Proposals in NSW to force someone who spits at or bites a frontline worker to be tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses are a real problem - for workers and the public.
Keeping health-care workers COVID-free is critical to delivering care to those who need it during a pandemic. What can we do to ensure they are better protected?
Testing healthcare workers can play a role in preventing new infections, but is a highly limited strategy and shouldn’t distract from other, more helpful measures.
The links between people, animals and the environment call for a new approach to health.
The interdependency between humans, animals and the environment is becoming more pronounced. This calls for an interdisciplinary approach to health problems.
During high-stress deadly epidemics, even well-trained responders can get caught up in behaviors that are more harmful than helpful.
AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
The high stress conditions of an outbreak can spread a dysfunctional culture among those working to fight it. A survey after the 2015 Ebola epidemic quantified the issue – and suggests a better way.
Health workers promote exclusive breastfeeding to HIV positive mothers more than they do to mothers who are negative.
Corruption in the health sector in Nigeria takes many forms.
RTI International/Ruth McDowall
Corruption in Nigeria's health sector can be eliminated by the implementation of a few simple strategies.
A new study has found that employing lay health workers at clinics can improve the way patients receive treatment.
Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them.
Taking a power nap on a night shift can leave you feeling groggy. And eating a large meal can reduce your alertness. So, what's a tired shift worker to do to make it through the night?
The strike by doctors in Kenya has been ongoing for two months, paralysing public hospitals.
Doctors in Kenya went on strike two months ago asking the government to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in June 2013.
Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems.
The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.
NHS staff are drawn from all over the world.
Instead of scouring the developing world for healthcare staff, we should be doing more to help doctors and nurses arriving here as refugees to join in.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
Kate Holt/Anglican Overseas Aid
In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.