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For patients to be informed & empowered, they need access to medical records

Patients are often urged to take greater responsibility for healthcare decisions – but this is easier said than done when access to medical records is not consistently available. Consumer health advocate Anne Cahill Lambert’s recent experience illustrates some of the barriers faced by people seeking access to their records. *** Anne Cahill Lambert writes: I [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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Latest PHCRIS update: How do quality improvement funding incentives work with GPs?

There’s a growing trend towards recording, measuring and financially rewarding the quality of care in general practice, as a means to address inequity and improve patient safety. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service looks at what incentives are offered around the world and how effective they are. They conclude: [...]

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The connected medical research workplace: maximising new opportunities

Ms Samantha Ludolf , Chief Operating Officer, and Professor Doug Hilton, Director Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research write: New digital technologies and platforms are emerging every year. These present many opportunities to improve productivity and communication in the workplace, yet many employers struggle to upgrade IT policies to keep pace with technological advances. We [...]

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Equity and parity of service provision is essential to transforming the lives of those with mental ill health

Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre writes: Australia can be very proud of the substantial progress that has been made in recent years in bringing the subject of mental ill-health and mental illness from out of the shadows and into the mainstream of public discourse, however timely access to high quality mental [...]

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ReachOut/EY ‘Crossroads’ report says time to rethink the national mental health system

Online youth mental health service ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation and EY (formerly Ernst and Young) yesterday called for a shift to a “21st century mental health care system”, saying growing and unmet demand makes our current model unsustainable (see info graphic below). Their joint report Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system calls for a [...]

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‘No comment’: now the Medical Board tests social media landscape with advertising guidelines

The release in 2012 of a preliminary consultation paper on a social media policy for health professionals by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) prompted a fast and fierce social media storm. As Croakey reported at the time, the document – which was later revised – took a fairly dim view of social media, [...]

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The Health Wrap: Conflict on the menu, closing the gap, the price of disadvantage, policy conundrums

  By Kellie Bisset Conflict on the menu Conflict of interest has featured heavily on the health agenda this past fortnight and the story of the hour is the controversy over Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s office pulling down a government-approved healthy food rating website just hours after it went live. Central to the debate [...]

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A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural [...]

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Moving beyond magical thinking on the NBN to address health inequities

Ben O’Mara writes: The introduction of new government policy on the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a chance to re-imagine how we use the internet to help address inequities in health. Recent media coverage (see here and here) has identified the flaws in the rollout of the NBN, and questioned the quality of its proposed [...]

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