Should optometrists be calling themselves doctors?

use of title doctor for optometrists

The Optometry Board of Australia has recently reminded optometrists that there is no provision in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law that prohibits a practitioner from using titles such as “doctor”, but has given a warning on the potential to mislead or deceive if the title isn’t applied in a clear manner. The Board has [Read More…]

Australian Dental Industry Association wins Association of the Year

ADIA wins association of the year

On 17 July 2017, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) was named the Association of the Year by Association Forums. This award is presented to an association that has distinguished itself by achieving all-round excellence. The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution of ADIA to influence government decision making, deliver world-class exhibitions and publish meaningful market [Read More…]

Calls for collaborative work between general practitioners and pharmacists

GPs and pharmacists working together

There are many positive outcomes for Australia by optimising the role of pharmacists, especially within collaborative healthcare frameworks, said the peak body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). The statement was made in response to comments made in Australian Doctor and Medical Observer highlighting missed opportunities for referrals to GPs by pharmacy staff. [Read More…]

The dangerous, insidious workplace stress you may not even be aware of – by Anthony Moncada

Anthony Moncada

Over the last few years, compelling evidence has been collated indicating there is a silent but devastating epidemic in our workplaces. Studies from around the globe acknowledge alarming statistics regarding the massive impact of financial stress in the workplace. The human impact is scary and it’s a productivity draining liability for business. Some statistics from [Read More…]

Nurses and premature death – what’s the link in aged care?

premature death in aged care

The last 13 years has witnessed an increased frequency of premature death in aged care facilities. Research by Monash University Professor Joseph Ibrahim, revealed that the causes that are potentially preventable are which are falls, choking and suicide. Following are the key points of the research: There were 21 672 deaths of nursing home residents [Read More…]

Be quick! Student scholarships available for Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2017 national conference

2017 HealthFusion Team Challenge

Limited scholarships are available to encourage and support students to attend the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) National Conference. To be eligible to apply for scholarships, students must be full and associate IAHA members. Scholarship recipients will receive up to a maximum of $2,500 for travel, accommodation, and registration assistance based on the eligibility and [Read More…]

Volunteer OTs, psychologists & speechies called on to support refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria

support for refugees

Through the work of the Disability Action Group, AMES Australia have initiated establishment of Refugee Disability Network (RDN) with Occupational Therapy Australia, Speech Pathology Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. The work of RDN is focused on providing immediate, practical solutions to improve health outcomes for newly arrived Refugees by creating shorter pathways to specialist [Read More…]

Reminder to check, correct & comply with professional and legal advertising obligations

regulated health service advertising

Registered health practitioners are reminded to check, correct and comply with their professional and legal advertising obligations. The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published a strategy for the National Scheme to help keep health service consumers safe from misleading advertising. AHPRA CEO Mr Fletcher said, “The National Law limits [Read More…]

$54.4 investment to boost clinical training in regional Australia

regional health training hubs

The Federal Coalition Government has allocated $54.4 million over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH). Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the locations of 26 regional training hubs and 3 new UDRHs and the universities that will operate them. The University of Notre Dame [Read More…]

From freaking out to freaking awesome – how mindfulness transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths

AMG PAH with MHC poster

Freaking out – my deepest, darkest fears as a health practitioner For my entire twelve and eleven twelfths year career as an optometrist I’d struggled with my emotions. I think it had started when I was a new graduate in 2004, and because the repetitive thought pattern stayed on, I was always second-guessing everything I [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Just when you thought multitasking was efficient…. Think again…

how multitasking affects the way we think

There was a time when we thought that multitasking was a superpower. We would pride ourselves when we could do two tasks or more at one time, saying it was efficient or that we had a high capacity for concentration. But recent research says that multitasking affects our mind and performance. In his micro-lecture for [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Kindness and compassion to avoid practitioner burnout and aid patient healing

compassion for health care providers

A Stanford University study suggested that a lack of compassion in health professionals not only affect patients who experience their unkind behavior from their practitioner, but also induces stress and burnout to the health providers themselves. The study examined possible practical steps to increase compassion, thereby benefitting both provider well-being and patient care. This study [Read More…]

When the world seems upside-down – mindfulness in audiology practice by Jessica Blakely

mindfulness in audiology

Audiology is an area not many people are familiar with, and even if you are somewhat familiar with it, you may think Audiologists only deal with hearing issues and hearing aids. However another very important part of the ear is the inner ear balance system called the vestibular system. The vestibular system is pretty incredible. [Read More…]

Practicing mindfulness as a health practitioner – by Jennifer Smallridge, AEP

Jennifer Smallridge

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I am fortunate enough to have a diverse and physically active day, as I take people through various exercises and forms of physical activity. I first came across mindfulness as part of my personal yoga involvement, and it soon became a necessary element of my work-life balance. When you work [Read More…]

Dietitians launch Reconciliation Action Plan to ‘close the gap’

reconciliation action plan launched by DAA

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is taking action to close the gap by launching the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Reflect RAP marks DAA’s commitment to building the relationships, respect and opportunities essential to reconciliation. The DAA President, Liz Kellett, unveiled the program with General Manager of the RAP, Darryl Monaghan on 21 February [Read More…]

Believe in Change says Australian Psychological Society

APS believe in change campaign

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has launched Believe in Change, a campaign encouraging Australians to seek psychological assistance for mental health and life issues. The campaign emphasizes that change is possible and psychological assistance is there to help so no one should be struggling alone. According to the APS, millions of Australians with mental health [Read More…]

Turnbull Government considering unfreezing Medicare rebates

Lifting the Medicare rebate freeze

Health Minister Greg Hunt appears to be considering a deal with the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to unwind the Medicare rebate freeze. Minister Hunt says he and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will review the rebate in a move that could cost more than $3 billion. There’s a speculation [Read More…]

2015/16 summaries of AHPRA registration and notification information across Australia

AHPRA registration and notification report

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has published the 2015/16 annual report summaries for each state and territory which offering insights into how the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is operating across Australia. Of the 657,621 health practitioners registered in Australia in 2015/16: New South Wales had the largest number of registered health practitioners, at [Read More…]

New index to examine geographic supply of clinical health workforce for Indigenous Australians

spatial distribution of clinical health workforce

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare utilised a new measure for its report, Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population. The measure is Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS), which was developed to overcome limitations in using relatively simple provider-to-population ratios to [Read More…]

Should Australia introduce a sugar tax to combat obesity?

sugar tax to reduce obesity

To help recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community, Grattan Institute in its report, A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity, suggests that Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Excessive consumption of unhealthy foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), not only causes long-term problems for consumers, but also [Read More…]

$93M investment to distribute health workforce to rural and remote areas

investment in rural health workforce

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, has announced a national investment of $93M on the Rural Workforce Agency program. The investment is a part of the Federal Coalition Government’s health workforce reform agenda, which is redesigned to deliver better health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote Australia. “Access to essential [Read More…]

Australian Dental Association shares concerns about MBS Review

MBS Review Taskforce

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has raised some matters of concern around the MBS review taskforce, including intravenous sedation in dental procedures, private insurance, and dental services for special needs patients. The ADA recommends: Restriction of the rebate payment for sedation services when suitably trained and endorsed dentists were not able to provide the sedation [Read More…]

Recommendations for Indigenous suicide prevention

recommendations for indigenous suicide prevention

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) is a solution that arose from Indigenous community members, leaders in mental health and suicide prevention, and the Australian Government as a response to the Indigenous suicide problem. Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [Read More…]

Doctor shortages or oversupply? Conflicting headlines

oversupply or shortage of doctors

You could be forgiven for being confused about whether the is an oversupply or undersupply of doctors in Australia. In recent weeks, while the ABC has reported on a doctor shortage in rural Australia, the Australian Medical Association President has been talking about an oversupply of doctors and an undersupply of training places. The Australian [Read More…]

Specialist in Life campaign for GPs

specialist-in-life

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is running a national Specialist in Life campaign to highlight the value of general practice, targeted to political decision makers of all parties on what GPs actually do on a daily basis. RACGP stated that the Federal Government’s actions are hitting GPs and their patients hard. They [Read More…]

Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS

ndis-for-mental-health-services

As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness. This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs [Read More…]

General Practice Pharmacist Fundamentals education program has been launched

general-practice-pharmacist-education-model

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched an education program called the General Practice Pharmacist Fundamentals. This is an online course which will provide expert guidance to pharmacists interested in this important area of practice. PSA National President Joe Demarte said that the course is backed by a suite of practice tools to help [Read More…]

Staffing levels – the answer for the aged care crisis?

recommended-staff-mix-for-aged-care-residents

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released the National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Project Report, which addresses the issue of reduced staffing levels and skills mix in Residential Aged Care. The project was undertaken as a result of the “monumental failure” of governments to establish evidence based staffing levels and skills [Read More…]

My Year in Review – by Amanda Griffiths – Founder My Health Career

AMG PAH with MHC poster

My Health Career In 2016 the website had over 280,000 unique visitors. I’m aways open to suggestions on what topics you think should be discussed in the health industry, so email enquiries@myhealthcareer.com.au if you want to get involved! In 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a contract with the Health and Community Services [Read More…]

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

national-antimicrobial-resistance-strategy

The federal government has announced the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019. The strategy is developed under the Coalition Government’s new plan, in partnership with health professionals, research communities, veterinarians and agricultural industries. The implementation plan outlines specific focus areas for action to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance and ensure the [Read More…]

Pay for performance in health care in Australia – research and opinion

pay-for-performance-in-health-in-australia

The UK and New Zealand have introduced pay-for-performance programs into their primary health care systems. Australian organisations have researched and published reviews and opinions which look at whether these systems are applicable in our system. Australian Policy Online APO research took a comparative approach to exploring pay-for-performance schemes in England and New Zealand, to test [Read More…]

Becoming a provider in the NDIS

working-with-ndis

Registration for individuals or organisations to become a provider of support or products to a participant in the NDIS is open. Key points for consideration for becoming a provider are: So far 17,300 people are benefitting from the NDIS across seven trial sites with over $950 million invested in services and equipment The roll out [Read More…]

The interdisciplinary management of tinnitus – Chris Waterworth interviews PhD candidate Siobhan McGinnity

siobhan-mcginnity

Chris Waterworth, Audiologist at the University of Melbourne, interviewed fellow Audiologist and PhD candidate, Siobhan McGinnity on her role in establishing a specialised program for the interdisciplinary management of tinnitus within the University Clinic. Siobhan, how would you describe tinnitus? Tinnitus is the ability to hear a sound in the head or ears without an [Read More…]

Over $60,000 raised – dietitians unite in national awareness campaign

dietitians-unite

Dietitians may be the most misunderstood profession among all health practitioners. As the result, the profession of dietetics is in crisis. Dietitians report that they are underemployed, underpaid, and even unemployed. With so many “competitors” many whom are not qualified, giving people lots of different nutrition information, it’s no wonder the public is confused about [Read More…]

Funding for preventative health initiatives reduced: Australia’s Health 2016 report

australias-health-2016-report

The Australia’s Health 2016 report has revealed that funding for prevention initiatives has reduced from 2.2% (2008) to 1.4%, contrary to the belief that prevention is better than cure. This goes against the expectation of 76% of Australians that investment in preventive health should be one of the top ten priorities. Public Health Association of [Read More…]

The patient I almost blinded – a lesson in sticking to my guns – by Amanda Griffiths

Amanda Griffiths

About 2 years ago I had this patient who I had a hand in almost permanently blinding. But the thing was, I pretty much did all the stuff I was “supposed to do.” I had referred him to an ophthalmologist when I thought it was looking bad. But when I could feel it in my [Read More…]

Become an audiologist – masters and internship – by Chris Waterworth

chris-waterworth-audiologist

“Audiologists are health professionals who deal with the diagnosis and non-medical management of disorders of the ear. Audiologists work in hospitals, community health centres, in research at universities, private practice, and in medical practices. If you have a science or health-related degree, you may find audiology a fascinating career. Did you know that the profession [Read More…]

Why it’s so easy to think you’re a legend in your own mind – the hidden trap of being a primary health practitioner – by Amanda Griffiths – Founder My Health Career

AMG PAH with MHC poster

“It’s so easy to start your career in health thinking that you’re a legend in your own mind. Actually, without knowing this one thing, you are pretty well destined to start your career there. And even if you know this one thing, you might want to deny it anyway!! So let’s get on to what [Read More…]

Media ramps it up from amplifying body fads to straight out misrepresentation of dietitians

misleading health information in the media

The latest craze, the “ab crack” is “whack” according to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA Spokesperson, Katie Lyndon says that for a lot of people the ab crack will be unattainable, even with a low body fat percentage, and that abs are usually influenced by genetics, not how much you do of a [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Telemedicine: A Fundamental Addition to Contemporary Medical Curricula – by Christopher Lemon

Christopher Lemon

“Medicine and technology are intrinsically linked. Many advances in health have been contingent upon synonymous advances in technology. This has become particularly clear in recent times when considering the extent to which to technology has helped to substantially improve not only understandings of disease processes, but also the ways in which they can be managed. [Read More…]

Humble doctors, healthier patients

humble doctors have healthier patients

Humble, not arrogant, physicians are most effective at working with their patients, according to a study published on Patient Education & Counseling journal by Peter M. Ruberton et al. The study involved 297 patients across 100 physicians to investigate the relationship between physician humility, physician–patient communication, and patients’ perceptions of their health during a planned [Read More…]

Palliative care

Palliative care statistics Australia

In 5 years the Medicare Benefits Schedule payments for palliative medicine specialist services has increased by almost 80%, according to figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2014-15, 13,000 patients received an MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist service, with around 71,500 of these services provided nationally at a cost of $5.3 [Read More…]

Indigenous health organisations saw around 435,000 clients in 2014-15

health services by ATSI organisations

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report about the health services and activities provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations. The report presents information from 278 organisations across Australia which participated in the 2014–15 Online Services Report data collection. AIHW spokesperson, Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, said that the services by [Read More…]

Child Oral Health – a hidden crisis

child oral health

The British Dental Journal Team has said that woeful children’s dental decay statistics are making headlines in the UK, and have suggested that the quickest way to address this could be influencing their parents and carers. We asked the Australian Dental Association what factors are at play for children’s oral health closer to home and [Read More…]

Health industry voices its opinions as the #healthelection2016 looms

health funding around federal election

Health organisations around the country have been lobbying for a greater share of the health spending dollar in the lead up to the election tomorrow. Federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, claims to have put patient outcomes at the centre of health reform in the Federal Budget released in May 2016, but many associations are [Read More…]

Skilled Occupations List submissions put workforce shortages and excesses in the spotlight

Skilled Occupation List 2016

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comes into effect on 1st July 2016. There have been changes to the status of a number of health professions, and a large number have been flagged for consideration in 2017. Health professions being added to SOL from 1st July 2016: Orthotist or prosthetist Audiologist Health professions being removed [Read More…]

We’re frozen, there’s no provision for preventative health and it will be difficult for the poor to stay well – the aftermath from the 2016 Federal Health Budget

2016 health budget

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has said that the 2016 federal budget puts patient outcomes at the centre of health reform, but there doesn’t seem to be much agreement from the health industry. One of the main reasons why the industry hasn’t supported the health budget is due to the freeze on the Medicare [Read More…]

61 recommendations for Choosing Wisely Australia

choosing wisely 61 recommendations

Sparking conversations between patients and clinicians about what care and management is truly necessary for specific conditions is the goal of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. The campaign has released 61 recommendations of tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary and could cause harm to Australian patients as the global healthcare initiative continues [Read More…]

Professionals Australia report: Why the best and brightest researchers are expected to leave the medical research sector

researchers to leave due to job insecurity

Only 21% of medical researchers are engaged as full time employees in Australia, according to the Best And Brightest Advancing Medical Research study conducted by Professionals Australia. Since only 1 in 5 researchers have a full time job in a medical research institute, this leads to more and more researchers leaving their field to find [Read More…]

