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Issue 13 - 13 April 2015

Articles - Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management

1.Strife with fiscal hygiene: Are health costs out of control?
By Martins, Jo M
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 10 Issue 1 (2015)

Abstract: The management of the Australian health system is of importance to all. However, the pathway followed will have an impact on the effectiveness of the system to keep people healthy. The course adopted will also affect efficiency in the production and distribution of services.The policy instruments used will determine the equity of the share borne by people with different resources.

2. Clarifying what the problem is by asking the right questions: A better approach to health reform
By Briggs, D S. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: There has been a lot of commentary recently about what appear to be one-off attempts at health reform that are expenditure reducing or restraining driven initiatives, mostly in the primary healthcare sector. The commentary is couched in terms of over-utilisation and unrestrained costs.

3. Building research capacity in a regional Australian health service: A management strategy analysis
By Murphy, K; Stockton, D; Kolbe, A; Hulme-Chambers, A; Smythe, G
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: Research capacity building (RCB) can be challenging for health services, especially in non-metropolitan areas.This management analysis documents the RCB strategy recently initiated by Albury Wodonga Health (AWH), a large health service in regional Australia.

Research Articles
4. An efficient alternative methodology for bed occupancy data collection
By Spencer, LM; Wong, A; Eley, R; Cook, DA; Sinnott, M; Kozan, E
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: The newly developed Bed Unit Day Investigation and Implementation (BUDII) information technology platform links a number of separate and distinct hospital data bases to provide a spatio-temporal map of inpatient movements and facilitate operational and research enquiries. The Bed Occupancy Audit Tool (BOAT) is used by the study hospital to conduct an annual census of the in-patient status of its operations

5. What employability skills are required of new health managers?
By Messum, D; Wilkes, L; Jackson, D
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Volume 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: Employability Skills (ES) for graduates are monitored by Graduate Careers Australia but not specifically in health management. Generic skills are increasingly important especially to help cope with increasing complexity and rapid change. There is little research in the health arena to identify specific skill requirements and gaps in observed skills to requirements.

6. Pharmacists as managers: What is being looked for by the sector in New Zealand community pharmacy?
By Ram, S; Jensen, M; Blucher, C; Lilly, R; Kim, R; Scahill, S
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Volume 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: To identify employers' requirements when recruiting a pharmacy manager and evaluate the critical skills, knowledge and abilities sought. Methods: Thirty to sixty minute, semi-structured interviews were carried out with employers of pharmacy managers (n=12) within the pharmacy sector in urban and semi-rural Auckland. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed

Review Article

7 . Content analysis of mission, vision and value statements in Australian public and private hospitals: Implications for healthcare management
By Leggat, SG; Holmes, M
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: Effective use of a mission statement has been linked with better organisational performance. We have seen increasing importance placed on mission statements in hospital accreditation and in performance reporting. Purpose: The aim of this study was to document the content of the mission, vision and value statements of Australian hospitals to better understand the focus of mission statements currently in use.

Research Articles
8. Health LEADS Australia: Implementation and integration into theory and practice
Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Volume 10 Issue 1 (2015)
: This article reviews the development, implementation and impact of the national health leadership framework, Health LEADS Australia. While influenced by the Canadian LEADS in a caring environment approach, the Australian model had significant stakeholder engagement due to the collaborative and consensual process led by Health Workforce Australia. As stakeholder ownership has passed to formal licensees and other interested parties, adoption and adaptation has raised concerns about framework fidelity

Articles - Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal

9. Clinician Fact Sheet: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, preceding p1-1. 1p.
: The article offers information on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard that aims to ensure that a patient with a bacterial infection receives optimal treatment with antibiotics. It further presents a clinical fact sheet of this Clinical Care Standard which includes various health facilities like antibiotic treatment, microbiology testing and patient's health record

10. Nurse and midwife to patient ratios victory for QLD
By Keast, Karen. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p4-4. 3/4p
: The article focuses on the nurse and midwife to patient ratios to be introduced by the Queensland Nurses' Union (QNU) Branch Secretary Beth Mohle in the public sector following Labor secured enough seats to form government. International patient safety researcher Professor Linda Aiken states that the international evidence shows having mandated minimum nurse or midwife to patient ratios helps save lives

11. Support for safe staffing levels in aged care
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p4-4. 1/4p.
: The article focuses on the meeting of Glenn Lazarus, an Australian senator, with periodical's "Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal" Federal Secretary Lee Thomas and Assistant Federal Secretary Annie Butler to discuss the lack of nurse to patient staffing ratios.

12. Dementia investment welcome but more needs to be done
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p5-5. 3/4p.
: The article reports that the Australia's federal government's announcement to invest 54.5 million dollar over four years to establish Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs) has welcomed by the health unions and organizations. Topics further discussed includes need of further investment the aged care sector, for patients, nurses and carers.

13. NSW Opposition commits to nurse-led walk-in centres.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p10-10. 2/3p.
The article reports that the Labor government in New South Wales announced 40 million dollar initiative to set up four free, nurse-led walk-in centres

14. Safe staffing levels set to be mandatory in Wales
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p16-16. 1/3p.
: The article reports that the draft 'More Nurses' Bill, drawn up by Welsh Democrats leader Kristy Williams for mandatory nurse patient-ratios in Wales to be released for consultation in March 2015.

15. Stepping into the gap
By Keast, Karen; Dragon, Natalie.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p18-22. 5p.
The article focuses on how to end Indigenous health inequality in Australia on the eve of National Close the Gap Day on 19 March 2015. It mentions that Indigenous Australian experience poorer health outcomes at higher rates and continue to face barriers when it comes to receiving equal access to quality healthcare. Topics further discussed includes role of nurses to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for aboriginal people.

