Head of Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Dr Louise Schaper, is determined to take health care into the digital age. Twenty years ago, as an Occupational Therapy student making home visits with a bootful of garbled handwritten patient file notes, Louise couldn’t grasp why allied health wasn’t using computers to manage patient information. Today, 20 years on, she’s asking the same questions.
Lorna O’Brien’s passion for caring for those with cancer or experiencing mental illness was nurtured at a young age. Raised in Sydney, her parents managed a home for young men with mental health disability, the nursery bed for her compassion. She hopes one day to see mental health treated justly. Her own battle with cancer has provided her rich insight into challenges faced by her patients.
In order to better heal those we serve, we must first deal with our own suffering. Dr Anthony Gooley calls on Catholic health organisations to consider the suffering and burn-out of their own people...
Catholic Health Australia’s Richard Gray, at 80 years of age, retired at the end of August having dedicated more than 22 years with CHA, firstly as Director Aged Care Services and in latter years, Senior Aged Care Advisor. Here he has penned his last article for Health Matters and takes the opportunity to look back at his 27 years immersed in peak body aged care advocacy in Canberra.
Catholic health and aged care has a gift to the world – the healing ministry of Jesus – a promise of love, care and compassion for all. But how can we ensure that Catholic health providers in Australia can fulfil their mission?