07
Aug 18

Collecting and linking data the right way

Author:Ash Natesh

“Australia currently has no system for identifying and addressing provision of inappropriate care in hospitals”- Stephen Duckett Data should be collected not just for storage, but to be used by policy makers. The patterns, trends and insights generated should be used to improve service delivery. Stephen Duckett along with his colleagues created the My Health Record, … Continue reading Collecting and linking data the right way

19
Jul 18

Transitioning to the 2nd Edition of the NSQHS Standards

Author:Tim Tran

The recent national conference on Implementing the 2nd Edition of the NSQHS Standards was a great success, with over 100 attendees from across Australia coming together to learn, network, and discuss practical strategies, with advice from leading hospitals and experienced surveyors. Highlights from the conference: Associate Professor Andrew Wilson from Safer Care Victoria opened the … Continue reading Transitioning to the 2nd Edition of the NSQHS Standards

11
Jul 18

How can we safeguard the mental health and well-being of our hospital heroes?

The prevalence of incidents of violence and aggression towards hospital staff involve figures that leave jaws open in disbelief. Worksafe Victoria state that 95% of healthcare staff experience incidents of violence and aggression in their workplace over the course of their careers. Being routinely exposed to verbally and physically aggressive patients has a significant effect … Continue reading How can we safeguard the mental health and well-being of our hospital heroes?

27
Apr 18

Price, Privatisation and Paradise Papers in the NDIS

Author:Drew McCoy

This National Disability Insurance Agency’s decision to outsource its contact call centres on a two year contract to international sensitive-service provider Serco has been met with widespread scepticism in the disability community. The decision has fuelled the flames again on the debate around the role, scope and limitations of private sector involvement in the NDIS. … Continue reading Price, Privatisation and Paradise Papers in the NDIS

18
Apr 18

Improving Patient Flow with Coordination Hubs

In order for hospitals to fight against the daily pressures of overcrowding, bed blocks, shrinking budgets and reducing resources, hospitals need to think innovatively by leveraging technology and working collaboratively to deliver quality patient-focused care. With an increasingly ageing population and complex conditions on the rise, it can be easy for hospitals to look at … Continue reading Improving Patient Flow with Coordination Hubs

05
Feb 18

How to achieve an integrated mental health system

In 2015 the Government announced the biggest reforms to the mental health sector in decades.  The aim?  To create an integrated mental health system that would deliver better outcomes for people living with mental illness. Three years on, while reform set the wheels in motion, we’re yet to see significant change.   So how do we … Continue reading How to achieve an integrated mental health system

15
Sep 17

Not about happiness: mental health in schools

Author:Eileen Cai

Every year schools share the same common goal of improving results and maximising student potential. But apart from the basic literacy, numeracy and science goals, studies have shown that boosting mental health can increase engagement and better test scores. According to studies conducted by Martin Seligman (former president of the American Psychology Association), the results … Continue reading Not about happiness: mental health in schools

14
Sep 17

How boosting mental health can boost grades

Author:Eileen Cai

According to an article published by the Herald Sun, research shows that in the last year one in seven Australian children had a mental health disorder. This highlights the need for schools to focus more on boosting mental health in order to achieve better results. “Happy, healthy and resilient students learn better, stay in school … Continue reading How boosting mental health can boost grades