Covid-19 community forum on ethical triage Over 200 people participated in an online forum on hosted by Health Issues Centre on April 2 to discuss ethical triage during the Covid-19 Crisis. The event intended to give community representatives of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and those with co-morbidities an opportunity to feed into the discussion about triage decision-making. Many of these groups fear they may be the first to miss out on scarce resource allocation if hospitals become overwhelmed. A video of the plenary session is linked below.
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Over 200 participants in Covid-19 forum Over 200 people have participated in an online forum hosted by Health Issues Centre to discuss ethical triage during the Covid-19 Crisis. The event was held on April 2 to give community representatives of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and those with co-morbidities an opportunity to feed into the discussion about triage decision-making. Many of these groups fear they may be the first to miss out on scarce resource allocation if hospitals become overwhelmed. CEO of Health Issues Centre, Danny Vadasz acknowledged the enormity of the challenge facing the group. “Today [...]
Covid-19 and ethical triage – a consumer forum At some point in the near future – possibility within days – Australia will run out of ICU beds for patients critically ill with Covid-19. When that moment comes, our medical professionals will be forced to make unenviable decisions about who will receive intensive care treatment and who will miss out. Some states have begun developing a framework to decide how patients will be triaged but Health Issues Centre is concerned that clinical guidelines focus strongly on survivability. This means the most vulnerable groups are at greatest risk of being unable to access [...]
Pandemic response The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in unprecedented state-wide and national measures to minimise the spread (flatten the curve) and address the impacts of the virus. It’s a rapidly evolving situation and advice is changing daily and even hourly at times, so we encourage you to stay up-do-date with information from credible sources (listed below). We know how important clear, fact-based information is to consumers and carers so you can make sure you are looking after your own health and being protective of those around you. It is undoubtedly a challenging time for all of us. It requires a coordinated cross-Government, industry and [...]
COVID-19 - Who gets to play god? Danny Vadasz is the CEO of Health Issues Centre, Victoria’s peak health consumer advocacy body The good news is that finally, Australian governments appear to be moving beyond their “just-too-late” decision making processes that until now seemed directed at last weeks Covid-19 challenges rather than the emerging issues. Hopefully they will also move beyond public relations catchphrases (“flatten the curve”) and media releases that are put through so many layers of approval and review that they are invariably released too late to matter. Perhaps they can then move toward communications that actually engage with [...]
My Aged Care Support Resources A series of translated documents have been produced to assist seniors who would like assistance navigating My Aged Care. These are available for use and distribution by individuals, families and carers, community groups, local health services and anyone else who may find them helpful. The documents are available in an A4 electronic version or a condensed printable brochure version. Electronic versions Arabic Translation My Aged Care Support - Electronic Copy Tigrinya Translation My Aged Care Support - Electronic Copy English My Aged Care Support - Electronic Copy Printable brochures Arabic Translation - Brochure Four Points to [...]
Turning the tables on abusers Domestic violence is about power and control, according to experts, and technology is a modern tool of control for abusers. This includes actions like restricting access to phone or internet, monitoring emails, phone calls and text messages, and using tracking technology (e.g. phone locating software) to keep tabs on a partner’s location. But victims are now turning the tables on their abusers and using technology to safely exit a violent relationship. The most dangerous time According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, leaving a relationship is the most dangerous time. “When a victim leaves, they are [...]
Gendered medicine: A matter of life and death International Women's Day on March 8 was a significant milestone for gender equality. It followed hot on the heels of the #MeToo movement and the conviction of its flagship offender; as well as a general groundswell of change stirring around the globe. But in the world of medicine, it seems we're still operating in a gendered time warp. According to Dr Alyson McGregor, associate professor of emergency medicine at Brown University in the US, medical science over the past century has been based on only half the population. The male half... Health Issues CEO Danny [...]
There are two halves to the Covid-19 story. One is about the clinical implications of the spread of the virus – Where and how quickly will it spread? How likely are you to catch it? How seriously ill would you become? What can you do to safeguard yourself from contagion? Our governments and medical authorities are doing their best to provide calm, sensible advice and we are not qualified to go beyond the advice of their experts. But there is another side to the unfolding Covid-19 story that is more about its social and economic consequences when these measure impact on [...]
A new world of possibilities and opportunities When Mandy Hutchinson walked into Health Issues Centre, she had high hopes. As CEO of Northern District Community Health Service, she is passionate about community engagement and knew what she wanted. “We have this idea that we are a service that is a reflection of the community. It’s vitally important that their voice is part of the fabric of what we do,” she said. “But right now, I’m not sure that it is.” Mandy signed up for the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT) as part of an ambition to transform her [...]