Crocodiles, culture and career – Danni-Lee Dean’s #GoRural trip to the Northern Territory

Danni-Lee Dean croc encounter

They say never smile at a crocodile, but try telling that to Danni-Lee Dean. The nursing and midwifery officer at the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) has been nursing a desire for a crocodilian encounter for some time. Her wish came true in Darwin recently when she got up close and personal with this [Read More…]

Physio sets up not-for profit exercise club for men with prostate cancer – a Q&A with Jo Milios

Jo Milios

You know you’ve stumbled upon someone pretty special when you come across a PhD candidate who’s doing the “research translation bit” BEFORE finishing their PhD. That’s exactly what Perth physiotherapist Jo Milios has done in setting up PROST! for patients with prostate cancer. You set up PROST! Exercise Club 4 Prostate Cancer in Perth. Can [Read More…]

Risk analysis personal safety and politics of a double shooting – by Craig Hooper, Emergency Service Management consultant

CANBERRA PHOTOGRAPHER

“I never thought I would deliberately drive into a live fire zone. This was East Timor and just about a week before what has colloquially been called the “First Dili Riots”. There had been many Dili riots before 2002 but this was the first one since the fledging nation’s independence a few months earlier. But [Read More…]

From frustration to freedom – how physiotherapist Michael Dermansky changed his approach to help his clients achieve results beyond their wildest dreams

Michael Dermansky

We love it when we hear from practitioners who are out there taking their knowledge and skills to the next level to help their patients. That’s exactly what Michael Dermansky is doing at his practice MD Health Pilates….. “I’ve been in the physiotherapy industry since 1998, working to help people not only recover from injuries, [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

Is the future of healthcare here? Dr Andrew Lin, co-founder of CliniCloud talks connected devices

Clinicloud phone

You may have heard of CliniCloud, the health-tech startup who recently received $5 million in funding. Business partners Dr Hon Weng Chong and Dr Andrew Lin met at medical school, and both had a passion for technology and the benefits it could bring to healthcare. CliniCloud is at the stage of shipping its first product, [Read More…]

From physio to Founder and CEO of Hit 100 – a Q&A with Karn Ghosh

Hit 100 Karn

Even during his busy schedule as founder and CEO of Hit 100, the first company worldwide to tackle the issues faced by people with diabetes or pre-diabetes in a “doctor meets chef” way, Karn Ghosh has answered our questions on what it’s like being starting a startup, what qualities to look for in team members, [Read More…]

Dentists concerned for the next generation’s teeth if the CDBS is axed in the next federal budget

Dr William Huynh

Recently we asked around to see what the big issues are in dentistry, and also to see how practitioners are differentiating themselves. Not surprisingly, both Dr Stephen Allsopp from Bannockburn in Victoria and Dr William Huynh from Be Well Dental in Brisbane mentioned oral health problems in children. Dr Stephen Allsopp says: We have a [Read More…]

Things change – by Dr Judith O’Malley-Ford

JudithOMalley-Ford

We can all be mindful that “things change.” This applies to the world at large, and not merely to the world of medicine. In the early 20th century, we went from horse and buggy to motorised vehicles, which represented a huge shift in thinking. It also resulted in a myriad of new industries that lead [Read More…]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is welcoming providers from July 2016

how to be a provider with the NDIS

Participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will soon become available for every health professional interested to become a provider. Over 460,000 Australians with disability will enter the NDIS in coming years. There are growth opportunities for providers who respond to this new demand. Providers will be given the resources and tools to adjust [Read More…]

25 years of health expenditure in Australia report

health expenditure report AIHW

In 25 years, health expenditure has increased faster than inflation, and has increased as a function of GDP in Australia. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report, 25 years of health expenditure in Australia, to present data from 1989–90 to 2013–14 describing some of the key trends and explores the relationships between [Read More…]

Hands up for better Indigenous health at #armsctg16

Close the Gap conference ARMS RHC ANU

Rebecca Irwin, Chair of the National Rural Health Student Network, reflects on last weekend’s Close the Gap conference run by the ARMS Rural Health Club at ANU… I think it was Dr Samia Goudie from ANU who said it best: “I’m looking at a sea of people who are interested, motivated and wanting to make [Read More…]

We all want Doctors for Rural Communities, but will the proposed Murray Darling Medical School help?

Murray Darling Medical School

The latest wave of medical student opposition for the proposed Murray Darling Medical School (MDMS), a joint program by Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University has been featured in Wagga Wagga local newspaper The Daily Advertiser. The opposition comes as the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has launched its proposal “Doctors for Rural Communities” [Read More…]

Professionalism in an age of shifting expectations – by Amanda Griffiths

patient expectations

A while ago I saw this opinion piece published in the BMJ careers section, and it really got me thinking about how the world of health care has changed during the time I was a student and then have gone on to practice. Being published in a medical journal, it talks about medicine, but in [Read More…]

What can Ashton Kutcher teach us about being successful as a health practitioner?

Ashton kutcher’s inspirational speech

Ashton Kutcher delivered an inspirational speech when accepting Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Ultimate Choice Award. He highlighted the three things that helped him get to where he is in showbiz. So what’s that got to do with the health industry? Well, you might be surprised. Don’t you think that the three points he made apply to [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

How to deal with bullying in nursing clinical placements

workplace bullying prevention

The Nurse Path founder Ian Miller says that bullying is the topic that comes up in his conversations both online and amongst other nurses more than any other. Laurie Bickhoff from Defining Nursing has also spoken of the infamous “eat our young” culture in nursing. So if you’re a nursing student embarking on your clinical [Read More…]

How can nurses increase their visibility – it might be a vital sign for a strong position in healthcare organizations

image of nursing profession

A discussion paper published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing on the image of nursing shows that the public is not always aware of the qualifications nurses need for their profession. As the result, their actual public image is diverse and incongruous, and tends to be influenced by nursing stereotypes. Ironically, this image may be [Read More…]

The enhancement process to the Better Access to Mental Health endorsement for OTs

Better access to mental health occupational therapy

After reviewing the processes for endorsement and ongoing participation in the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) scheme, the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia introduced changes in respect to the application for endorsement process. The aim of the processes, which have been introduced in December 2015, are as follows: To enhance the pathway into the [Read More…]

A profession in focus – what is an orthoptist?

what is an orthoptist

The following article about orthoptics was submitted by Olivia Heidrich on behalf of Orthoptics Australia. Soon after it was published, optometrist Dr Daisy Shu made a submission to clarify the role of the optometrist. This submission has been quoted.  Definition Orthoptists are allied health professionals who play a vital role in securing beneficial outcomes for [Read More…]

What could an UberHEALTH trial in the US mean for the health system? By Amanda Griffiths – founder My Health Career

UberHEALTH

There is no doubt that the face of health care is changing. But, how long will it be before companies like Uber are delivering an on-demand type of care? It’s been over a year since UberHEALTH was knocking on Americans’ doors to administer influenza vaccinations. Free one day trials were conducted on 23 October 2014 [Read More…]

GradStats from the turn of the century…. What are health graduates getting paid? What’s the employment rate?

GradStats 2015

While starting salaries for new graduates from university health degrees have increased significantly since 1999, the percentage of graduates going directly into a full time job has dropped, according to GradStats data. Employment rate The GradStats figures show that there is now a lower full time employment rate for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing (initial), rehabilitation, [Read More…]

2015 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, Founder My Health Career

MHC expo stand Taree 2015

People often ask me what I’ve been up to in 2015, and I give them this look of “where do I begin?” So if you have had that look from me this year, read on and you will know why…….. As you go through this post, you will notice that sometimes I talk about “we” [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

The Top 5 Things I (Didn’t) Know about Online Business – by Dr Rebecca Ray, founder of Happi Habits

Happi Habits

I have spent the past eight months developing and writing a Positive Psychology-based program consisting of e-books and an online tracking system to measure well-being levels. The opportunity to help so many more people flourish than I could possibly do face-to-face has been my motivation every step of the way, but I wasn’t prepared for [Read More…]

The health industry responds to “Wasted” – the 4 Corners report on overdiagnosis and treatment in medicine

4 Corners Wasted health care system

Following the airing of the Four Corners report “Wasted” on 29th September, which featured commentary on the over diagnosis and over treatment of common health complaints including back pain, knee pain, chest pain and prostate testing, the conversation about inappropriate tests and procedures has gone well beyond the medical profession. “Wasted” implied that doctors are [Read More…]

Are patients becoming more open to pharmacists being in general practice?

