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March, 2012


What helps GPs provide better care to patients with mental disorders? And what doesn’t?

A Canadian study investigating the factors that help and hinder GPs in providing care to patients with mental disorders also rings many bells locally. Facilitators included being paid a salary or hourly fees, having longer time slots for consultations, having psychosocial mental health care teams based on site, and having access to multidisciplinary assessment, meetings and [...]

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Tackling some of the tribal divisions within health

Attending recent conferences, I was struck by two comments which, in their own ways, say much about the silos and divisions within the health sector. During a session where GP registrars were brainstorming ideas for improving the image of general practice, someone suggested that specialists should be re-named “partialists”, as a way of highlighting the [...]

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Why won’t the Federal Government support a no fault compo scheme for vaccine-related injuries?

The Federal Government needs to do a much better job of explaining the reasons for its reluctance to introduce a no fault compensation scheme for vaccine-related injuries, according to Associate Professor Heath Kelly.  To date, the responses to calls for such a scheme have not been helpful, he suggests. *** Why won’t the Government support [...]

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Health & medical celebrations at The Conversation, plus a wrap of other health media news

Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday last week, and this week it is the turn of The Conversation to be marking its first anniversary. According to the site’s co-founder, Andrew Jaspan, The Conversation has had more than 2.5 million unique visitors in its first year, almost 4 million total visits, and 8 million page views. Over 300 [...]

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Ensuring that research makes a difference: some practical advice

As previously mentioned, an interesting research project has been exploring the nexus between research and policy making. In the article below, Abby Haynes, research officer at the Sax Institute, reports on some of the implications of the findings for researchers and policy makers. And at the bottom of the post is a link to a [...]

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Marking World TB Day with a call for urgent action on an international “health emergency”

On the eve of World TB Day, governments, international donors and drug companies are being urged to step up their commitment to fighting a “health emergency”. In the article below, Dr Marianne Gale, a TB and HIV Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières, describes the terrible toll that this disease is taking upon people around the world. [...]

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Hearing from the people about the need for aged care reform

More than 130 aged care campaigners descended on Parliament House last week as part of the Australians Deserve to Age Well campaign, which is calling for the Federal Government to commit to aged care reform in the forthcoming Budget. Claire Maskell from Palliative Care Australia, a member of the National Aged Care Alliance that organised [...]

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Unpicking some of the barriers to better collaboration between health professionals involved in diabetes care

There is so much rhetoric in the health sector about the importance of collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches and teamwork. But there are many barriers to translating the rhetoric into reality. In its latest Croakey update, the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (better known as PHC RIS) reports on a study that makes timely and relevant [...]

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The next Queensland Government has some heavy lifting to do in health

A major challenge for the next Queensland Government will be to address systemic problems within the health sector, says Professor Andrew Wilson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology (and who has previously held senior positions within the Queensland and NSW health departments). In the article below (cross-posted from The [...]

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Improving the management of dementia in general practice

In its latest Croakey update, the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (better known as PHC RIS) reports on a new trial focused on improving management of patients with dementia in general practice. *** Early diagnosis of dementia offers a window of control in a disintegrating world Christina Hagger writes: Dementia carries many burdens. There [...]

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