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Do your patients know when to ask: Could this be sepsis?

September 13 is World Sepsis Day but despite significant effort, many Queenslanders still don’t know what sepsis is or its symptoms. That’s why Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ) has launched a comprehensive website for both clinicians and patients, with a wide range of downloadable resources, from posters and infographics, to videos and sample text that can be shared among your colleagues and networks.


More mental health support needed for frontline nurses tackling COVID

More support needs to be put in place for hospital workers, especially nurses, dealing with the COVID pandemic after a global review of studies found high levels of depression, PTSD, anxiety and burn-out amongst frontline staff. 


Are Australia’s current COVID-19 vaccines as effective against delta as they are against alpha?

The emergence of the delta strain of SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) earlier this year was not a surprise, and has resulted in an additional increase in morbidity and mortality across the world. Studies indicate a high effectiveness of many vaccines designed for the previously dominant alpha strain. But scientists are still waiting for the full story on the delta variant, and research results need to be viewed with caution.


US study - Is myocarditis tied to COVID-19 vaccination more common than reported?

While cases of pericarditis or myocarditis temporally linked to COVID-19 vaccination remain rare, they may happen more often than reported, according to a large review of electronic medical records (EMR).


Redefining the dengue-receptive area of Qld after the 2019 dengue outbreak in Rockhampton

The Queensland map of dengue-receptive areas should be updated to include the broad geographic area from Townsville south to Rockhampton, following an outbreak of dengue virus serotype-2 (DENV-2) in Rockhampton. Research published in the MJA detailed the outbreak and response by the Central Queensland Public Health Unit.


Giving patients informed choices could reduce low-value care

To protect themselves from the potential harms of low value care, patients must take an active role in clinical decision making, according to the authors of a perspective article published by the Medical Journal of Australia.


The health impacts of lockdowns are not worse than those of large COVID-19 outbreaks, at least in the short term

In countries like Australia, that have avoided large-scale COVID-19 epidemics, lockdowns were not associated with large numbers of deaths. Although lockdowns are undoubtedly associated with health harms, their impact on health is unlikely to be worse than the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic itself, concludes a review published in the online journal BMJ Global Health.


New Qld website to improve awareness, early recognition and management of paediatric sepsis

Sepsis is a leading cause of preventable death and disability in children, and is a top priority for statewide paediatric patient safety. The Queensland Paediatric Sepsis Program (QPSP) have now released a new website to support families and clinicians caring for children across the state. Hosted by Children’s Health Queensland, the website is a ‘one stop shop’ for clinicians, researchers, families and communities around Queensland.


How can we encourage more doctors to practice in rural and remote locations?

Supporting clinicians to practice rurally is complex and should be part of a multifaceted strategy to provide more health care in the bush, according to the authors of a supplement and accompanying editorial published by the Medical Journal of Australia.  


UQ study calls for changes to treatment for Indigenous mental health

A University of Queensland study is calling for changes to the way depression is treated in Indigenous communities in Australia. Results show that treating depression in Indigenous communities should extend beyond just clinical approaches, ensuring connections are maintained with culture and country.