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Public Speaking for Professional Services

Public Speaking for Professional Services! 

In June Rebecca Ward Consulting and The Idea Cloud will be offering a lunch-time workshop specifically designed for those working in Professional Services. Please find details attached to the flyer on the bottom of this post or email Owen at info@rebeccawardconsulting.com

We are always available for a chat to discuss Healthcare, Strategy and Public Speaking at Level 18, 123 Eagle Street in Brisbane!

Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

John G. Bartlett, MD January 29, 2015
Predictions in this field are particularly dangerous, on the basis of a history that is dense with surprises in nearly all facets of the discipline. For example, Ebola was most everyone's choice for medical story of the year for 2014, but this infection was barely on the radar screen 1 year ago.
The influenza vaccine recommended for the current epidemic was created for the anticipated H1N1 strain, but the influenza now causing widespread disease is largely the H3N2 strain.

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

"Laparoscopic appendectomy carries lower costs per quality of life-year in unselected patient populations," said Vincent Chong, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Chong presented the finding here at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress.
Although appendectomy remains the gold standard for treating acute appendicitis, antibiotics have been used since 1945, Dr Chong said. Antibiotics can be used successfully when surgery is not possible, such as in remote locations or when the patient is frail.

RWC October Newsletter

Bubbles!This month marks the relocation of Rebecca Ward Consulting back to Brisbane and to celebrate the big move and the exciting new chapter we are offering a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to one lucky person (delivered to your work or home). All you have to do is send an email with “Bubbles” in the subject line and your preferred delivery address toinfo@rebeccawardconsulting.comto be placed in the draw. NB: Competition open to those in Australia and New Zealand. We are always available for a chat to discuss Healthcare, Strategy and Public Speaking but please watch this space for some exciting new developments!

New campaign says GP not ED


Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

 
New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presentations to Queensland hospitals every year.
“We have a strong commitment to improving frontline health services and ensuring that Queenslanders get the very best of care,” Mr Springborg said.

100,000 avoidable deaths - Ian Bushfield

From: Ian Bushfield
Subject: 100,000 avoidable deaths
To: Rebecca Ward Consulting
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:52:06 +0000

Dear friends,

Watch and share our 3 short new videos that show why we urgently need all clinical trials registered and results reported.Withholding results costs lives - The results of a 1980s clinical trial on heart drug Lorcainide were never published. Doctors didn’t know that more people died in the trial who were given Lorcainide than who were taking the placebo. It has been estimated that over 100,000 people died avoidably because they were prescribed drugs in the same class.

More Interesting Xrays

ACHSM Breakfast Forum - August 2014
















We tend to ignore things we cannot see but we do this at our peril!  For instance, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognised as a critical health issue by the World Health Organisation.  Primarily the concern of hospitals, resistant bacterial pathogens are now seen with increasing frequency in the community.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has appointedProf John Turnidgeto lead a program for national surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and antibiotic usage.

Healthcare Elective at MGSM 2014

MBA in Healthcare? 

Macquarie Graduate School of Managementwill once again offer a subject specifically designed for Healthcare Managers. MGSM recognises that industry-specific training for future healthcare leaders as critical to meeting the demands of Australia’s ageing population, as well the general increasing demand on health care services, tight government budgets and continuing global economic uncertainty.

Topics will range from the local health scene to global healthcare and cover health economics; policy and practices; funding mechanisms; medical law and ethics.

Mastering Difficult Colleague Interactions with Dr Mark O'Brien, Cognitive Institute

Rebecca Ward Consultingis proud to support theACHSMQld Branch (in association withCognitive Institute) in a one-day workshop focussing on enhancing the effectiveness and ease of dealing with difficult colleague interactions in healthcare. This workshop is designed for all who work in healthcare.

Difficult people and situations are often the biggest stressors for all who work in healthcare. However, there can be added pressure when difficult interactions occur with colleagues because of the need to often maintain a long term functional and professional relationship that goes beyond the particular issue being addressed in a challenging interaction.

What NOT to wear when you are presenting

Recently we ran another half day workshop with theACHSM (Australian College of Health Service Management),Perfecting Your Presentations (Managing the Art of Public Speaking)”.

The way you dress for a presentation may be one of the last things on your list after nerves; practicing your speech; the audience members and possible presenting blunders but the way you present yourself is as important for the audience as it is for your self-confidence. If you feel comfortable and professional chances are this will come across.

Which US Physicians Are the Most Overweight?

Which US Physicians Are the Most Overweight? 





In the latest US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on obesity, about 35% of the US population is obese, which is a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 30. Although far fewer physicians of the total number who responded to the Medscape survey are obese (8%), being overweight is still a problem for 34% of them. The cardiologist percentage was higher than that average, with 43% of them reporting being overweight to obese. General surgeons report being the most overweight physicians, with 49% confessing to being overweight to obese (BMI > 25).

ACHSM February Breakfast


ACHSM February Breakfast

When: 
Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 
7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM

Where: 
Royal on the Park
Cnr Alice & Albert Streets
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 

Fees: 
Member $55.00
Non Member $80.00
Student $35.00
NB: Table of 10 $675.00

RSVP: 
Friday, 14 February, 2014



Could Radiation Eliminate HIV?


Resources... How You Use Them.

 
 
 

Cochrane Ladder of Evidence

 
 

Interesting Xrays

Risky Business

Risky Business: Statins linked with risk of musculoskeletal injury.
Using statins may be associated with musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies (joint diseases) and injuries, according to areport published by JAMA this week. It wasn’t that long ago that statins were under the microscope:Severe Rhabdomyolysis Associated with the Cerivastatin-Gemfibrozil CombinationTherapy and we started to critically look at the long term benefits vs. the risks for the class.
 
While statins effectively lower cardiovascular illnesses and death, the full spectrum of statin musculoskeletal AEs is unknown.

Counterfeit drugs

Counterfeit drugs
This week I received a photo of a Chinese police officer amongst a huge pile of counterfeit drugs. This shows only a fraction of the fake medications that have been seized in Beijing in the past few months. China is the biggest source of counterfeit medications that have absolutely flooded the internet in recent years and pharmaceutical experts say that "the illicit trade is now believed to be worth$75 billion globally."

Later in the week a colleague sent me a transcript of the horrifying
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