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Australian Healthcare Week 2021 Blog

A message from our partners at GWI!

02/25/2021

Hear why our partner GWI believes Australian Healthcare Week 2021 is the must attend event of the year!

New AI technology foretells COVID-19 outbreaks

02/25/2021

Researchers at New York University have come up with a novel way to help foretell COVID-19 surges before they materialise — an approach that could cost-effectively restrain viral spread until vaccination programs are complete. 

UV Angel comes to Australia and New Zealand

02/18/2021

Businesses and aged-care facilities in Australia and New Zealand will be able to operate with improved safety, following a collaboration between healthcare procurement and technology company HPA and US company UV Angel. 

Hospital at home program trialling in SA

02/18/2021

A new South Australian Government initiative that provides hospital-level care in your own home is currently being trialled across metropolitan Adelaide to eligible South Australians.

The framework enabling the digital capabilities of nurses and midwives

02/12/2021

2020 — Year of the Nurse and Midwife — was intended to be a global celebration of the critical and central role nurses and midwives play in health care. But a global pandemic saw celebration plans put on ice, as Australia’s largest healthcare workforce instead worked tirelessly in gruelling and unprecedented circumstances to fight for the lives of their patients. 

‘Remarkable’ primary care response to COVID proves invaluable

02/12/2021

GPs have played an integral role in Australia’s response to COVID-19, a new study featured in AJGP has found.

Antimicrobial surface technology is one way to make our aged care facilities and hospitals more hygienic!

By: CareK∅rp
11/20/2020

Carekorp’s range of antimicrobial treated basins, hand rails and shower seats have been specifically designed for aged and healthcare environments and can play an important role in aged care infection control strategies to help reduce the risk of cross contamination. Bathrooms harbour potentially high levels of bacteria. Research shows the most contaminated area is the basin followed by taps and handrails. By improving the hygiene of key high touch point surfaces our antimicrobial products help make those spaces easier to keep hygienically clean. 

Navigating a cross border community and workforce through COVID-19

11/06/2020

Albury Wodonga Health have two campuses, one in NSW and one in Victoria. During COVID-19, they were faced with the unique challenges of border closures and disseminating information from two state authorities. Read on below to learn how the leadership team quickly pivoted the workforce to remote working, adapted face to face training to be conducted on-line and opened additional communication streams to ensure staff felt supported throughout the pandemic.

Driving Patient Experience with a Health Precinct Masterplan

09/18/2020

In this video interview, we chat to Tobi Wilson, General Manager at Prince Of Wales & Sydney Eye Hospitals, who shares insights into the Hospital's $740m redevelopment.

The Robot Doctor Will See You Now: The Evolution of Robotic Vision

09/17/2020

In this interview with Dr Anjali Jaiprakash Robologist and Advance QLD Research Fellow - Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group, Queensland University of Technology, learn about the emerging concept of “factory-like” hospitals and plans for large-scale role changes for the humans working in a future robotic environment.

How 3D Printing and New Tech are revolutionising medicine at Macquarie University Hospital

09/04/2020

In this interview, David Gillatt, Director of Medical Services, Macquarie University Hospital explores how new and emerging technologies - like 3D printing - can be harnessed to improve patient care.

Using Cincom’s Eloquence for Child Support Enforcement Services – Improving Communications for the Benefit of Children.

By: Cincom
08/12/2020

Child Support Enforcement organisations are challenged with managing increasing caseload volumes and mandates to improve closure rates while at the same time meeting federal regulations and performance indicators. It's little wonder that document communications usually receive only minimal attention. In fact, for most child support enforcement agencies today, manual processes, “homegrown” software and aging mainframes are the norm for document communication systems. The continual pressure of limited resources, mandated regulatory compliance, legacy infrastructure investments and the drive to reduce costs fosters a reliance on systems that are proving to be ill-equipped to provide the flexibility and scalability needed to address the increasing complexity and volumes of critical documents.

Coronavirus has meant a massive boom in telehealth — one Australian start-up was ready

08/12/2020

In mid-March, when most of us went into isolation, Silvia Pfeiffer was running on adrenaline and minimal sleep. The telehealth start-up she'd been working on since being hired by the CSIRO in 2012 was suddenly part of the Federal Government's strategy in fighting COVID-19.

Healthcare set to benefit from a new and innovative manufacturing ecosystem in Australia

08/12/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us into a battle on two fronts, with a deadly virus and a national security issue that can’t be ignored – the issue of manufacturing and our capacity to supply product during a crisis. Many Australian companies, while trying to trade as normal, or even up-scale or adapt in reaction to the pandemic, found themselves in hot water due to severe interruptions in supply chains.

