- Written by David Guest, Medical Editor
“All in all you’re just a
'nother brick in the wall.”
Pink Floyd, 1979
For many Australians the end of 2020 will engender a huge sigh of relief ... it was a bastard, but we’ve made it! As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear as Autumn began, our collective anxiety levels rose.
There was a great fear of the unknown as well as of possible serious infection and even death. Nations embarked upon real-time experiments on the best ways to control a pandemic where, unfortunately, no control groups existed.
There was uncertainty about how the disease was spread and what measures were effective in controlling it. There was soon recognition that the disease was far more lethal in the elderly than the young. Some countries decided to follow a herd immunity approach to the pandemic. Many considered such an approach was not only unethical but cynical, and it was not widely adopted. After all, the elderly vote.
- Written by Robin Osborne
There were few if any surprises contained in the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health, with the near-final report delivered to the Australian Government in June made public near the end of 2020.
Some 63 pages into the 1273-page document the reader sees 21 key recommendations emerging from widespread community consultations and the deliberations of three eminently qualified commissioners, led by Professor Stephen King from Monash University.
- Create a person-centred mental health system? Tick.
- Support the social inclusion of people living with mental illness? Tick.
- Focus on children’s wellbeing across the education and health systems? Tick
- Support the mental health of tertiary students? Tick
- Take action to prevent suicide? Tick, tick, tick
- Written by Dr Andrew Binns
Noteworthy stories in the medical media have highlighted a general lack of education and procedural training for GPs around the topic of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS), used by 12% of women in Australia compared with 15% in comparable countries.
Although usage has increased in recent times, we still lag behind other countries, and the uptake rate has plateaued rather than increasing.
- Written by North Coast Primary Health Network
In the front line of general practice, Quality Improvement (QI) can be hard to get to. The needs and challenges presented by patient care, service demand, human resources and business viability fill every day to capacity (and that’s before you add a global pandemic into the mix).
That’s why Healthy North Coast (HNC) launched new online resources in late May via the “Primary Care Impact (PCI)” website, to make it quicker and easier to plan and initiate quality improvement. PCI offers pre-populated quality improvement topics with links to key resources as well as a few basic improvement ideas to get the ball rolling.
It also provides a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act)template embedded with simple strategies to help ensure success. These include canvassing staff on what difference they believe the quality improvement will make, how important it is to them to do it and how confident they are that the team will succeed.
A GP guide to the 'what, where, when, how and with whom' of restrictive lung disease.
From the Lismore Base Hospital respiratory team of Drs Joe Churton, Joe Duncan, Bliegh Mupunga, Nurse Lyn Menchin and Physio, Rocco Mico and with rheumatologist, Dr Doug Gray.
The meeting was facilitated by Drs Nathan Kesteven and David Glendinning and produced with the assistance of Cape Institute.
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