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Sarah Russell

Health Care

Nurses shouldn’t have to fight alone

In their present industrial dispute, nurses are seeking the right to care for patients properly. The issues that underpinned this industrial action affect all healthcare professionals, not only nurses. A shortage of experienced and qualified nurses makes it difficult for all healthcare professionals to do their jobs affectively. It also…
Sarah Russell
October 11, 2001
Gender

Excuse me if I don’t get excited

When Viagra arrived on the scene, it did so with all guns blazing. Now viacream for women makes a more gentle entrance via another route. Whether this new development is in the interests of equal opportunity or merely a new marketing opportunity, one thing is certain: this new cream makes…
Sarah Russell
May 30, 2001
Mental Health

More depressing than mental illness

It was reported recently in The Age that one in five sufferers of manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder) commit suicide. Sufferers of manic depression at doctors, politicians, plumbers, sales people, artists, writers, musicians, lawyers etc. Many are wives and mothers. Some are gifted, many of us are not.…
Sarah Russell
October 7, 2000
Health Care

Why drugs aren’t always administered

Research by pharmacists has shown people suffering from cancer may not receive certain drugs that are in prescribed by doctors. This research, however, fails to acknowledge legitimate reasons for this omission. Some people admitted to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute will require regular doses of analgesia, anti emetics and laxatives,…
Sarah Russell
November 27, 1999
Health Care

Health concerns shared by many

It is disconcerting that Santo Greco‘s letter makes the distinction between himself (clinical biochemist) and Janet McCallum (history lecturer). In this letter, he expresses anger that a "lay person" dare to judge his work. Is he suggesting that only those with an expert medical knowledge are competent to judge the…
Sarah Russell
November 24, 1999
Health Care

An obese bureaucracy starves health care

Visit a hospital cafe between 8.30 and 9am. In the past, the "hospital cafeteria" was deserted at this time - it was too early for practitioners to take a morning tea break. Nowadays, it is filled by women and men (though mostly men) in dark suits on their way to…
Sarah Russell
October 8, 1999
Aged Care

What discrimination

The Australian medical Association claim that older people are being refused access to surgery in public hospitals. Where, I ask, is the evidence to support this claim? In making treatment decisions, a range of factors are taken into account.  Even in a utopian world of unlimited health resources, the most…
Sarah Russell
November 9, 1998
Health Care

Careless

Since case mix funding was introduced, there is no statistical evidence of an increase in readmissions for the same diagnosis. But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that patients are requiring readmissions for complications. Take for example one patient in my study of 600 admissions to an intensive…
Sarah Russell
July 2, 1998
Health Care

Palm Island’s health hazards

When asked to describe my work as a nurse at the Palm Island Hospital, one word comes to mind: "Frustrating". It was terribly frustrating to be working in a health care service that was clearly not working.  Although many health professionals lobby for increased funding for aboriginal health care, the…
Sarah Russell
November 24, 1997