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November 2011 News

30/11/2011 - 4:35pm

Successfully implementing one of the most important revolutions in Australian healthcare is easier said than done, according to a new research paper.

The Australian Parliamentary Library has published a report - entitled "The e health revolution - easier said than done" - outlining the development of Australia's e-health policy compared to international case studies.

Author of the paper Dr Rhonda Jolly believes that e-health can be utilised to reduce the costs associated with caring for an ageing population.

30/11/2011 - 1:47pm

Women are at greater risk than men of being killed by a second or third heart attack in Australia, according to new research.

A report by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca found that the number of Australians dying from repeat heart attacks is expected to increase by 40 per cent over the next decade, with women affected more than men.

29/11/2011 - 5:01pm

One of the country's largest private health insurance providers is asking Australians an important question this summer - "what would you do if you met a healthier version of yourself?"

That's the theme for Bupa's latest advertising campaign, one that sees the "healthier version" tagline tie in with the company's goal to - according to its website - "help our members live longer, healthier, happier lives."

29/11/2011 - 4:59pm

Some asthma sufferers are turning to emergency departments as part of their primary health care plan because they can't afford the ongoing costs of prevention medications, a leading news source has reported.

Speaking to the Canberra Times, executive director of the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT Darlene Cox stated that some people would choose to live with a "wheezing breath" rather than pay the cost of implementing an asthma plan.

"It's a costly business managing your own chronic condition,'' she told the Fairfax Media source.

28/11/2011 - 4:22pm

A restructuring of Tasmania's health network will give too much power to the state's health minister, according to a leading medical body.

Three Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs) - with new chief executives - will replace the existing Area Health Services in the south, north and north-west from July next year, after legislation was passed last week (November 24).

28/11/2011 - 12:55pm

A new mental health agency in New South Wales will require important decision makers to have personal experience with the issue, if new legislation is passed.

Due to open July 1 2012, the $30 million Mental Health Commission will see each government agency in the state implementing a united plan to fix mental healthcare.

Minister for mental health Kevin Humphries introduced legislation to parliament last week (November 24) stating that either the commissioner or a deputy commissioner must have personal, lived experience of mental illness.

25/11/2011 - 4:13pm

Health complaints in Tasmania increased by 25 per cent over the last financial year according to a new report.

In his annual report tabled in parliament earlier this week (November 23), the state's health complaints commissioner Simon Allston highlighted that his office had received more than 400 written and verbal enquiries in the 2010-11 financial year.

24/11/2011 - 2:29pm

The federal government has introduced legislation for a $500 million e-health record system for Australia.

Health minister Nicola Roxon presented the bill to parliament yesterday (November 23), allowing patients to opt-in to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system, due to start in July 2012 if approved.

"Australians will have unprecedented control over their health information, including who can access their record and which documents can be viewed," Ms Roxon said.

24/11/2011 - 2:28pm

Affordable and accessible health care is still an issue for some residents in New South Wales, according to a new report.

The second annual report from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) - entitled Healthcare in Focus 2011: How well does NSW perform - compared the state's health care with that of ten other countries in order identify opportunities for improvement in the sector.

According to the report, just over half of those surveyed had a "medical home" where four key aspects of care are all met.

23/11/2011 - 5:17pm

A leading actuary has criticised the federal government for basing its spending decisions on reportedly inflated figures.

According to Geoff Dunsford, three public health issues in particular have been reported on government websites and press releases as being higher than what he believes.

"The numbers are all over the place," Mr Dunsford wrote in the September edition of Actuary Australia.