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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.

18/10/2013 - 3:29pm

With the hot summer months almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about how to stay safe and avoid heat related illness at work.

The effects of heat stress and illness can seriously harm an employee and also cause productivity and efficiency to drop.

Heat Hazards

While any worker can suffer from heat illness, it is the biggest concern for businesses that operate or involve physical activity outdoors.

Working outside under the summer sun can cause severe burns and often leads to fatigue, dehydration and weakness.

17/10/2013 - 3:11pm

Two-thirds of Australian smokers die as a direct consequence of smoking, according to data collected by the Sax Institute for the '45 and Up Study'.

The four-year analysis is the largest ongoing study of healthy aging that has ever been conducted in the Southern Hemisphere, and features the health records of more than 200,000 people. This is also the first time long-term Australian smoking data has been studied.

Written by: Suzanne Still
16/10/2013 - 2:44pm

The Hospital Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) has expanded My Home Doctor, an after-hours GP service, into Victoria.

My Home Doctor provides registered doctors who make non-emergency home visits outside of normal practice opening hours.

The service is now available in more than 500 suburbs in Melbourne and Geelong, free of charge for HCF members with a Hospital product.

Previous to this expansion, My Home Doctor's was operating in more than 1,100 suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland.

15/10/2013 - 3:43pm

Queensland's dental waiting list was reduced by 78 per cent between February and September this year after the government introduced a voucher system giving eligible public patients the option to use private dentists.

"In February, there were 62,513 Queenslanders who had been waiting on public dental lists more than two years," Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said in a October 12 statement.

"However, as of September, the LNP (Liberal National Party) has reduced that to 13,722. That is an amazing outcome for the health of Queenslanders."

14/10/2013 - 2:58pm

More than 20 million sick days each year are taken by Australian workers suffering from stress-related illnesses, costing the Australian economy $14.8 billion annually, according to research from Medicare 24/7 Health Advice Line (MHAL).

Severe stress in the workplace is hindering 85 per cent of working Australians and 15 per cent of affected employees are taking at least one sick day a month

Absenteeism is unfortunately not the only stress-related preventable cost to the Australian economy, with presenteeism costing more than $25 billion annually.

11/10/2013 - 3:19pm

More than 300 pieces of advanced medical equipment have already been purchased for the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

The installation of major medical equipment, including high-tech imaging equipment and a powerful x-ray system for cardiology and vascular procedures, was a significant milestone in the clinical commissioning program of FSH, Western Australia's Health Minister Dr Kim Hames said in an October 8 statement.

09/10/2013 - 1:45pm

Be Medicinewise Week, which is running from October 14 to 20 this year, is a national campaign organised by National Prescribing Service MedicineWise (NPS).

Focusing on Australia's aging population, the campaign aims to give older Australians the tools and information they need to make better decisions about their medicines and health.

With population aging becoming a major global trend, senior issues are becoming a focus for an increasingly dominant number of Australians.

08/10/2013 - 3:18pm

The new Perth South Coastal Medicare Local opened its doors in Pinjarra last week.

After Medicare executives noticed many Pinjarra residents were travelling to the Mandurah office to take advantage of the health services offered there, the new centre was proposed to meet local need.

"There is no doubt that Pinjarra is a growing area and there is an increased need for health services," said Perth South Coastal Medicare Local chief executive Paul Hersey.

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