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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"Finding our way back" : new resource for Indigenous people who have attempted suiciede

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have created a new resource "Finding our way back" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends. The booklet features real-life experiences from people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.


Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, this booklet features practical advice shaped by people who've attempted suicide and their families, with suggestions for family members and friends on what they can do to support someone in recovery.  Resources page  Media release


Monday, 21 July 2014

Decision Assist website goes live

The first stage in the Decision Assist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service has gone live, with a website launched and a 24/7 telephone advice service on advanced care planning now available for GPs and aged care providers.

Decision Assist is the collective name for the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services, a consortium of seven healthcare organisations and research institutes that successfully won funding of $14.8 million over three years to establish a nationwide palliative care service under the previous government's Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package.


The new service aims to provide GPs and aged care providers with information on palliative care, advance care planning and advance care directives, including the legislation and processes in each state and territory, create links between aged care and palliative care, as well as training workshops.


The national 1300 668 908 advisory phone service on advance care planning is now available, with a palliative care service due to launch in September. It is expected that the palliative care service will provide advice on topics such as symptom control and medication.

The service also plans to create web-based resources including tablet and smartphone access, apps, and to provide telehealth services to overcome geographic isolation.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Free online clinical training for remote area Indigenous health.

The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has developed a suite of online clinical training modules designed especially for health professionals working in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

The RAHC Introduction to Remote Health Practice Program (online) has been developed as a training resource to provide timely, high quality, orientation and learning materials for RAHC health professionals preparing to work in remote health clinics and services.

The modules currently available are:

  • Introduction to Indigenous Health
  • Communication and Education
  • Chronic Conditions Management
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity
  • Major Incident Management
  • Managing Medical Emergencies
  • Trachoma
  • Ear Health
  • Oral Health
  • Primary Eye Care Checks(New)
  • Eye Health and Diabetes(New)

These modules are available to anyone interested in remote and Indigenous health. Health professionals considering a placement with RAHC or any involvement in remote and Indigenous health are especially encouraged to pursue them.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 (AIHW)

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 focuses on the most frequent causes of hospitalisations due to injury sustained by Australians, aged 65 years or older, during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. Whilst the vast majority of hospitalisations were due to falls, the report focuses on other injuries (such as unintentional poisoning by medications) and it may be useful for guiding and improving policy aimed at reducing those other injuries and for targeting investment in injury prevention strategies.

Media release

Monday, 7 July 2014

Impact of the 2014-15 Federal Budget on Indigenous programs and services : Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

Indigenous Australians will be hit hard by the 2014-15 Budget. Already among the poorest, sickest and most marginalised, Indigenous Australians are hit twice: by cuts to specific programs totalling $603 million over 5 years and cuts and changes to a wide swathe of general programs in health, education, welfare and legal services.

This report provides a good summary of all Indigenous funding provisions in the Budget papers. Report

About the report

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians (AIHW)

Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians.

The pattern of coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians differs to that in non-Indigenous Australians. This paper shows that Indigenous Australians have higher hospitalisation and death rates for these conditions than non-Indigenous Australians, and are more likely to die from these conditions at younger ages. However there are some encouraging trends seen in the Indigenous population, such as declining death rates from coronary heart disease, improved chronic disease management and declining smoking rates.

Media release.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Australia's health 2014 (AIHW)

Australia's health 2014 is the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This edition combines analytical feature articles on highly topical health issues with short statistical snapshots in the following areas:

* Leading types of ill health
* Health behaviours and risks
* Health through your life
* Indigenous health
* Preventing and treating ill health
* Indicators of Australia's health.

'In brief' version

Media release.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

AIMhi Stay Strong iPad App [for Indigenous mental health & substance abuse)

The AIMhi Stay Strong iPad App is a structured mental health and substance misuse intervention using Indigenous specific content and imagery in a computerised (iPAD app) format.

The app will assist therapists to deliver a structured, evidence based, and culturally appropriate intervention to their Indigenous clients. Menzies and QUT are in the process of trialing the app with selected health service providers.

Contact details

About the app

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings (AIHW)

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings is a working paper funded by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council and overseen by the National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee. The paper documents existing approaches for measuring patient experience within non-GP primary health care settings.

