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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4
Jun

PCHSS Annual Investigator Meeting, 6 May 2019

On 6 May 2019, the PCHSS hosted its annual Investigator Meeting at Macquarie University. Over 50 people, including academic researchers, healthcare system-based leads and funding partners, met to discuss the progress made by the PCHSS research and the future of health system sustainability. Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite opened the workshop with an overview of the structure...
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20
May

New report by Prof Tony Scott, The future of the medical workforce

“WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE” In the future a larger, and so more expensive, medical workforce is likely to face increased  competition, along with increasing pressures from within to change cultures and demonstrate improved value and productivity for patients, governments and private health insurers. Technology (and better information) needs to be used cautiously to ensure...
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