Someone once wrote that we should not look back at the past because that would lead to depression. Nor to the future, for that will lead to anxiety! I cannot agree with this gloomy reflection. By reflecting on our Catholic health and aged care ministries in the past, we are inspired to look to the future by the lives of countless people who have served this ministry so faithfully and creatively.
The long queue of 108k older Australians needing home care packages revealed in the latest quarterly report from the Health Department should be taken as a challenge to double-down on wider systemic reform.
“…it’s time for healthcare to move on from fax machines”
Catholic Health Australia CEO Suzanne Greenwood is urging Australians to rationally consider the transformative benefits of the My Health Record to patient treatment, particularly in complex aged care.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) and its members are deeply concerned that Senator David Leyonhjelm’s proposed “Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015” serves to distract from the shameful reality of inadequate access to palliative and End of Life care in this country, contributing to a widespread fear of death and dying.
The theme of NAIDOC week 2018, ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrates the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played and continue to play at all levels of society. The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is an important priority which should not be overlooked.