Information about patient experience is an important tool for health care quality improvement and health performance reporting. While there have been selected activities to standardise and validate patient experience information in hospital and GP settings, there has been limited documentation of patient experience information within the non-GP primary health care sector. This paper will help inform future work in the area of patient experience in primary health care settings.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Children's headline indicators data portal (AIHW)

The Children's Headline Indicator interactive data portal provides the latest available information on how Australia's children aged 0-12 are faring according to 19 priority areas. These areas include health status, risk and protective factors, early learning and care, and family and community environments. The 2014 electronic release of data includes updates for 11 indicators.

While Australian children are generally doing well, some subgroups are doing less well than others. Indigenous mothers were more than 4 times as likely as non-Indigenous mothers to smoke during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Child deaths from injuries in 2010-12 were 3 times as high in outer regional, remote and very remote areas as in major cities, and infant mortality was about 1.6 times as high in areas with the lowest socioeconomic status compared with those areas with the highest socioeconomic status.

Media release.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study

Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study

In 2012 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) undertook an international study of healthcare variation involving a number of countries. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), coordinated Australia's participation in this study, with support from all states, territories and the Commonwealth, and technical input by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare(AIHW. This paper presents a more detailed picture of the Australian results and includes some additional analyses.

Media release

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Self Harm & Youth Suicide

The rate of youth suicide in Indigenous Australia is now the highest in the world.

With the The Culture is Life campaign, Indigenous Elders are calling for support to help them heal their communities. One of the initial actions of the Culture Is Life campaign was the development of the Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Self Harm and Youth Suicide.

Culture Is Life representatives traveled across the country, gathering vital messages from senior Elders about the solutions needed to solve the youth suicide crisis. These voices form the heart of the campaign, which acts to press community concerns upon Government and service providers on the best ways forward for their communities.

The Elders Report is foreworded by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and leading Indigenous psychologist Prof Pat Dudgeon.

The Culture Is Life team is actively working to distribute the Report to all decision-makers and stakeholders involved in improving Indigenous wellbeing.

Following extensive community consultation and research, the Report also includes a list of grassroots community driven suicide prevention programs that are in need of support, specifically compiled for the attention of Government funding programs and the philanthropic sector.

Elders Report

Choosing lore and life: the campaign against Aboriginal youth suicide (Sydney Morning Herald)

Friday, 23 May 2014

Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report)

The COAG Reform Council's latest (and final) report , Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report) shows gains in primary education, Year 12 attainment and post school qualifications—but employment is not improving.

Launching the report in Canberra, Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, the Hon John Brumby, said governments have made some promising gains in education but not in employment. COAG's target is to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 but over the past 5 years, this gap widened.

There is better news in education, but the findings are not all positive. Falls in school attendance were larger and more widespread than improvements, and high school numeracy results worsened.

In the health findings, the report shows that faster progress is needed to meet COAG's target to close the life expectancy gap by 2031. Obesity is highlighted as an area of concern, with more than 41% of Indigenous people obese, compared to 27% of non-Indigenous Australians. While there is good news in declining smoking rates, Indigenous Australians are still more than twice as likely to smoke as non-Indigenous Australians.

Mr Brumby said the report's results emphasise an ongoing need for COAG to strengthen its performance reporting and accountability framework for Indigenous reform.

"While we are pleased to find successes in this report, we are wary that there is still hard work to be done in some areas. This is the time to regroup and to see these reforms through."

Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report)

Media Release

Gap widens (ABC Lateline Report)

Budget cuts threaten future Closing the Gap outcomes (Australian Greens)

Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Closing The Gap.

Friday, 16 May 2014

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013 (AIHW)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013.

The first national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection captures data from over 200 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It presents data for 19 'process of care' and 'health outcomes' indicators which focus on the prevention and management of chronic disease and maternal and child health.

The report shows improvements against most of the 'process of care' indicators. It also shows organisations that perform better are spread across different geographic and service delivery environments.

Media release

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies (New learning module)

A free, interactive and self-paced module 'Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies' from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT Learning Centre) will help you develop and practice critical appraisal skills you need to assess qualitative studies relevant to public health. With this knowledge, you will know whether the findings of the qualitative study can be applied to your public health decisions.

After completing this module you will be able to answer: Is this study well done? Can you trust the conclusions? Can the findings be applied to your own population? How do the different kinds of qualitative research designs compare? Check out the Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies now!