The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner

The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner

Grace Tame

Macmillan Australia 342pp

Book Review by Robin Osborne

One of the best-known names in Australia, Grace Tame has penned a memoir that is courageous, outspoken and predictably quirky. Noting from the outset that she has both autism and ADHD, the 27-year-year-old describes a life which, despite terrible tribulations, has been ‘on the whole… wonderful.’

Ms Tame is the second woman in recent years to become Australian of the Year (in 2021) for having spoken out against sexual or domestic abuse, the other being Rosie Batty (2015). Both have attracted abuse as well as widespread acclaim. She concedes that giving then-PM Scott Morrison the ‘stink eye’ did not win her friends in certain quarters.

Patient Reported Measures

Virtual Care

Wendy Roulston - Manager Virtual Care

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NNSW LHD is embarking on an ambitious journey across the next five years to integrate Virtual Care across the health system.Virtual Care (VC), also called Telehealth, is delivered in combination with face to face care across the patient’s health journey.

What is happening now?

We are developing a VC Strategy and Action Plan to guide implementation of short, medium, and long-term goals by 2026. Short-term goals include educating our staff, rolling-out VC models across outpatient services and building our technical foundations. Medium-term goals include partnering to design remote monitoring, and our long-term goal is working towards integration of technologies and systems.

Dr Joe Duncan

Sleep is a critical aspect of patients’ health and wellbeing, but sleep disorders can be challenging to diagnose and manage, says a leading North Coast sleep expert.
Dr Joe Duncan, who works out of St Vincent’s Private Hospital at Lismore, said about 7.2 million Australian adults were impacted by sleep issues.
“Daytime sleepiness can affect mental health and cognitive function, and lead to cardiovascular disease and diminished general wellbeing. It also puts people at a heightened risk of things like motor vehicle accidents,” he said.
A new GPs Ask video has been developed by St Vincent’s to help GPs diagnose a range of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, idiopathic hypersomnolence, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorders.

Kill or Cure? A Taste of Medicine

An immersive exhibition looking at how western medicine understood health, disease and treatments from the 15th century to the 19th century.

Kill or Cure? A Taste of Medicine - State Library of New South Wales – until 22 January 2023, free admission. Link here.

 From the influence of the stars and the phases of the Moon, to healing chants and prayers, the knife-wielding barber-surgeon and game-changing scientific experiments, Kill or Cure? – note the question mark – is a superbly presented exhibition taking visitors behind the curtain of western medicine’s often macabre history.

hospital Lismore

The performance of Australia’s hospitals again goes under the government microscope.

 by Robin Osborne

Young children and older adults are the Australians most likely to seek Emergency Department treatment, according to the latest (2020–21) Australia’s Hospitals at a Glance report from the Australian Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), which notes that presentations to public hospital EDs totalled 8.8 million for this period – a rate of 342.5 presentations per 1,000 population. 

The AIHW reports that patients aged four years and under (who make up 7% of the population) accounted for 10% of presentations, while patients aged 65 and over (who make up 16% of the population) accounted for 21% of presentations overall.