Pharmacists’ access to GP records

A recent study published in the Pharmaceutical Journal found that 80% of 7,154 patients would grant access for pharmacists to see their GP record. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham on community pharmacy vaccination services. Ninety eight per cent (98%) said that they would be happy if the pharmacist tell [Read More…]

Secrets to becoming a successful graduate

Claire Richardson

It’s that time when final year students are both nervous and excited about graduating and getting out into the world of clinical practice. We asked experienced health practitioners to share their insights about being a new graduate, and we were lucky enough to get a fantastic response from Claire and Shaun Richardson, founders of Chadstone [Read More…]

49% of RACS Fellows, trainees and international medical graduates experience discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment – so what now? Expert Advisory Group releases final report

RACS EAG final report

Release of the Expert Advisory Group Final Report The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Expert Advisory Group (EAG) released its final report on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment this week. The final report includes some minor amendments and points of clarification, as guided by feedback on the draft report released on September 10. The term [Read More…]

4 areas of health sector change in the NAB Health in Focus Report

NAB Health in Focus report

A new Australian health ecosystem, new frontiers for practitioners & medical specialists, developments in the pharmacy sector and the future of aged care have featured in Health in Focus – Health Sector Insights which was released by the National Bank of Australia’s NAB Health recently. Here is a summary of the 4 areas: 1.   [Read More…]

Dietitians Association Australia raises diet of ATSI people as a key area in Closing the Gap – by Amanda Griffiths

will diet policy help Close the Gap

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is calling on the Federal Government to get serious about improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The call comes after University of Newcastle researcher, Dr Mark Lock, recently exposed the failings of the Federal Government to address this crucial public health issue. Robyn Delbridge [Read More…]

Burnout in health professionals – Q&A with Dan Martin, a psychologist who has worked in rehab with doctors, pharmacists and nurses

Burnout in health professionals

Q. Can you please give us an overview on your experience working with health practitioners requiring rehabilitation?  A. For several years I worked at a rehab program that specialised in treating doctors with addiction and mental health issues. We also had a nurses and pharmacists program. Having treated hundreds of healthcare professionals who weren’t able [Read More…]

Caring for you whilst caring for others – by RN Sue Rittmeyer

Safe Solutions Counselling and In-Home Care

“The impact of caring for others is gaining more discussion than in previous years. Once called the ‘burden’ of caring, which sadly comes with much stigma. Burnout, Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Carer Fatigue, and Poor Resilience are terms that are often heard. Ultimately, the name of the condition, or situation is irrelevant when you or a [Read More…]

A psychologist’s personal experience with burnout – and tips on identifying it in yourself – Q&A with Sam van Meurs

identifying burnout in health professionals

Q. What’s it’s like to be a psychologist experiencing burnout? A. Speaking personally, initially it was quite a struggle experiencing burnout as a psychologist, because somewhere implicit in my decision to practice psychology (made at a young, immature age) was the notion that because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a loving, caring, [Read More…]

Optometric care of diabetes – when doing the right thing can seem like the wrong thing – by Amanda Griffiths

diabetic retinopathy

Obviously as an optometrist I have played a role in the management of many diabetic patients over the years. If you think this is just going to be another article on diabetic retinopathy, think again. Patients with significant diabetic retinopathy are usually straightforward to manage, especially if you have a retinal camera. If you take [Read More…]

Lower limb amputations are preventable: The essential role of Orthotists in managing people with diabetes and high-risk feet – by Ella Nicolson, AOPA membership & communications officer

prosthetist & orthotist role in diabetes

“How many people do you know who have had a lower limb amputation? Your response may likely be “none”. It may surprise you to learn that there are approximately 6,000 partial foot amputations occurring in Australia each year, with that number expected to triple by the year 2050 (Dillon, 2014). This number is far too [Read More…]

Catalyst statin broadcast proven to have impacted drug dispensing rates

catalyst did change statin use in Australia

It is estimated that more than 28,000 Australians ceased statin treatment after the airing of a Catalyst series in 2013, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. However, there was a return to the average levels of statin use after 18 weeks. The two-part Catalyst special edition, titled Heart of the [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

The potential downside of careers expos – perspectives from careers advisors

career expo advice

If you regularly read our articles, you may recall that I went on a rant recently about the things that I see happen at careers expos that can mislead students about their study options. Since this time I have had a number of careers advisors approach me saying things like “yeah, and I also saw [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

Nutting out the nutrition issues: the dietitian’s call for dialogue – Dietitians for Professional Progress is launched!

Dietitians for Professional Progress

At My Health Career, we couldn’t help but notice when Dietitians for Professional Progress came onto the scene via social media recently. So we thought we’d ask founders Skye Marshall and Hannah Mackay why they started DPP and what they are looking to achieve with the movement. Here is their response…. “Dietitians for Professional Progress [Read More…]

Revalidation of doctors

revalidation of doctors in Australia

The Medical Board of Australia has commissioned international research into revalidation of doctors to make sure doctors in Australia maintain the skills to provide safe and ethical care to patients throughout their working lives. The conversation about revalidation in Australia started in 2012. Evidence from Canada indicated that 1.5 per cent of medical practitioners were [Read More…]

Nurse leadership from the ward to the board makes a significant contribution to health care – by Debra Thoms – CEO Australian College of Nursing

Debra Thoms ACN

“Our health truly is our wealth, and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) firmly believes that access to good health is the right of every single Australian, regardless of background or health status. However there are a number of major challenges currently facing the health care system such as caring for an ageing population increasingly [Read More…]

6th CPA finally signed – what are the Guild, the PSA, the CHF and the AMA’s views?

6th Community Pharmacy Agreement signed

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley this week revealed that the government had signed 5 year agreements with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, that is, the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) and also with the Generic Medicines industry Association (GMiA). The Department of Health have touted the agreements as “landmark deals benefiting consumers,” citing that [Read More…]

New medical schools – part of the problem or part of the solution? Q&A with NSW Medical Students’ Council Chair Neel Gobin and Public Relations Officer Christopher Lemon

Curtin University Medical School

In mid-May, the Commonwealth Government announced its support of Curtin University’s medical school, pledging a contribution of $20 million. The new medical school will commence in 2017 and will be fully operational by 2022, graduating 120 students each year. My Health Career has had Neel Gobin (NSWMSC Chair) and Christopher Lemon (NSWMSC Public Relations Officer) [Read More…]

The Power of Language – by Harry Pitt – Torres Strait Islander Consultant

Harry Pitt Closing the Gap

I am a proud Torres Strait Islander navigating the systems and processes of mainland Australia. This has proved difficult and challenging not only for myself but for other Indigenous Australians known as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Language in our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples can be delivered in a few ways and [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

New medical school in Western Australia the “worst decision in decades”

Infographic made available by AMSA.

