On love for fusing artificial intelligence and physiotherapy – A Q&A with Phebe Liston

Phebe Liston

“I love the fact that I have been able to use my physiotherapy degree to create multiple business avenues. Not only working in the clinic in which I am a director of, but creating an e-commerce business (www.articfit.com) as well as using technology involving AI to create a physio guiding chatbot and collaborating with an international brand [Read More…]

Being a nurse – and loving it. By Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

“Nurses are central to health care. There are not too many areas in health care where we do not have a presence. We perform many tasks and duties with and for patients each and every day, no matter the time of day or night. Nursing is vast with no 2 days ever being the same [Read More…]

Doctors weigh in on what they love most about their careers

Dr Tammra Warby

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We went right back to Hippocrates himself and agree that “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”. But we wanted to know what living, breathing doctors’ love about their career too. Here’s [Read More…]

Psychologist Tracey McGrath on what she loves about guiding clients to happiness

Tracey McGrath

“I love being a psychologist. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing someone turn their life around through more effective thinking and behaving. It’s all about quality of life and helping people’s happiness. Client turnaround One of my favourite client turnarounds is what I mentally call “the 20 minute butterfly” story.  I was working with [Read More…]

Measuring love for work – By Anna Roberts and Jennifer Smallridge

Anna Roberts

What do exercise physiologists love about their job? What keeps them able to inspire their patients to live healthy lives? AEPs Anna and Jennifer share what they love most about their jobs….. Anna Roberts, accredited exercise physiologist at Life First said: “I think some people who come to Life First for a health assessment are [Read More…]

Community pharmacists Kenny Lee and Toni Riley love their (very different) careers. Here’s why….

Toni Riley

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We asked pharmacists Dr Kenneth Lee (who we know as “Kenny”) and Toni Riley to tell us what they love about their careers. This is what they had to say…  Dr Kenny Lee: “I love the variety in my work. As an academic, [Read More…]

What is it that dentists love about their career? We hear from Dr Frank Farrelly and Dr Philippa Sawyer

Frank Farrelly

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We wanted to know what Australian dentists such as Dr Farrelly and Dr Sawyer love about their job. Here’s what we found…… Dr Frank Farrelly said: I am a dentist based in Darlinghurst, Sydney. A really rewarding part of my job [Read More…]

Three psychologists on their love for work and love for life

Oliver Brecht

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We wanted to know what it is that psychologists love about their careers. Here’s what we found…… Grant Brecht, Managing Director and Psychologist at Insight Elite Performance Psychology: “For me, helping people have a flexible, Adaptable, Rational, Positive and [Read More…]

Loving your company culture – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

“Company culture is something that I really hadn’t considered before going to the November conference of the business mentoring course I’m enrolled in. Looking back, I had assumed two things. Get ready to cringe…… I thought that I would just put together a one paragraph mission statement on what My Health Career is about and [Read More…]

On treating individuals like a patient and not a disease – By Dr Warrick Bishop

dr warrick bishop headshot

“I ended up as a cardiologist by chance. As a young fellow at high school, I was good at mathematics and technical drawing together with physics and chemistry and thought my career would be in engineering. As fate would have it, I had the opportunity to do work experience in a local civil engineering company [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

Is it about time we had an active nation? ESSA thinks so and is asking for your support!

ESSA for an active nation

In a continued campaign to raise awareness on the benefits of being physically active, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) launched its new advocacy platform on December 11, with the theme ESSA for an Active Nation. The move calls into action all levels of government, industry stakeholders, and the community to participate in building a [Read More…]

Private health insurance report welcomed by Australian Dental Association and Consumers Health Forum of Australia

private health insurance reform

The Australian Dental Association (ADA), has commended the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report on the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs. The ADA says that this report could settle the unfair practices of private health insurers in the dental services and dental insurance market. ADA Federal President, Dr Hugo [Read More…]

Have your say on the registration standards for paramedics

paramedic registration standards consultation

The Paramedicine Board of Australia is holding a public consultation from December 20, 2017 to February 8, 2018 for the proposed national and mandatory registration standards of paramedics. These standards will be implemented by late 2018 under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The Board invites interested individuals and key stakeholders to review and give [Read More…]

UMAT 2018 registrations are now open. Testing date 25th July 2018.

