The report provides up to date scientific and clinical advice on how to reduce HAI by the use of the surveillance of processes of care and of infection rates of certain micro-organisms, in a variety of settings. The Commission reports that hospital infection rates could be halved if health workers simply washed their hands more regularly and more thoroughly. It has found that around 200,000 people each year are contracting infections within the healthcare system and two million extra bed days are occupied by patients because they have picked up healthcare associated infection. The total cost is about $20 million per year.
During 2007, judges selected five award recipients nationally, who were filmed on location to produce a documentary about their work.
The Inspirational Journeys documentary is available on DVD. If you would like to order your free copy, please contact Lilly on ph: 02 9325 4594.
Grey literature is material that is not formally published by commercial publishers or peer reviewed journals. It includes reports, fact sheets, conference proceedings and other documents from institutions, organisations, and government agencies. It is often hidden away on the Internet and difficult to unearth, but can be extremely valuable. This document gives a comprehensive and amazingly detailed list of databases and websites where you can freely find information on this topic.
Rural and remote public health (Special issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health V. 16, Iss. 2, April 2008)
As part of a wider response to this worrying problem, NSW Farmers Association,brought together a group of key stakeholders in the area of rural mental health, to discuss how best to work together to address rural and remote mental health issues. This forum, held in June 2005, resulted in the creation of a formal Rural Mental Health Network and a NSW Farmers Blueprint for Maintaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing of the People on NSW Farms (please click here for a pdf/printable version). The Blueprint is a simplified summary of key issues that need to be addressed.
Women's sexual and reproductive health: A literature review Karolyne Quinn and Jenny Ejlak / Women's Health Victoria
The NPHCP is working towards a primary health care system that works for the people who need and use it. It calls on the Australian Government to develop and implement a National Primary Health Care Policy, providing coordinated, evidence based, safe primary health care services delivered by multidisciplinary health care teams and accessable by all Australians irrespective of geographic, social, economic or cultural background in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Alma-Ata.
Rural Doctor's Association response
Key Drivers of Demand in the Emergency Department: A Hypothesis Driven Approach to Analyse Demand and Supply
The main finding of this review was that growth in Emergency Department services in NSW was generally consistent with that experienced in other states and that all states concluded that the reasons for increases were multi-factorial. The report contended that reasons for growth included issues such as the ageing population, GP access & practice issues, increased patient awareness of conditions that require immediate medical attention, of faster access to ED and ability to obtain all clinical and diagnostic services at a single location.