The Australian Medical Association’s Western Australian branch has called it the “worst decision in decades.” The Australian Medical Association National President A/Prof Brian Owler has been criticised for his colourful language in opposing it by Treasurer Joe Hockey. The Australian Medical Students’ Association has called for the Federal Government to redirect funding towards increasing positions [Read More…]

Eyes4Everest fundraising to help rebuild Nepal following the two recent earthquakes

Eyes4Everest earthquake fundraising 3

Eyes4Everest is collecting funds to rebuild schools and homes damaged by the violent earthquakes that shook Nepal on Saturday 25th April and again on 12th May. The organisation travels to the Mt Everest National Park in the Upper Solukhumbu every year to provide primary eye care and training for the hospital staff at the Khunde [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

Physiotherapy Board developing a case for physios to prescribe scheduled medications

prescribing rights for physiotherapists

The Physiotherapy Board of Australia is continuing to develop a case as to why it is in the best interests of the public for physiotherapists to be able to prescribe scheduled medications. The board has applied for approval to endorse the registration of physiotherapists for scheduled medicines under the National Law. The Board is engaging [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing in the UK

non medical prescribing

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that only “appropriate practitioners” can prescribe medicine in the UK. There are two categories of the said practitioners: Independent prescribers, who are healthcare professionals responsible for assessing patient and making clinical decisions about how to manage the patient condition and prescribing medication. They include doctors, dentists, [Read More…]

Guild claims details of 6CPA negotiations have been misrepresented

career in industrial pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has said that details of the negotiations around the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) as reported in an article in The Australian contain “rumour and misinformation aimed at destabilising the current negotiations for a new Community Pharmacy Agreement.” The Pharmacy Guild claims that The Australian story “contains a garbled account [Read More…]

Dietitians in the UK head towards prescribing rights

prescribing rights for dietitians

The National Health Service (NHS) has recently concluded its 8 week consultation period on their proposal to introduce supplementary prescribing for dietitians across the UK. The consultation closed on 24th April. If all elements of the proposal are approved, and there are no delays to the process, it is estimated that the first intake of [Read More…]

Percentage of practising optometrists with therapeutic endorsement hits 40%

Percentage of optometrists with therapeutic endorsement

As of December 2014 there were 1,921 optometrists in Australia who held a therapeutic endorsement of a total of 4,749 optometrists with general registration. That is just over 40%. This is a significant increase of 678 therapeutically endorsed optometrists since the March 2012 data was compiled by the Optometry Board of Australia. In that same [Read More…]

Hot or not? The Mediterranean Diet – by APD Katrina Mills

Is the Mediterranean diet healthy

The Mediterranean diet wasn’t created in a lab or hospital. It has evolved over 5000 years and is simply the diet eaten by those living in Mediterranean countries including Greece and Italy. There is no set diet because each region used whatever food was available to them, common features are fresh fruit and vegetables, olive [Read More…]

Male nutrition and how it can improve fertility – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Current reports indicate that fertility problems affect approximately 15% of Australian couples. There’s a lot of focus on women improving their diet and lifestyle but dad’s-to-be should aim to improve their diet just as much as their partners. Sub-optimal diets can contribute to low sperm outputs and/or sperm abnormalities. Three key dietary changes that men [Read More…]

Multidisciplinary care of chronic diseases for cost effectiveness and surgery prevention

multidisciplinary care of chronic disease

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have released a report revealing that surgery could be avoided if patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis were seen by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Allied health professionals can provide effective treatment that improves outcomes and reduces costs for patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, thus [Read More…]

Are surgeons really arrogant, or is it just that they aren’t “agreeable?”

personality traits of a surgeon

Surgeons do tend to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to their personality traits. When we interviewed Mimi Le, who was at the time a final year med student, she described her first rotation with a surgeon who was “one of the most intimidating people” she had ever met in her [Read More…]

Calling for the rise of dietitians following the fall of Pete Evans

rise of dietitians

If News Limited website www.news.com.au is anything to go by, the tide is turning against Pete Evans. Fast. Their story published in October 2014 painted the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), who advocate against the paleo diet, as an organisation aligned with multinational processed food corporations that “litter the supermarket shelves with so-called healthy foods.” [Read More…]

“Below the Belt: Experiences with Prostate Cancer” anthology released

belowthebeltcover

He may not know it, but former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan was one of the catalysts that brought about the book Below the Belt: Experiences with Prostate Cancer. Brisbane GP and Former Editor of the Queensland Prostate Cancer News (QPCN) for the state chapter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Dr [Read More…]

Please don’t look at the latest Department of Employment projections and think it’s all rosy in the health industry

Department of Employment health industry projections

Once again the federal government’s industry employment projections data show that the Health Care and Social Assistance sector will be the leading provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market. However, just because the sector as a whole is performing well, do not interpret this to mean that all students who study degrees in [Read More…]

Recipes in Bubba Yum Yum paleo book co-authored by Pete Evans could cause infant death claim public health and dietitian groups

Pete Evans

Update 16/3/2015 – Pan Macmillan book publishers have made a statement to SBS, saying that “The authors of Bubba Yum Yum – The Paleo Way – for new mums, babies and toddlers have decided to release a digital version of the book very shortly, and will, therefore, no longer publish the book, in any format, [Read More…]

Hot (or not) diets – the 5:2 – by APD Katrina Mills

Katrina Mills

Paleo, raw food, 5:2, Mediterranean; the endless choice of diets is even more overwhelming than the breakfast cereal aisle at the supermarket! I am constantly getting asked what do you think about X diet? The claims of all these fad diets are splashed across magazines, TV, radio, Facebook, so in an effort to try and [Read More…]

President of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons denies sexual harassment is rife as Dr Sally Cockburn encourages trainees to talk to a #safeDIT

RACS sexual harassment

President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Professor Michael Grigg has released a statement saying that it is disappointing that media reports suggest it is preferable for female surgical trainees to silently endure sexual harassment. RACS Prof Michael Grigg on 3AW radio On Melbourne radio station 3AW, Prof Grigg has said that if [Read More…]

Sexual harassment in medicine – it’s one thing to come forward anonymously to the media, but another altogether to make formal allegations against your boss

will female doctors come forward about sexual harassment

Following on from my article yesterday congratulating Dr Gabrielle McMullin for starting the conversation about the sexual harassment of female doctors in training, it’s time to think about where to from here. If you were a female trainee experiencing sexual harassment while completing a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, would you report [Read More…]

Why I would like to congratulate surgeon Dr Gabrielle McMullin for her suggestion that female trainees give in to sexual harassment in the workplace

sexual harassment of female doctors in training

Please be warned that this article and those it links to discuss some explicit material. Vascular surgeon Dr Gabrielle McMullin has issued a warning to women considering a career in surgery that giving in to sexual harassment is an easier path than pursuing the perpetrators, because of entrenched sexism amongst many male surgeons. The comments [Read More…]

4 adults including a clinical nurse, 1 teenager and a fur baby to walk 1850km Canning Stock Route to stop stigma around mental illness

One Step at a Time Canning Stock Route

When I came across this hard-core group of 5 walkers (and Milly the fur baby) plus a support team who are preparing to walk the 1850km Canning Stock Route and fund raise in May in the name of stopping the stigma around mental illness, I couldn’t help but share their story. It’s up close, personal [Read More…]

APS, RACP, RANZCP and RACGP call for children to be released from detention

children in detention

In recent days the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have all spoken out about the mental health of children held in detention. APS The APS President Professor Mike Kyrios stated [Read More…]

Cardiologist in a truck becomes the Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia

The Heart of Australia is a 25 metre clinic on a truck that is the brainchild of Dr Rolf Gomes, a Brisbane cardiologist. He had been moved by his concern about the lack of cardiac care in rural and remote areas, and the difficulties undertaken by rural people to access adequate health service. Compared to [Read More…]

Ovarian cancer symptoms and prevention still misunderstood

Teal Ribbon Day ovarian cancer

Teal Ribbon Day is being held today in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. And with good reason. The statistics are pretty scary. Research says that: over a quarter of Australians know someone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer only half of Australians know that ovarian cancer exhibits symptoms ovarian cancer has [Read More…]

Will physiotherapists be routinely using lung ultrasound for critical care in the future?

physiotherapists and lung ultrasound for critical care

A paper published in Physiotherapy Research International has looked at the physiotherapist’s respiratory assessment in critical care, and in particular, identifying parenchymal pulmonary pathology. The paper notes that the limited diagnostic of tools such as auscultation and chest X-ray might may not for allow the accurate differentiation between conditions such as lung collapse, consolidation and [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

