January 2016.

Welcome to the first HARC e-Bulletin for 2016, covering the latest news, research and reports from December last year and this month.

In this Bulletin, we look at new research on avoiding adverse events in healthcare, including a study that reveals off-label prescribing is linked to a high rate of adverse events. Another study shows that printed handover notes on patients are out of date after just three hours, increasing the risk of errors.

Meanwhile, in our news section, we cover the latest data on preventable hospitalisation in Australia, with a report showing that people living in some parts of the country are nine times more likely than others to be admitted to hospital for a condition that could have been treated more effectively in the community.

In our profile, we meet 2015 HARC scholar Estelle Marque, a course manager with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Centre for Healthcare Redesign, who is researching how a new way of thinking can solve challenges in healthcare delivery.

Please forward this edition of the Bulletin to colleagues who may be interested in joining the HARC Network. We’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions at communications@saxinstitute.org.au.

Megan Howe
Editor, HARC e-Bulletin