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

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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…]

Almost 10% of the Australian population receiving Medicare-subsidized mental health care

Medicare-subsidized mental health services

Three days after the celebration of the World Mental Health Day on October 10, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the report Mental Health Services: In brief 2017. According to the report, more Australians received Medicare-subsidised mental health care service in 2015 – 2016 than in 2011 – 2012. The data is [Read More…]

Should kidney investigations be carried out in cases of retinal emboli?

kidney investigations for retinal emboli

The occurrence of retinal emboli in three major Asian ethnicities was studied, with results published in JAMA Ophthalmology recently. The study was conducted via gradable retinal photographs from 9978 Singaporean individuals between the ages of 40 and 80, who were of Chinese, Malay and Indian backgrounds. Findings revealed that the prevalence of retinal emboli in [Read More…]

Everything is on the table, but only 2 things matter for the aged care workforce taskforce

aged care workforce taskforce 2017

“Everything is on the table but there are only two things that matter, safety and quality,” The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM said on the announcement of a new aged care workforce taskforce. The taskforce, consisting of widely experienced individuals within and outside the aged care industry led by Professor Pollaers, focuses on [Read More…]

Gearing for the Growth of Exercise & Sports Science Professionals

sport and exercise graduates

A significant step towards managing the growth of the Australian sports science industry, Exercise and Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Graduate Destination Report on Exercise and Sports Science was released recently. The report, a first for this industry,  was commissioned in order to understand the workforce operation and conditions for  the current sports science graduates and [Read More…]

Podiatry research grant deadline extended until 13th November

APERF grant 2017

The Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation (APERF) grant application deadline has been extended until Monday 13th November 2017. Both experienced and new researchers working on foot and related research are able to apply, but funds will only be allocated to an approved Australian research or public institution. There are two categories of APERF grant: [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

#DeadlyRoos World Cup campaign to improve ATSI health

Deadly Kangaroos

Members of the elite Australian Kangaroos Rugby League 2017 World Cup squad will headline the expansion of a successful grassroots campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said legendary Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and other indigenous and non-indigenous players would become ambassadors for the Institute for [Read More…]

Can aged care services be revolutionized?

Legislated review of aged care 2017

Highlighting the work done to date which have given consumers more say in aged care services as well an ensuring Australians have access to high quality care as they get older, The Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 was released recently. The Australian College of Nursing were pleased to see The Legislated Review of Aged [Read More…]

Health Workforce Scholarship Program for rural practitioners starting soon

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is a new $11 million scholarship program that is set to better target financial support to health professionals working in communities most in need. This program is a consolidation of previous scholarship programs. The program will be delivered by a consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies which led by Health Workforce [Read More…]

Australia’s record-breaking bulk billing Medicare rate? Debunked by RACGP

record bulk billing rates 2017

Medicare bulk billing rates have hit the highest in recorded history according to the Department of Health. They say that Australians are aware and are taking advantage of this health care benefit with an inflation of 0.6% in 2017 compared to 2016. According to the Department of Health:Fully subsidized Medicare services is not an exception [Read More…]

#MeToo – a look at sexual harassment and discrimination in my health career – by Amanda Griffiths

sexual harassment in health care

Well, if the teacher I was supposed to have in Grade 6 had anything to do with it, I would never have become a health professional. Why? Because “girls can’t do science”. This man passed away in the Christmas school holidays just before he was scheduled to be my Grade 6 teacher at school. Ten [Read More…]

Are our pharmacists mentally and emotionally healthy?


What is on your mind right now? How is your day going as a practicing pharmacist? In the first and only survey to research the stress and wellbeing of pharmacists in Australia, Emeritus Prof. Colin Chapman, with the help of Master Research Australasia and the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) found that: Pharmacists have a higher [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely


October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

World Health Organization meeting in Brisbane starts Monday October 9

World Health organisation meeting Brisbane 2017

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 68th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific (RCM68) from October 9-13. Held annually, RCM68 will be the first time Australia has hosted the event since 1997, and is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from 37 countries. The [Read More…]

How to land and prepare for an overseas healthcare job as a new graduate – by Bonnie Lau

Overseas jobs for healthcare grads

The allure of working overseas is hard to resist. It may not be as glamorous as you thought, but it’s certainly fulfilling, eye-opening and enriching in many ways, and brings unexpected opportunities and life paths that you may never have imagined. I have been working in Singapore for almost 5 years and thought I would [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia

ATAR for radiography 2017

As at September 2017, there are 10 accredited undergraduate medical imaging / radiography courses and 2 postgraduate courses in Australia. The 2017 ATAR for entry into a Bachelor’s degree in radiography ranged from 70 to 99 depending on the university. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

ATAR for psychology 2017

For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 55 to 99.00 depending on the course and university. While most undergraduate psychology degrees are 3 years, the courses that include the 4th year (honours) generally require a higher ATAR or OP for entry. Graduates of a number of degrees including psychological [Read More…]

ATARs for every podiatry course in Australia

ATAR for podiatry 2017

As at September 2017, there are 8 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 66.05 to 94.00. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2017. [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy 2017

Undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy courses are offered at around 20 universities throughout Australia. The vast majority of undergraduate courses are 4 years in duration and require an ATAR of over 95. There are some physiotherapy courses where the ATAR required is in the 80s, which is an equivalent OP range of 6 to 8. Please [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for pharmacy courses in Australia

ATAR for pharmacy 2017

There are over 15 accredited undergraduate pharmacy courses in Australia and 6 postgraduate courses. For undergraduate entry into a pharmacy course commencing in 2017, the ATARs published by universities ranged from around 74 to 91.05. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning [Read More…]

ATAR or OP required for optometry courses in Australia

ATAR for optometry 2017

There are 5 schools of optometry in Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an optometrist. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2017. Please note that this is a rough guide only [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia

occupational therapy ATAR 2017

There are around 20 universities which offer an occupational therapy qualification Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an occupational therapist (OT). For entry into an undergraduate occupational therapy course commencing in 2017, the ATARs published by universities ranged from 72 to 98. The following table shows [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – Differentiating between the “O” and the “P” – by Professor Susan Brandis, Bond University

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The two most common questions that Occupational Therapists get asked is firstly “What is that?” and “how is that different from physiotherapy?” Both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) have very ancient beginnings, and are sibling professions that share many similarities in history. This in part explains some of the confusion between the two, yet today [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

2017 ATAR for nursing

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 50 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was sometimes in the 90s for a double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]