Current Topics and Trends in Australian Healthcare

Sad announcement

We are saddened to announce that our Support Line Manager of over 5 years, Wendy Benson, passed away on 17th May after battling with lymphoma. During her tenure she helped many patients with her advice and support through Support line and online service. As an Events Manager, she took a keen interest in the organisation’s Annual Awards Night, our gala event, which recognises and rewards outstanding performance in the healthcare sector. Please keep her family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

APA Awards Night 2023:

The 6th Annual Awards Night will be held on 20th July at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Tickets are selling fast. Click here to book your tickets through trybooking before they are sold out.

Annual Awards Nominations close this Friday

Nominations for the 6th APA Annual Awards close this Friday 2nd June 23. Click here to nominate for the various awards in the Australian Healthcare industry.

Australian Healthcare Index Webinar

The 5th Australian Healthcare Index brings together the perspective of more than 10,000 people as they navigate the healthcare system at a time when many are facing cost of living concerns and access challenges. Moderated by Healthengine’s Dr Marcus Tan, the panel will feature the Australian Patients Association CEO Stephen Mason; Health reform leader, physician and former senior public administrator Dr Nick Coatsworth and Healthdirect Australia CEO Bettina McMahon. Click here to register for the Webinar and a copy of the report is available on our website for download.

APA’s response to the Latest report on Medicare by Dr Pradeep Philip

The latest report on Medicare by Dr Philip is particularly important because health funding is currently constrained in a number of ways. It is important that governments and healthcare users understand how health funding occurs and ensure it is as efficient as possible. Click here for APA’s response to Dr Philip’s review, and overview of Medicare issues.

Australian Patients Association welcomes budget initiatives but seeks further clarity and investment

The Australian Patients Association (APA) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s significant investment in its 2023 budget announcement to improve Australian’s health. Acting CEO of the APA Mr David Clarke also declared this a strong health budget but cautioned that this must be the first of many years of investment in health reform. Click here to read the complete Media Release.

New Laws to allow Australia’s Health Regulator, AHPRA to Name and Shame doctors under investigation for misconduct

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is expected to gain the ability to make public statements about individuals who present “an immediate and serious risk to public safety”. Speaking on 6PR Breakfast radio, Australian Patients Association Acting CEO David Clarke said the laws are aimed at practitioners who are well known abusers of the medical system. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Lifestyle Habits That Cause Inflammation

The immune system activates its inflammatory process when the body recognizes foreign invaders, such as microbes, plant pollen, or chemicals. The intermittent activation of the inflammatory response protects our health from invaders and helps to heal damaged tissue. However, sometimes our inflammatory response is activated without a true threat. As a result, chronic inflammation can lead to the development of chronic diseases. Healthier lifestyle choices can decrease inflammation to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. For more information read the article published in Healthnews at April 29, 2023 by Clicking here.

Exercise Right Week

This event aims to motivate more Australians to get fit by teaching them about the benefits of exercise and how they can create their own regimes and exercise plans.

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