MCA invited to contribute to UOW Initiative on
November 25 : The University of Wollongong is starting an Initiative for
e-Health within its School of Information Technology and Computer Science.
MCA was invited to attend the inaugural Advisory Board Workshop that was
held at the Novotel Darling Harbour.
The MCA Secretary provided copies of the current MCA newsletter in
support of the view that the shift to the wider use of IT systems in health care
delivery and the emergence of the EHR (electronic health record ) represented
a massive opportunity for medical consumers to take better control of their
health. Further that if the right types of IT systems were introduced an outcome
would be the empowerment of consumers to provide corrective feedback via
next generation QI (quality improvement) IT based systems, so making health
care delivery systems safer for patients and more aware of consumer need.
The MCA secretary also noted that at the heart of today's medical services
crisis was the fact that neither Medicine or Law provided any warranty on their
products and services. Rather the more unsafe such products were the larger
became the market for such products, as the customer became trapped, having
to purchase even more services in the hope of eventually finding a way out of a
medico-legal maze they found themselves trapped within. And that current
directions by government (such as the Health Care Liability Act in NSW) flew
in the face of the total systems approach needed if health care delivery is to be
optimised. Such regressive legislation addresses the problem of the courts
placing a high value on human life and suffering by putting legal barriers in place
that reduce the cash value of human life and suffering by cost shifting the real
human costs of failed and/or negligent medical/legal service supply out to the
social welfare budget.
Addressing the tricky problem of how IT systems could be justified, and what
metrics could be used to measure outcomes, the MCA secretary proposed the
view that a model of good fit for medical service supply was the battlefield,
where chaos was the reality and that IT systems could bring standardisation
and a basis for better DM (decision making) that should lead to safer health
care. And thus a measure of the success of a new IM&T system could be
viewed as the extent to which its introduction had reduced the total entropy of
an extended health care system.
New MCA Committee elected at AGM
November 24 : More use of the Internet suggested at MCA's AGM, with a
planning meeting about this to take place in early 2003.
Changes to NSW Associations Act
June 25 : MCA has now received a letter from the NSW Department of Fair
Trading to inform us that public liability cover is no longer compulsory for
incorporated associations in NSW.
Thus we now have to make a choice if we retain such cover or not and if we
wish to retain some such cover how much we should seek to retain. In view of
the very massive increases in premiums for such cover expected the removal of
the compulsory requirement is a most important matter for MCA.
The letter also notes that the Department is examining the operation of the
Associations Incorporation Act 1984 later this year and will be seeking
comments from Associations..
MCA needs to have a special meeting to allow members to look at the issues
raised by this letter and provide comment and come to a conclusion on what to
do. (As public liability cover is currently our biggest budget item if we can save
on this without exposing MCA to unreasonable risks it opens up various
IMPORTANT UPDATE !
August 20: Owing to pressure of NSW Health GAP committee work
plus work on members cases, preparation of newsletters has had to be
delayed. ( If any members can offer assistance to fill gaps in effort
please contact the Secretary.) The revised plan now is to post out two
editions of the newsletter towards start of September with notice of a
meeting planned for mid September. This meeting will be held in central
Sydney and involve a visit to the Health Information Service at the
State Library of NSW.
MCA Secretary contact details:
(EMail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone Sydney 9949 6531)
Public Hearing June 2002
Parliamentary Committee to the HCCC: Inquiry Into The
Procedures Followed During Investigations And Prosecutions
Undertaken By The HCCC
Details of what took place at the public hearing on 19 June when the HCCC
Details of what took place at the public part of the hearing on 27 June when
the NSW Medical Board give evidence.
The Parliamentary Committee also sent MCA a copy of the submission made
by the HCCC to this inquiry and we can thus provide a synopsis of our
understanding of key elements of the HCCC's submission.