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Building on the foundation of safety

12 Nov 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Glorian Sorensen is an international guru on the integration of occupational health and safety and workplace health promotion.  The light bulb went off for her decades ago when she was working on quit programs in a foundry. The look on the men’s faces as they…

Where’s the medical leadership?

27 Mar 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

There are signs that the Federal Government is gearing up for health policy changes.  Early in March Peter Dutton, the Minister for Health, when addressing a conference of general practitioners, made it clear that health workforce planning was on the agenda.  Later he floated the…

This is what I think of the Board Reform Consultation Paper

27 Mar 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Nick Talley, Chair, RACP Working Party on Governance Reform has issued a consultation paper on board reform. I think its strengths are that it has gone back to basics. The paper is not offering a couple of options to choose from. Instead it has gone…

What people are saying: Stephen Duckett’s latest report

07 Mar 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

This week the Grattan Institute got some good coverage in the media for Stephen Duckett’s latest report Controlling Costly Care: A billion dollar hospital opportunity (http://grattan.edu.au/home/health).  In this report the authors argue that activity based funding by which hospitals are paid, could be made more…

What people are saying – the role of the College

28 Feb 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

As I phone and email people to canvas views on the future the College it is clear that the role of the College and how it functions are issues of concern.  I spoke to someone in private practice, who is involved in some innovative health…

What people are saying – nurse endoscopists

28 Feb 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Caught up with Elaine Siggins, CEO of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia the other day.  She said that there is a lot of discussion in GESA about the issue of nurses undertaking endoscopy.  Some members are in favour and others are not.  Even the pro…

What people are saying – diabetes

27 Feb 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Recently I spoke to Paul Zimmett, a leading expert in diabetes in Australia and the rest of the world, and a Fellow.  As many of you will know he is very active in the creation of policy in this area at both State and Federal…