Pharmacists hit back at supermarket article published by News Corp

supermarket pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Victorian president Anthony Tassone and Brisbane pharmacist Chris Owen have taken to Twitter to hit back at News Corp journalist Sue Dunlevy following the publishing of the article A chemist can own a supermarket, but supermarkets can’t own a pharmacy. In the article, it is implied that an IGA x-press [Read More…]

Rolling out multiple specialist ear clinics – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as a Specialist Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network meetups in the park in February

Australian Doctor's Spouse Network Amanda Low

We love what the crew at the Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network are doing, so we thought we would get co-founder Amanda Low to let you know what social events they have coming up around Australia in February. “The Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network (ADSN) is a platform for social networking and helpful resources for medical and [Read More…]

The influence of Omega-3 on postnatal depression – by Melanie McGrice, AvdAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

My Health Career is pleased to publish an article by dietitian Melanie McGrice where she discusses omega-3 fatty acids, their role in post-natal depression and what you can do to make sure you and your patients are getting enough. “For most women, having a baby is the most significant life changing event they will ever [Read More…]

Too few exercise physiologists in Australian hospitals

Exercise physiologist workforce in hospitals

Less than 5% of Australian Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are employed in Australian hospitals, and industry body Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) has called on the hospital sector to increase engagement with AEPs. ESSA released its Exercise Physiology Health Service & Workforce Planning Document 2014 in December, and following its release, ESSA is calling [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

Is pharmacy facing its Kodak moment? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 3

Pharmacy career

“This is the third post in a series from the Digital Health Summit that formed part of CES 2015, with the first talking about the role of sensors and wearables and the second on how the traditional doctor visit is facing significant disruption. Pharmacy has been fighting for greater recognition as a genuine member of [Read More…]

Australian Physiotherapy Association puts physiotherapy referrals direct to specialists up as a cost saving measure

Physiotherapy referral to medical specialists

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has chosen a time when the federal government is looking to trim its health spending as the time to put forward its case to save Medicare over $13 million each year. The APA is using data from the Centre for Applied Health Economics and the Deeble Institute as evidence to [Read More…]

Disrupting the doctor visit – by Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 2

Cathie Reid DHS 2

“This is the second of my posts from the recent Digital Health Summit at CES2015. The first covered broader aspects of wearables, sensors and data collection, but in this one I want to explore how the traditional doctors visit is being disrupted, why it’s a good thing, and how it’s going to deliver long-term change [Read More…]

Sensors, wearables & data – take outs from Digital Health Summit post 1 by Cathie Reid

Cathie Reid google glass

“After spending my first day checking out what was on the floor at CES, the next two days saw me step away from the crazy and into the Digital Health Summit. I was really excited to hear from the broad range of presenters, with physicians, care facilities, vendors, funders, VCs and an extremely important but [Read More…]

Physiotherapists can become credentialled diabetes educators

phsyiotherapists can become credentialled diabetes educators

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) has recently approved physiotherapists to be able to complete a post graduate qualification to become credentialled diabetes educators. The decision is made following the application of The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to change the current guidelines by enabling Type II diabetes patients to receive Medicare benefits for five sessions [Read More…]

Becoming a Specialist Ear Nurse – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as a Specialist Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. [Read More…]

Introducing our “serial bloggers” for 2015!!

Bloggers 1

In November last year, I put out a call for a handful of health professionals to become “serial bloggers” in 2015. I was looking for a mixture of recent graduates and experienced practitioners willing to share their thoughts on what’s happening in health. And yes, the “serial bloggers” will each be contributing a series of [Read More…]

Peek: A simple mobile app to examine the eye

Peek mobile eye testing app

Dr Andrew Bastawrous, the ophthalmologist behind the mobile app Peek, has been featured as a speaker for TED. In his talk, he highlighted the fact that of the 39 million people around the world who are blind, 80% of this blindness is from conditions that are treatable or curable.   When Dr Bastawrous started working [Read More…]

Becoming a medical writer

medical writing career

Medical writing is the term used for a field that can include journalists who specialize in writing in healthcare and medicine as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals who go into the areas of writing and editing. Medical writing is a small profession, with the peak body, the Australasian Medical Writers Association having [Read More…]

#EZDrugID petition aims to reduce drug errors in Australia

ChangeOrg

Melbourne anaesthetist Nicholas Chrimes has launched a petition on change.org in an effort to reduce the risk of drug error and increase patient safety. The campaign, which has the social media hashtag #EZDrugID, was started on 9th December, and has had over 280 supporters sign the petition in the first 72 hours. Should ability to [Read More…]

Hands-on health for 50 Indigenous students

medical student at blood pressure station

The plaster was flying thick and fast when 50 Indigenous high school students came to Canberra for a hands-on health session at ANU on December 3. Putting the visitors through their paces were members of the ANU Rural Medical Society (ARMS), one of 28 clubs that belong to the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN). [Read More…]

Are you illegally taking clinical images with your mobile device?

taking clinical images with your mobile device

Whipping out your mobile phone, taking a quick photo of that suspicious rash and texting it to a colleague might not be the way to go according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA). This week the AMA has released a document Clinical images and the use of personal mobile devices which provides doctors and medical [Read More…]

Dietitians take to Twitter following Catalyst episode spruiking the high fat, low carb diet

Catalyst high fat low carb

Dietitians have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns over the segment “Low Carb Diet Fat or Fiction” aired on the ABC’s Catalyst on Thursday night. The segment, which included comments from cricketer Shane Watson, exercise science Professor Tim Noakes, sports medicine and exercise physician Dr Peter Brukner and Dietitians Association Australia spokesperson Melanie McGrice. [Read More…]

What is allied health?

What is allied health

Allied Health is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of health practitioners. Although there is no single definition of which professions are included in allied health, it generally excludes doctors, nurses and dentists. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2012 allied health workforce report included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) health [Read More…]

TEDx talks and beyond? Wonderful opportunities and unique challenges abound in the life of an academic (and my career has yet to officially begin!)

TEDxPerth_2014_Talking pose

We asked pharmacist and PhD candidate Kenny Lee what it was like to speak at the recent TEDxPerth event….. “Each year at TEDxPerth, local and international ‘thinkers and doers’ from vast disciplines are invited to share ideas, inspire and engage a large (live and online) audience through short talks of no longer than 18 minutes. [Read More…]

A career in health is a marathon, not a sprint!

Being a health professional

It’s not that uncommon that I find myself at a high school careers event chatting with a high school student who will say “oh, I just want to get through the uni / TAFE course as quickly as I can so that I can start working as soon as I can.” They say this with [Read More…]

YOU could become a Churchill Fellow – applications open in November!

Churchill Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was formed to perpetuate and honour Sir Winston Churchill’s memory, and awards Churchill Fellowships annually. The Trust provides an opportunity for Australians to enrich our society by travelling overseas to conduct research in their chosen field, and bring their acquired knowledge back to Australia. The Trust was set up as [Read More…]

Tips for getting a job at the World Health Organization

World Health Organization

If you are interested in working at the World Health Organization (WHO), you might be interested in inside information on getting a job there. Dr Greg Martin, via the Global Health YouTube channel, has shared his experiences of working at WHO, and also the process of applying for a job at WHO: In the video, [Read More…]

Attrition rates higher at regional universities

Regional universities

Julie Hare, Higher Education Editor at The Australian, has commented on data from the federal education department, pointing out that “attrition rates are higher among poorly performing school leavers and online students, both of which tend to cluster in regional universities.” Hare highlights the fact that although on average, 13.5% of first year university students [Read More…]

Overcoming barriers to university: a rural perspective – by Georgia Woodhouse, rural health student

WARRIAHS 2014

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article from Georgia Woodhouse, a third year pharmacy student at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. She is a member of the WARRIAHS (Wagga Area Regional Remote and Indigenous Allied Health) club. Through her involvement in the club, Georgia has been exposed to some of the [Read More…]

Promoting your research through traditional media, social media and blogging

promoting research TRI

So what’s Twitter got to do with a researcher’s work receiving citations? According to a paper from the University Health Network in Canada, “highly tweeted articles were 11 times more likely to be highly cited than less-tweeted articles.” If you are a researcher interested in “getting your research out there,” as well as setting up [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

How Do Health Industry Uni Graduates Fare in the Workforce 3 Years after Graduating?

