Australian Health Journal

International Clinical
Trials Day 2020

Today is International Clinical Trials Day 2020. The day commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to each group, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy. This is the first recorded controlled clinical trial and changed modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.

Today we hear from Christine Zahren Co-Founder and Director of White Coats Foundation about the importance of clinical trials and involving the patient in the protocol design, to ensure success from “lab bench to bedside”. She also references where information on clinical trials can be found, through government sites, healthcare professionals and also ClinTrial Refer where she works as business development manager.

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Outstanding Achievement
George Faithfull

George has been in the medical device industry in a variety of roles for over 35 years including Sales, Marketing, Business Development, General Management, R&D, Clinical, Regulatory and Government Affairs. He has worked for Stryker in Australia, USA and across Asia.

Driven by purpose
Dr Joe Dusseldorp

Dr Joe Dusseldorp is an Australian surgeon who was first in the country to implant custom 3D printed ears in a number of young Australian children born with a congenital abnormality called microtia. His family ancestry is unique in having 5 generations of medical doctors. Driven by a deeper purpose in treating patients, Dr Dusseldorp’s segment continues Australian Health Journal’s People in Health Care series.

4 Years On

Launched 4 years ago, the Queensland Health’s Nurse Navigator program was created for patients with complex care needs. The Nurse Navigators are Advanced Practice Nurses and Midwives that help patients with care coordination and care planning.

A Nurse Navigator has the system knowledge and access, clinical skills and time to understand each person’s needs and to partner with them to develop a plan of care that addresses their health needs and respects and values their time and circumstances.

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.

APNA is bold, vibrant and future-focused. We reflect the views of our membership and the broader profession by bringing together nurses from across Australia to represent, advocate, promote and celebrate the achievements of nurses in primary health care.

APNA represents a significant and rapidly expanding workforce; primary health care nurses account for around one in eight of the 640,000 registered health professionals in Australia.

People in Health Care – Luke Yokota MACN Registered Intensive Care Nurse

Luke Yokota MACN is a Registered Intensive Care Nurse at Queensland’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and also the Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Men In Nursing Working Party. Luke has become a passionate advocate for diversity in nursing – a profession where men currently make up just 10%.

“Nurses can do more, should do more and now they will do more”, The Hon Minister Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health.

Advanced Practice Nurses comprise 9% of the total nursing workforce, with 26,000 clinicians Australia wide. However although highly skilled, they are under-utilised and constrained to the full scope of practice. The Australian College of Nursing believes this needs to change. Nurse led models of care in which Advanced Practice Nurses play a significant role in service provision, must feature in the future. ACN President Professor Christine Duffield FACN states, “It’s now widely acknowledged internationally that nurses can provide a clinical and very valuable service that’s better suited to the healthcare needs of some consumer groups.”

Co-design, adoption and interoperability

In October CEBIT AUSTRALIA held it’s yearly technology related conference. Australian Health Journal’s reporter Anne Dao spoke with health technology thought leaders on what needs to be consider in Co-Design, Adoption and Interoperability of technology aided healthcare delivery

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in clinical trials and clinical care

Australian Health Journal today continues a major episode release on Technology Aided Healthcare Delivery, with part 2 on Artificial Intelligence in trials and clinical care. Interviews were captured at AI, Machine Learning & Robotics in Health conference in October organised by Informa Australia.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & data skilling clinicians

In this first release, world renowned AI and medical data science experts Dr Anthony Chang and Professor Enrico Coiera spoke to Australian Health Journal reporter Anne Dao at AIMed 2019 Sydney. The conference aimed at clinicians and non-clinicians discussed current clinical applications of Artificial Intelligence in medical imaging, decision support, use of predictive healthcare and machine learning.

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