04
Aug 16

Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover

Private health insurance is integral to the success of Australia’s health system. More than 13 million Australians have some form of private health insurance. Recent research shows that 80 per cent of health fund members value their PHI because it gives them security, confidence they can access medical treatment when and where they need it. … Continue reading Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover

13
Jan 16

How to Improve Patient Flow

Waiting times in hospitals will always be a highly political issue. As demand for acute services continues to increase, it is imperative that stakeholders along the continuum of care assess their impact on the system and engage in practices that will create optimal patient flow. Over the years we’ve run many conferences on patient flow … Continue reading How to Improve Patient Flow

13
Oct 15

Masterplanning Hospitals or “Cool for Cats” – how our domestic lives can inform the bigger picture

Why is it that the criteria we employ in making a professional judgement can diverge so far from the values we use to make decisions in our private domestic life? For example, when we are choosing a place to live we generally rate comfort, well-being control and independence very highly. In fact we go further … Continue reading Masterplanning Hospitals or “Cool for Cats” – how our domestic lives can inform the bigger picture

03
Sep 15

Overwhelming Increase in NSW Emergency Department Admissions

Patient numbers in NSW emergency departments have increased by 25% in the past five years, according to a new report by the Bureau of Health Information. The time taken to treat the seriously unwell has also increased in the past quarter, with 15% of all ambulances getting stuck in ‘bed block’ – where the hospital … Continue reading Overwhelming Increase in NSW Emergency Department Admissions

28
Aug 15

Delivering Healthcare Infrastructure: More than a Coat of Paint & a New Pot Plant

Redevelopment sounds like such a big deal doesn’t it? THIRTEEN  MILLION DOLLARS sounds like such a big amount of money doesn’t it? What does a small community expect of the two phrases worked together into a lovely press announcement by a Government Department?  They expect a big deal and a big benefit.  To quote one … Continue reading Delivering Healthcare Infrastructure: More than a Coat of Paint & a New Pot Plant

31
Oct 14

QLD Leads as Top Performer against the NEAT

The National Health Performance Authority recently released a report on the time patients spent in emergency departments at 112 of Australia’s major and large hospitals. The report transparently details each hospital’s performance against the 4 hour National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) between 2012 and 2013. After analysing the data we could clearly identify the best … Continue reading QLD Leads as Top Performer against the NEAT

11
Sep 14

Moving towards paperless health

AUSTRALIA SPENDS ABOUT $80 BILLION A YEAR ON HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES. If this sounds like a lot then you are right! This spending equates to nearly 10% of Australia’s entire gross domestic product. In an effort to find efficiency gains, the Australian Government has committed $466.7 million to establish the key components of a … Continue reading Moving towards paperless health

01
Sep 14

Where would you rather be in a medical emergency?

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Ever wondered where the best place is to have a medical emergency? Let’s be honest, probably not! But did you know that hospitals vary drastically in emergency department (ED) efficiency, which effects how quickly you are treated, and in turn has a direct impact on your health! Overcrowding, extended stays and delays in ambulance offloads … Continue reading Where would you rather be in a medical emergency?