Australian hospital statistics 2012-13: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals (AIHW)

Australian hospital statistics 2012-13: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals shows that, in 2012-13, all states and territories had rates of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) below the national benchmark, with rates ranging from 0.7 to 1.3 cases per 10,000 patient days.

There were 1,724 cases of hospital-associated SAB reported for Australia, which occurred during approximately 18.8 million days of patient care.

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Endorsed ANZCA clinical guidelines

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) has endorsed a selection of guidelines developed by other organisations.

They include anaphylaxis, malignant hyperthermia crisis management, central line insertion, OSSIE Guide to Clinical Handover Improvement and patient blood management guidelines.

Health system expenditure on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia 2008-09 (AIHW)

Health system expenditure on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia, 2008-09 presents an overview of cancer expenditure focusing on the 6 cancers with the highest health system expenditure in each of four life stages 0-14, 15-24, 25-64 and 65 years and over. Findings include:

- Cancer and other neoplasms ranked sixth in terms of estimated health system expenditure on chronic diseases, accounting for 6.9% of total health system expenditure on all chronic diseases;
- Expenditure on national population screening programs totalled $332 million;
- From 2000-01 to 2008-09, total health system expenditure on cancer increased by 56% from $2,894 million to $4,526 million.

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Australasian Clinical Indicator Report for 2005-2012

One of the most comprehensive reports on the status of national clinical performance of 670 healthcare organisations over the last 8 years has been released by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. The Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 2005-2012 presents a detailed statistical analysis of clinical indicators for HCOs in the Australasian region.

Notable improving trends over the 8 year period include:

- Emergency Department triage goals. The proportion of patients seen within the recommended times for Triage categories 2,3,4 and 5 has improved over the last 8 years, with all categories reaching their highest level in 2012,

- Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a steady increase in rates ofinitiation for this process in two patient groups, adults in ICU and women undergoing caesarean section,

- ICU non-admission due to inadequate resources. The three indicators measuring this have declined significantly to 1.7%, 0.81% and 0.69%.

Notable deteriorations, where the potential to make improvements exist are:

- Unplanned discharge delays in day surgery. The rate of patients with an unplanned discharge greater than one hour beyond their day surgery procedures has increased from 0.28% in 2005 to 0.52% in 2012,

- Seclusion of mental health patients deteriorates further with inpatients having seclusion for more than 4 hours is now 49%, an increase from 35% in 2005,

- The rate of patients spending 8 or more hours in Emergency declined slightly, but remained high.

The full reports for each specialty will be available online from the 20th December 2013.

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Health Libraries - Worth Every Cent and More

Health Libraries Inc in Victoria and Health Libraries Australia commissioned SGS Economics and Planning to investigate the return on investment of health library and information services in Australia, and their report has just been published.

Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia used surveys and case-studies to indicate that health libraries return $9 for every $1 invested.

This is considered to be a conservative estimate of libraries' real worth as, for example, it takes into account the time saved by medical practitioners in searching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating advantageous prices with information suppliers.

New online resource for women with anxiety

With 32% of women in Australia experiencing anxiety over their lifetime, Jean Hailes for Women's Health has partnered with MLC Community Foundation to develop an innovative evidence-based online resource aimed at preventing common mental health problems in women.

Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do is a proactive 'hub' of information that will help women to understand worry and anxiety, helping to reduce the prevalence of anxiety-related disorders across Australia.

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Australia's mental health system - can we achieve generational change?

Australia's mental health system requires urgent reform or we risk failing to address key challenges of increasing workforce participation and productivity, according to a new white paper, Australia's mental health system - can we achieve generational change?

The paper, developed following a 2-day workshop of more than 40 of Australia's leading thinkers in mental health, health and social services, and hosted by beyondblue and Medibank, is intended to reinvigorate discussions for mental health reform and presents some ideas for a better mental health system.

The paper lays out 5 philosophies to drive reform and force change to current mental health system practices, saying a new mental health system should be built around:

1.individuals, their families and carers exercising choice and control
2.fully-integrated funding and service delivery for health, wellbeing, housing, employment, education and other human services across people's life stages
3.investment based on complexity of needs, evidence and measured outcomes
4.barriers to social and economic participation identified and dismantled
5.equitable investment, tailored to individual and population needs to strengthen natural and informal supports, and build "mental capital" (the population's ability to cope with life's swings and roundabouts).

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