Preventable conditions such as coronary heart disease and traffic accidents were two of the main reasons for the higher death rates in regional and remote areas, according to "Rural, regional and remote Australia: a study on mortality" by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare . The report found that death rates were about 10% higher in regional areas and up to 70% higher in remote areas of Australia .
Higher death rates in more remote areas may also reflect higher prevalence of behaviours associated with poorer health (for example smoking or alcohol consumption) as well as any impact of location (for example accessibility and availability of health services). The higher proportion of Indigenous Australians in rural areas is also a factor.
support self-management in Australia. The primary focus will be on the harder-to-reach population groups in the community including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; people from culturally and linguistically diverse populations; people experiencing
socio-economic disadvantage; and children and adolescents. The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking proposals which specifically target the veteran population. These proposals should
reflect the demographics of the veteran population which is a relatively elderly one with 75% of treatment beneficiaries being 75 or older. Proposals are being sought for practical applied research projects to identify, develop and test, innovative chronic disease interventions to
support self-management for use in the Australian context. Applications close 14th March 2008.
More information see:
Review of the Mental Health (Treatment & Care) Act 1994 - Options paper (11/12/2007)
The above article describes changes to the mental health act
Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, Volume 6, Issue 3 (November 2007) http://www.auseinet.com/journal/index.php [youth suicide is a major focus]
Auseinetter, Issue 29 (November 2007) http://www.auseinet.com/resources/auseinet/netter29/ [articles on indigenous mental health and mental health workforce issues.]
Go to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/news/tracker/tracker07/071207.htm
The programs commence on Sunday 2nd December 2007, at 11.00am each day:
Dec 2nd: Aboriginal Health Workers and Chronic Disease Management
Dec 9th: Breathing Easy: Respiratory Disease in Indigenous Children
Dec 16th: Palliative Care for Indigenous People
Dec 23rd: Keep Safe
Dec 23rd: Grow Strong (at 11:30am)
Dec 30th: Start Strong
With the following programs will be screened early in 2008:
Talking Together - Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health
Overcoming Barriers to Screening of Cervical and Breast Cancer in Indigenous Women
Chronic Renal Disease
Highway to health: better access for rural and remote patients/ Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
This Report concerns the subjective wellbeing of carers in Australia. It is the product of a partnership between Carers Australia, Australian Unity, and Deakin University. This study assessed the wellbeing of 10,939 Australian carers. Three major outcome measures have been used. The first is the Personal Wellbeing Index, which assesses the average level of satisfaction across health, personal relationships, safety, standard of living, achieving in life,community connectedness, and future security. The other two outcome measures are sub-scales taken from the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale. The study documents the very poor collective wellbeing suffered by carers and their many challenges and worries.
Impact of drought focus of rural health meeting (mental health conference at Batemens Bay) http://www.farmonline.com.au/news_daily.asp?ag_id=47290
Both of the above articles relate to the current Mental Health conference at Batemens Bay. They describe the connection and impact of drought as it relates to rural mental health.
Reports can be downloaded from :
www.ntgpe.org or (08) 8946 7079.
The article describes the use of new video technology to provide psychiatric assessments across western NSW.