Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué. In this issue, we will be exploring how difficulties in recognising and communicating abnormal results from laboratory and imaging investigations leads to significant patient harm.
This edition is unapologetically different. Looking after our patients and improving the ways in which we keep them safe is only one side of the story. The other side is looking after ourselves. As healthcare professionals, our behaviour is not infallible and our health is not immune to the physical and mental illnesses that afflict those we treat. At times, we are all patients as well.
Welcome to the third edition of the year. This edition examines the plight of young people who live in residential aged care services (RACS). No, that statement is not an oxymoron. There is a significant number of young people, defined as those under the age of 65 years, who rely on RACS for accommodation and care. The appropriateness of this existing arrangement and the availability of realistic alternative options are hotly debated.