Posted November 03, 2019 17:31:49 A new initiative by the Black Doctors Association is seeking to provide online doctor signature data to the medical profession, following criticism that the data is not available.
The “Black Doctors” coalition, led by Dr Johnnie Smith, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and Dr Johnathon Johnson, a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Australian Medical Association, is seeking data from accredited tertiary institutions on the “medical history, demographic and geographic characteristics of the general population of Australia”.
The aim is to ensure data is accessible to the public and improve the quality of data.
The coalition’s co-chair, Dr Smith, said: “This is an issue we’ve been fighting for for a long time.
I’m not going to lie to you, there are times when I feel a little bit sad.”
It’s not going away.
This is a good thing, because we can get this data into the hands of doctors and the general public.
“The data is currently collected from the Medicare and Ageing Services.
It is believed to be the largest data set of its kind in the world.
Dr Smith said: “[It] is going to be very useful for us to see where we are, how we are doing, and how much we are being discriminated against.”
There are many, many issues about access and discrimination and access to healthcare in Australia.”
When you have data that is available on a regular basis and is available to the general Australian population, you will see where you are.
“Dr Johnson added: “The data will also be helpful for other research and clinical research, for the development of treatment and prevention programmes.
“Dr Smith, who is also the CEO of the New South Wales Medical Association and chair of the Victorian Association of Medical Colleges, said that the new data was “absolutely vital” to improving access to quality healthcare.”
This is really important for the health and well-being of all Australians,” he said.
Dr Johnson said that he wanted to “give back” to the Black Doctor Coalition.”
We are really hoping that by doing this we can make a real difference in the way we can access medical care,” he told the ABC.”
I think that we are really important and we are part of the community and we want to give back to the community.
“Dr Martin Riddell, a clinical psychologist who specialises in health, wellbeing and the intersection of healthcare and the social and economic system, said the data could be a tool for people to improve their mental health.”
If there’s a good outcome to it and the data can be useful for health professionals to have, that could be really helpful to the people who are in the medical workforce,” Dr Riddel said.”
That data could then be used to inform policy that will actually help people.
“Dr Riddeldell said he hoped the data would also help to improve health and wellbeing in the community.”
The Black Doctors’ coalition is really hoping it can change the way in which people think about access to health care and mental health services,” he explained.”
To do that, they’re also hoping that it can help people to take part in community health programmes, or get the support that they need to take up work or careers in a meaningful way.