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Patients forced to wait in ambulances as emergency departments struggle with thousands of patients daily

Photo: Yvonne James believes ramping "did shorten" her mother's life. (ABC News: Carl Saville) When Yvonne James's 88-year-old mother was rushed to hospital after a fall, instead of going straight in she was forced to sit in the back of an ambulance because the emergency department was full. Ramping refers to when patients are left in the backs of ambulances or in a corridor because the emergency department is full The number of mental health patients presenting at emergency departments has soared by about 70 per cent in the last 15 years National emergency department presentations are now at more [...]

January 24th, 2020|

My Health Record: almost $2bn spent but half the 23m records created are empty

A decade since it was first announced, the federal government has spent close to $2bn on its troubled My Health Record system, and half of the 23m records created lie empty almost a year after the government made the system opt-out. The former Labor government first proposed the e-health record system in 2009 as a means for patients, doctors and specialists to share patient history, X-rays, prescriptions and other medical information with ease. The system was first launched in 2012 with little fanfare and very little uptake. In 2016, it was reported that after four years, only around 4 million [...]

January 24th, 2020|

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities

A woman holds onto her face mask during a practice session in Melbourne on Jan. 15, 2020, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. CANBERRA, Australia — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous for civil servants to breathe. The sun has glowed an eerie red behind a brown shrouded sky for weeks over Australian metropolitan areas that usually rank high in the world’s most livable [...]

January 17th, 2020|