Any COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be given first to higher risk groups before it is given to children. But we still need vaccines that are safe and effective for them too.
Health providers need to practise in error-proof environments as much as possible.
The most sustainable and cost-effective solution for protecting patients’ lives is to reduce the causes of human error. Health professionals must be adequately trained to reduce adverse outcomes.
Patients' wishes must be at the heart of all healthcare decision making.
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There are ingredients in your pills other than the one designed to treat your ailments. Those unnamed ingredients can alter how you respond to a medicine or even make you sick.
Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about.
Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
Physiotherapists sometimes use acupuncture to treat knee osteoarthritis and low back pain, but it’s not recommended.
New international research shows one in four physiotherapists provide treatments that aren't based on evidence. These treatments aren't likely to cause harm, but they might waste patients' time.
Hip implants and other medical devices are not always designed with women in mind.
How an implant is designed, tested, regulated and discussed with patients tends to disadvantage women. It's time that changed.
Regulation doesn’t cover procedures performed in a beauty salon in the same way it does those performed on the operating table.
A botched beauty procedure can be more than just unsightly – it can be dangerous. Here are some things to keep in mind when seeking a skin treatment.
Drips and other medical devices were potential sources of infection. But no-one expected to find hospital-acquired pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
A surprising number of people are catching pneumonia or urinary tract infections in hospital, a new Australian study shows for the first time.
It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection.
The proposed Australian ban of some types of breast implants is too little, too late. It also reveals regulatory failures that need to be fixed if Australian consumers are to be protected.
Bullying in the medical profession not only affects staff, but also places patients in danger.
Research shows unprofessional behaviour and poor communication among doctors and other clinical staff contributes to medical errors. This flows on to worse patient outcomes.
Private health insurance allows you to choose which hospital to go to for treatment. But are some safer than others?
Australians can't tell which private hospital is safer then the next because the data isn't publicly available. It's time that changed.
Along with an increase in demand, NHS ambulance services are seeing a growth in patient safety incidents.
Health professionals needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, so they can respond appropriately.
With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency.
Women and their care givers need to be aware of the long-term risks of an early planned delivery.
Planning to give birth just a little early carries long-term risks for babies, as researchers are discovering. This is why we should be concerned.
A more caring culture will save lives.
Seventeen years ago, the Department of Health berated the NHS for not learning lessons about patient safety. What's changed?
There’s much we can do to stop our junior doctors from feeling devalued, demoralised and depressed, like this junior doctor protesting in London earlier in 2016.
Junior doctors are often blamed when things go wrong in hospital. But are we placing too many demands on them?
He says it’s for safety, but is there an ulterior motive?
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If the relationship between the government and the medical profession is the 'politics of the double bed', then this couple are in a rocky patch.
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Cooperation and communication are the cornerstones of patient care and safety but it's all too easy to dismiss with a shrug.
Tourism isn’t just for sunshine and beaches. It can also be for unapproved medical interventions.
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Medical tourism is the practice of seeking medical care across international borders. Countries with established medical sectors like the US, Europe, India and Thailand have been traditional destinations…