Antimicrobial Coating for Furniture

By: Crown Furniture
08/07/2020

Crown Furniture recognise the importance of fit for purpose furniture and the increasing demands on aged care operators to maintain a clean, safe and more hygienic environment for residents, staff, and family.

Exploring the airborne transmission of the coronavirus and strategies for mitigating risk

By: Stantec
08/07/2020

There is mounting evidence of the viral transmission of coronavirus via small airborne microdroplets released when sneezing, coughing, talking, singing etc. These microdroplets become aerosolised and suspended in air. Studies have shown that aerosols and can linger for considerable lengths of time and travel considerable distances from their point of origin, thus imposing significant risks of airborne transmission, particularly within poorly ventilated buildings.

Antimicrobial Coating for Furniture

By: Crown Furniture
08/05/2020

Crown Furniture recognise the importance of fit for purpose furniture and the increasing demands on aged care operators to maintain a clean, safe and more hygienic environment for residents, staff, and family.

As we continue to see the impacts of a global pandemic day by day, the wider community are increasingly aware of the vulnerability of our elderly residents and the spread of infection in aged care facilities. With this in mind and our commitment to continuous improvement, we have introduced a new innovative coating to assist with the task of infection control.

Simulation creating efficiency at Mater

By: Mater Group
07/28/2020

Simulation is an incredibly valuable activity when testing new processes, tools or designs, to determine functionality and usability. In May 2020, Mater Education created a prototype simulation on the newly designed endoscopy cleaning galley.

Maximising protection for healthcare workers They work to protect us; let’s work to protect them.

By: Ascom
07/28/2020

Nurses are the backbone of every healthcare system; however, they are also a vulnerable group. A study stated, 75% of nurses reported that they were either verbally abused or physically assaulted while on the job [1]. Healthcare workers are exposed to workplace violence four times more frequently than private-sector employees.

Australia's digital health industry set to drive economic growth

By: Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin
07/17/2020

ANDHealth has released a report demonstrating that Australia’s emerging digital health industry is in a strong position to tap into growing global demand for digital health solutions.

Hack COVID-19: How small teams can come up with great solutions!

By: TOPdesk
07/07/2020

In the beginning of June TOPdesk hosted its very first hackathon called ‘Hack COVID-19’.

This was one of the ambitious innovation experiments of TOPdesk that resulted with 2 promising concepts ready to be further developed and implemented to help ‘hack’ COVID-19.

The challenging times of the corona crises brought to the surface the worst and the best in us. Besides fear and despair, the need for contribution and helping others also appeared more than ever before. Same goes for people in the tech industry. At TOPdesk we wondered how we might use our skills, talents and resources to help?

Important Event Announcement: 10th Annual Australian Healthcare Week New Dates

07/03/2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a transformative global situation, requiring fresh thinking and increased safety precautions when hosting events.

The Effects of Noise on Healing

By: Sound Safety
06/30/2020

The dictionary defines Noise as “a sound, loud or unpleasant or that causes disturbance” Noise is often perceived more of an annoyance than as a health issue but research over the last decade indicates noise in a hospital setting adversely affects patient health and the healing process. This is especially of concern in Intensive care and particularly serious in Neo Natal care.

Interest in Patient Reported Outcomes measures is growing significantly – here’s why.

By: Cemplicity
06/15/2020

Healthcare professionals are always looking for effective and safe ways to improve the level of care, comfort and wellbeing of their patients. Whether it’s the most leading-edge gene therapy or hospital beds with a wireless network of sensors designed to reduce decubitus ulcers (bed sores), we all want to find ways to incrementally improve the quality and success of health care. It is widely recognised that, when patients are actively involved and engaged in their own health situation, the quality of their outcomes is better and the amount of resources can be reduced. They can literally watch where they are going and not fall as often.

Returning to work safely after COVID-19

By: Rapid Clean
06/15/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for everyone. It is understandable you may have concerns about how to keep your teams and customers safe and ensure all WHS measures are achieved and exceeded. There are a number of practical steps you can take to manage the risk of exposure to COVID and meet your legal obligations. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can acquire the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

What does the future of consumer experience measurement in healthcare look like?

By: Push My Button
06/11/2020

While priorities have changed for organisations during the Covid 19 pandemic, consumer experience will again be at the forefront of organisations focus. But what does the future of consumer experience measurement look like in healthcare and aged care?

Bridging the gap in aged care with employee screening

06/03/2020

There is a growing demand for aged care in Australia, thanks to our ageing population, increased life expectancy and longevity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 July 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.

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 2021, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.   

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. 

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.

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

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?


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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.