Hal Swerissen

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OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effectiveness of the Chronic Disease Self-management Program (CDSMP) when delivered to for people from Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian and Greek backgrounds living in Victoria, Australia. METHOD The CDSMP was administered to 320 people with chronic illnesse(es) in selected low income areas in the State of Victoria,(More)
The reach of sporting organizations into the community makes them an ideal vehicle through which to promote health to the general population. There are now a number of documented examples demonstrating that sponsorship can lead to improvements in the health of the sporting environment, but relatively little is known as to why some sponsorships are more(More)
  • Hal Swerissen
  • Australian health review : a publication of the…
  • 2002
As demand for hospital and emergency services grows there will be pressure to improve the integration of primary, acute and continuing care services. Research on ambulatory sensitive care conditions suggests that a significant proportion of hospital use is potentially preventable by primary health and community care services. The desire for better health(More)
But dying is now highly institutionalised. Over the past century, the proportion of deaths at home has declined and that of deaths in hospitals and residential aged care has increased. Today only about 14% of people die at home in Australia. Fifty-four per cent die in hospitals and 32% in residential care. Home and other non-institutional deaths are about(More)
Cross-cultural adaptation of study instruments is a difficult, time-consuming, but arguably cost-effective process. If conducted properly, it has the advantage that the translated study instruments are accurate, easy to understand, accessible, and culturally appropriate to the target audience and produce reliable and valid data. This article explores(More)
Chronic diseases are a major challenge for the Australian health care system in terms of both the provision of quality care and expenditure, and these challenges will only increase in the future. Various programs have been instituted under the Medicare system to provide increased funding for chronic care, but essentially these programs still follow the(More)
OBJECTIVE To review innovative models of primary care in different countries in order to identify potential mechanisms for reforming primary care policy in Australia. METHODS We conducted a narrative review and synthesis of evidence about models of primary care from four English-speaking comparator countries (New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and(More)
Chronic disease represents a significant challenge to the design and reform of the Australian healthcare system. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) provides a framework of numerous chronic disease management programs; however, their use at the patient level is complex. This analysis of the MBS chronic disease framework uses a hypothetical case study of a(More)
Methods One-hundred and twenty-one people with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy were recruited into this one-year prospective cohort study. At baseline, the participants completed two questionnairesthe Patients’ Interpretation of Neuropathy questionnaire and a short questionnaire asking about preventative foot-care behaviour. Basic diabetes and(More)
The rationale and content for an interdisciplinary communication and interpersonal helping skills programme taught to third year Physiotherapy students is described, noting in particular the need to integrate a general counselling model with specific interviewing and clinical skills required by Physiotherapists. A programme evaluation based on the(More)