• Knee replacement rehab in private hospitals is costing us all

    Open Forum     |      August 28, 2018

    Rates of inpatient rehab after total knee replacement are increasing in Australia at a time when they are declining overseas, despite evidence that for most people it is no better than home- or community-based rehabilitation, according to Australian researchers.

  • Safer hospitals would save money as well as lives

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2018

    A new report from the Grattan Institute argues there are simple ways to improve patient care and save public money at the same time in the nation’s hard-pressed hospitals.

  • Health providers’ security flaws threaten patient data

    Ian Bloomfield     |      August 18, 2018

    Amid the controversy surrounding the My Health Record system, very little attention has been given to the glaring security weaknesses of the health provider systems that will be used daily to access patient information.

  • Patients and the data breach notification maze

    Megan Prictor     |      August 14, 2018

    A new report confirms that Australia’s healthcare sector is susceptible to data breaches, yet the legal requirements around breach notification are inconsistent and about to get more confusing.

  • High rates of hepatitis C increase the need for prevention and treatment

    Open Forum     |      July 25, 2018

    New research from NDARC and the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney shows almost 40% of people who have injected drugs in the past year are living with hepatitis C.

  • The murky world of industry sponsored ‘health consumer’ groups

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2018

    University of Sydney experts call for greater transparency and independence from Australian health consumer groups, as new research reveals clouded disclosures about financial support and corporate sponsorship arrangements.

  • Omega-3 supplements don’t help your heart

    Open Forum     |      July 18, 2018

    Omega-3 supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a comprehensive Cochrane review which found that increasing the amount of long-chain omega 3 fats (those found in fish) in our diets doesn’t make our hearts any healthier.

  • Nature and science join forces to fight surgical infections

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2018

    South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly.

  • Starving fungal infections could save millions of lives

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2018

    Australian researchers have identified a potentially new approach to treating lethal fungal infections that claim more than 1.6 million lives around the world every year.

  • Weight loss can reverse atrial fibrillation

    Andrew Spence     |      June 23, 2018

    Obese people suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the heart condition by losing weight according to new Australian research.

  • Why do medical specialist consultation fees vary so much?

    Andrew Trounson     |      June 16, 2018

    A new report highlights the wide variation in fees and earnings among medical specialists, pointing to the need for more transparency in healthcare charges

  • Rebalancing the patient and the system

    Michael Gill     |      June 13, 2018

    Focusing more attention on the patient and less on the clinical process should increase satisfaction for both doctors and patients and reduce unwanted side effects.