25 - 26 March, 2020 |
International Convention Centre, Sydney

Australian Healthcare Week 2020 Blog

Victorian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Australian College of Nursing

06/14/2019

At Australian Healthcare Week 2019, we caught up with Kylie Ward, CEO of Australian College of Nursing. In this interview, Kylie chats with us about the impact of informatics, artificial intelligence, changing social norms and clinical specialisation will shape the future of nursing.

Interview with Nicole Thibodeau

06/14/2019

In the lead up to Victorian Healthcare Week 2019, we caught up with Nicole Thibodeau, Chief Nursing Officer of Healius Ltd. In this interview, Nicole chats with us about improving patient care by investing in the nursing workforce.

Victorian healthcare sector a big winner in the 2019-2020 State Budget

05/28/2019

The Victorian Budget 2019/20 delivers on the Labor Government’s $3.8 billion plan to build modern hospitals for a growing Victoria, with two million more patients expected to be treated over the next year.

To EMR or not to EMR?

By: Healthcare
04/30/2019

Having an EMR system brings to a healthcare organisation an integrated system. However, it may not suit individual department needs or workflows, an industry expert has warned. 

2019 Federal Budget — what’s in it for us?

By: Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin (AHHB)
04/28/2019

  • The 2019 Federal Budget has been released with billions of dollars committed to the health- and aged-care sectors. The following summarises the key budgetary offerings in these sectors and some reactions from industry leaders.

Vital Signs: Professional portfolios, evidence of continuing professional development

By: Trish Lowe MACN
04/28/2019

Australian nurses and midwives are required to develop professional portfolios as evidence of their continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD registration standard applying to all registered nurses and midwives was updated in 2016. 

Nursing matters: our professional identity

By: Elizabeth Matters FACN
04/28/2019

Confirming our professional identity in the eyes of the general public: why our language and stories are so important.

Making the most of health data: the DASH model

04/28/2019

At the upcoming free-to-attend Australian Healthcare Week running on the 27-28 March at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darren Clark, Nursing Director - Medical Services, Division of Medicine and Emergency, Logan Hospital, will be speaking about the data model the hospital is using to improve decision making.

The ‘DASH model’ features electronic ‘dashboards’ that display clinical information in a meaningful way to clinicians to use for clinical surveillance, decision making and audits.

Cyber Security: A health industry wake-up call

04/28/2019

Health industry cybersecurity solutions need to have the same precision, care, and compassion you expect from your health care professional.

Developing Staff-Centric Innovations to Solve Healthcare Workforce Issues

04/28/2019

Workforce planning needs to facilitate workforce change and innovation if we are to transform our system and improve the health outcomes it delivers. Helen Finneran, Workforce Planner in the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria shares the steps they’re taking to develop new approaches to workforce planning that ensure the future supply of skilled health care workforce but also lead to new roles and workforce models in Victoria. 


Ensuring Optimal Health Care Services with Positive Workplace Environments

04/28/2019

A positive workplace environment is paramount to ensure exemplary health care services for patients. An environment plagued by a bad work culture can serve to negatively impact staff which causes subsequent risks to patients under their care. 

As a result, executive staff must guarantee that health care workers are operating in an environment that drives through notions of respect and collaboration so that patients get the best care possible. 

Coping with demand and a healthcare workforce shortage

04/28/2019

Currently, Australia is experiencing a huge increase in demand for more nurses, paramedics and health specialists to keep up with the ageing population and changing patient demands. With the Health Workforce Australia (HWA) estimating that there will be a shortage of over 100,000 nurses by 2025, it is imperative to develop a strategy to ensure that patient care is not impacted as a result.


Creating Human Hospital Centric Solutions

04/28/2019

Every medical centre, hospital or aged care facility at some time faces the issue of upgrading or fitting out new departments. The range of items involved can be vast - from medical equipment, through to hardware, furniture for waiting rooms and administration, and even software.

‘The heart of a lion, the kindness of a lamb’: Empowering women and driving gender diversity in healthcare

By: Lynne Minion
04/28/2019

More work needs to be done to reduce unconscious bias and elevate women within the healthcare and startup sectors, with research showing they are underrepresented in executive positions and receive far less capital investment.

For the first time, Australian Healthcare Week is holding an all day Women in Leadership event, bringing together inspiring leaders to celebrate successes and move the gender diversity momentum forward.

Australia's Digital Health Revolution: Q&A with Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO at ANDHealth

04/28/2019

ANDHealth is an industry led national digital health initiative established by a consortium of commercial and government partners to facilitate and support the development & commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies across Australia.

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO at ANDHealth 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Major Prize Winner

04/28/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, we chat to Kenny Wong, who won the major prize at AHW 18 - a brand new car! 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Stephen Wallance from Astris Lifecare

04/28/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Stephen Wallance from Astris Lifecare explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for anyone in the healthcare space. 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Nithia Nagan, Oneview

04/28/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Nithia Nagan from Oneview explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for anyone in the healthcare space. 

Video Interview with Juliet Graham, Assistant Director of Nursing at Queensland Health

04/28/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Juliet Graham, Assistant Director of Nursing at Queensland Health explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for nurses and clinicians. 

Video Interview with Drew Dwyer, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uni of Queensland

04/28/2019

In this video interview ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Drew Dwyer, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uni of Queensland explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for nurses and clinicians. 

Video Interview with Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

By: Australian Healthcare Week
04/28/2019

Queensland Health is currently implementing 400 nurse navigators and utilising them in a myriad of settings. This will not only help coordinate patient centred care but also improve patient outcomes and facilitate systems improvement. Learn more in this video interview with Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

Pushing the Needle on Digital Health Innovation

04/28/2019

At the intersection between innovators, providers, insurers and health industry professionals is DigitalHealthX, a shared platform to connect the ecosystem and push forward healthcare —  by improving technology awareness, education, and opportunity.

The Great Debate: Who is the Client of the Hospital? The Patient, or the Clinician?

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ
04/28/2019

Over the past decade, the way hospitals are designed, built and operated has evolved with many projects exploring new ways to deliver innovative and cost effective models of care.

But despite such progress, one question has remained constant: whose voice should be prioritised when funding and designing hospitals and health services? The Patient, or the Clinician?


Video Marketing in Health Care

04/28/2019

Video is no longer an additive piece of advertising, it is a vital digital asset that is as defining feature of twenty first century marketing strategy. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of video content for your healthcare business. 

Positioning Australia as a global digital health hub

04/28/2019

Australia could become a global centre for healthcare technologies, with the sector uniquely placed to boost health and economic outcomes for Australia, but home grown companies are choosing to head overseas thanks to red tape and challenges in attracting investment.

NSW Liberals promise to boost healthcare funding

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ
04/28/2019

Mitigating alarm fatigue and improving clinical productivity – the role of intelligent middleware in delivering efficient care

04/28/2019

Much has been written about the danger of alarm (or alert) fatigue as it relates to patient safety. Often overlooked, however, is the extent to which productivity is negatively impacted when caregivers are overwhelmed by unending alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable events. This paper looks at the ways in which alarm fatigue impedes efficient care. It also offers a solution in the form of intelligent middleware—easily integrated software that can overcome those challenges and promote optimal caregiver productivity

Australia's Digital Health Revolution: Q&A with Brownywn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO, ANDHealth

04/28/2019

ANDHealth is an industry led national digital health initiative established by a consortium of commercial and government partners to facilitate and support the development & commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies across Australia.

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Brownywn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO, ANDHealth about the digital health revolution. 

A five-year change management road map to improve the patient experience

04/28/2019

When one of the largest local health districts in NSW embarked on a transformation project designed to make it the safest in the state, it had to bring a lot of people along for the ride.

With over 15,000 staff serving a population of about one million residents, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s ambitious ‘Transforming Your Experience’ (TYE) is a culture change program at scale.

 

NSW Government announces Rouse Hill Hospital site

04/28/2019

Thousands of residents across north-west Sydney are closer to having world class health services on their doorstep with the site for the Rouse Hill Hospital announced today.

Calls for inquiry to look at Aged Care sector’s tech-related issues

By: Australian Ageing Agenda
04/28/2019

The uptake of technology among providers, digital literacy of staff and resident mental health are among key areas the royal commission needs to address on technology, a forum hosted by the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council has heard.

Food services of the future: Using technology to improve service efficiency and patient experience

04/28/2019

The poor state of food served in hospitals is often the most critiqued of the hospital experiences and can be a sore point for patients. In an effort to improve quality and streamline services, NSW Health is harnessing technology as the special ingredient in improving food delivered to patient bedsides.

Since its pilot program in 2014, the state’s My Food Choice has overturned 30 years of practice and streamlined meal production processes, changing the stereotype about hospital food along the way. 

Forecasting the future of self-driving vehicles in healthcare

04/28/2019

Imagine a time when an ambulance will respond to a Triple-0 call-out and drive itself. Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence will calculate the fastest path, paramedics will work in the back performing life-saving interventions, other cars on the road will be alerted of its approach, collision avoidance technology will reduce the risk of an accident along the route, and essential patient data will be distributed to clinicians, all before the vehicle parks itself at the emergency department door.

That time isn’t far away and health systems, governments, regulators, insurers and even urban planners are being urged to prepare now for the disruption autonomous vehicles (AVs) will create.

Transitioning to Digital: Change Management Top Tips from Peter MacCallum’s Chief Nursing Officer

04/28/2019

In 2016 the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre transitioned operations into a new building which brought with it a number of new technologies that have changed the environment and overall workflows, especially for nurses. 

Now, a year and a half down the track, staff and patients are finally settling into their new environment, with digital systems being utilised to their best advantage to actually improve processes and experience for both nurses and patients, not hinder them. 

The Trends and Innovations Shaping the Future of Hospital Development Delivery

04/28/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Damian Gould, CEO at Building Queensland  who shares his insights into the biggest trends and innovations shaping the future of hospital design and care delivery.

Clinical waste — a major environmental burden

By: Co-authors*: Allana Bryan, Greg Doran, Clare Flakelar, Julia Howitt, Michael Oelgemöller, Linda Shields - Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin Australia
04/28/2019

When we examine the effects of waste on our lives and the environment, one type of waste is often overlooked: hospital waste confers a huge impact on the environment and a potential threat to human health. This study examined the volume of waste from an Australian hospital’s operating theatres.

What are the digital healthcare predictions for 2019?

By: Healthcare IT News Australia
04/28/2019

MedicalDirector CEO Matthew Bardsley recently shared his top digital healthcare predictions for medical professionals, going into 2019.

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care with Dan Levitt

04/28/2019

An age-friendly hospital is a hospital promoting health, dignity and participation of persons of older ages, valuing health, humanity, and human rights. In this video, and ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 Dan Levitt, MSc. CHE. Executive Director at Tabor Home Society in Canada explores rethinking and innovating aged care, and the importance of creating age friendly hospitals and health serivces.

Learn more here

State of the Australian Healthcare Industry Report: The Top Trends Driving Australia’s Healthcare Sector in 2019 and Beyond

04/28/2019

2018 has been a year of rapid development and change for the Australian healthcare sector. With healthcare faring well in a number of State Budgets, and the Federal Budget announced earlier this year, we’re seeing billions of dollars injected into designing, developing and modernising healthcare nation-wide. 

Overcoming Mounting Pressures: Meeting Modern Needs with Aged Care Innovations

04/28/2019

Anyone working in Aged Care and Home Care would agree that times are changing and changing quickly and aggressively. Some things will remain constant: it’s still all about delivering quality services and caring for people. However, a number of major challenges are either here right now or on the horizon.

From the ground up: Incorporating technology into the fabric of a new digital hospital

By: Rod Sprenger
04/28/2019

Like the light of Florence Nightingale’s lamp, digital hospitals are beginning to light the landscape of healthcare in the Information Age.

As terms such as “smart hospital”, “hospital of the future” and “paperless hospital” become commonplace with every new hospital build, design needs to evolve to keep pace with this technological revolution.

ACT Health replaces outdated bedside whiteboards with digital bedside technology

By: Healthcare IT News Australia
04/28/2019

ACT Health will soon implement real-time digital bedside technology that replaces outdated bedside whiteboards.

The Australian health system “will fail” if the pace of change is not met: KPMG

04/28/2019

A major new report has raised fears that Australia's healthcare is not adapting to technological change quickly enough, and could soon fail to meet population needs.


JCI WHITE PAPER: Communicating clearly and effectively to patients: How to overcome common communication challenges in healthcare

04/28/2019

Effective communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families is essential to safe, quality care. 

Northern Beaches Hospital — a new model of health care

04/28/2019

The first hospital in NSW to achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating, the much anticipated Northern Beaches Hospital combines practicality and elegance.

The Northern Beaches Hospital is a new state-of-the-art tertiary hospital that navigates the requirements of sophisticated clinical services delivery while providing an environment that fosters dependability, security and optimism for patients, a positive and encouraging workplace for staff, and a meaningful and connected new civic building for the local community.

Attracting (and keeping) Australia's rural health workers

By: Dr Catherine Cosgrave, Research Fellow, Rural Health Workforce, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
04/28/2019

Supporting more health workers to remain in rural and remote Australian communities is about helping them settle in socially, as well as professionally.

How Australia’s Princess Alexandra Hospital became digital ready

By: Healthcare IT News
04/28/2019

When Queensland's Princess Alexandra Hospital developed an integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) system, it was more than a trailblazer – it was a template for the rest of the state.

Workforce report recommends social change campaign for ‘undervalued aged care workers’

By: Judy Skatssoon, Community Care Review
04/28/2019

The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.

Ageing Japan: Robots role in the future of Aged Care

By: Australian Healthcare Week
04/28/2019

Allowing robots to help care for the elderly - a job typically seen as requiring a human touch - may be a jarring idea in the West. But many Japanese see them positively, largely because they are depicted in popular media as friendly and helpful.

Dementia Australia virtual reality and computer games to bring a positive change in dementia care

By: Australian Healthcare Week
04/28/2019

In this video, presenter Stephen Claney explores Dementia Australia’s Virtual Forest, Virtual Dementia Experience, EDIE and Dementia-Friendly Home App with Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe speaking about the benefits of the technology.

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care Delivery

By: Dan Levitt, Executive Director, Tabor Home Society
04/28/2019

How are global trends in aged care changing and how can aged care leaders best respond? Dan Levitt, Executive Director at Tabor Home Society explores the shifting attitudes towards aged care and Tabor Home Society’s innovative new approaches to senior residential living.   

2019 Federal Budget — what’s in it for us?

By: Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin (AHHB)
04/04/2019

  • The 2019 Federal Budget has been released with billions of dollars committed to the health- and aged-care sectors. The following summarises the key budgetary offerings in these sectors and some reactions from industry leaders.

Vital Signs: Professional portfolios, evidence of continuing professional development

By: Trish Lowe MACN
03/25/2019

Australian nurses and midwives are required to develop professional portfolios as evidence of their continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD registration standard applying to all registered nurses and midwives was updated in 2016. 

Making the most of health data: the DASH model

03/21/2019

At the upcoming free-to-attend Australian Healthcare Week running on the 27-28 March at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darren Clark, Nursing Director - Medical Services, Division of Medicine and Emergency, Logan Hospital, will be speaking about the data model the hospital is using to improve decision making.

The ‘DASH model’ features electronic ‘dashboards’ that display clinical information in a meaningful way to clinicians to use for clinical surveillance, decision making and audits.

Nursing matters: our professional identity

By: Elizabeth Matters FACN
03/21/2019

Confirming our professional identity in the eyes of the general public: why our language and stories are so important.

Cyber Security: A health industry wake-up call

03/15/2019

Health industry cybersecurity solutions need to have the same precision, care, and compassion you expect from your health care professional.

Coping with demand and a healthcare workforce shortage

03/14/2019

Currently, Australia is experiencing a huge increase in demand for more nurses, paramedics and health specialists to keep up with the ageing population and changing patient demands. With the Health Workforce Australia (HWA) estimating that there will be a shortage of over 100,000 nurses by 2025, it is imperative to develop a strategy to ensure that patient care is not impacted as a result.


Ensuring Optimal Health Care Services with Positive Workplace Environments

03/14/2019

A positive workplace environment is paramount to ensure exemplary health care services for patients. An environment plagued by a bad work culture can serve to negatively impact staff which causes subsequent risks to patients under their care. 

As a result, executive staff must guarantee that health care workers are operating in an environment that drives through notions of respect and collaboration so that patients get the best care possible. 

Developing Staff-Centric Innovations to Solve Healthcare Workforce Issues

03/14/2019

Workforce planning needs to facilitate workforce change and innovation if we are to transform our system and improve the health outcomes it delivers. Helen Finneran, Workforce Planner in the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria shares the steps they’re taking to develop new approaches to workforce planning that ensure the future supply of skilled health care workforce but also lead to new roles and workforce models in Victoria. 


Creating Human Hospital Centric Solutions

03/13/2019

Every medical centre, hospital or aged care facility at some time faces the issue of upgrading or fitting out new departments. The range of items involved can be vast - from medical equipment, through to hardware, furniture for waiting rooms and administration, and even software.

‘The heart of a lion, the kindness of a lamb’: Empowering women and driving gender diversity in healthcare

By: Lynne Minion
03/06/2019

More work needs to be done to reduce unconscious bias and elevate women within the healthcare and startup sectors, with research showing they are underrepresented in executive positions and receive far less capital investment.

For the first time, Australian Healthcare Week is holding an all day Women in Leadership event, bringing together inspiring leaders to celebrate successes and move the gender diversity momentum forward.

Australia's Digital Health Revolution: Q&A with Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO at ANDHealth

02/28/2019

ANDHealth is an industry led national digital health initiative established by a consortium of commercial and government partners to facilitate and support the development & commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies across Australia.

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO at ANDHealth 

Video Interview with Drew Dwyer, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uni of Queensland

02/25/2019

In this video interview ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Drew Dwyer, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uni of Queensland explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for nurses and clinicians. 

Video Interview with Juliet Graham, Assistant Director of Nursing at Queensland Health

02/25/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Juliet Graham, Assistant Director of Nursing at Queensland Health explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for nurses and clinicians. 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Nithia Nagan, Oneview

02/25/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Nithia Nagan from Oneview explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for anyone in the healthcare space. 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Stephen Wallance from Astris Lifecare

02/25/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, Stephen Wallance from Astris Lifecare explores why AHW 2019 is a must attend event for anyone in the healthcare space. 

Australian Healthcare Week 2019: Interview with Major Prize Winner

02/25/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019, we chat to Kenny Wong, who won the major prize at AHW 18 - a brand new car! 

Pushing the Needle on Digital Health Innovation

02/21/2019

At the intersection between innovators, providers, insurers and health industry professionals is DigitalHealthX, a shared platform to connect the ecosystem and push forward healthcare —  by improving technology awareness, education, and opportunity.

Video Interview with Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

By: Australian Healthcare Week
02/21/2019

Queensland Health is currently implementing 400 nurse navigators and utilising them in a myriad of settings. This will not only help coordinate patient centred care but also improve patient outcomes and facilitate systems improvement. Learn more in this video interview with Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health

Positioning Australia as a global digital health hub

02/20/2019

Australia could become a global centre for healthcare technologies, with the sector uniquely placed to boost health and economic outcomes for Australia, but home grown companies are choosing to head overseas thanks to red tape and challenges in attracting investment.

Video Marketing in Health Care

02/20/2019

Video is no longer an additive piece of advertising, it is a vital digital asset that is as defining feature of twenty first century marketing strategy. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of video content for your healthcare business. 

The Great Debate: Who is the Client of the Hospital? The Patient, or the Clinician?

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ
02/20/2019

Over the past decade, the way hospitals are designed, built and operated has evolved with many projects exploring new ways to deliver innovative and cost effective models of care.

But despite such progress, one question has remained constant: whose voice should be prioritised when funding and designing hospitals and health services? The Patient, or the Clinician?


NSW Liberals promise to boost healthcare funding

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ
02/19/2019


A five-year change management road map to improve the patient experience

02/15/2019

When one of the largest local health districts in NSW embarked on a transformation project designed to make it the safest in the state, it had to bring a lot of people along for the ride.

With over 15,000 staff serving a population of about one million residents, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s ambitious ‘Transforming Your Experience’ (TYE) is a culture change program at scale.

 

Australia's Digital Health Revolution: Q&A with Brownywn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO, ANDHealth

02/15/2019

ANDHealth is an industry led national digital health initiative established by a consortium of commercial and government partners to facilitate and support the development & commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies across Australia.

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Brownywn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO, ANDHealth about the digital health revolution. 

Mitigating alarm fatigue and improving clinical productivity – the role of intelligent middleware in delivering efficient care

02/15/2019

Much has been written about the danger of alarm (or alert) fatigue as it relates to patient safety. Often overlooked, however, is the extent to which productivity is negatively impacted when caregivers are overwhelmed by unending alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable events. This paper looks at the ways in which alarm fatigue impedes efficient care. It also offers a solution in the form of intelligent middleware—easily integrated software that can overcome those challenges and promote optimal caregiver productivity

NSW Government announces Rouse Hill Hospital site

02/12/2019

Thousands of residents across north-west Sydney are closer to having world class health services on their doorstep with the site for the Rouse Hill Hospital announced today.

Calls for inquiry to look at Aged Care sector’s tech-related issues

By: Australian Ageing Agenda
02/11/2019

The uptake of technology among providers, digital literacy of staff and resident mental health are among key areas the royal commission needs to address on technology, a forum hosted by the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council has heard.

Forecasting the future of self-driving vehicles in healthcare

02/08/2019

Imagine a time when an ambulance will respond to a Triple-0 call-out and drive itself. Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence will calculate the fastest path, paramedics will work in the back performing life-saving interventions, other cars on the road will be alerted of its approach, collision avoidance technology will reduce the risk of an accident along the route, and essential patient data will be distributed to clinicians, all before the vehicle parks itself at the emergency department door.

That time isn’t far away and health systems, governments, regulators, insurers and even urban planners are being urged to prepare now for the disruption autonomous vehicles (AVs) will create.

Food services of the future: Using technology to improve service efficiency and patient experience

02/08/2019

The poor state of food served in hospitals is often the most critiqued of the hospital experiences and can be a sore point for patients. In an effort to improve quality and streamline services, NSW Health is harnessing technology as the special ingredient in improving food delivered to patient bedsides.

Since its pilot program in 2014, the state’s My Food Choice has overturned 30 years of practice and streamlined meal production processes, changing the stereotype about hospital food along the way. 

The Trends and Innovations Shaping the Future of Hospital Development Delivery

01/16/2019

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Damian Gould, CEO at Building Queensland  who shares his insights into the biggest trends and innovations shaping the future of hospital design and care delivery.

Transitioning to Digital: Change Management Top Tips from Peter MacCallum’s Chief Nursing Officer

01/16/2019

In 2016 the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre transitioned operations into a new building which brought with it a number of new technologies that have changed the environment and overall workflows, especially for nurses. 

Now, a year and a half down the track, staff and patients are finally settling into their new environment, with digital systems being utilised to their best advantage to actually improve processes and experience for both nurses and patients, not hinder them. 

Clinical waste — a major environmental burden

By: Co-authors*: Allana Bryan, Greg Doran, Clare Flakelar, Julia Howitt, Michael Oelgemöller, Linda Shields - Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin Australia
01/14/2019

When we examine the effects of waste on our lives and the environment, one type of waste is often overlooked: hospital waste confers a huge impact on the environment and a potential threat to human health. This study examined the volume of waste from an Australian hospital’s operating theatres.

What are the digital healthcare predictions for 2019?

By: Healthcare IT News Australia
01/07/2019

MedicalDirector CEO Matthew Bardsley recently shared his top digital healthcare predictions for medical professionals, going into 2019.

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care with Dan Levitt

An age-friendly hospital is a hospital promoting health, dignity and participation of persons of older ages, valuing health, humanity, and human rights. In this video, and ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 Dan Levitt, MSc. CHE. Executive Director at Tabor Home Society in Canada explores rethinking and innovating aged care, and the importance of creating age friendly hospitals and health serivces.

Learn more here

From the ground up: Incorporating technology into the fabric of a new digital hospital

By: Rod Sprenger
11/29/2018

Like the light of Florence Nightingale’s lamp, digital hospitals are beginning to light the landscape of healthcare in the Information Age.

As terms such as “smart hospital”, “hospital of the future” and “paperless hospital” become commonplace with every new hospital build, design needs to evolve to keep pace with this technological revolution.

Overcoming Mounting Pressures: Meeting Modern Needs with Aged Care Innovations

Anyone working in Aged Care and Home Care would agree that times are changing and changing quickly and aggressively. Some things will remain constant: it’s still all about delivering quality services and caring for people. However, a number of major challenges are either here right now or on the horizon.

State of the Australian Healthcare Industry Report: The Top Trends Driving Australia’s Healthcare Sector in 2019 and Beyond

2018 has been a year of rapid development and change for the Australian healthcare sector. With healthcare faring well in a number of State Budgets, and the Federal Budget announced earlier this year, we’re seeing billions of dollars injected into designing, developing and modernising healthcare nation-wide. 

ACT Health replaces outdated bedside whiteboards with digital bedside technology

By: Healthcare IT News Australia

ACT Health will soon implement real-time digital bedside technology that replaces outdated bedside whiteboards.

Northern Beaches Hospital — a new model of health care

The first hospital in NSW to achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating, the much anticipated Northern Beaches Hospital combines practicality and elegance.

The Northern Beaches Hospital is a new state-of-the-art tertiary hospital that navigates the requirements of sophisticated clinical services delivery while providing an environment that fosters dependability, security and optimism for patients, a positive and encouraging workplace for staff, and a meaningful and connected new civic building for the local community.

JCI WHITE PAPER: Communicating clearly and effectively to patients: How to overcome common communication challenges in healthcare

Effective communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families is essential to safe, quality care. 

The Australian health system “will fail” if the pace of change is not met: KPMG

A major new report has raised fears that Australia's healthcare is not adapting to technological change quickly enough, and could soon fail to meet population needs.


Attracting (and keeping) Australia's rural health workers

By: Dr Catherine Cosgrave, Research Fellow, Rural Health Workforce, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Supporting more health workers to remain in rural and remote Australian communities is about helping them settle in socially, as well as professionally.

How Australia’s Princess Alexandra Hospital became digital ready

By: Healthcare IT News

When Queensland's Princess Alexandra Hospital developed an integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) system, it was more than a trailblazer – it was a template for the rest of the state.

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care Delivery

By: Dan Levitt, Executive Director, Tabor Home Society

How are global trends in aged care changing and how can aged care leaders best respond? Dan Levitt, Executive Director at Tabor Home Society explores the shifting attitudes towards aged care and Tabor Home Society’s innovative new approaches to senior residential living.   

Dementia Australia virtual reality and computer games to bring a positive change in dementia care

By: Australian Healthcare Week

In this video, presenter Stephen Claney explores Dementia Australia’s Virtual Forest, Virtual Dementia Experience, EDIE and Dementia-Friendly Home App with Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe speaking about the benefits of the technology.

Ageing Japan: Robots role in the future of Aged Care

By: Australian Healthcare Week

Allowing robots to help care for the elderly - a job typically seen as requiring a human touch - may be a jarring idea in the West. But many Japanese see them positively, largely because they are depicted in popular media as friendly and helpful.

Workforce report recommends social change campaign for ‘undervalued aged care workers’

By: Judy Skatssoon, Community Care Review

The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.