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Independent review of the incident notification, management and analysis of incorrect dosing of cytarabine

SA Health commissioned an independent review of the incident notification, management and analysis of the incorrect dosing of chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) in 2015. The review was undertaken by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is the second review looking at these significant incidents.

You can find the review report here and read HCA's media statement on the serious issues involved here.

 The independent review panel found that:

  • There was a serious failure of clinical governance at the RAH.
  • Staff had little or no knowledge of the Incident Management guidelines and did not make an incident report in the Safety Learning System (SLS) within the required time frame.
  •  The health services did not provide sufficient education or explanation of system response or policies.
  • Open disclosure was not well thought out or properly planned, nor was the provision of additional support.
  • There was inadequate documentation of the process or planned follow up.
  • Requests by patients/families for further information were not responded to quickly nor was there a process for reporting back to them about changes that had been implemented.
  •  The issue of compensation was poorly managed.

Implementing the Review’s recommendations:
The review panel has made six recommendations, all of which been accepted by SA Health.


 

The 57th Boyer Lecture Series

Over four lectures and four weeks, the World Medical Association president, Professor Sir Michael Marmot will explore the challenges communities face in solving issues of health inequality. HCA will provide the link to each of the lectures as they are released.
Episode one: Professor Marmot explains how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, determine their risk of poor health. You can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here.

Episode two: Professor Marmot explains how the good and bad things that happen in early childhood set the stage for health and well-being throughout a person’s life. You can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here.

Episode Three: Professor Marmot explains how unemployment is bad for health, but that work can damage health, too. When work is no longer the way our of poverty, health suffersYou can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here

CHF: Fast track for new drugs will need faster subsidy decisions

The Consumer’s Health Forum of Australia has released a media statement in response to the Federal Governments plans to fast track the approval of new drugs. You can read the full release below.

CHF: Fast track for new drugs will need faster subsidy decisions

Volunteers sought for consumers’ perspectives on service for the detection and reporting of patient deterioration.

A research team from Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and Flinders University are undertaking a study looking at consumers’ perspectives to inform the development of a new consumer-activated response service to escalate concern about patient deterioration. To participate you must be a NALHN consumer who has been a previous patient or family member/carer of a past patient at either Lyell McEwin or Modbury Hospitals between 2010 and 2015. The program flyer is available below. For more information contact Stephen Yu on 8133 2381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Flyer: Consumers’ perspectives on a service for the detection and reporting of patient deterioration

Survey: PHCRIS beyond 2016

The Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) core funding agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Health expires on 31 December 2016. The PHCRIS services are conducting a survey to assess the usefulness/value of PHCRIS’ resources and services and to assess whether their stakeholders are likely to invest in continuation of PHCRIS’ services. You can find out more and complete their short survey here.


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Events

Development of a Mental Health Charter for South Australia: Meet and Greet.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The SA Mental Health commissions is seeking to develop a mental health charter for SA in response to a key recommendation from the report Mental Health: Exploring Collaborative Community Reform in South Australia’ The commission plans for the charter to be developed via a process of co design (a series of 3 x 2 hour workshops) with those that experience, or care for someone experiencing mental illness, as well as through consultation with those who work within the sector. There will be a casual meet and greet to discuss the project on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. To find out more you can contact the project consultant Tanya Mackay on 0400 166 793 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stroke Research Forum

Thursday, 3 November 2016

This full day Stroke Research Forum is hosted by the Peter Couche Foundation and supported by SAHMRI and the three universities, Adelaide, UniSA and Flinders.
For further information or to register contact Josie Grey on 0419 829 631 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The full flyer is available below.

Stroke Forum: Flyer

Family Violence Forum

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Northern Health Network (NHN) is holding a ‘’Family Violence Forum: Reducing stigma and promoting prevention’’ to promote community awareness and better knowledge in relation to family violence. The full flyer outlining the detail is available below.

Family Violence Forum: Flyer

2016 Scientific Symposium: End of life care

Monday, 17 October 2016

The symposium on end of life care is a free public event associated with the 2016 SAHMRI Scientific Symposium. A panel will discuss and debate the key issues associated with end of life care.
Registrations can be made here before the 10 October 2016. The event flyer is available below.

2016 Scientific Symposium: End of life care

 

2016 Scientific Symposium: Healthy Ageing

Monday, 17:00 17 October 2016

Tuesday, 09:00 18 October 2016

This year’s SAHMRI's Annual Scientific Symposium has a focus on Healthy Ageing. Registrations must be done separately for each of the days of the Symposium. You can register here before the 10 October 2016. The event flyer is available below.

2016 Scientific Symposium: Healthy Ageing

 


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