehensive reports kept from public scrutiny Private health sector resisting reform Private hospitals are try to defend the right to receive payments when patients fall victim to preventable errors. Their...
Why health startups?

Why health startups?

Cheaper, smarter, customer focusedGovernments across the Western world are struggling with the health troika. An ageing population, skyrocketing health costs and the medical industry’s refusal to accept reform. Medical cures for acute diseases like infections and...
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...
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’....