New South Wales. Nursing & Midwifery Tribunal
This Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal decision concerned an inquiry into a complaint against a nurse by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).
The complaint was comprised of two allegations, the first of which was that the nurse was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in that she had demonstrated that her knowledge, skill or judgement, or care exercised by her, in the practice of nursing was significantly below the standard reasonably expected of a nurse of an equivalent level of training or experience.
The second complaint was that the nurse was not competent to practise nursing as she did not have sufficient mental capacity, knowledge and skill and/or sufficient communication skills for the practice of nursing, including an adequate command of the English language.
As the nurse had admitted to these complaints, the HCCC did not have to prove its case. However, the Tribunal was still required to familiarise itself with the evidence to be satisfied that the admissions were appropriate.
Ultimately the Tribunal found that the complaints were proved and cancelled the nurse's registration. The Tribunal also made an order that at least one year pass from the date of the order before the nurse be permitted to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal of New South Wales to be registered as a nurse.
Victoria. Coroners Court
This Coroners Court of Victoria case concerned an investigation into the death of a 56 year old man from Adelaide after his family made a complaint to the Health Service Commissioner about his care at the Alfred Hospital in relation to a heart transplant procedure.
The deceased was an ex-smoker and had a past medical history which included coronary artery surgery and radiotherapy for Hodgkins lymphoma. In January 2008 the deceased was admitted on the Alfred Hospital's cardiac transplant list after developing dilated cardiomyopathy.
A donor heart was sourced from far North Queensland on 9 June 2008 and a decision was made to accept the organ for transplant. Surgery did not commence until 11.34am on 10 June after the deceased's flight was delayed. During the surgery, the deceased's heart had severe adhesions as a result of his previous surgery and radiotherapy.
Following surgery, the deceased remained in ICU for 30 days and developed a range of complications, including becoming septic and developing gastrointestinal bleeding. His condition continued to deteriorate and following a discussion with the family he was palliated and passed away on 10 July 2008.
The Coroner found that the deceased's transplant procedure was highly complex and referred to "the cascade of uncontrolled circumstances" which led to an unsuccessful outcome. Further, the Coroner was satisfied that the decision to proceed with the transplant was reasonable and appropriate and based on clinical factors, irrespective of the fact that the donor heart was from a "good but not optimal" donor.
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing
- 18 November 2011 - Expanded Services for 189 More Local GP Clinics - More and more patients around the country will see services expand at their local GP clinics as a result of a $54 million investment in frontline medical services by the Australian Government.
- 16 November 2011 - 35-Year High in the Number of Australians Covered by Private Hospital Insurance - New figures from the Private Health Insurance Administration Council show that more Australians are covered by private hospital insurance now than at any other time in the past 35 years.
- 14 November 2011 - New Health and Ageing Grants Open for Business - Funding for health and ageing grants programs will be easier to access with a new, simpler system that opened on 14 November 2011.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Australia. Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency & the boards
Health practitioners urged to renew registration online, on time - 14/11/2011 | Read Article
The Chiropractic Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. - 03/11/2011 | Read Article
The Dental Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. - 10/11/2011 | Read Article
The Medical Board Releases its 2011 Financial Overview - 02/11/2011 | Read Article
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué - 16/11/2011 | Read Article
Information for enrolled nurses who qualify for registration as a registered nurse - 14/11/2011 | Read Article
Nurses and midwives in Western Australia with registration due to expire 31 December 2011 are urged to renew. - 09/11/2011 | Read Article
Optometrists whose registration expires on 30 November are urged to renew online and on time. 11/11/2011 | Read Article
The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. - 03/11/2011 | Read Article
The Osteopathy Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. - 03/11/2011 | Read Article
The Pharmacy Board of Australia releases its latest Communiqué. - 04/11/2011 | Read Article
The Podiatry Board of Australia releases its first Newsletter. - 03/11/2011 | Read Article
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration
18 November 2011 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM) - Updated membership information & added 2012 meeting dates
17 November 2011 - Compositional guidelines - Added alpha-casozepine enriched hydrolysed milk protein, DHA-rich oil derived from microalgae Schizochytrium sp., Steviol glycosides & Zeaxanthin
11 November 2011 - Australian Public Assessment Reports for prescription medicines (AusPARs) - Added Naproxen/Esomeprazole & Ranibizumab
Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council
Australian Capital Territory. Department of Health
- Health Directorate nurse research centre recognised internationally - Katy Gallagher, MLA -November 14 2011
- Clea's Rose offers symbol of hope - Katy Gallagher, MLA - November 13 2011
Canberra Hospital Pedestrian Access (16 November 2011) - Changes to Canberra Hospital pedestrian access pave the way for new cancer centre.
