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In 2002, it became mandatory for food producers in Australia to provide a Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) on the back of food packages. However, research has shown that consumers often misinterpret NIPs or do not use them at all. Health advocates...
A national arts and health policy framework being developed in 2012 proposes whole of government engagement to strengthen arts and health initiatives for community wellbeing.
This framework should assist health providers at all levels to assess existing programs, consider new directions and identify community...
What are the issues related to health professionals’ changing scope of practice in Australia?
There is evidence that the current organisation of health professionals and health practitioners, and their associated scope of practice, are not suited to meet the...
Executive summaryClinical decision-making tools can be considered in two broad categories – those designed to be used by clinicians and those designed to promote shared decision making with the clinician and patient together. The potential effect of computerised clinical decision support systems...
Does antibiotic resistance exist?
Yes. It is a worsening phenomenon seen all over the world, including Australia.
What are the implications of antibiotic resistance?
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is associated with longer length of stay in...
Rationing healthcare in some form is inevitable, even in wealthy countries, because resources are scarce and demand for healthcare is always likely to exceed supply. This means that decision-makers must make choices about which health programs and initiatives should receive public funding and which ones...
Increasingly, partnerships and collaborations are becoming more common, and they will continue to do so because they provide for a strategic approach to the development of common agendas and pooled resourcing, to improve health outcomes. The Peninsula Model for Primary Health Planning is a good...
Executive summaryThe National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not a health scheme. The NDIS funds disability support and a range of related services designed to maximise the independence of a person with a disability. Health care is a specific exclusion. The NDIS...
Increasingly, consumers expect their governments, health services and health practitioners to assist them to be:More informed and involved generally; Managing their health where possible; and Providing prompt, appropriate and individualised help when required.
As such, listening, shaping and responding...