Friday, 21 October 2016
Published in the Medical Journal of Australia this week, 'Improving maternity services for Indigenous women in Australia: moving from policy to practice<https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2016/205/8/improving-maternity-services-indigenous-women-australia-moving-policy-practice?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D14640742ada0e4ff0363136c8ea1b1af>' comprehensively reviewed Australia's National Maternity Services Plan (NMSP) and resulting actions regarding Aboriginal mothers and babies between 2010-2015.
The report found that the NMSP "expired without notable results" in three priority areas: building the Aboriginal maternity workforce, providing culturally competent maternity care and developing dedicated programs for 'birthing on country'.
Emeritus Professor Lesley Barclay AO<http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2015/07/30/researcher-honoured-in-top-ten-list.html>, from the University Centre for Rural Health, said: "Almost a quarter of Aboriginal women give birth in remote parts of Australia, compared with just two percent of non-Aboriginal women. The disparities in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians are well established, including higher incidence of preterm birth, low birth weight and newborn mortality. We also know chronic diseases take root early in life."
"We're calling on the government to provide urgent funding for priority areas identified and accepted in the past, and for further research into the most effective ways we can arrest and improve health outcomes for all Aboriginal people. "
https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/205_08/10.5694mja16.00854.pdf Report in PDF
http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/10/21/maternity-care-for-aboriginal-women.html About the report
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
People should also be mindful of family members and loved ones during this difficult time, and are encouraged to reach out to others, especially if they have not heard from them in some time.
WNSWLHD Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Consultant, Di Gill said people should take care of their health and wellbeing, especially following a natural disaster.
“Natural disasters like flooding can really impact people’s mental health, and we urge everyone in central western NSW in flood-affected areas to make sure they look after themselves, their families and their communities,” Ms Gill said.
Read more at: http://wnswlhd.gwahs.nswhealth.net/NewsandPublications/MediaReleases.php?mr=1478
Thursday, 13 October 2016
The report calls for a radical rethink in Indigenous mental health policy to place Aboriginal people at the centre of care.
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-12/indigenous-led-suicide-prevention-plan-need-to-fight-deaths/7921776
A mental health strategy released by the NSW Government on Wednesday turns the "crisis response" mentality upside-down and places prevention at the forefront of mental health care, with staff encouraged to be aware of potential issues from the beginning of their career.
Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/emergency-services-join-forces-on-mental-health-strategy-20161011-grzy04.html
Thursday, 6 October 2016
* Spending on health in Australia (recurrent and capital expenditure combined) was $161.6 billion in 2014-15, $4.4 billion (2.8%) higher in real terms than in 2013-14.
* This was the third consecutive year that growth in health expenditure was below the 10-year average (4.6% between 2004-05 and 2014-15).
* Growth in health expenditure per person was also relatively low, at less than a half of the average annual growth over the decade (1.4% compared with 2.9%).
* Despite the low growth, the share of the economy (GDP) represented by health reached 10.0% for the first time.
Media release: Latest health spending figures reveal mixed trends<http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129557213>
Download report: Health expenditure Australia 2014-15<http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129557170>
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Just under a decade ago, Professor Stanley gave extensive evidence to a previous coronial inquest into Indigenous suicides in the Kimberley.
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/action-not-talk-needed-for-indigenous-suicide-fiona-stanley-says/7899620
For the people behind one of the Central Coast’s most successful alcohol and drug rehabilitation services, The Glen at Chittaway Bay, mental health wellness is critical and getting the right help vital.
See more at:http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/mental-health-expo-at-the-glen-aims-to-help-those-in-need-and-entertain-the-whole-family/news-story/639e4c0f6960dce0189649e646871def
Established in response to a request in December 2015 by federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, the group provides advice, expertise and strategic support for suicide prevention policy across Australia by identifying priorities and promoting action.
In keeping with the National Mental Health Commission’s commitment to the ideal of nothing about us without us, membership includes people with a lived experience of mental ill health.
Read more at: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/media-centre/news/new-suicide-prevention-advisory-group.aspx
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Tobacco indicators: measuring midpoint progress-reporting under the National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018 (AIHW)
* This report presents midpoint data for several tobacco indicators using various data sources and collections years.
* The majority of indicators show that favourable progress has been made, particularly for exposure to tobacco smoke, uptake of smoking, transition to established smoking and regular smoking among young people, adults and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
* However, some groups achieved greater progress than others, and inequalities within particular groups increased for some indicators.
Media release: New report shows positive changes in Australians' smoking patterns<http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129557200>
Download report: Tobacco indicators: measuring midpoint progress-reporting under the National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018<http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129557116>
Friday, 23 September 2016
The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard<http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/clinical-care-standards/hip-fracture-care-clinical-care-standard/> aims to ensure that a patient with a hip fracture receives optimal treatment from presentation to hospital through to the completion of treatment in hospital.
Fact sheets and other resources are also available.
Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14 (AIHW)
Media release: Australians living in regional areas more likely to be hospitalised for a mental health condition<http://myhealthycommunities.gov.au/our-reports/mental-health-and-intentional-self-harm/september-2016/media-resources/media-release>
Download report: Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14<http://myhealthycommunities.gov.au/our-reports/mental-health-and-intentional-self-harm/september-2016/report>
Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 (AIHW)
Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011
* This report provides estimates of the non-fatal and fatal burden of disease for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; as well as estimates of the gap in disease burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
* The disease groups causing the most burden among Indigenous Australians in 2011 were mental and substance use disorders, injuries, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases.
* Indigenous Australians experienced a burden of disease that was 2.3 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians.
* Over one third of the overall disease burden experienced by Indigenous Australians could be prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, high body mass, physical inactivity and high blood pressure.
* This report is accompanied by a media release and a summary report.
Download the report: Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.
Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary material
* This document provides a detailed description of the methods used to derive the fatal and non-fatal burden of disease (using the disability-adjusted life years, years lived with disability and years of life lost measures) for the Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations for 2011 and 2003, as well as estimates of how much of the burden can be attributed to various risk factors.
* The report is targeted at researchers and epidemiologists, and those seeking to further understand results provided in the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011.
Download the report: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary material
Thursday, 22 September 2016
The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a guideline covering care for people with multimorbidity (multiple long-term conditions.
Designed to optimise care by reducing treatment burden (polypharmacy and multiple appointments) and unplanned care, the aim of this guideline is to improve quality of life by promoting shared decisions based on what is important to each person in terms of treatments, health priorities, lifestyle and goals. The guideline sets out which people are most likely to benefit from an approach to care that takes account of multimorbidity, how they can be identified and what the care involves.
Access the full guideline on multimorbidity.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Feature articles include
* Nurse empathy and the care of people with dementia
* Access to healthcare services for people living with HIV experiencing homelessness.
* Stoma and shame: engaging affect in the adaptation to a medical device.
* Flooded with evidence: using a 'spillway' model to improve research implementation in nursing practice.
* A mental health nursing transition program for enrolled nurses at a forensic mental health hospital.
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
* The health status of Australians
* Health expenditure
* The major causes of ill health
* Determinants of health
* Health through the life course
* Health of Indigenous Australians
* Preventing and treating ill health
* Health system performance
The main publication is accompanied by a summary report, Australia's health 2016-in brief.
Click on the links (below) to view the report and media release.
Media release: 85 out of 100 Australians say they're healthy-but are we really?