High-risk Australian Health: Research as COVID focuses on health care

A new national survey of more than 13,000 Australians reveals that Australian health is at stake as the pandemic focuses on more urgent COVID-19 medical care. ..

The researchIt was found that people with symptoms of depression and anxiety and those who worked unpaid work, conducted by a group of experts at Monash University, live alone. Those with low socio-economic status, living in government interests, or having personal experience with COVID-19 should go to the necessary health / disability care during the physical distance limitation caused by the pandemic. Access was 44-50% less.

“Missing routine health care opportunities can lead to far worse outcomes across a variety of medical conditions, including mental health, cancer, and chronic illness,” said Professor Flavia Sicatini, lead author of the study. I am saying. Said..

“Our findings help doctors identify and prioritize Australians who may have missed potentially life-saving medical care for non-COVID-related health issues during the blockade. .. “

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St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney, Australia, June 26, 2020. (AAP Image / James Gourley)

Researchers urged doctors to pay particular attention to the listed groups, as they include the groups most affected by changes in healthcare.

“When dealing with the current wave of Omicron, we face a major challenge. If we get out of this, we will catch up with the medical care that is very necessary for non-COVID conditions, so our It will be important not to leave the most vulnerable groups behind, “they said.

Survey data is available in April 2020 Living with COVID restriction research.. The online survey aimed to see how Australians experienced their lives during a pandemic.

Similarly, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in New South Wales (NSW) is calling on the government to pay attention to the burden on hospitals associated with non-COVID care issues.

“As the outbreak of Delta spread across Greater Sydney and New South Wales this winter, the system began to take care of acute COVID care patients who place a unique burden on hospitals throughout the state,” AMA said. President Daniel McMullen said: statement December 15, 2021. “Many people know that in 2022 it became even more apparent and delayed the care of serious problems that could have long-term effects on the system.”

Non-urgent selective surgery in the Greater Sydney area was suspended for several months in 2021 to ease pressure on the healthcare system.

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The ambulance will arrive at St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney, Australia on December 28, 2021. The COVID-19 Inspection Clinic has reached capacity in Sydney, demand is increasing and the center is closed due to public holidays. (Jenny Evans / Getty Images)

AMA urges the NSW State Government to anticipate and meet these medical needs by ensuring that hospitals have the workforce needed to meet their needs.

“Our message is to prepare now by increasing the number of employees. More to deal with non-COVID care issues, especially the increased incidence of cancer, stroke, heart attack and diabetes. We need a healthcare professional, “says McMullen.

The president said that 62% of the association’s senior doctor pulse check respondents felt that the number of medical staff was inadequate, and that 8 out of 10 experienced workplace stress. ..

Meanwhile, at the end of 2021, it was revealed that the Sydney hospital had a serious shortage of staff due to the Omicron epidemic, was planning to hire staff from overseas, and begged nurses to work overtime during the New Year holidays. ..

Epoch Times Sydney Staff