New opt-in patient registry for psychedelic based therapy

A new national patient registry will help inform the effectiveness and safety of prescribing psychedelic substances to patients with serious mental health conditions including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It follows the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)’s decision to allow authorised psychiatrists to prescribe medicines containing the psychedelic substances MDMA (ecstasy) and psilocybin, a compound […]

Patient abuse towards medical receptionists rife

Verbal and physical abuse of medical receptionists by patients is rife, and causing lasting harm according to new research from the University of Queensland (UQ). The research found zero tolerance approaches and visible safety measures like clear acrylic barriers and lockable doors at reception areas were ineffective deterrents in reducing patient aggression. UQ’s Centre for […]

Reducing midwives risk of work-related injury

Search for an image of a “midwife,” and you will see the internationally identified photo of our profession – a smiling midwife with their head turned, bent over a pregnant belly listening to a foetal heart through a pinard stethoscope. This heart-warming posture is demonstrative of the strange positions that midwives adopt during their regular […]