Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management 2021-05-17T07:57:35-07:00 Yaping Liu Open Journal Systems <p>The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management (APJHM) is a peer-reviewed journal for managers of organisations offering healthcare and aged care services. The APJHM aims to promote the discipline of health management throughout the region by facilitating the transfer of knowledge among readers by widening the evidence base for management practices.<br /><br />*Print 1(1);2006 - 5(1);2010 Online 4(2);2009 - current<br />*ISSN 2204-3136 (online); ISSN 1833-3818 (print) </p> The perceptions of health care workers on the provision of services amidst COVID-19 pandemic in a maternity care hospital: Qualitative study 2021-05-17T07:57:35-07:00 Vindya Wijesinghe <p><strong><u>Abstract </u></strong></p> <p><strong><u>Introduction</u></strong></p> <p>COVID-19 infection is speading throughout the world increasing the death tolls. Health care worker is overburdened with increased workload and having to work an unknown territory of disease leading to changes in the quality-of-service delivery. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceptions of healthcare workers in a maternity unit of a Sri Lankan Hospital on provision of services during the pandemic.</p> <p><strong><u>Methods </u></strong></p> <p>In depth interviews were conducted with 25 participants representing different health care worker categories during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. The sample size was determined by achievement of the saturation point. The interview guide allowed exploration of work-related issues, health system related issues, logistical issues, and psychological concerns. Conventional content analysis method was used to analyze the data. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Results</u></strong></p> <p>Analyzed data&nbsp; revealed 15 themes which include sense of duty/ self-satisfaction, concerns toward the loved ones, concern towards themselves, doubts about the disease, care to the patient during the pandemic, changes in managing emergencies during the pandemic, support from other HCWs,&nbsp; work related burn-out, pandemic related barriers to serve patients, support from the administration, discrimination by the others, awareness programmes for COVID 19, PPE related issues, ambiguity of national guidelines and equality for all.</p> <p><strong><u>Conclusions</u></strong></p> <p>COVID-19 has affected the life all personal including the HCWs. They are requested to continue providing services amidst multiple concerns including the scarcity of medical equipment and cadre. Policy makers and government should look into the possibility of financial assistance and psychological support programmes to boost the spirit of the health care workers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Copyright (c) Towards an inclusive research culture in upcoming Health and Education Precincts in New South Wales, Australia: implications for policy and practice 2021-05-16T01:18:35-07:00 Madhan Balasubramanian Victoria Flood <p>An inclusive research culture is vital towards the maturity of Health and Education Precincts into an active innovation ecosystem. To date, substantial investments have been made in 13 upcoming Health and Education Precincts in varying stages of development in the Greater Sydney region, New South Wales. The political commitment to create an innovative environment for teaching and a vibrant research culture is noticeable. However, it is unclear to what extent government policy engages the breadth of clinical personnel in teaching and research-related activities and contributes towards improving research culture. Based on a study conducted at the central river district of the Greater Sydney region, we argue that better engagement of clinical personnel in teaching/research-related activities and inclusion of research-related roles within the job description of clinical personnel can substantially drive a positive research culture and thereby contribute towards the overall development of Health and Education Precincts. Opportunities for continued education and training of clinical personnel and involvement in graduate research programs also substantially drives research culture. We argue that future policy and practice solutions for upcoming Health and Education Precincts need to foster an inclusive research culture and should be tailored to meet the needs of an innovative ecosystem. Future solutions will need to contribute towards improving research culture as well as the health and wellbeing of people in the region.</p> Copyright (c)