It started with a book launch, by a senior female surgeon. It became a major expose into sexism in the traditional world of medicine.
It's one thing to make it the a hospital when you have a broken leg. It's quite another getting to theatre so it can be fixed.
Getting to an Emergency Department when you are sick, can just be the beginning of your journey.
67% of Australian adults are overweight and one in four adults in Australia are obese. Evidence of increased infection post surgery for obese patients is widespread, between 5% - 60% increased risks.
The cost of a psychiatric bed is a hundred dollars a day. The cost of an Intensive Care bed is five thousands dollars a day. So why are so many psychiatric patients ending up in Intensive Care beds?
This woman was left waiting for 12 hours in a chaotic Emergency Department. All she needed was a medical review, a short course of IV steroids and assistance going to the toilet.
Healthcare is not like the building industry. There are no national regulations covering standards of care. The result is that surgical procedures to drug doses can vary widely.
Imagine if someone in your family was diagnosed with a mental illness. Would you be happy to find them living on the streets, being bashed by street gangs and too terrified to even tell the police?