Rural healthcare services are best supported by midlevel workers.
Midlevel health workers can provide diagnostic and therapeutic services with lower entry qualification requirements and shorter training periods than doctors.
The royal commission has scrutinised aged care staffing.
Aged care facilities are employing fewer registered and enrolled nurses and more carers, which saves money but results in sub-standard care.
Around 60% of aged care residents require more than four hours of care per day.
The biggest system failure in aged care is staffing. We don't need to wait until the royal commission is over to fix it – this can be done now.
Almost one-third (32%) of nurses and midwives are considering moving on.
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.
Personal care attendants are responsible for residents’ personal hygiene – they’re not trained to undertake more complex assessments.
Nursing home providers looking to cut costs are bypassing registered nurses and employing less-skilled personal care attendants (PCAs) who aren't trained for the job.
When doctors aren’t engaged, things can go tragically wrong.
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.
While medical schools have equal numbers of men and women, few female doctors go on to become surgeons.
The proportion of female surgical trainees is rising, but at a slower rate than other specialties.
We need to think about the environment that allowed the error to occur.
In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. But blaming the doctors won't help.
Some hospitals have substantially higher costs. Others have higher rates of death.
There is substantial variation in the safety and quality of care provided in Australian hospitals. The data can tell us why.
Patients often rely on their GP to make the choice of specialist for them through the referral process with little or no discussion of prices.
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?
One element of emergency departments (EDs) which can cause frustration is the triage assessment.
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It’s estimated general practitioners see up to five abused women every week.
Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will today hear how the health system can better respond to partner abuse, with the help of trained professionals and broader, government support.
England’s NHS is taking implementing seven-day services in an attempt to reduce excess deaths on weekends.
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".
There is a skewed distribution of skilled staff and an imbalance of skills.
If South Africa's complete health workforce is tallied, there is not a critical shortage of human resources to provide health care services.
We need a plan to provide patients with the right care at the right place in the right time.
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