School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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Internationally, patient safety is a growing concern. Patient harm occurs in 10% of hospital admissions. A million adverse events occur in general practice each year in Australia. Overseas data reports that patients receive recommended care only 50% of the time. We will significantly advance this...
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Information and communication technology’s (ICT) major strength is its ability to connect people, places and organisations in ways never before possible. For service organisations ICT is a powerful tool to manage client information and deliver co-ordinated and efficient services. Yet understanding...
The risks which e-health may pose to patient safety are widely acknowledged but largely unexplored. Little evidence has been published about the causes of harm or its consequences for service delivery and patient outcomes. Our program monitors e-health safety using reports of critical incidents and...
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Universal health coverage (UHC), which implies all people have access to needed services without the risk of financial ruin, has become a major goal for health reform in many countries. Fiji and Timor Leste are currently seeking to modify their financing systems so they can move more quickly to UHC...
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The research seeks to understand the gendered sociocultural factors influencing the uptake and controls of PMTCT (Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission) programs from the perspectives of antenatal women, their partners and health care workers. It has the following aims:1. Undertake an assessment...
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With Dr Catherine Mills, VELiM, Usyd. This project examines how the widespread use of ultrasound in pregnancy might be effecting public debates about the ethics of abortion. Obstetric ultrasound is a routine aspect of pregnancy, and foetal images are a familiar part of our cultural landscape....
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The aim of this project is to examine the relationship between mobility across the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and HIV risk. Specific objectives are to understand the relationship between HIV risk and: the patterns of border crossing; the sexual behaviour of border crossers at...

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