Author: ACHR

The practice of medicine must adapt to meet evolving practical and ethical challenges of an aging population, in addition to ongoing improvement in the technological capacity to prolong life. To meet these challenges, doctors need to incorporate better care at end of life into routine practice...

eHealth is seen by some as the most important revolution in healthcare since the advent of modern medicine.  ehealth makes use of developments in technology and telecommunications to deliver health information and services more effectively and efficiently. While ehealth has great potential, harnessing that potential has, and continues to require negotiating...

A controversial nurse endoscopy scheme will forge ahead, despite public opposition from Australia’s peak gastroenterology body. Under the scheme, trained nurse endoscopists perform colonoscopies, flexible sigmoidoscopies and upper GI endoscopiesas part of a multidisciplinary team, after completing a training program partially funded by Queensland Health. Earlier this year, the Gastroenterology Society of...

A recent book explores the many questions surrounding the design and implementation of P4P programs and examines the supporting systems and process that are necessary to drive and sustain performance improvement. Pay for performance (P4P) is increasingly used as an innovative tool intended to improve efficiency and service quality in health...

The Medical Board of Australia has commissioned international research into revalidation, or ways to make sure doctors keep their skills up to date throughout their professional lives. ‘We started a conversation about revalidation in Australia in 2012 as part of our commitment to making sure doctors in Australia maintain the skills...

New MJA article provides an objective measure of the minimum likely effect of the continuation of the freeze on Medicare schedule fees on general practice. Analysing the data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, a continuous cross-sectional, national study of GP activity in Australia, the authors sought...

Implementation Central (iCentral), is a dedicated website, developed and maintained by Dr Saravana Kumar at the University of South Australia, which acts as a repository for resources specific to evidence implementation. It provides an overview of commonly used tools to implement evidence into practice (such as clinical practice guidelines, clinical pathways,...

Christopher Harrison, University of Sydney; Clare Bayram, University of Sydney; Graeme Miller, University of Sydney, and Helena Britt, University of Sydney. With GPs facing greater economic pressure and the health minister considering legislative change to make it easier for GP to charge them, GP co-payments, like Lazarus, may rise again...