Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.
HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.
The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.
You can view the report here.
Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.
You can visit the site here.
Now in its sixth year down under, December is Decembeard® for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard® encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.
Launched in 2011 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard® was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds.
One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. That's why we're asking Aussie men to grow a beard this December, raise funds and help beat bowel cancer. Register now and help make real change happen at Decembeard® Australia:Grow a Beard.
You can find more information on Bowel Cancer Australia's website here.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality have released the 14th volume of the National Case Note Review Booklet. This review focuses on the decision to operate, with a particular focus on when to determine if surgery is futile, if the surgery will bring relief to the patient and whether the surgery will return the patient an acceptable quality of life. The review found that many surgeons deal with these problems on a regular basis and it has been found that engaging family, colleagues, nursing staff and centralising the patient leads to satisfactory outcomes.
You can read the review here.
National Case Note Review Booklet