3
Sep

Health system sustainability research gets $12.4 Million funding boost

More than $12 million in new grant funding has been awarded to NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (PCHSS) investigators to further their work to improve the performance of the Australian health system, including in the field of children’s cancer, lower back pain and waste in healthcare. PCHSS Chief Investigator Professor Braithwaite said, “These...
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26
Aug

Aged care residents kept on antipsychotics for too long

New research by PCHSS investigators reveals the extent of misuse of antipsychotic drugs in aged care facilities. Read the journal article (Duration of Antipsychotic Medication Use by Aged Care Facility Residents With Dementia. Lind KE, Raban MZ, Georgiou A, Westbrook JI) and some of the popular press about this research: Aged care residents turned into ‘zombies’ on antipsychotics...
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24
Jul

Glaring risks in meds records, prescribing

“GPs may be making medication decisions based on records with an average of 10 discrepancies per person compared to facility records… but where are the pharmacists? There is a need for better systems and greater coordination between pharmacists, GPs and nurses to improve medication safety, an expert in health systems and patient safety has told...
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5
Jul

Dementia medication ‘underused’ in aged care facilities

Interview with Dr Kim Lind about her research on antidementia use in residential aged care. Her study shows that Australians with dementia in residential aged care facilities are underutilising these potentially beneficial medications. This is an important issue which deserves some attention from practitioners (who could be offering residents the opportunity to trial these medications)...
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6
Jun

Osteoporosis: the silent disease of aged care

Residential aged care facilities can be doing more to treat osteoporosis and can do better to prevent falls and osteoporosis-related fractures. These are the conclusions from a new study looking at anti-osteoporosis medication use in aged care. The study also found that reported diagnosis of osteoporosis in RACFs was lower than the international data, which...
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5
Jun

PCHSS Autumn 2019 Newsletter available now

Welcome to the autumn edition of the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (PCHSS) newsletter. The Partnership Centre is a $10.75M, five-year collaboration involving 17 lead investigators, 20 expert advisors and over 40 system implementation partners from around Australia. Our vision is that our research findings significantly influence the development of a resilient health...
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