08 Nov Key Issues Impacting Australia’s Health Sector
‘The latest issue of the Australian Health Review, the academic journal of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), focuses on the key issues impacting Australia’s health sector today,’ says Editor-in-Chief, Professor Sonĵ Hall.
As frontline healthcare workers continue to support our communities in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, several articles in this issue focus on the wellbeing of the health workforce and the obligations of health services in protecting their staff.
‘A case study by Connie Galati, Bronwyn Award and Louise Ramsay from Canberra Health Services shares the strategies introduced by Canberra Health Services’ Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department to address the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on staff.
‘This case study shows how an embedded staff psychological service can better meet the psychological needs of healthcare professionals and teams by focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies.
‘In a perspectives piece, Jessica Dean et al examine the obligations of health services to protect their staff from the physical and psychological risks of COVID-19,’ notes Professor Hall.
‘An article from Professor Imogen Mitchell et al explores end-of-life care in the ward and intensive care unit (ICU) environment in nine Australian hospitals revealing that a nationally coordinated approach is needed to improve experiences of end-of-life care.