Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout.
Highly engaged doctors do much better on a wide range of important measures, from clinical performance, financial management and safety indicators to patient experience and overall quality standards.
People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
The ageing population is only a relatively small contributor to the growth in hospital admissions.
We need to focus on keeping people out of hospital by providing better co-ordinated and integrated care.
Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.
There is substantial variation in the safety and quality of care provided in Australian hospitals. The data can tell us why.
Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
For many patients, hospital may not be the best place for their care.
Waiting for emergency care, specialist appointments and "elective" procedures is not only inconvenient and frustrating, it can also be painful and detrimental to your health and well-being.
Why is it so difficult to find out exactly how much it's going to cost to have that suspicious mole removed or to be admitted to hospital for that colonoscopy or hip replacement?
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.
What are the most common reasons for going to hospital? What can go wrong? What's behind the state-Commonwealth funding fight? Our at-a-glance infographic has the answers.
Whether it's an emergency or a planned admission, going to hospital can be anxiety inducing – not knowing where you're heading or who will be looking after you. Here's a cheat sheet to guide you.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Seven babies died unnecessarily at Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2013 and 2014. The My Hospitals website and other reporting mechanisms gave no sign of any problems.
If you present to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you present during the week. This is known as the "weekend effect".
State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. But what exactly is the problem they're hoping to address?
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
Much of the fear of cancer arises from a lack of control, so I'm at my happiest when a patient with a new diagnosis comes in bewildered and shaken and leaves my office feeling a modicum of control.