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Oct 16

Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

“Public hospitals are facing a growing funding crisis. This crisis is not generated by hospitals themselves, rather, it is a crisis created by the political process, and political and budgetary decisions.” This year’s Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Hospital Report Card is damning of health funding cuts and the subsequent effects on emergency department waiting … Continue reading Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

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

15
Sep 14

Current patient numbers are ‘unsafe’ and ‘unsustainable’

“Patient numbers at Canberra Hospital unsafe” Dr Michael Hall, Clinical Director, Canberra Hospital Like police stations, hospitals are a sanctuary in which we lay our trust, our reliance and our health. Members of society seek reassurance and safety in a hospital and in more cases than one, the emergency department acts as the heart of … Continue reading Current patient numbers are ‘unsafe’ and ‘unsustainable’

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?

18
Aug 14

Australia’s most progressive hospitals against the NEAT

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 Australian hospitals are currently striving to improve performance to achieve progress against the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT). For those of you not from the medical world the NEAT is a component of the National Partnership Agreement on improving public hospital services. The aim of the target is for hospitals to admit, refer or discharge … Continue reading Australia’s most progressive hospitals against the NEAT

30
Jan 14

Report reveals NSW hospital waiting times shows emergency targets being missed

A news article recently released from the Bureau of Health Information  looked at the latest snapshot that some NSW hospitals are still not meeting its targets for emergency waiting times, while the state’s public hospitals shows improvements. What’s even more challenging for hospitals is to develop an effective strategy for balancing NEAT and NEST. Especially … Continue reading Report reveals NSW hospital waiting times shows emergency targets being missed

15
Nov 13

3 important strategies you need to get the balance of NEAT and NEST right

With the 2015 deadline drawing closer, hospitals will need to refocus strategies and refine their methods to drastically improve performance on both NEAT and NEST. So we recently interviewed four Australian health care leaders to discuss how they plan to achieve their NEST and NEAT targets: Dr Chris May, Director of Emergency Medicine, Redland Hospital Judy … Continue reading 3 important strategies you need to get the balance of NEAT and NEST right