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OBJECTIVE To estimate Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidies for drugs to treat smoking-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2001-02, and over the period of the government's Intergenerational Report (IGR), assuming current smoking prevalence rates and a 5% absolute reduction. DESIGN AND SETTING An Australian epidemiological study, using… (More)
AIMS To compare the treatment time and cost of prostate cancer fiducial marker image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) using orthogonal kilovoltage imaging (KVI) and automated couch shifts and orthogonal electronic portal imaging (EPI) and manual couch shifts. MATERIALS AND METHODS IGRT treatment delivery times were recorded automatically on either unit. Costing… (More)
A randomised trial of robotic and open prostatectomy commenced in October 2010 and is progressing well. Clinical and quality of life outcomes together with economic costs to individuals and the health service are being examined critically to compare outcomes.
nterventions to achieve cessation of tobacco smoking have consistently been shown to be effective and cost-effective. There is a compelling body of evidence from Australia and other countries that expenditure on tobacco control programs, particularly anti-smoking advertising, is correlated with reduced smoking rates. 1 In turn, reductions in tobacco use… (More)
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging may allow more appropriate selection of patients for cardiac device implantation and/or cardiac surgery. In this prospective observational study we evaluated the impact of CMR imaging on cardiac device and surgical therapy. All CMR examinations performed in a single centre over a 2 year period were prospectively… (More)
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the Western world however there is ongoing debate about the optimal treatment strategy for localised disease. While surgery remains the most commonly received treatment for localised disease in Australia more recently a robotic approach has emerged as an alternative to open and laparoscopic surgery. However,… (More)