Arguably one of the most important issues facing healthcare as we go forward is health literacy, a term which refers to a patient’s ability to be informed about, and understand, how to best manage their condition and the treatment they are receiving. I’ve blogged before about how health literacy is a major issue in our part of the world and you may remember the case of George, a patient whose story was highlighted through our 20,000 Days Campaign. George was admitted to hospital 28 times within the space of a year until he gained a better understanding of his condition and learnt how to look after himself, at which point he turned a corner and managed to reduce the number of times he ended up in hospital. Clearly in George’s case, the knowledge of how, and why, to manage his condition had a huge impact on his wellbeing, how much he benefited from the treatment we were providing and how much his treatment cost. Continue reading
One of the most fascinating things about working in healthcare is that no two days are the same. As you come to work each day, you never quite know what’s going to be thrown at you. Never was this truer than last week, which brought with it some big challenges alongside some really fantastic achievements.
Firstly, we achieved a fantastic milestone with the smooth transition of our Operating Theatres, Theatre Admission and Discharge Unit, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Central Sterile Supply Department and Neonatal Care into the new Harley Gray Building. This move marked the end of a capital development programme which has seen half a billion dollars invested in order to improve CM Health’s hospital facilities. Continue reading
I would like to extend my thanks to our staff who were involved in the recent move of some of our services to the new Harley Gray Building. Our Operating Theatres, Theatre Admission and Discharge Unit, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Central Sterile Supply Department and Neonatal Care are now operating out of this state-of-the-art facility, after a successful move which was several years in the planning. The transition required massive man power, brain power and muscle power to make it happen smoothly and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make it such a resounding success. Continue reading
Just before Christmas last year, I was given one of the desk top cubes that are being rolled out across the organisation. I started using this small green cube in my office for non-recyclable rubbish, and larger communal bins for my non-confidential paper and mixed recycling. Before long, I became very aware of just what I throw out in a day, and not just at work! At home, I’ve been thinking more about the waste my family creates and how we can make more environmentally friendly decisions, like choosing to recycle where possible. My wife and I have even competed in an electronics store to see who could find the most energy efficient appliance to buy. And all of this is thanks to the simple introduction of a small plastic cube to my office. Continue reading
I’ve written before about Mindfulness at Work and the free mindfulness training we offer CM Health staff. As such, I was very interested to discover that this practice is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, including at London’s Kings Fund, one of the world’s leading health think tanks. Continue reading
Recently I had the huge privilege of speaking to our team of Kidz First public health nurses. It was a great opportunity to meet some new faces and hear firsthand about the fantastic work they are doing behind the scenes, particularly with the Mana Kidz Rheumatic Fever programme. We also talked about the barriers that prevent us from providing the best possible patient care. We shared stories, which I’m sure you’ll all relate to, about the frustrations the nurses face when trying to do the right thing for patients in a system that seems to make this difficult rather than straight forward. In doing so, I was reminded of a story of my own which involved my family’s nanny about 17 years ago. I’ve shared it through my blog before but I want to revisit it today because it really is one of the defining moments of my career to date. Continue reading
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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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