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19/11/2013 - 6:50am

Palliative care admissions in public and private hospitals increased by 49 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to a recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

More than 54,000 palliative care patients were admitted to hospitals in Australia in 2010-11, with 49.5 per cent of those patients aged 75 years or older.

In 2010-11, palliative care accounted for 0.6 per cent of all admissions, while in 2012 more than 30,000 patients accessed specialist palliative care services in Australia.

15/11/2013 - 3:14pm

GP consultations longer than 20 minutes are on the decline, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

A study released by AHHA on November 14 shows a decrease in average consultation time per GP is declining, while some general practitioners have effectively abandoned longer consultation times.

The proportion of GPs offering 'Level C' consultations has remained constant at 96 per cent. Level C sessions are those longer than 20 minutes.

14/11/2013 - 2:57pm

Depression is the second leading cause of global disability burden, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Public Library of Science: Medicine (PLOS).

By comparing depression with more than 200 other diseases and injuries known to cause disability, the PLOS study found clinical depression is a global public health priority, second only to back pain.

The impact of depression varied across different countries and regions, with a number of factors influencing the rate of reporting the condition.

11/11/2013 - 3:59pm

November 20 is Go Home on Time Day, an annual initiative from the Australian Institute and mental health specialist group beyondblue.

The idea behind the day is simple - businesses are urged to encourage employees to leave work at 5.30pm on the dot.

The initiative is aimed at promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance and raising awareness of a startling trend emerging in Australian workplaces.

Trouble with productivity

08/11/2013 - 3:48pm

Today (November 8) is the International Day of Radiology and, with a focus on Imaging and Lung Disease, Australian radiologists have welcomed the day by unveiling a ultra-low dose CT technique.

Traditionally cystic fibrosis diagnosis was limited to chest x-rays that delivered limited information, or conventional CT scans that involved large doses of radiation, while this new technique promises a more accurate cystic fibrosis diagnosis with significantly reduced radiation risks.

04/11/2013 - 3:19pm

A record number of patients have been treated in Victorian hospitals, according to the latest performance review of local health services.

The Victorian Health Services Performance Report found hospitals had treated 39,992 patients on the elective surgery waiting list in the three months preceding June this year, which was an increase of 5,749 from the previous quarter.

23/10/2013 - 3:15pm

Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton has announced government funding for more children with Type 1 Diabetes to gain access to an insulin pump to help manage their disease.

A total funding allocation of $1.4 million will provide insulin pump subsidies for an additional 136 children under the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Programme, Mr Dutton said in an October 20 statement.

In addition to the 68 pumps already available, the programme will now benefit over 200 children and their families over the next year.

22/10/2013 - 3:14pm

Public funding for the cell enrichment liquid-based cytology (CE LBC) in routine screening for the prevention of cervical cancer has been supported by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).

The historic decision has provoked commendation from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDC), a leading global medical technology company.

A lengthy and comprehensive review of the safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of CE LBC led to MSAC finding CE LBC is as safe and effective as conventional cytology.

22/10/2013 - 3:13pm

The WA Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) report has revealed significant improvements to patient care in Western Australia.

The report, which covers a five-year period from 2008 to 2012, includes the clinical review of all cases where patients have died under the care of a surgeon in WA, regardless of whether a procedure took place.

"Patient safety remains the top priority for WA Health and learning from adverse events is one way that helps us achieve this goal," WA Health Acting Director General Professor Bryant Stokes said in an October 21 statement.

21/10/2013 - 3:01pm

The chance of being hospitalised for chronic kidney disease (CKD) varies according to where people live, according to recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Hospitalisation or death caused by CKD was generally higher outside of major cities, but the disease was especially prevalent in remote areas.

The study also shows all people from remote and very remote areas were 2.2 times more likely to die from CKD than any person from a major city.

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