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Aug 2018

After 3 Years of Disease and Contamination Scares, Perth Children’s Hospital to Open

Published in News on August 13, 2018

Originally set to open in 2015, the Perth Children’s Hospital is finally accepting patients as of mid-May this year. In a project costing $1.2 billion, the three years of delays were due to such things as contamination from asbestos, lead, and two suspected cases of Legionella disease. Attending the opening were 300 guests, including the Health Minister and the WA Premier. As a...

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Aug 2018

Construction Begins on $340 Million Herston Quarter Health Facility

Published in General on August 07, 2018

In a total allotment of $1.1 billion construction project for the Herston Quarter Redevelopment, construction has begun on the public health facility which is to be state-of-the-art. According to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who visited the work site in mid-June, her government is providing Queenslanders with “world-class healthcare,” of which this project comprises approximat...

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Jul 2018

10 Tips to Help Parents Survive Their Child’s Hospital Stay

Published in Tips on July 30, 2018

Any parent who has suffered through a child’s hospital stay knows that this is one of the most difficult things in life to endure. No matter how serious the illness or disease, there is always cause for concern. Thanks to the advances in modern medicine and a totally new way of approaching paediatric healthcare, parents can find better ways of coping with the stress.One mother...

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Jul 2018

How Pathology Advancements Helped One Regional Hospital Tackle the Horror of 2017 Flu Season

Published in General on July 23, 2018

With flu season quickly approaching, doctors throughout Australia are working nonstop to educate healthcare workers and the general public as to the potential dangers inherent in contracting influenza. Last year, New South Wales was hit especially hard in the Illawarra region and so 2017 has gone down as one of the worst flu seasons on record in recent history. The following ar...

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Jul 2018

Brain Cancer Survivor Praises Push for Treatment Breakthroughs

Published in General on July 16, 2018

Kaitlyn O’Kane has grown used to being exceptional. As a teenage cancer sufferer, she was already in an unenviable minority. But, despite now being cancer free, Kaitlyn has had to contend with ongoing side effects from the chemotherapy treatment. This includes permanent hair loss.Recently, Kaitlyn came out in support of a new high-profile campaign to make more breakthroughs wit...

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09

Jul 2018

Text Me' alert system helping heart attack sufferers maintain treatment after hospital

Published in General on July 09, 2018

Every year, roughly 55,000 Australians go to the hospital because of a heart attack. Of these, a third are repeat heart attacks. A new text message alert system is being trialled across Australia, in a bid to combat heart attacks. After leaving the hospital, the system provides patients with important follow-up information.After HospitalProfessor Clara Chow is the Director of A...

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Jul 2018

Innovative Voice Activation Device for Spinal Patients Makes Lives Easier

Published in General on July 02, 2018

Voice-activated devices are becoming more common in the tech world, with the likes of Siri proving popular. Now, a Sydney hospital has found yet another application of the technology, which is being used to help patients with spinal injuries.For many of these patients, pushing a regular button isn’t always easy. Spinal patients find operating a push-button awkward, while other...

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Jun 2018

Visitors in Hospital

Published in General on June 19, 2018

Having visitors while in the hospital is an important aspect of recovery and recuperation for many people, and hospitals each have their own policies for allowing visitors to see patients where appropriate. For many patients, seeing the right visitors can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety of their situation. However, it must always be up to the patient as to whether they wa...

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Jun 2018

Victoria Sets Aside $50 Million for Hospitals to Combat Flu Season 2018

Published in News on June 11, 2018

In the wake of the record-setting 2017 flu season in Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews is taking steps to assure families that the state is on top of flu season 2018 and that hospitals are being made ready for what could be another horrible year. Although it is yet too early to gauge the influx of those suffering from influenza, the state government is being proactive in prepari...

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Jun 2018

Flu Season 2018: When Should You Get Your Influenza Shot This Year

Published in News on June 05, 2018

In Australia, last year’s season of killer flu made international headlines after over 250,000 people contracted the virus. This year, health professionals are saying that 2018 could be much, much worse and they are pushing people in every age group and demographic to go and get their flu shot in anticipation of this.Greg Hunt – Health Minister – has led this initiative in a vi...

