Gerry Fitzgerald

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INTRODUCTION The acute health effects of heatwaves in a subtropical climate and their impact on emergency departments (ED) are not well known. The purpose of this study is to examine overt heat-related presentations to EDs associated with heatwaves in Brisbane. METHODS Data were obtained for the summer seasons (December to February) from 2000-2012.(More)
There is an urgent need to assess the vulnerability of eco-environmental health to climate change. This paper aims to provide an overview of current research, to identify knowledge gaps, and to propose future research needs in this challenging area. Evidence shows that climate change is affecting and will, in the future, have more (mostly adverse) impacts(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of the New Rural Cooperative Medical System (NCMS) is to decrease the financial burden and improve the health of rural areas. The purpose of the present study is to determine how government subsidies vary between poorer and wealthier groups, especially in low-income regions in rural China. METHODS The distribution, amount, and equity(More)
OBJECTIVE The paper examines whether out-of-pocket health care expenditure also has regional discrepancies, comparing to the equity between urban and rural areas, and across households. METHOD Sampled data were derived from Urban Household Survey and Rural Household Survey data for 2011/2012 for Anhui Province, and 11049 households were included in this(More)
BACKGROUND Different locations and study periods were used in the assessment of the relationships between heatwaves and mortality. However, little is known about the comparability and consistency of the previous effect estimates in the literature. This study assessed the heatwave-mortality relationship using different study periods in the three largest(More)
The direct and indirect health effects of increasingly warmer temperatures are likely to further burden the already overcrowded hospital emergency departments (EDs). Using current trends and estimates in conjunction with future population growth and climate change scenarios, we show that the increased number of hot days in the future can have a considerable(More)
BACKGROUND This study attempted to develop health risk-based metrics for defining a heatwave in Brisbane, Australia. METHODS Poisson generalised additive model was performed to assess the impact of heatwaves on mortality and emergency hospital admissions (EHAs) in Brisbane. RESULTS In general, the higher the intensity and the longer the duration of a(More)
Laboratory data systems are automated for a variety of scientific and management reasons. A key part to maintaining these systems is to regularly assess the impact that automation has had on the laboratory and the organization as a whole. Smith Kline Beecham R&D is using a number of different types of measurement, as well as a number of different tools, for(More)
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