Drowning in guidelines: how can we better translate evidence into practice and simultaneously build workforce capacity to improve healthcare safety and quality?

Safety and quality are consistently the leading priorities on the healthcare agenda. There is overwhelming evidence of a clear link between healthcare safety, quality and patient outcomes, not to mention the potential financial savings that could be gained through improvements in both. So this leads us to the million dollar question –how do we effectively improve healthcare quality and safety?

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Social prescribing of non-clinical services within Australian primary care: is it more than just a good idea?

The concept of social prescribing has been gaining some traction in Australia recently. The King’s Fund defines social prescribing as a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services [1]. This is a broad definition which implies that social prescribing might refer to a General Practitioner (GP) actively encouraging a patient to participate in Parkrun to help them lose weight and meet new people, through to a chronic disease nurse linking a patient experiencing homelessness to a local housing service.

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The NDIS is delivering ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports for some, but others are missing out

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full national rollout in July, 2016 based on a fundamental principle to give those with a disability choice and control over their daily lives. Participants can use funds to purchase services that reflect their lifestyle and aspirations. Two years on, how is the scheme faring?

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