16. Where are the drug keys?
By McCreath, Katharine.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p23-23. 1p.
: In this article, the author focuses on a project which is based on the premise that many nursing hours were being wasted searching for the controlled drug keys. The project used time analysis charts to check how long it took them to find the keys. Project found that it took less time to find the keys when keeping them at a specific bedspace than the previous practice

17. Perinatal depression and anxiety
By Hristov, Sara; Davis, Jodie.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p24-25. 2p.
: An excerpt from new Perinatal Depression and Anxiety tutorial available on the ANMF's Continuing Professional Education (CPE) website is presented.

18. Near death experience and nursing practice: lessons from the palliative care literature
By Rawlings, Deb; Devery, Kim.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p26-29. 4p.
: The article presents the finding from the palliative care literature and discusses acute care experiences of near-death experiences (NDEs). It mentions a systematic review of into deathbed phenomena (DBP) with palliative care patients.

19. Call for a convention on the rights of older people.
By Johnstone, Megan-Jane. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p30-30. 1p
: The article focuses on an international study which reveals that 43 percent of respondents revealed that they were afraid of personal violence. It mentions a report which shows increase in the reportable assaults of residents in aged care facilities and these assaults include physical attacks on residents and unlawful sexual contact. It further discusses nursing ethics.

20. Teaching from lived experience: a way to make mental health nursing more popular?
By Happell, Brenda; Byrne, Louise. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p32-33. 2p.
The article presents the author's views on mental health nursing and challenge of attracting graduate nurses into mental health nursing. She states that mental health nursing is less popular than other specialty and discusses a study in which students from the lived experience unit showed a reduction in negative attitudes and stereotypes about mental illness.

Journal – Table of Contents


21. From World of Irish Nursing, Vol. 23 No. 3, April 2015

.  ED Taskforce  working on action plan; Talks continue on major UK recruitment drive
21B. Staffing taskforce entere final phase; Survey on health and wellbeing of nurses/midwives
21C. Why the Dunnes Stores workers’ fight is just as much our fight [Elimination of zero work hour contracts]
21D. Unpaid clinical placements should be rostered 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
21E. Strengthening nursing and midwifery towards 2020 health goals
 [INMO contributes to WHO meeting on health policy planning]
21F. Understanding the code [The new Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics]
21G. Legal Focus: Fitness to practise focus
21H. Stance of unity pays off [The NMBI u-turn in face of INMO unity and the ongoing hospital overcrowding issue hit the headlines this month]
21I. Fighting for our rights [The importance of standing together and making your voices heard on issues of staff rights and patient care]
21J. Running the good race [Running and writing are central to nurse and cancer survivor Bernice Galvin’s life]
21K. Children’s palliative care – developing a service
21L. Avoiding the burden [Lifetime community rating in health insurance]


22. HIC2015 - Driving reform: Digital health is everyone's business
3-5 Aug 2015, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Brisbane QLD

Australia's premier digital health, e-health and health informatics conference, with the primary theme of Driving reform: Digital health is everyone's business, will focus on:
- System reform - it's everyone's business
- Reform driven by participatory medicine
- Data transforming the system
- Digital healthcare design
- Nursing informatics
More info:

Sharing learnings of Qualitas Consortium Productive Series Programs

The Productive Series programs are being implemented successfully across Australia and New Zealand. The programs support health service teams to redesign and streamline the way they manage and work. The focus in on achieving significant and lasting improvements and in improving care quality while reducing costs and reinvesting time saved into patient care.
Date: 16-16 Sep 2015
Venue: Doltone House Hyde Park Sydney NSW
More info:

24. High Performing Health Care Conference
Date: 7th and 8th May 2015
• 1 Day Seminar (5 May 2015) - How to Develop an Integrated Health Care System and Improve Care of People with Dementia 
Facilitated by two world renowned Scottish health leaders

• 1 Day Seminar (6 May 2015)  - How to Become a High Performing Health Care System
Facilitated by two world renowned Canadian health leaders
Contact: or phone +64 (06) 350 4543
More info:

25. Women in Not for Profit Leadership Summit 2015
Date: 9th to 9th June 2015
Venue: Auckland, New Zealand

News – National

26. Rest-home worker campaigns for equal pay
Southland Times - April 10 2015

Lower Hutt rest home worker Kristine Bartlett is campaigning for equal pay and is in Invercargill to talk about it. Kristine Bartlett loves her job. She has worked in the aged-care industry for the last 23 years and nearly three years ago took legal action against her employer, TerraNova Homes and Care, for equal pay. The Lower Hutt rest-home caregiver argued that her $14.46 hourly rate was less than would be paid to men for the same skills, which was a breach of the 1972 Equal Pay Act.

27.  Migraine research holds treatment hopes
Stuff - Health - April 10 2015
University of Auckland researchers have discovered a second gene-related hormone is involved in migraines, which may pave the way for new and more effective treatments. The disorder, which affects 10 per cent of the population, has been known about and studied for centuries, but treatments are limited and many have serious side effects

News – international

28. Antibiotic resistance: 80,000 'might die' in future outbreak
BBC News 6 April 2015
About 80,000 people could die if there were a "widespread outbreak" of an antibiotic-resistant blood infection, according to a government document. The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies says such an outbreak could be expected to hit 200,000 people - and two in five of them "might die".

29. Paracetamol ‘no good for back pain'
By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website
Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers has warned.Their review of 13 clinical trials, published in the British Medical Journal, said the drug did not reduce disability or improve quality of life.




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