Latest issue of Australian Health Review is ‘topicality plus’

Friday, December 2, 2016

The latest edition of the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association’s (AHHA) peer-reviewed academic journal Australian Health Review (AHR) is ‘topicality plus’, says the AHR’s chief editor, Professor Gary Day.

‘The journal has just been released, and covers many topical, and sometimes controversial issues—from seclusion and restraint in mental health care settings to the management and care of refugees in Australian hospitals.’

‘The article on seclusion and restraint is particularly interesting in that it canvasses, for the first time in health services research in Australia, the views of consumers and their supporters on barriers to, and strategies for, reducing the use of these practices.’

‘The article on caring for refugees in hospitals surveyed both a rural and an urban hospital. Refugees are a vulnerable group, often with complex health needs—and these needs are often unmet because of, for example, language issues and cultural barriers’, Professor Day said.

‘The research certainly highlighted that caring for refugees in Australian hospitals is a significant challenge, and that healthcare professionals require more support, more information about available services, and better access to interpreter services. These issues were more pronounced in the rural setting.

‘Another interesting study is about home enteral nutrition (feeding through a tube, outside of the hospital setting). Sometimes patients need additional nutritional support or feeding which can only be provided effectively through a tube. It has proven to be cost-effective and reliable for such patients to be fed in this way at home. The article shows that although experiences were generally positive, there were inconsistencies in service provision because there is no national or statewide standardisation of home enteral nutrition services.

‘The care perceptions of orthopaedic trauma patients, and their involvement in decision-making on discharge from hospital is the subject of another one of the studies in this new edition of AHR. The findings were interesting in that patients in general were concerned about a lack of information provided to them on discharge, and a lack of involvement in and understanding of care choices made. There was also a feeling from patients that they were ready to leave rehabilitation before their actual planned discharge date’, Professor Day said.

Other (selected) topics covered in AHR include: health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease receiving comprehensive care; medical record-keeping and system performance in orthopaedic trauma patients; implementing the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Ageing and Aged Care Strategy in Queensland; National Broadband Network-enabled Telehealth trials for older people with chronic disease, and how rural placements affect junior doctors’ perceptions of working in a rural area.

AHHA is proud to support research through AHR that contributes to the delivery of high quality, efficient and effective health services for all Australians.

For more information on AHHA, visit http://ahha.asn.au. View AHR 40(6) here.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, Primary Health Networks, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

Media enquiries: Prof. Gary Day, Editor-in-Chief, Australian Health Review, 0422 236 571