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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Allied health professionals: Can we measure quality of care?


In a comprehensive report from QualityWatch in the UK, researchers examined the role and quality of care of allied health professionals in the NHS. Allied health professionals: Can we measure quality of care? looks at a diverse group of 12 professions who often work across mulidisciplinary teams and across sectors of care.

The authors of this report express concern that the contribution AHPs make to overall healthcare is undervalued. The different AHP groups include chiropodists, dieticians, music therapists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiologists and speech and language therapists. They found that AHPs made up 6% of the NHS workforce in 2013. "We suggest that a better understanding of both the levels of care and the quality of care provided by AHPs will be increasingly important in a financially constrained NHS."

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Call for smarter ways to deliver regional mental health help

A national mental health body says more innovative ways are needed to tackle mental health issues in regional areas. Chief executive Jennifer Bowers said greater awareness was needed about the hardships regional Australians faced, particularly in relation to mental health.
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Cheaper and pure meth hooks Dubbo

Meth use in Dubbo and the wider western region is increasing dramatically because of cheaper and more pure product being available but is still isn’t as damaging as alcohol abuse, according to the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSW LHD).

People who would have previously used speed have now turned to ice because it is more readily available and more affordable and occasional users are turning into habitual users.

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Unique opportunity for GPs in mental health

The PULSAR project (Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery) aims to implement and evaluate recovery-oriented practice in mental health across primary care sites and specialist mental health services in the catchment of Monash Health.

Recovery-oriented practice aims to support people in their personal recovery goals by improving their mental health and wellness, live in a self-directed life, and reach their full potential.

Please see more details of this project at the link below:

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

The fight to save rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

From the late 1800’s to the 1970’s, Australia’s Federal and State and Territory Governments, together with church missionaries entered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia, and began removing their children.

They had no idea the damage and disastrous repercussions their actions would have on Australia’s First People, who not only lost their children, but also their pride, culture and land. This article discusses the resulting Aboriginal suicides which have occurred as a consequence and some measures taken to overcome this.

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Bennett heads bush for mental health

TWO southern Queensland communities will have an opportunity to learn more about the importance of resilience when rugby league coaching legend Wayne Bennett and ABC sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton host two special evenings on mental health in Goondiwindi and Roma in November.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts mortality (AIHW)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts mortality is one in a series of 5 reports by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that describe the combined burden of cardiovascular disease (including coronary heart disease and stroke), diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

This report on Mortality presents up-to-date statistics as well as trends on deaths from these chronic diseases. It examines age and sex characteristics, and variations across population groups, including among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, by geographical location, and by socioeconomic disadvantage.

Media release

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ice use in Orange is a concern, but experts say alcohol is the real issue – Poll

THE prevalence of the drug ice in Orange and other regional areas is taking second place to the impact of alcohol on the community, according to Orange-based drug and alcohol experts.
Lyndon Withdrawal Unit deputy chief executive officer Dr Julaine Allan and Western NSW Local Health District drug and alcohol clinical nurse consultant Melissa Romeo say the release of NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics figures showing a doubling of ice use in rural areas in the last year needs to be measured in the context of overall drug use in the area.

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OUR TOWN, OUR UNIVERSITY: Student projects address rural health issues

Troy Belshaw, Diviya GK and Talal Lakmas explored factors which determine why general practitioners (GPs) choose to practise in the Western NSW Local Health District.
The study found 60% of GPs working in the district were of non-rural origin and 40% of rural origin.

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Australian hospital statistics 2013-14: emergency department care (AIHW)

Australian hospital statistics 2013–14: emergency department care

In 2013–14:
• There were almost 7.2 million presentations to public hospital emergency departments;
• 75% of patients received treatment within an appropriate time for their urgency (triage) category;
• 73% of patients spent 4 hours or less in the emergency department;
• 2 million patients were admitted to the hospital from the emergency department, and 45% of these were admitted within 4 hours.

Media release

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Impacts of climate change on public health in Australia (Deeble Institute)

Impacts of climate change on public health in Australia: Recommendations for new policies and practices for adaptation within the public health sector by the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, aims to:
  • draw attention to the potential impacts of climate change on health in Australia;
  • discuss the policies and issues related to the impacts of climate change on health;
  • present prioritised recommendations to decision-makers on policies and practices which may assist mitigation of and adaptation to the most serious of the identified impacts;
  • provide guidance which will assist appropriate people and agencies to allocate resources to the highest priority problems; and
  • provide a comprehensive list of references which provide reliable evidence about the potential impacts of climate change on health in Australia


Monday, 20 October 2014

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

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Psychosis fears after 'ice' use rises among injecting drug users

Hospitals and drug clinics are bracing themselves for more patients presenting with psychosis and cardiovascular problems after a significant increase in use of the drug "ice".

The number of injecting drug users who used ice in the last six months has increased from 55 per cent to 61 per cent in the last year, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre's annual survey released on Monday.

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Healthy living program aids recovery from mental illness (Curran Centre-Orange)

People battling depression or anxiety have been offered a greater understanding of their illness by taking part in an older and wiser, active and healthy program.
The program is run by the Curran Centre Orange. See more details below: