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Australian Healthcare Week 2020 Blog

Animation – the new darling of healthcare content

By: Laundry Lane Productions
05/21/2020

“Since covid-19 hit, animations have become one of the hottest trends in content marketing.”- Alex Black, TVC Group, London

With COVID-19 bringing filming to a virtual standstill, health and medical marketers have turned their attention to animation. It is safe, effective, engaging and offers organisations endless creative scope to bring their messaging to life.

The day COVID-19 transformed Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital

05/12/2020

For weeks Talyna Smith watched as her fellow nurses in China, Europe and the United States grappled with a strange new virus far from Australia’s shores.

Using Telehealth to accelerate digital transformation in healthcare in a COVID-19 environment - Napier Healthcare

By: Napier Healthcare
05/07/2020

Digital technologies are accelerators of innovation.

Technology will improve efficiency, power new products and services, enable new business models, and blur the boundaries between industries. It is obvious though that there are challenges and opportunities for the acute care and Aged Care sector arising from the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting lockdown across health care sectors.

Napier Care organisations across the industry including acute care, chronic care management, hospice, episodic post-surgery care, Home Care and others, are transforming the way they provide and deliver care to their patients.

My Health Record using technology to deliver social distancing for healthcare

05/07/2020

The My Health Record digital health program says technology is poised to further help Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic through electronic prescriptions that will allow people convenient access to their medicines to people practising social distancing and self-isolation.

Nursing on the COVID-19 frontline

05/07/2020

Ashleigh Woods is a Registered Nurse and Midwife at The Tweed Hospital. She is just one of the many nurses and other staff now braving the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus is making our health sector and hospitals adapt to a virtual future

05/06/2020

When acclaimed singer-songwriter Jaguar Jonze imagined launching her first EP, the back of an ambulance wasn't quite what she had in mind. Instead of playing to fans across the United States in a planned tour, the 28-year-old was back in Sydney strapped to a gurney in the back of an ambulance.

An infection prevention and control leader

05/06/2020

Matthew (Matt) Mason MACN is a lecturer in nursing on the Sunshine Coast and one of the key infection prevention and control specialists within the ACN Tribe. The ACN recently caught up with Matt to discuss his nursing career in this field and his advice for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Step at a Time with Video

By: Laundry Lane
04/23/2020

In the past month online healthcare support and services have been rapidly scaled up around Australia.

Dedicated coronavirus field hospital to be constructed in Canberra, opening next month

04/08/2020

A temporary emergency department is being scrambled together by the ACT Government to prepare for an expected boom in demand due to COVID-19.

How the aged care workforce and providers have adapted to the coronavirus

04/07/2020

Every day there is a new update around the coronavirus and how we, as individuals, can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Queensland students Skype with residents after regular visits cancelled

03/26/2020

Brisbane high schools students have set up weekly Skype calls with residents to counter the loneliness those unable to have visitors may feel.

Medicare coverage boost for telehealth

03/24/2020

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has agreed to expand access to Medicare-funded telehealth, including for mental health, after practitioners complained that restrictions were putting them and their patients at risk.

Important Event Announcement: Victorian Healthcare Week

03/23/2020

After a careful review of the current situation with COVID-19 and extensive consultation with the Australian Government Department of Health and key event stakeholders – including exhibitors and partners – Victorian Healthcare Week has been rescheduled to March 2021.

Keeping our Nurses Engaged: Combatting an Ageing Workforce

By: Nursing Review
03/09/2020

One way the nursing sector can retain nurses as well as attract people to the profession is to keep them engaged, happy in their job and looking forward to the start of every day, he says. Levitt, a professor, writer and gerontologist, is concerned that in a world where we have more seniors than children and approximately one quarter of nurses worldwide will leave the workforce in five years, workplaces are not putting enough effort into their culture.

Solving the Looming Nurse Shortage

By: Hospital and Healthcare
03/09/2020

The economic cost of low retention rates in nurses further impacts the healthcare sector, with more nurses also required in leadership, administration and management positions. Key areas where lower attrition rates could increase the workforce pool are student nurses, graduate nurses and early-career nurses. The following is an exploration of how a specific group of student, graduate and early career nurses could be part of the answer, especially considering the acute need for professionals in community and primary health care and the aged-care sector.

Understanding The Transformation Of Healthcare In Australia

03/06/2020

Shiny new, big hospitals are – to the future healthcare needs of Australia – what coal-fired power stations have become for our energy sector. Like the energy sector, healthcare paradigms are changing rapidly. Unlike the energy sector, we haven’t even started to argue about why we aren’t planning and designing for a drastically changed future in healthcare we all know is coming.

Ending the ‘manel’: This group of female doctors want more women speakers in health

03/06/2020

A group of female doctors are calling for the end of ‘manels’ (or panels filled with only men) at medical conferences, and are creating a database of female experts to remedy the gender imbalance that is so often experienced in healthcare.

Overcoming Barriers to Leadership in Engineering and Construction - Interview with Sandy Chamberlin

03/06/2020

With infrastructure being traditionally male-dominated, it can be hard for women to spot the opportunities and rise up the ladder. Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2020, we speak with Sandy Chamberlin, Executive Director at Goulburn Valley Health, on how they are addressing the gender imbalance and changing cultural needs.

Be a Warrior Intraprenuer! How to Be the Driving Force for Innovation - Interview with Michelle Lawson

03/06/2020

As female entrepreneurs within the corporate structure – or in other words, “intrapreneurs” – we need to learn how to sell and package our unique skills, perspectives and experiences to be the galvanising force that creates innovation.

Health Tech Research Lab to Digitise Hospitals

03/06/2020

A research lab to help Australian hospitals adopt and upskill with new and existing digital health technology has opened in Adelaide. The Digital Health Design Lab at Flinders University is dedicated to research and development on improving the integration of digital infrastructure, cyber security and medical devices into hospital workflows.

Australian Healthcare Week 2020 and COVID-19

03/02/2020

Despite recent global developments with COVID-19, based on guidance from the Australian Government Department of Health, the risk to individuals here in Australia remains low and the 10th Annual Australian Healthcare Week (AHW) will continue as planned from 25-26 March 2020 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney.

Innovation in Healthcare - Introducing Consentic

02/28/2020

Discussing medical procedures and explaining them in a way the patient understands can be difficult when you’re running a busy practice. The challenges involved in gaining consent may have you wondering if you’ve consented your patients properly, and whether you’re at risk of medical litigation. That’s where Consentic comes in. Consentic is an online platform for medical and dental consent.

Nursing Spotlight: Delivering Safe Quality Healthcare at South Western Sydney Local Health District

02/27/2020

South Western Sydney Local Health District's Executive Director of NUrsing and Midwifery Sonia Marshall highlights the mission of delivering Safe Quality Healthcare at all times.

Partner Spotlight: World Youth International - Improving Access To Maternal Care In Odede, Kenya

By: World Youth Organisation
02/27/2020

According to the World Health Organisation, the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. Educating the next generation of nurses and midwives is vital in ensuring vulnerable communities have access to quality healthcare. World Youth International has been working to improve health outcomes for women and children vulnerable communities, such as Odede, Kenya.

PARO to the rescue

By: Aged Care Insite
02/27/2020

In this exclusive article with Dr. Takanori Shibata, he shares how he invented a therapeutic robot 'PARO', to help fill the workforce gap in the aged care sector in Japan. Read the article to see just what this PARO can do!

Get to know Next Practice's new CEO - Simon Kos

02/20/2020

Hobart-born and Sydney-raised Simon comes to the role with 18 years’ experience working in the healthcare and Health IT industries, most notably 9 years at software giant Microsoft. During his time based in Redmond, USA, he actively drove innovation, emerging trends and new models of care across the globe. Prior to joining Microsoft, Simon worked with Intersystems and Cerner as they implemented some of the largest e-Health initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Future of Nursing: An Interview with Australian College of Nursing's CEO

02/20/2020

Ahead of the Free Nursing and Midwifery event at Autralian Healthcare Week 2020, we speak 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.

Australian nurses equipped for coronavirus frontline

02/18/2020

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has assured that the nation’s nurses are well trained and ready to protect the community in the event of a coronavirus outbreak in Australia.

Building a digital-literate workforce in healthcare

02/16/2020

With an ageing population and the introduction of new technologies, the healthcare industry in Australia is, no doubt booming. But is this growth substantiated with the relevant skilled employment it requires?

New tool aims to minimise medication errors

02/12/2020

The Australian Digital Health Agency and aged care medication management specialists Webstercare have launched an e-health record initiative to improve the management of medications.

UniSA's AI coach independently improves health outcomes

02/09/2020

Everyone who embarked upon a health kick at the start of the new year will know that it’s harder to meet diet and exercise goals alone, and that a good health coach can be hard to find and expensive to keep.

Modular Construction in the Health Sector

By: Hospital Products Australia (Proud Platinum Sponsor of Aust. Heathcare Week 2020)
02/06/2020

The health sector poses a unique set of challenges within the construction industry due to the large number of highly complex medical installations and services that are needed to provide essential care. Read the article to find out why modular construction has become the preferred choice for new hospitals.

Australia launches new program to equip nurses and midwives with digital health skills

By: Healthcare IT News
02/06/2020

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) today announced the launch of a new professional development program to identify the necessary digital health capabilities for nurses and midwives to further improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care. Nurses and midwives across Australia will now be consulted on the specific digital health skills they need, what is practical and relevant for them and how a draft digital health capability framework could be used in hospitals and health services as a professional development guide for nursing and midwifery in the digital world.

Prescription delivery startups gear up for Amazon threat

02/03/2020

The home-delivery boom has extended to prescription medication and Australian startups are gearing up to meet demand, while retail giant Amazon's pharmacy operation has lodged trademark applications in the local market. "We see it growing and it's all about accessibility and making things easier for people," founder of Rosemary Health Romain Bonjean said.

Building a hospital in 10 days: Footage shows rapid construction of new Wuhan hospital

01/29/2020

China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients with coronavirus

All you need to know about 2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

By: Nursing Times
01/09/2020

This year is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – but why and what does it mean? Read the question and answer section below to find out.

Neighbour nurse plan ‘a big boon to elderly’

By: The Australian
01/09/2020

A new “neighbourhood nursing” scheme could keep older Australians in their own homes longer and save the economy $4.5bn a year, the aged-care royal commission has been told.

Wearable monitoring technology helps nurses avoid waking sleep-deprived patients

By: ABC Net
01/09/2020

Potential game-changer in nursing care
New technology being trialled at the 20-bed Kilcoy Hospital, north-west of Brisbane, may put an end to what has been one of nurses' core responsibilities — taking and recording vital signs. Patients are being fitted with wearable body sensors that will automatically record their temperature, heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

Australian Healthcare Industry Market Report: Hospital Design, Technology and Talent

By: Australian Healthcare Week
12/10/2019

In this report we've compiled insights from over 100 Australian healthcare professionals, find out what they think are the major innovations, challenges and opportunities that will fundamentally transform healthcare and patient experience in the coming years.

Exploring Post-Transition Challenges and Lessons Learned at Gold Coast University Hospital

By: Australian Healthcare Week
12/06/2019

The $1.76 billion, 750-bed tertiary Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) is part of a major expansion of health services for the Gold Coast community. The site covers an area of almost 20 hectares and replaces the existing Gold Coast Hospital, which was built in the 1970s. The hospital is co-located with Griffith University, forming a valuable health and knowledge precinct for the Gold Coast and attracting students to build a lasting workforce.

A CEO perspective on the future provision of healthcare in Australia

By: Australian Healthcare Week
12/05/2019

As people continue to live longer and longer, it’s no surprise that the healthcare system across Australia is facing considerable strain.

With factors such as a steadily ageing population, evolving technology and an increase in chronic long-term diseases set to shape healthcare delivery, what steps can the sector take to confidently lead change and prepare for the increasing demand for health services in the future?

The building blocks of a nursing career: Luke Yokota MACN

By: Luke Yokota MACN, NurseClick, Australian College of Nursing
12/05/2019

Nurses see change is needed within our health care system and they are willing to be the agents of change. There is no contesting that there is such a huge diversity in nursing, from nurse practitioners, paediatric nurses, nurse researchers, nursing mangers, equipment specialists. This is why I continue to be a nurse and have plans to continue for many years to come as long as the profession and patients will have me. I would encourage anyone, man or woman, to look beyond the traditional framing of nursing and see its translation into modern health care, love for people and willingness to challenge the status quo.

Stroke patients benefit from hospital transformation

11/20/2019

Hospital design is changing, and it's changing for the better.

New ideas around patient experience are leading to faster recovery times and big savings in long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

Queensland nurse navigators made permanent with $116m commitment

11/14/2019

Queenslanders suffering from long-term debilitating illnesses will have certainty over their care with 400 nurse navigator position made permanent by the Queensland government.

Nurse navigators are specially trained registered nurses who care for only a handful of high-care patients, tending to their needs as well as helping them to deal with the sometimes confusing health system.

The state government has announced an additional $116.8 million in next week’s state budget to fund the program full-time, with about 400 positions now locked in.

Why telehealth is the future of Australia’s healthcare system

By: Smart Company
11/01/2019

Improved technology has paved the way for disruptors to infiltrate the market, giving Australian consumers access to almost anything at the tip of their fingers or at the swipe of a smartphone. 

Footscray Hospital Another Step Closer

11/01/2019

The Andrews Labor Government has shortlisted three consortia featuring construction companies vying to build the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital.

Why All Nurses are Leaders

By: Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
11/01/2019

The word leadership is used frequently, but do we actually know what it means to be a leader? The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) believes there are many ways to display leadership. With this in mind, we asked some of our Emerging Nurse Leaders (ENL) to provide a short response on what leadership means to them.

A Systemic Shift: Why the Aged Care Royal Commission Needs to Dig a Little Deeper

By: Australian Healthcare Week
10/03/2019

In early 2017 the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist uncovered abuse and neglect of residents and patients at the Oakden Aged Care Facility dating back over a decade. The site was promptly decommissioned and residents transferred to nearby care providers.

Cyber-attacks hit hospitals, health services in Victoria

10/03/2019

Ransomware attacks have targeted the information technology systems of a number of hospitals and health services in Gippsland and south-west Victoria, according to the government.

Mercy’s $300 million investment in digital healthcare is paying off

09/30/2019

Mercy Virtual wants to excel by showing the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare system that the web, telehealth and digital healthcare delivery can be used to save money without reducing the quality of care.

Cleveland Clinic’s Shanghai hospital takes shape as scale model is unveiled

09/24/2019

The Cleveland Clinic and Luye Medical recently unveiled an architectural scale model of the Shanghai Luye Lilan Hospital. The new hospital, set to open to patients in 2024, is the first project by Cleveland Clinic Connected, an international affiliation program the Cleveland-based system launched. Luye Medical is Cleveland Clinic Connected’s first partner.

Sustainable Hospitals: Is the Investment Worth it? Or Is It Just a Fad?

By: Australian Healthcare Week
08/08/2019

Fast-paced and working around-the-clock, hospitals are typically big guzzlers of energy and water. But until recently, interest in sustainable building initiatives in health care was lacking. Fortunately, some experts say the mind shift has definitely changed in the past 10 or so years as the business case for greener healthcare facilities becomes more appealing. 

Enabling health care with artificial intelligence

By: Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin
07/17/2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling people and machines to work collaboratively, thereby changing the very nature of healthcare work.

My hospital family – the perspective of a “lifer” in the public hospital system

By: Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
07/11/2019

Former journalist Kylie Miller was recently a patient at the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. She has written a powerful piece thanking the hospital staff for the exceptional level of care and support they provided during her hospital stay.

The changing face of Healthcare

By: Kineo
07/11/2019

Huge leaps in technology are taking place, bigger than anything we have yet experienced. Global digitisation has affected Healthcare with the likes of AI augmenting processes and is producing incredible results.

How an unhealthy population can take control and own their health

By: SiSU Health
07/09/2019

Australia’s population is living longer, but how healthy are men and women throughout the Nation? Unfortunately, the reality is that we are living in an environment of rising chronic illness, with half the population living with at least one chronic condition.

New aged-care standards

By: Hospital + Health
07/04/2019

The Morrison government has unveiled a major quality and safety aged-care reform package. The new standards apply to all Australian Government funded aged-care services — including residential care, home care and flexible care — as well as those services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

Munjed Al Muderis: From Refugee to Medical Revolutionary

By: TEDx Talks
07/04/2019

Ahead of the FREE to attend Patient Experience Event at Victorian Healthcare Week, Munjed Al Muderis -  a world leader in "osseointegration" - shares the story behind what inspired him to develop and expand this technology for amputees.

Inability to meet patient engagement demand is “hobbling” Australian healthcare providers: study

By: Healthcare IT News Australia
06/27/2019

Ineffective central systems and processes for managing patient lifecycle are resulting in a “significant gap” between patient expectations and healthcare provider reality, according to a new industry study. 

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.