Julie Adams, a bohemian free spirit who likes to challenge the status quo in healthcare, and Lorna Cook, a dynamic powerhouse of networking and marketing energy, founded chemo@home in 2013. We are passionate about growing chemo@home across Australia; aiming to provide true patient centred care to cancer and chronic illness patients and their families. This blog is partly health information and partly a reflection of our personal experiences and opinions. Happy reading. www.chemoathome.com.au
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How to End a Relationship by Not Eating Grapes
I don't much like shopping. Not for food, clothes,
homewares, furniture, cars or houses. But give me a cause, a reason to think
more deeply and then I become a passionate shopper. The ultimate
Being a conscious consumer is defined as having an
increased awareness of the impact of purchasing decisions on the environment
and on health and life in general.
It is of course a double-edged sword. No decision can be made on
the spur of the moment, far too much thought needs to go into every
purchase. The joy, however, from having purchased an item that attains
the level of accountability I demand is immense.
It started years ago with "buy Australian". Something
which has turned into Australian made, Australian owned, Australian produce...
oh and even if it is Australian I want it as local as possible.
I support brands, the ones that disappear one by one on our
duopolies shelves, who look after the environment, who understand their supply
Carbon neutral, eco-friendly, sustainable, deforestation, workers
conditions in third world countries, culturally aware, natural fibres, low
waste, free range, pole and line caught, against animal testing, the list goes
The downside to this obsession, the joy of conscious shopping, is
that it is a nightmare for others to shop with me. Really, it's a stiff drink
after experience, for most. Ask my friends who left me in the juice isle
of IGA when we were on holidays. They finished all our shopping whilst I
was choosing a juice which met my exacting standards. I do think though,
that shopping with me is an "educational experience". The same gorgeous
friends will now send me a photo of their purchases when shopping, just to let
me know they are doing their bit.
It may have even ended a budding relationship. I declared I
couldn't eat grapes in winter to my new beau (no judgement if you do!), they
weren't in season, and were only available because they were imported.
Alas, my phone went cold. My inability to eat an out of season fruit became the
"Grapes of Wrath".
chemo@home tries whenever possible, to be a conscious
consumer. Hospitals and day-units have a huge carbon footprint.
They use lots of resources and produce lots of waste. Our patients are
also helping the environment by not driving their cars to the hospital or
day-unit. One nurse traveling to them, seeing 4-5 patients a day, instead
of 4-5 patients traveling to the hospital. Saving fossil fuels, reducing pollution.
As for this little ole conscious consumer, I can't wait to
discover the next brand that delights my senses by ticking all the boxes on my
hefty list. Julie
Recent media reports have highlighted the somewhat complex
and hidden costs associated with health care.The Four Corners report “Mind the Gap” focused on out-of-pocket expenses
and hidden fees from surgeons.Whilst
the ABC medical report on “Secret Pacemaker Payments Boosting Private Hospital
Coffers” focused on the hidden rebates hospitals receive for using various
medical devices. The two issues are separate, but very much related. Both point to the lack of transparency of
financial interactions between specialists, hospitals and a variety of other
stakeholders in the health care market.
The first media report highlighted the issue around
“informed financial consent”.It is
mandatory for all patients receiving care from a specialist in a private
hospital to sign a document stating that they agree to the charges related to
the procedure or care for which they are being admitted.But how “informed” is the financial
consent?At a vulnerable time, how
likely is a patient to shop around to ge…
Have you ever believed in something, something you thought everyone else believed in as well; only to find out that in fact nothing could be further from the truth? Just after we started chemo@home 5 years ago, a very high up health executive said to us during a meeting, "It's not about the patients, don't bring emotion into this". It was possibly the first time (but definitely not the last time) that such a jaw dropping statement like this was said to us. We had started chemo@home on the entire principle that treatment WAS ALL ABOUT THE PATIENT. For us, the patient and their family are at the centre of everything we do. Their choices, about their treatment, is what matters most. To find out that there were health managers and executives who put other concerns before the patient was, for us, mind blowing. What are these concerns you might ask.... well let’s just say that a lot of emphasis is placed on a health services "activity", the number of staff they …