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Parliamentary Library budget brief: E-health funding ‘a holding action’ ?

Michelle Hughes May 27, 2015 1 Comment

 In this budget brief from the parliamentary library Dr Rhonda Jolly explores whether the current tinkering around the edges of the health record could be a prelude to a new strategy. Dr Rhonda Jolly writes: E health makes use of developments in computer technology and telecommunications to deliver health information and services more effectively and […]

Q&A’s Health Debate: the experts respond

fronjacksonwebb April 23, 2013

Reema Rattan writes: While the federal election is still months away, issues of health funding are already dominating the news. A Grattan Institute report released yesterday, for instance, noted the greatest budgetary pressure facing Australia comes from sustained increases in health costs. Last night, ABC TV’s Q&A featured Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Health […]

How can we ensure a sustainable health system? Plus recent articles on surgery waiting lists, e-health and gambling reform

Melissa Sweet November 21, 2011

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Library’s FlagPost blog has published a number of articles recently that may be of interest to Croakey readers – on health expenditure, elective surgery waiting times, e-health and gambling reforms. More info below… What is the most effective and fairest way of keeping a lid on health expenditure? Anne-marie Boxall writes: The […]

Your thoughts on the good and bad of eHealth in primary health care?

Melissa Sweet October 25, 2011 1 Comment

(Nov 23: see update at bottom of post) What are the strengths and limitations of eHealth technologies in primary health care? Olga Anikeeva at the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service is drafting a “research round-up”  about the use of eHealth technologies such as electronic health records, decision support systems and e-prescribing software by […]

How can technology be harnessed to help young people & “mental wealth”?

Melissa Sweet August 22, 2011 7 Comments

Here’s a thought: if you’re over 30, you belong to the last generation to know a world without computers. It’s not surprising that efforts to harness technology for youth health are using young people as the teachers and experts, as was outlined in an event at the National Press Club last week. Below is an […]

Some recommended viewing for e-health summit: If air travel worked like health care

Melissa Sweet November 30, 2010 3 Comments

Minister Nicola Roxon’s two-day e-health summit starts in Melbourne today and you can watch the webcast here. Some background about who is speaking etc can be found in this report from The Australian’s IT section. Meanwhile, thanks to Scott White from GP Access for alerting Croakey to this painfully entertaining clip, “If air travel worked […]

More (mostly) depressing reading on e-health: a bit on why, a lot on why not, and not much at all on how…

Melissa Sweet October 11, 2010 4 Comments

E-health: WHY? When it comes to e-health, we know at least some of the reasons why it should be a good thing (quite apart from the fact that the e-revolution is bringing benefits to so many other aspects of life). As a new Canadian study suggests, electronic drug information systems can help reduce adverse drug […]

Online therapies in mental health; and the power of women’s sexual health – more reports from the global health conference

Melissa Sweet September 9, 2010

The global health conference recently held in Melbourne may be over, but the reports from it are still coming in. Thanks to freelance journalist Tamzin Byrne* for coordinating the two posts below – the first from Swinburne University’s Mike Kyrios on the potential for e-health in mental health; and the second from Liz Sime of […]

How the IPad is improving health service delivery in the NT

Melissa Sweet July 22, 2010 15 Comments

The former editor of the BMJ, Dr Richard Smith, recently recommended ten lessons for global health, including that the rich can learn from developing countries. He wrote that there are many examples of innovation in poorer countries spreading to developed countries, and that poorer countries have a better chance of building sustainable health systems because […]

We need to ensure the extra investment in health is put to the best use

Melissa Sweet May 12, 2010

The health budget contains plenty of new initiatives that warrant careful implementation and evaluation. But there is still a “troubling sense that initiatives are being hastily stitched together to meet electoral rather than health priorities”, cautions Professor Philip Davies, a former senior executive of the Department of Health and Ageing, and now Professor of Health […]