UMAT 2018 registration

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), who is again administering the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) has opened registrations for UMAT and set a test date of 25th July 2018. Participating universities and programs The exam developed by ACER aims to assist with the selection of students for 2019 admissions into [Read More…]

Psychologists, GPs, surgeons, nurses and psychiatrists raise concerns for the wellbeing of asylum seekers

Australian health industry stance for refugees and asylum seekers

The ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), announced by the Australian government in February 2017, was implemented in December. The federal government is moving to work closely with different states and territories to prevent torture incidents in detention sites. However, there [Read More…]

Investment in practitioners, children, the aged and mental health. Dentists, doctors, optometrists and pharmacists lay out their wish lists with pre-budget submissions

health industry pre-budget submissions 2018-2019

The Australian Dental Association (ADA), Australian Medical Association (AMA), Optometry Australia (OA), Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) have made pre-budget submissions for the year 2018 – 2019. Dentistry In the [Read More…]

OTA invites submissions for NDIS market readiness inquiry

NDIS market readiness

Occupational Therapy Australia is calling for submissions from member occupational therapists in response to the Joint Standing Committee’s announcement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market readiness inquiry. To provide feedback on the Terms of Reference listed, members should email policy.officer@otaus.com.au before 9 February 2018. The inquiry refers to the following market readiness for [Read More…]

Physician assisted dying – the for and against amongst nursing and medical associations

Physician assisted dying Australia

The Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passing the Legislative Council has spurred vastly differing views from organisations including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and Palliative Care Australia (PCA). The ANMF and ACN expressed approval of the physician assisted suicide with ANMF further [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

NMBA strengthened support for the nursing and midwifery workforce in 2016 – 2017

Number of nurses in Australia

In an effort to ensure safer healthcare access for all Australians across the country, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in partnership with the National Boards recently released an annual report revealing the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) initiatives that supported the nursing practitioners and protected the public from June 2016 until [Read More…]

Proposed changes on endorsement for scheduled medicines for optometrists

scheduled medicines for optometrists

The Optometry Board of Australia, after managing a public consultation within key stakeholders and governments on the Review of Endorsement for scheduled medicines registration standard and Guidelines for use of scheduled medicines in February 2017, has received feedback on its proposed changes. The proposal, consulted with the major eye health care professional organisations, Optometry Australia (OA) and [Read More…]

Paramedicine Board of Australia to be established, nursing & midwifery to be established as separate professions & AHPRA disciplinary enforcement powers to be strengthened

Paramedicine Board of Australia

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards have welcomed the passing of two legislative reforms by the Queensland Parliament and the Parliament of Western Australia in September. A first since the establishment of the National Scheme in 2010, the reforms, Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and [Read More…]

Red Cross dental clinics for refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney

Red Cross dental clinics 2018

The Australian Red Cross, in partnership with the Australian Dental Association New South Wales has scheduled its first mid-week Red Cross clinic on January 31, 2018 to celebrate the dental clinic’s 10th year anniversary. The Red Cross dental clinics, usually scheduled quarterly on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, aim to provide dental services for refugees [Read More…]

THE WAY FORWARD: INNOVATION – By Prof Liz Isenring, Bond University

Liz Isenring dietetics

How to manage ongoing public health issues is a challenge facing healthcare professionals across the globe. In a world where technology is getting cheaper and more available, and demand and cost of healthcare is rising, practitioners are challenged with balancing the needs of developed countries against health systems burdened by limited funding, human capital, and [Read More…]

COSA recommends exercise as part of the standard of care for beating cancer

COSA exercise for cancer patients

The importance of exercise, and referral to physiotherapists experienced in working with cancer patients, has been highlighted in a new position statement released by Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). COSA is recognising the importance of exercise to help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. It then assigned its Exercise in Cancer [Read More…]

Inaugural meeting of Aboriginal pharmacy special interest group

Back, left to right: Sophie Lawson (NACCHO), Gina Adams (Pika Wiya), Chastina Heck (Logan Hospital), Mike Stephens (NACCHO), Chris Braithwaite (Galambila), Himali Kaniyal (PSA), Tinu Abraham (Victorian Aboriginal Health Service), Lucky Zeniou (Institute for Urban Indigenous Health). 
Front, left to right: Hannah Mann (Kimberly Pharmacy Services), Joanna Martin (Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Service), Alice Nugent (Marathon Health).

To recognise the expanding number of aboriginal community controlled health organization (ACCHO) pharmacists, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) hosted the first Special Interest Group (SIG) Committee meeting in Canberra on Wednesday, November 1st. PSA believes that the committee, composed of pharmacist representatives from every State [Read More…]

A big YES from Australians and the health industry on same sex marriage

same sex marriage health

Following on from the recent survey on same sex marriage, the marriage equality bill will be introduced into the House of Representatives on Monday 4th December. The Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australian Medical Association (AMA), and Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (ANMF) strongly welcomed the momentous day the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey resulted in a [Read More…]

Differing views and opinions on Australia’s health care insurance

private health insurance reform 2017 (1)

The government’s process of reforming the private health insurance sector in Australia has drawn a range of criticisms and opinions from organisations including the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Dr Michael Gannon, President of the AMA [Read More…]

Physiotherapists Battle for Prescription Rights

physiotherapy prescribing rights

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), whom started a bid in 2015 for physiotherapists to gain prescribing rights, expects to pass a framework to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia within 12 months. Drafting the range of medicines it hopes to gain access to, the APA emphasized that the goal is to have rights to prescribe medication [Read More…]