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McHospitals - should we have them?

 PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability
Literacy
Australian Curriculum General Capability:
Literacy

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

PhilosophyPhilosophy

1. In pairs or a group of three students, divide up and read the following articles:

The Guardian 26 February 2018

the Guardian
ABC News 25 July 2017

ABC News
Good Food 25 April 2017

Good Food
Sydney Morning Herald 9 February 2017

SMH
The Conversation 11 December 2014

The Conversation
The Conversation 26 March 2014

The Conversation

2. In the role as a Hospital Administrator, plot the advantages and disadvantages of having fast food outlets within the hospital. Share with your group and collate all your responses. Discuss as a class.

3. How do you think you can balance healthy food available in the hospital (including the hospital kitchens) and the "wants" of the patients? Discuss.

4. How would you [or should you?] regulate the greater use of UberEats within the hospital for both the staff and the patients? What are the major points and questions that need addressing? Discuss.

5. Discussion

"McHospitals - should we have them?"

Discuss how you would either

  • faze out these outlets and what would you replace them with? How?

  • promote the healthy aspects of these outlets and justify to the hospital board your decision

 

 

 

Big Data, Better Hospitals

 High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy 

1. What has been your experience or the experience of your family of going to hospital? Sports injuries on a Saturday afternoon? What were the wait times? Discuss with a partner.

2. The Patient Admission and Prediction Tool (PAPT) was developed at the CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre in partnership with Queensland Health, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology to cut hospital waiting times. Read the following article from the CSIRO about their PAPT development.

CSIRO

3. Answer the following questions:

  • When was the PAPT developed?

  • What was the reasoning behind the tool?

  • Was it possible to cut hospital waiting times?

  • Have all Australian hospitals adopted this tool? Why not?

4. View the following video from ABC Education: Big Data, Better Hospitals [a repeat from the video inserted in the CSIRO article but more focussed]

ABC

2. The questions you are asked to consider are:

  • What types of calculation or mathematical tools does the hospital staff use to make their predictions?

  • Do you think that the Patient Admission Prediction Tool [PAPT] generally makes accurate estimates?

  • For what purposes might the hospital administrators use these predictions?

  • How important are these for helping patients? (Source: ABC Education: Big Data, Better Hospitals)

  • CSIRO have estimated that if PAPT was rolled out nationally, it could deliver productivity gains of up to $23 million in direct cost savings from improved bed usage, reduced elective surgery cancellations and patient health benefits.

    • Using the data from "Did You Know" on the Info page for the Hospital Administrator  - calculate the savings per hospital. 

    • What do you think the saving of $23M should be spent on to help patients in hospitals?

Discussion

Discuss with a partner and then with a group of 10 students.


 

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