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May 2018

Major Infrastructure Upgrade For Wonthaggi Hospital

Published in News on May 28, 2018

Thanks to the Andrews’ Labor Government funding boost for core infrastructure at Wonthaggi Hospital, patients on the Bass Coast are going to have access to the care they require, as and when they need it.Premier Daniel Andrews met hospital staff in announcing the local health authority – Bass Coast Health - is to be given a $1.9million boost in funding, funding which will help...

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May 2018

Top Tips for a Safe Stay at the Hospital

Published in Tips on May 17, 2018

Going to hospital can be a worrying time for everyone but knowing what you need and what to do beforehand and during can help you feel more in control of your visit and ensure you stay safe whilst getting the best care. These tips will help you with your next hospital stay, whether it is planned or unplanned to make sure you won’t have another one soon.Get Your Medical Informat...

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May 2018

Strength Through Movement: Physical Therapy and Its Impact on Mesothelioma Patients

Published in General on May 17, 2018

Dealing with mesothelioma on a daily basis is tough for patients. Shortness of breath causes these patients to perform fewer tasks in a given day. Both responsibilities and fun become arduous chores that are better off ignored. With National Women's Health Week approaching, struggling with this chronic condition shouldn't be the norm. There is an option in physical therapy...

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05

Mar 2018

Increasing Daily Step Count Reduces Days In Hospital, Study Shows

Published in General on March 05, 2018

We often like to think that running is the only way to effective weight loss and better fitness. This is partly true, but a lifetime of running also tends to wear out the knee joints and can cause mobility problems even when running only on soft ground. The number of knee replacement surgeries is a testament to the problem. Walking, on the other hand, doesn’t deliver the i...

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Feb 2018

Dealing with Food Allergies During a Stay at Hospital

Published in General on February 20, 2018

Being admitted to hospital is a scary experience. Our fact sheet is designed to help you prepare for the process of hospital admission, particularly dealing with your food allergy. Managing allergies to foods is a difficult prospect at home, especially if you suffer from multiple allergies or have severe reactions to food products. Managing allergies is even more complicated at...

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Feb 2018

Tent Hotel to Be Opened on Old Royal Adelaide Hospital Rooftop

Published in News on February 13, 2018

Redevelopment plans devised by the South Australian government are underway to transform the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site into a luxury rooftop tent hotel.The hotel will comprise of a total of 14 canvas tents placed on the old hospital rooftop and helipad. The transformation will begin as soon as SA Health completes the three-day move of patients and staff over to the new h...

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Jan 2018

Footscray Hospital to be Rebuilt with $50 Million

Published in News on January 29, 2018

The proposed rebuild of Footscray Hospital has been given a boost thanks to a $50 million funding allocation in the state budget. The community has fought hard and campaigned relentlessly for the hospital to be rebuilt and their efforts are now paying off. Now the government has conceded that the hospital is in dire need of renovations.In order to make this possible, a $50...

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Sep 2017

Prepping Your Child for a Hospital Stay

Published in General on September 28, 2017

If your child is staying overnight or longer at a hospital, it may be a stressful experience for them and you. Hospitalization involves a disruption of routine, separation from loved ones and an invasion of perceived privacy. As a parent, you may be unsure how to talk to them about their stay or what to say to prepare them. You may be concerned with how much information is too...

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Sep 2017

Wyong Hospital Upgrades Will Not Be Privatised

Published in News on September 18, 2017

Following fierce protests from the community, the State Government tossed aside its plans to privatise Wyong Hospital, a plan it attempted to put in place almost a year ago.More than 2,000 health workers and other community citizens gathered at Morrie Breen Oval at Kanwal in October following the announcement of a proposed public-private partnership dealing with the $200 millio...

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Sep 2017

New Tweed Hospital Facility Gets a Green Light

Published in News on September 14, 2017

The NSW Government announces a brand-new hospital, Tweed Hospital, which will become the largest infrastructure project to be built in the shire.John Barilaro, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, along with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Health Minister Brad Hazzard, joined forces with Tweed MP Geoff Provest at Tweed’s current facility to announce the new hospital.Th...

