February/ March 2014.

Issues of patient care are front and centre in this edition of the HARC e-Bulletin, where we look at new guidelines aimed at improving obesity care in the US. The guidelines place more focus on lifestyle interventions and physician awareness and education than previously.

We also explore how healthcare workers make ethical decisions when faced with complex and confronting patient cases. Ethicist Gavin Enck writes for the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy that ethical issues practitioners face may be complex but it is important to develop guidelines to help them make difficult decisions.

And we highlight a perspectives piece in the Medical Journal of Australia, which says governments and stakeholders, including Indigenous people, must redesign current mainstream health policies, programs and systems to better support Indigenous health, community needs and culture.

As always, your feedback, letters and suggestions are welcome. Send correspondence to Melissa.Davey@saxinstitute.org.au. And please forward this edition on to those colleagues you think may be interested.

Melissa Davey
Editor, HARC e-Bulletin