Australasian health week in review: September 5

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health, IT and eHealth news:

NBN a $20bn growth kickstart
The Australian ~ Mitchell Bingemann ~ 04/09/2015

The National Broadband Network has become a default stimulus program amid the gloom infecting the broader economy, as the taxpayer-funded company prepares to spend more than $20 billion on the nation’s largest ever infrastructure project and hire 7000 new workers over the next five years.


Q&A: Professor Phelps defends 'best specialist' website
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 04/09/2015

The Specialist Doctors website generated a storm of controversy when it was launched last month.


Qld government apologises for Health payroll disaster
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 04/09/2015

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick has publicly apologised for the disastrous replacement of the Health payroll system under the previous Labor government, declaring his intention to turn over a new leaf when it comes to the state’s electronic health systems.


Qld Health on the hunt for super-CIO
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 03/09/2015

Queensland is looking for an IT chief to lead its new consolidated electronic health division, after former chief health information officer Mal Thatcher completed his year on secondment.


My Aged Care site criticised for wasting GPs' time
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 03/09/2015

THE new national gateway for aged-care referrals is acting as a choke point for GPs trying to arrange care for elderly patients, doctors say.


HealthPathways tool to help Auckland GPs plan patient care
NZ Doctor ~ Rachel Wattie ~ 02/09/2015

Auckland health alliances have joined an Australasian trend with the launch of a local version of the Canterbury HealthPathways.


How new technologies are shaking up health care
The Conversation ~ Tim Usherwood ~ 02/09/2015

New tests and drugs have impacted health care for many decades. But we’re now seeing the emergence of completely different kinds of technologies that will radically alter how health care is both accessed and delivered.


Human Services' computers keep disabled out of work
The Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 01/09/2015

Disabled Australians are prevented from getting into the workforce because faulty government computers cannot process their health checks, according to the Australian Greens.


National cancer registry likely by 2017
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 01/09/2015

State-based Pap test registers will be abolished and replaced with a single National Cancer Screening Register that will also incorporate bowel cancer screening data, according to the Department of Health.


David Russell-Weisz on why he took job as director-general of WA’s Health Department
Perth Now ~ Kara Vickery ~ 31/08/2015

There is a reason this job comes with a salary of $642,900. Ask anybody in politics and they will tell you running the Health Department is the toughest gig in the business.


No AHPRA checks performed on 'best specialists'
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 31/08/2015

The doctors behind a website claiming to list the country’s “best” specialists admit failing to obtain participating doctors’ permission and checking AHPRA to see if they faced sanctions before adding their profiles to the site.


Battle of the blowouts: how real can Labor make its Real NBN?
ZDNet ~ Chris Duckett ~ 31/08/2015

If Labor wants to bring more fibre to the premises into the NBN mix, then it must decide how much extra money it will allow NBN to spend.


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