More Australians are accessing mental health services than ever before and Emergency Departments are groaning with the weight of associated presentations. Over the last four years emergency departments saw an increase of 20% in mental health presentations. This is not only a strain on under-resourced ED staff but also poses harmful consequences for patients. Research … Continue reading Crisis hubs to alleviate ED mental health strain
“What other job requires you to be in a constant state of hyper vigilance and alertness yet at the same time be a counsellor, a social worker, a lawyer, or a prison warden. What other profession authorizes you to take a person’s liberty, or potentially use deadly force, but then mandates that you attempt to … Continue reading The Cost of Care – Must-have early intervention & prevention strategies for first responders
With the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards now in full swing, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is primarily focused on protecting the public from harm and improving the quality of health service provision. One of the biggest changes from the first … Continue reading Comprehensive Care Vs Comprehensively Cared For
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A value-based healthcare model promises to deliver the most value for money and simultaneously the highest quality care for patients, industry research has revealed. According to the Grattan Institute, “complications cost the Australian hospital system more than $5 billion a year; hospital-acquired infections alone cost about $1 billion of that. Not all complications can be … Continue reading Is it possible to improve care and save money?
Australia’s health and aged care sectors are swimming in riptides of change with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, ongoing digital transformation and massive shifts in stakeholder expectations. The brewing storm has seen many leaders vacate their seats, either voluntarily or forcefully ousted. Without a doubt, it requires grit, determination and a … Continue reading Leading through change and disruption
In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders. There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have experienced … Continue reading Instilling resilience in our first responders
The 2nd edition of the NSQHS came into effect at the start of this year, addressing the gaps identified in the first edition including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Standard 5, focusing around complying with and demonstrating compliance to Comprehensive Care, is thus far … Continue reading Demonstrating Standard 5 compliance in end of life care