Contemporary medicine, with its increasing emphasis on managerialism, throughput and efficiency and increasing use of technology, can find itself out of step with the needs of Aboriginal patients. Simple changes to hospital and doctor’s wards would make Aboriginal patients feel at ease and improve their chances of recovery dramatically.
The PVC Recycling in Hospitals programme has diverted over 200 tonnes of high-grade PVC waste from landfill to recycling sites since its launch in 2009. The programme helps redirect material to reprocessors in Australia and New Zealand, enabling manufacturers to use the recycled polymer in goods such as garden hoses or outdoor playground matting.
Having grappled with severe anxiety, it is great to see that mental health in the study and practice of medicine is being brought to the forefront lately. The stigma surrounding depression and ‘burn-out’ is instead being slowly but surely replaced with initiatives to better understand and support the problem at hand. More and more students have publically shared their stories and offered their support for others that may be experiencing something similar.
At a time when technology is helping healthcare navigate the 21st century to work with speed, efficiency and accuracy, it's almost incredulous this Queensland hospital has made a decision that seems backwards. What's behind this decision?