- Written by Staff
Despite being delivered in dull bureaucratic speak - the media release was headlined, “Continued slow growth in health spending” - the latest report on health costs by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) contains valuable information.
One key finding is that individual spending is the stand-out area of non-government sector expenditure.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
- Written by Dr David Zigmond
David Zigmond is a London based GP, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He has written extensively on the corrosive effects of the industrialisation of healthcare. He blogs regularly on his website and BMJ Blogs. His book, "If you want good personal healthcare - see a Vet" is available online.
This article first appeared in BMJ Blogs.
Current appraisal systems sacrifice more of value than they can assure. Clarifying why and how this happens gives us wider insights into our ill faring welfare systems.
“The more laws, the less justice”
Some healthcare management axioms seem incontestable: all our healthcarers should have a good standard of human and technical competence; these should then be held within a firm frame of moral probity. Therefore we need systems for professional appraisals, then validation.
Such is the easy rhetoric, but the meaningful implementation is proving much trickier. Generally, only those who administer the current appraisal system talk with conviction about its relevance or validity: the captive practitioners talk instead of obstructive rituals of submission, of unwisely prescriptive authority, and of a growing culture of forensic mistrust, even pre-emption.
This is not what was intended. What has happened and why? This decade spanning portrait may clarify.
- Written by David Guest
Networking Health NSW will cease operations tomorrow, 1 October 2015.
The organisation under its former rubric, General Practice NSW, had provided State based support for NSW Divisions of General Practice since the inception of Divisions in the early 90s. Under the Labor government's Medical Locals, support organisations at both the State and Federal level were abolished. GP NSW had thus been operating on its accumulated funds, members fees and specific project funding since June 2011. The decision to defund State Based Organisations (SBOs) was not reversed by the Abbott coalition government following its election victory in September 2013.
- Written by Genesis CancerCare
New, world-class treatment for breast cancer patients at Genesis CancerCare Queensland’s centre at John Flynn Private Hospital at Tugun is providing peace of mind and a reduced risk of potential cardiac side effects.
Whilst modern radiotherapy for left sided breast cancer is a well-proven treatment with low side-effects, the new treatment further reduces the risk of radiation injury to the heart.
- Written by Staff
The regional cancer support and palliative care organisation Tweed Palliative Support (TPS) has won 2015 Best Community or Social Service Award and the top 2015 Best Business in Tweed Award at the recent Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire.
TPS, a not-for-profit group run largely by volunteers, was the subject of the cover story in the Winter edition of GP Speak.
The Southern Cross University judging panel was impressed by the TPS submission’s presentation of successful and inspiring events, partnerships and advocacies, according to TPS National Project Manager Liza Nagy.
The organisation’s outstanding fundraising effort, which included their Murwillumbah op shops, was also acknowledged.