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11

Sep 2017

Premis Wins Robina Hospital Refurbishment Project

Published in News on September 11, 2017

The Adult Acute Mental Health Unit at Robina Hospital is getting a facelift. Premis has been hired to bring about the changes at the facility on the Gold Coast, a project that will result in a 20-bed hospital, including anti-ligature fixtures.The old building’s exterior will get work in the form of new windows, an RW-rated soundproofing system, a new sprinkler system, upgra...

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Sep 2017

Recovery as a Simple Tip for Avoiding Sports Injuries

Published in General on September 07, 2017

Kardinia Health has three Physiotherapists who can treat sports injuries as well as general physical illness. Ben Bisset, Allied Health Coordinator and Physiotherapist, spoke about the types of sports injuries commonly seen in Geelong, and about his time as a competing national-level triathlete.According to Ben Bisset, who worked for two years within the acute and rehabilitatio...

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04

Sep 2017

New Women's Hospital Announced in Adelaide, Children's Delayed

Published in News on September 04, 2017

There’s a new women’s hospital coming next door to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the north-west of the Adelaide CBD in South Australia. Jay Weatherill, South Australian Premier, said the $528 million facility will connect to the RAH and expects a completion date of sometime in 2024.“The new Adelaide women’s hospital, positioned next to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, will be...

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Aug 2017

Understanding the Average Length of Stay in Hospitals

Published in General on August 31, 2017

Frequently regarded as a sign of efficiency, the average length of stay in hospitals (ALOS) has a direct correlation with how much people are spending. A shorter ALOS, assuming all other factors are the same, will reduce the average cost of each discharge. This also means patients need to rely more on post-acute services. In addition, a shorter hospital stay usually means more...

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Aug 2017

International Healthcare Worker Migration Affects Nursing Staff

Published in General on August 28, 2017

The proportion of foreign-schooled nurses in almost all OECD countries is significantly less than that of foreign-trained doctors. But, the number of nurses to doctors is much lower anyway, so the number of nurses schooled in foreign countries is likely greater than the number of doctors who also trained abroad.OECD countries have varying numbers of nurses trained outside the c...

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Aug 2017

Growing Shortage of Doctors in Some OECD Countries

Published in General on August 24, 2017

The migration of doctors and healthcare workers worldwide isn’t a new issue, but it has garnered attention recently because it might lead to shortages of skilled workers in certain locations, especially in still-developing countries that already deal with workforce shortages. The World Health Assembly adopted the Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of...

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Aug 2017

Winners of Best Business Idea From St George's Bank

Published in News on August 21, 2017

Robert Quinn spent 200 days in a hospital bed following his liver transplant. The reason? His medical staff needed to monitor his vital signs. But this time gave Quinn plenty of thinking time and sparked a new and exciting addition to his career. “I was just lying there, and I realized basically the only reason I was there is because they needed to monitor my vitals,” Quinn...

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Aug 2017

The Next Level for the RCH Immunisation Team

Published in News on August 10, 2017

Immunisation should be an important part of any child’s health care. Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) staff member Sonja Elia is now an endorsed nurse practitioner with a specialization in immunisation. She is one of only three nurse practitioners in the field of immunisation in Australia, and this is a first for the RCH immunisation team.Sonja can now give special ris...

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Aug 2017

Ins and outs of asthma

Published in News on August 07, 2017

An estimated 2.5 million Australians suffer from asthma, many of them children. But it’s a difficult condition to diagnose in young children. Joanne Grindlay, deputy director of Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) Emergency Department, says, “Most children have what we call viral-induced wheeze. Some of those children go on to have asthma and lots of them don’t.” The...

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Aug 2017

Is HIV-Free Child Sign of a Cure?

Published in News on August 03, 2017

In years past, when a baby was born with HIV, it was a certain death sentence. Think actor Paul Michael Glaser’s daughter Ariel, who was born with HIV from a tainted blood transfusion her mother received. Both eventually succumbed a few years later.Flash forward to present day, when a few babies born with HIV who receive early treatment at high doses are considered HIV-free aft...

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Aug 2017

Finally, An Affordable Cure for Hepatitis C

Published in News on August 01, 2017

You’ve probably seen the ads on television talking about Hepatitis C. The World Health Organization estimates over 71 million people globally have Hep C and that 95% of those patients can be cured using expensive antiviral medications. Now, the more than 200,000 people in Australia who suffer from Hep C might be able to afford a brand-new and effective treatment.Health Minister...

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