New South Wales. Department of Health
- Stress less [16 November 2011]
- Time to say thanks to our paramedics [16 November 2011]
- New specialist pregnancy clinic at Tamworth Hospital [15 November 2011]
- Choose a healthier lifestyle on World Diabetes Day [13 November 2011]
- Robertson wrong on Blacktown Hospital [11 November 2011]
- A boost for Broken Hill mental health services [11 November 2011]
- Oral health specialist referral protocols - PD2011_071-17/11/2011
- Report of suspected corrupt conduct under s.11 ICAC Act - Reporting Form - IB2011_046-17/11/2011
- Overtime meal allowances - IB2011_045-16/11/2011
- Salary increase for teachers employed in NSW public health system early childhood centres - IB2011_044-15/11/2011
Northern Territory. Department of Health
- Kon Vatskalis - Superclinic Win For The Northern Suburbs - Health Minister Kon Vatskalis has announced the northern suburbs Superclinic is back on the agenda following a successful meeting with federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon in Melbourne today
Queensland. Department of Health
- 16/11/2011 - Work starts on Ipswich Hospital's $128.7m expansion
- 16/11/2011 - Townsville pubs recognised for commitment to patron safety
- 13/11/2011 - Statement from the Acting Director-General of Queensland Health
South Australia. Department of Health
- 17 Nov 11 - New Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer appointed for SA Health
- 14 Nov 11 - Awareness week focuses on mental health of new mothers
- 15/11/2011 - Berri Hospital redevelopment milestone
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services
- Liberals fail to grasp budget reality - minister for health - 17 November 2011
- Potential new provider of aged care beds - minister for health - 15 November 2011
- Putting health on a sustainable footing - minister for health - 15 November 2011
- Smoking: Never give up giving up - minister for health - 14 November 2011
- Helping new mothers maintain mental wellbeing - minister for health - 11 November 2011
Victoria. Department of Health
Victoria's exceptional public healthcare leaders honoured - 18 November 2011 - The leadership and innovation of outstanding Victorian public health service providers has been recognised at the 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
Victoria's rural and regional doctors recognised - 16 November 2011 - Fifty four of Victoria's top rural and regional doctors have been recognised at a ceremony in Melbourne at the 2011 Victorian Rural Doctors' Awards.
Western Australia. Department of Health
- 14 November 2011 - Minister for health: funding boosted for men's sheds
- 16 Nov 2011 - Morton - Ex-drug users' graphic stories lead campaign
United Kingdom. Department of Health
NHS referral to treatment waiting times statistics – September 2011 - The September 2011 data on NHS referral to treatment waiting times (RTT) was published by the Department today. This provides information provided by primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and ... Read more
Dementia awareness campaign - In his latest video blog, Alistair Burns – National Clinical Director for Dementia talks about the role the dementia awareness campaign is playing in helping people spot the early signs ... Read more
Designers try to reduce violence in A&E - Designers are working with the Department of Health to try to help reduce violence and aggression towards A&E staff. Designers and psychologists have helped identify the reasons patients might become ... Read more
UK one of best prepared for pandemic - The UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011, which aims to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the best-prepared countries in the world, was published today. The updated ... Read more
Creating a fairer care system - In his latest video blog, Alex Fox, CEO of NAAPS talks about creating a care system in which people have the right and responsibility to develop a better life now... Read more
United States of America. Department of Health & Human Services
November 17, 2011 - Over 100,000 primary care providers sign up to adopt electronic health records through their regional extension centers - The HHS Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced today that more than 100,000 primary care providers are adopting certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to help improve their quality of care and ultimately lower health care costs.
November 14, 2011 - We can't wait: Health Care Innovation Challenge will improve care, save money, focus on health care jobs - Up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and save money. Launched today by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Innovation Challenge will also give preference to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy health care workers.
Australian Medical Association
Submission: Draft RACGP Vocational Training Standards - Yesterday, 17 November 2011, - Did you know that the RACGP Vocational Training Standards are changing? The new draft standards involve significant change and a move to an outcomes based approach. Supervisors and doctors-in-training have expressed concern about some elements of the draft standards. Find out what the changes to the Vocational Training Standards could mean for you by reading our submission. read more - AMA+submission+on+Draft+RACGP+Vocational+Training+Standards.pdf
American Medical Association
AMA adopts new policies during final day of semi-annual meeting - Nov. 15, 2011 - AMA Press Release - The AMA voted today during the closing session of its semi-annual policy-making meeting to adopt the following new policies...
AMA Adopts new policy to combat national drug shortages - Nov. 14, 2011 - AMA Press Release - The AMA today adopted policy to combat national drug shortages that threaten patient care and safety.
AMA supports allowing research on organ transplantation between HIV-infected individuals - Nov. 14, 2011 - AMA Press Release - The AMA voted to support amending a federal law that bars clinical research of HIV-infected organ donation.
AMA announces 2011 App Challenge Winners - Nov. 11, 2011 - AMA Press Release - Out of the hundreds of ideas submitted, two were selected by AMA members as the next great medical app ideas.
British Medical Association
BMA calls for smoking ban to include private motor vehicles - A review of compelling scientific evidence supporting a ban on smoking in motor vehicles is published today (Wednesday 16 November) in a new briefing paper from the BMA. (Wed 16 Nov 2011)
BMA prepares for Day of Action on pensions - The BMA is providing new campaign resources for doctors who want to show their support for the 30 November Day of Action on public sector pensions. (Mon 7 Nov 2011)
Medical students from low income families facing £13,000 more debt, warns BMA - Medical students from low income backgrounds are graduating over £13,000 more in debt than their better off peers, says a new report from the BMA today (Wednesday, 2nd November 2011). The results from the survey also indicate that the number of students from the lowest income brackets in medical school has declined in the past 12 months. (Wed 2 Nov 2011)
Doctors go on camera with fears for patient care - BMA highlights doctors' concerns about NHS reforms
Canadian Medical Association
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