3 years beyond graduation

A study has been conducted to gauge how Australian health industry graduates fare in the workforce after 3 years of finishing their degree. Based on the Beyond Graduation 2013 report released by Graduate Careers Australia, higher education graduates of 2009 were asked about full-time employment, their varying salaries, and other details related to their career. [Read More…]

Calls for a cap on health student numbers

Calls for a cap on health student numbers

In a report published by The Australian, University of Sydney vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence has said that the government should consider withdrawing health disciplines from the demand-driven system in higher education. However, education minister Christopher Pyne hasn’t said that this is under consideration (for courses other than medicine, which is capped due to a limited [Read More…]

Want to Make Sure You are Applying for an Approved Health Course?

accredited health courses

Update 4/8/2014 – Since publishing this article we have heard from a professional association who alerted us to the fact that there was a university course in a particular health profession that wasn’t accredited, and the students enrolled weren’t able to continue. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Read on!! There are literally thousands [Read More…]

The day a patient thanked me for yelling at them

yelling at a patient

Far out – with an article title like “the day a patient thanked me for yelling at them” it almost seems that there is a time and a place for just about everything in the health industry!! Well, erm, perhaps not…. but fairly recently I had an instance when a patient actually sincerely thanked me [Read More…]

Play therapy undergraduate course starting 2015

Josephine Downs

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest article by Josephine Downs about play therapy, a specialised area of practice in the health industry. “My name is Josephine Downs; I am a Registered Play Therapist.  I live in Darwin, Northern Territory.  I have been passionate about Play Therapy since I was just 16 years [Read More…]

10 things to ask a health professional at a careers event

Questions to ask a health practitioner

I often attend careers expos, where unfortunately the most commonly asked question I get is “what is the OP (perhaps this is ATAR in your state) required to get into the course?” Now although this is important information that you need to know, that is something worth asking the institution you are looking at applying [Read More…]

A career in academic health sciences research – inside information from Dr Julie Preston

Julie Preston

“I want to cure cancer”. That’s the broad, and perhaps naïve goal that was the first step on my path to an academic research career, although I ended up studying microbiology, not oncology. More accurately, the driver was the desire to make a difference in the lives of others, to work towards new and better [Read More…]

Health professions on the Skilled Occupations List from July 2014

Skilled Occupations List 2014

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) was updated on 1st July.  Many jobs in the health industry have remained on the SOL, meaning that Australia will accept skilled workers from overseas to fill job vacancies. Occupations in the health industry that are on the SOL include (each occupation has an Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification [Read More…]

Prescribing rights for physiotherapists – by Tim Barnwell APA Sports Physiotherapist

Tim Barnwell

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest article by Tim Barnwell, an APA Sports Physiotherapist who has over 12 years experience. He is currently the Western Australian Representative on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC meets twice a year to discuss issues related to the Physiotherapy profession across Australia. [Read More…]

Retired nurse calling for National Medal recognition for nurses

National Medal

G’day, My name is John Hibberd.  I am a retired nurse.  When I was working, I specialized in crisis negotiation and violence management.  At the top of my career, I was routinely managing remand and convicted murderers under conditions of “strictest security”, which meant that I was routinely swapping clients with police and prison guards.  [Read More…]

Deadly Choices – improving the health of indigenous youth

Deadly Choices

Deadly Choices is an education program that was run recently to see if it was an effective means of improving knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of urban indigenous youth regarding chronic diseases. It was delivered weekly at six facilities across Brisbane to participants from grades 7 to 12 over seven weeks. Each session contained about 90 [Read More…]

Visit My Health Career at northern NSW careers expos in July!

Mid North Coast Post Secondary Options Expo Coffs Harbour

Just letting everyone know that My Health Career will be exhibiting at 3 careers expos in northern New South Wales in July. Each expo runs from 9am until 12pm!! These are: Mid North Coast Post Secondary Options Expo – Coffs Harbour Education Campus – Wednesday 23rd July Camden Haven Careers Expo – Camden Haven High [Read More…]

Universities Australia voicing concerns about budget changes to tertiary education

university fees

It has been one month today since the 2014-2015 federal budget was announced on 13th May 2014. At the time, Universities Australia was looking forward to “working closely with the Government to achieve our shared objective of creating a world’s best higher education system.” However, by early June, Universities Australia Chief Executive Ms Belinda Robinson [Read More…]

Tamsulosin and other alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists may cause eye surgery complications

alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists floppy iris

This week I went to a continuing education event for optometrists where one of the speakers, ophthalmologist Dr Joshua Hann showed images of complications encountered during cataract surgery due to the patient having a floppy iris. And let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. He mentioned that alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists were the cause, and [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a person’s head is severely hit or shaken, or, when an object enters the brain. The range of injury may be from mild to serious and people who have experienced a TBI may have memory problems, fatigue, poor judgment, confusion as well as anxiety and depression. According to Synapse, [Read More…]

$13.4 million for rural health scholarships – will it make a difference?

Rural health scholarship

In the 2014-2015 federal budget, the government announced an extra $13.4 million for rural nursing and allied health scholarships for 500 students, in a bid to address workforce shortages in rural and remote areas. But is there evidence that says such scholarships will actually be effective in achieving this? To be honest, an online search has [Read More…]

‘A Career in Radiation Oncology’ – YOUR CHOICE SAVE LIVES

A Career in Radiation Oncology

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article by Mel Grand. Mel is a qualified radiation therapist and is currently working as a Project Officer at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) on the ‘A Career in Radiation Oncology’ project. “Cancer has a major impact on the Australian community, [Read More…]

Health Spending: Where Has the Money Gone?

Health spending

With the recent release of the federal budget, we couldn’t resist an article about where the health spending dollar has gone previously…. According to a report released in March, Health Expenditure Australia 2011-12: Analysis by Sector, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the health spending in Australia has seen a sharp [Read More…]

How will the federal budget affect health professions?

federal health budget 2014-2015

The federal government handed down its 2014-2015 budget on Tuesday 13th May 2014. Click here for the expense measures for health. The government intends for budget savings from health to be diverted to the Medical Research Future Fund to help keep Australia at the forefront of the medical research sector. The budget has not been [Read More…]

A mental health nurse in the general hospital – by Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara has extensive experience providing clinical and educative mental health support in general hospital and community clinical settings. He holds hospital-based, undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications, is Credentialed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), and has been a Fellow of the ACMHN since 2007. Paul is a very active participant in health [Read More…]

Time lags in translation following clinical research

lag time translational research

Researchers from Cambridge in the UK carried out a two-part study looking at time lags and its impacts. In the study, translation was considered as the process of conversion of basic science to patient benefit: Part one –literature was identified that described conceptual models of translation. This was done online, using resources such as Google [Read More…]

Patients with chronic diseases – which health practitioners are they being referred to?

