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Many doctors and healthcare staff feel the need to practice in richer countries that offer a more stable politics, better education and opportunities for their families. Julien Harneis

Brain drain is a hidden tax on the countries left behind

India, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa lose thousands of trained doctors each year, lured away to work in richer countries – at great cost to their nation’s healthcare systems.
Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death. Shutterstock

Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwives

Adequate numbers of healthy and motivated health professionals are also critical to governments’ effective responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19.
Personal care attendants are responsible for residents’ personal hygiene – they’re not trained to undertake more complex assessments. Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Here’s why we need nurse-resident ratios in aged care homes

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. Shutterstock.wavebreakmedia

How your doctors’ job satisfaction affects the care you receive

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.
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. gtfour/Shutterstock

How much?! Seeing private specialists often costs more than you bargained for

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. Presidencia de la República Mexicana/Flickr

From triage to discharge: a user’s guide to navigating hospitals

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.
It’s estimated general practitioners see up to five abused women every week. Aikawa Ke/Flickr

Acting on family violence: how the health system can step up

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.

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