Responding to the Shadow of Managed Care

Honeysuckle is a glorious and fragrant climbing plant. It is a traditional favourite of many cottage gardens, filling the early days of spring with its beautiful scent and seeming to herald long and happy summer days ahead…. It is also highly invasive and aggressive and now classified as an environmental weed throughout Australia. It spreadsContinue reading “Responding to the Shadow of Managed Care”

If You’re a Specialist O&G, Now is the Time to be a NASOG Member.

The annual renewal period for many professional memberships is upon us, including NASOG membership which is due for renewal by 30 June 2021. A key focus of NASOG’s work is ensuring the survival and success of independent, private obstetric and gynaecology services in Australia. We do this by: Collaboration with key medical representative organisations toContinue reading “If You’re a Specialist O&G, Now is the Time to be a NASOG Member.”

Lets Save Our Collapsing Health System

We are now hearing daily stories of the effects of our collapsing health system. Increasingly, delays spent waiting in ramped ambulances in our public hospital driveways are leading to unnecessary suffering and in some cases, death. The response from our politicians is to shift blame between the Prime Minister and Premiers over whose fault itContinue reading “Lets Save Our Collapsing Health System”

Key women’s health issue left out of the Budget

NASOG welcomes the investment in women’s health areas being made by the Australian Government through the 2021-22 Budget. The funding boosts for the range of gynaecological items and support for the mental health of new and expectant parents are particularly positive and strongly backed by NASOG members. However, we were disappointed that funding to supportContinue reading “Key women’s health issue left out of the Budget”

COLLABORATION IS ADDRESSING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS

During this past week a number of key stakeholder groups were brought together by the Department of Health to reignite the discussions around the Future of Private Obstetrics in Australia. From the Government perspective there is a strong need to take increasing pressure off the public health maternity units by facilitating women’s access to theContinue reading “COLLABORATION IS ADDRESSING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS”

The Future of Private Obstetrics: A Work in Progress

Dear Colleagues, We are now well into 2021 and our energies so far have been focussed on the emerging threat of managed care in medicine generally but in obstetrics particularly and the current parlous state of the entire private obstetric sector. The Federal Government has resumed work in this important area and reaffirmed their commitmentContinue reading “The Future of Private Obstetrics: A Work in Progress”

A Reflection on 2020

As this year draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your support of NASOG throughout 2020 and acknowledge the challenges we have all faced and dealt with during this unique time. As demonstrated by the number and content of the “president’s articles this year, NASOG has been tirelessly working toContinue reading “A Reflection on 2020”

Blacktown Hospital and the Evolving Crisis in Obstetric Care

The recent coverage of the tragic newborn deaths at Blacktown Hospital in outer Sydney brings the evolving crisis in obstetric care in Australia into sharp relief. Pressures on the capacity of this hospital to manage the numbers and complexities of maternity patients in the district could soon be seen in every public hospital throughout theContinue reading “Blacktown Hospital and the Evolving Crisis in Obstetric Care”

We’re All in This Together

The week of 6-11 September was Women’s Health Week, a nation-wide campaign centred on improving women’s health and helping them to make healthier choices across all aspects of their lives. Women’s Health Week attracts the support of organisations, high profile ambassadors, businesses, community, sporting and media groups across the country and draws attention to allContinue reading “We’re All in This Together”