Chronic disease referrals

The percentile statistics for the use of the allied health item numbers for patients with a chronic condition who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan have been released on the Medicare website. Under this plan, Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 allied health services per [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

Queensland might just #keepourdoctors after all

Keep Our Doctors

A recent report published by the Medical Observer suggested that Queensland doctors are on the verge of agreeing to move to individual contracts. It follows from a media release from www.keepourdoctors.com.au stating that negotiations between doctors and the Queensland Government had resulted in an in-principle agreement on the individual contracts. The ignorance of CM readers [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Scams targeting health professionals

Scams targeting health professionals

A number of industry organisations have warned their members about scams targeting health professionals over the last couple of years. The latest is from the Australian Dental Association. Here are some known scams to be on the lookout for: An individual attempts to make a group booking via email with an advanced payment on a [Read More…]

Training the healthcare simulation community

medical simulation

The Australian Government is aiming to increase the health workforce capacity and quality training capacity through Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Programs. Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has made a significant investment in developing simulation educator and technicians and the first stage of investment was the national AusSETT Program, a train-the-trainer approach. NHET-sim program NHET-sim Program is [Read More…]

17th round of Cooperative Research Centres funding now open

Cooperative Research Centres

The 17th round of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) funding has opened, and will close on the 3rd July 2014. Successful applicants will commence operations on July 2015. The CRC program is an Australian Government Initiative which supports research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia. Funding has been awarded to projects in the health [Read More…]

Latest workforce data – Dietetics, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology

Australian health labour market information

In March 2014, Health Workforce Australia released workforce in focus documents for six health professions, these being dietetics, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. What is worth noting is that at the end of each report, the numbers of each health professional per 100,000 population are listed by each of the 61 Medicare Local catchment [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Closing the Gap – my perspective, past, present and future – by Harry Pitt

Harry Pitt Closing the Gap

The Sunshine Coast certainly knows how to turn it on for locals and visitors.  I consider myself lucky tolive in such a wonderful community. You really don’t have to travel too far to see many beaches, Mountains and National Parks. Entwined throughout all this is the local Aboriginal Culture, land, stories and lore.  I am [Read More…]

AHPRA’s revised and new policies come into effect Mid-March

Social media health professionals

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which is made up of 14 national boards and governs most of the health professions in Australia, has published revised guidelines for advertising, mandatory notifications, codes of conduct and introduced a social media policy. These will come into effect from mid-March.   Advertising With the new Guidelines for [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing: the dispute continues

medicine prescribing rights

In Australia, medications are traditionally prescribed by medical practitioners such as general practitioners, dermatologists and paediatricians, as well as dentists. More recently, suitably qualified health professionals including nurse practitioners, optometrists and podiatrists have taken on the role of prescribing medications. In the past it has been up to the professional bodies to lobby for prescribing [Read More…]

Peninsula Health – 60 new jobs in health care

Mornington Centre

There are 60 new jobs opening for applications this week at Peninsula Health. The positions are a mixture of full time and part time roles at the newly expanded Mornington Centre. Roles are for nurses, allied health practitioners, support services and administration staff. Those hired will start working at the brand new, state of the [Read More…]

GradStats – did 2013 health graduates get jobs?

Australian health industry jobs 2013

Graduate Careers Australia has released the results of its annual survey of university graduates (GradStats) recently. Let’s have a look at how health graduates fared…. 1. Percentage of graduates who went into full-time employment Table 1 – Australian health industry graduate employment rate 2013 (Source GradStats) In terms of the employment rate of graduates from [Read More…]

Massive growth in palliative care and aged care jobs

Aged and palliative care statistics Australia

Australia’s ageing population means that there has been significant growth in the number of people requiring aged care and palliative care services. This has also led to an increase in the number of jobs in these areas of health care. Here are some of the Australian statistics for aged care over a recent 10 year [Read More…]

Change Day – your opportunity to make a professional New Year’s Resolution

Mary Freer Change Day

My Health Career is pleased to support Change Day, and publish a guest blog post from its Australian founder Mary Freer. Health practitioners can take the opportunity to make a pledge on how they will improve their practice in 2014. Anyone who cares about the quality of health care in Australia can pledge too! “This [Read More…]

Statins on Catalyst and the role of all forms of media in the health of Australians

Catalyst statins

I thought I’d start this article with a mention of a campaign that is touted as one of Australia’s most successful health campaigns. It was the “slip, slop, slap” campaign launched by the Cancer Council Australia in 1980 which let us know about three ways of protecting us against skin cancer. That is, slipping on [Read More…]

Allied health workforce 2012

Allied health workforce 2012 Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released its report the Allied Health Workforce 2012, which gives details of the Australian allied health workforce for 11 professions. Part-time vs full time work According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2012, 36.9% of employees in Australia worked part-time. Therefore, more psychologists (45%), physiotherapists [Read More…]

How much money do health professionals really earn?

Health professional salaries

As I’ve recently been attending careers events at schools, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of hype around the health industry, and, in particular, how much money health professionals earn. A lot of this hype is driven by information such as the GradStats data. According to GradStats, the top 5 median university graduate incomes [Read More…]

How long is a health professional likely to stay in a job in rural or remote Australia?

Fig 1 - workforce survival curve for rural and remote health practitioners

Since I’ve been building the resources on My Health Career, I’ve been interested in where the jobs are for health professional, in particular, primary health care practitioners (such as podiatrists, physiotherapists, and doctors). When I was at the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) conference in July, I heard a very interesting [Read More…]

Yep, Australians really do trust health professionals

Health professionals Roy Morgan Poll

In May this year Roy Morgan revealed the results of a telephone survey conducted to see which professions are the most highly regarded in Australia. Out of all 30 professions in the survey, nurses topped the list as being the most ethical and honest profession there is. This trend has remained unchanged since 1994 – [Read More…]

Rural health – why and how could YOU get involved?

Ben Crough Alice Springs pic

We are excited to publish a guest post written by Ben Crough. Ben is a rising star in rural health, being the Co-Senior Allied Health Liaison Officer of the National Rural Health Students Network. He has participated in a number of rural high school visits to encourage students to consider a career in health. If [Read More…]

Three health professions to watch following 2012 graduate jobs concerns….

Health jobs Australia

While the health sector has seen continued jobs growth throughout Australia, this is NOT the current trend in ALL professions!!   DENTISTRY Gradstats data shows at the end of 2012, 83.6% of dentistry students found full-time employment within 4 months of graduation.  This dropped from 93% in previous years. In 2006, there was data that [Read More…]

A shout out to ALL HEALTH STUDENTS!! Oral health essay competition!!

Oral health essay competition

The Public Health Association of Australia has provided a platform for health students from ALL DISCIPLINES to connect with oral health: the PHAA Oral Health Special Interest Group and Colgate-Palmolive Student Essay Competition. The competition is designed to encourage students from all human health disciplines to challenge themselves and link their area of interest within [Read More…]

17 recommendations from the National Rural Health Conference

National Rural Health Conference 2013

The National Rural Health Conference was held in Adelaide in April. The delegates drawn from various departments and health professions have yet again restated their commitment to a bright healthy future for rural and remote populations. After the conference, delegates presented 17 main recommendations to improve rural health. These recommendations were split broadly into the [Read More…]

Myth busting – 10 health career myths dispelled!!

10 health career myths dispelled

During the course of building the bank of resources for My Health Career over the last 18 months, I have interacted with literally hundreds of people, including health professionals, career development practitioners, guidance officers, careers advisers, and prospective and current health students. And, yes, there are definitely some myths out there regarding health professions. Here [Read More…]

Want to present at a primary healthcare conference?

PHC RIS conference abstracts

The Primary Health Care Research Conference will be held in Sydney from 10-12th July 2013 at the Hilton in Sydney. The call to submit an abstract with a view to presenting at the conference closes on Friday 22nd February.   This year the conference theme is ‘Allies for Better Primary Health Care’, acknowledging the fact [Read More…]

Disability – an area where health professionals can help!!

All - disability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) draft legislation was introduced in parliament on 29th November 2012. This highlights the fact that many Australians are living with, or care for someone with a disability, and there have been gaps in the system for people to access the care they require. Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) national president [Read More…]

Future Health Leaders Conference

Future Health Leaders

Following is a guest blog post by Kenneth Lee, a pharmacist and PhD candidate from Western Australia. He is the mentoring representative of the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia’s Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and founder of the WA Pharmacists’ Discussion Forum and HI-PHEN Australia (Helping Inter-Professional Health Education Nationally). “It’s been said that the [Read More…]

Heard About Medicare Locals?

medicare local

You may have started hearing the words ‘Medicare Locals’ being thrown around and be wondering what all the fuss is about. Basically, it is a model of improving the delivery of primary health care services across Australia, allowing people to get the health care they need in their local community. Australia has been divided into [Read More…]