Monday, 20 May 2013
Researchers say risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, and it is thought the damage to the brain occurs as far back as childhood.
The three-year study into how Aboriginal Australians age, titled Koori Growing Old Well, was conducted across five urban and regional Indigenous communities in New South Wales.
They were La Perouse, Campbelltown, Kempsey, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour and included 336 participants, all over 60 years of age.
http://www.neura.edu.au/aboriginal-ageing Koori Growing Old Well Website
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-14/new-study-reveals-high-rates-of-indigenous-dementia/4689168 New study reveals high rates of Indigenous dementia (ABC)
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Chief Medical Officer Dr Gary Geelhoed said the website would benefit anyone who experienced conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
"painHEALTH is the first web resource of its kind to address the problem of chronic musculoskeletal pain from a consumer perspective," Dr Geelhoed said. "Its focus is to provide consumers with evidence-based information and skills to better manage their pain condition.
"The website features short DVD programs in which people with chronic musculoskeletal pain share their real-life stories and offer hope to other sufferers."
According to the National Pain Strategy, musculoskeletal pain is the single largest cause of chronic pain, accounting for about 25 per cent of all cases.
http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/news/new-website-to-ease-the-pain-of-chronic-pain-sufferers/18599 About the website
This is the 8th in a series of http://www.benevolent.org.au/think/practice--resources community aged care research to practice briefings. Other topics covered in the series include Supporting the independence of older people ; Supporting older people experiencing mental distress, and Promoting social networks for older people.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
improved following the opening of a state-of-the-art child and
adolescent mental health facility by the Minister for Mental Health,
Kevin Humphries. Housed in the recently refurbished former dental clinic
building on the grounds of the Bathurst Hospital, the *Willows*
youth mental health facility will ensure more help is available for
young people in the Bathurst region with a mental health issue.
*The $250,000 refurbishment and expansion of the existing facility
will ensure more space is available to provide additional support and
activities aimed at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of
children, teenagers and their families,* Mr Humphries said. *The new
service at Willows will offer community based assessment and treatment
options close to home that will aim to intervene as early as possible to
provide the best possible recovery outcomes for young people in the
with Medibank Health Solutions, has just been released. The Minister for
Mental Health and Ageing, The Hon. Mark Butler, launched the report with
support from Professor Allan Fels AO, Chair of the Australian Mental
Health Commission, and Mr Jeff Kennett, Chairman of beyondblue.
The Case for Mental Health Reform in Australia: a Review of Expenditure
and System Design, estimates that the true cost to support individuals
with mental illness in Australia is at least $28.6 billion. This figure
far exceeds previous estimates. It is based on the first ever
comprehensive calculation of both health and non-health expenditure. The
figure excludes indirect costs like lost productivity. The report also
clearly documents the fragmented and uncoordinated nature of the overall
mental health system, and reviews domestic and international examples in
which integrated approaches to mental healthcare and social services
deliver better health outcomes and improved cost effectiveness.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
www.mindspot.org.au MindSpot, Australia*s first free online and
telephone mental health clinic.
The project has been developed by a team of national and international
experts led by researchers from Macquarie University and Access
Macquarie Limited - the University*s commercial company, and is in
partnership with the Federal Government.
The initiative is part of the Australian Government*s mental health
reform package to improve access and expand mental health services in
remote areas across Australia. It provides confidential assistance to
people nationally via the Internet, phone or email.
www.mindspot.org.au The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online
service for Australians with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or
depression. We provide mental health screening assessments,
therapist-guided treatment courses and referrals to help people recover
and stay well. The online clinic delivers research-based treatment and
operates 7 days a week.
Friday, 3 May 2013
Research for the report involves the collection, collation, and analysis of a wide range of relevant information, including both published and unpublished material. Sources include government reports, particularly those produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC), and the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP).
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
"The world's most comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.
Health Systems Evidence is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems. Health Systems Evidence also contains a continuously updated repository of economic evaluations in these same domains, descriptions of health system reforms, and descriptions of health systems, as well as a variety of types of complementary content (e.g. World Health Organization documents about health systems)."
WHO documents added to new HSE portal support health system strengthening - 25 April 2013
"Health Systems Evidence has expanded its role as a top resource for evidence on strengthening and reforming health systems by adding a beta version of a new portal for World Health Organization documents, and improving the site’s navigation and search functions.
The Intergovernmental Organizations’ Health Systems Documents Portal currently includes a continuously updated repository of policy-relevant WHO documents, and provides ‘one-stop-shopping’ for the many types of documents that can support health systems strengthening by policymakers and stakeholders around the world.
New design elements and search limits will make navigating the site easier and offer more options for how to look for documents in the world’s most comprehensive free access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers interested in strengthening and reforming health systems."
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013
The 17 recommendations fall into 4 thematic groups. The first 6 relate to physical and soft infrastructure for health and health-related services. The second 6 relate to specific clinical service areas, including child health and aged care. Topics covered include broadband, a national arts and health framework, maternity and early childhood care, telehealth and Indigenous health.
Recommendations & communique
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Making health services adolescent friendly: developing national quality standards for adolescent friendly health services
It defines "adolescent-friendly health services" from the perspective of quality, and provides step-by-step guidance on developing quality standards for health service provision to adolescents. Drawing upon international experience, it is also tailored to national epidemiological, social, cultural and economic realities, and provides guidance on identifying what actions need to be taken to assess whether appropriate standards have been achieved.
Friday, 19 April 2013
There were also 7.8 million non-admitted patient emergency services and more than 45 million outpatient services provided by public hospitals.
Australia's hospitals 2011-12: at a glance report [Summary report with key figures]
Thursday, 18 April 2013
"The term "zebra" is a medical slang for a surprising diagnosis. Physicians are taught since medical school to concentrate on the more common diseases: "when you hear a gallop, you should think about a horse, not a zebra". FindZebra is designed to help in those cases when the equine turns out to be a zebra.
There are close to 7,000 rare diseases recognized by rare disease organizations. We index over 31,000 documents covering rare and genetic diseases from 10 reputable sources. Given the number of rare diseases and rate of publication, we think FindZebra is a good companion for medical professionals."
FindZebra is also available for downloads to mobiles and androids.
About the development of the search engine :
FindZebra: A search engine for rare diseases Radu Dragusin et al International Journal of Medical Informatics - 23 February 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
The desire to age in place among older Australians - volume 1 - reasons for staying or moving (AIHW)
Many older Australians report a desire to age in place. The report, The desire to age in place among older Australians, examines the housing circumstances of older Australians by different tenure type (home owners, mortgagees and renters) and the desire to age there.