Incorrect antibiotic allergy labels pose a significant public health issue and more needs to be done to ensure Australia’s most vulnerable patients are not incorrectly diverted to second-line drugs.
In a perspective article published in the Medical Journal of Australia today, Dr Jason Trubiano says incorrect antibiotic allergy labels frequently prevent the use of appropriate narrow spectrum penicillin and targeted antibiotic therapies and often it is the sickest patients who suffer.
Dr Trubiano - who is Austin Health’s Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Drug and Antibiotic Allergy Services, and an Infectious Diseases Specialist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - established Victoria’s first dedicated antibiotic allergy clinic which is now operating at both sites. Click through to read the release.
Researchers have developed a world-first blood test which improves the prediction of the long-term risk of heart attack or death in those with severe coronary artery disease.
In a Victorian-first, cervical cancer patients at Austin Health's Olivia Newton-John (ONJ) Cancer Wellness and Research Centre are benefitting from a new treatment which allows radiation therapy to be administered at higher dosage while minimising damage to surrounding organs. Click through to read the media release
An Austin Health led research study has shown deaths related to quetiapine soared from 126 in 2006 to 751 in 2016. Click through to read the media release