commitments and contributions of the different levels of government with regard to their respective roles and responsibilities. The Committee was asked to give special consideration to:
(a) the extent to which the action plan assists in achieving the aims and objectives of the National Mental Health Strategy;
(b) the overall contribution of the action plan to the development of a coordinated infrastructure to support community-based care;
(c) progress towards implementing the recommendations of the Select Committee on Mental Health, as outlined in its report "A national approach to mental health from crisis to community";
(d) identifying any possible remaining gaps or shortfalls in funding and in the range of services available for people with a mental illness.
This report outlines the committee's work to date and provides a broad summary of the themes arising in the evidence received. http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/mental_health/interim_report/index.htm
This includes a stint at Calare nursing home as just one component of the 18-month Aboriginal health certificate four course.
It will travel especially to drought-affected areas, where Australian farming families and people in small rural towns are doing it tough.
Indigenous people die at much younger ages, and have a greater disease burden, more disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. Despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates appears to be widening. However, the gap in death rates between Indigenous infants and other Australian infants is narrowing.
In general, people living in rural and remote areas also tend to have shorter lives and higher levels of illness and disease risk factors than people in major cities. These findings are influenced, but not fully explained, by the relatively high proportion of Indigenous Australians in remote and very remote areas.
Click on the link to view the media release ( http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2008/mr20080624.cfm ) and report ( http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10585 ).
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CPF policy adviser Elliot Fishman said cycling reduced the incidence of "sedentary lifestyle diseases". "We're not getting people coming in with diabetes, their blood pressure is more likely to be in check, there's less incidence of stroke," he said. Mr Fishman said congestion savings were based on the value of time lost when people were stuck in traffic. He said the Cycling: Getting Australia Moving report, commissioned by the Health and Ageing Department, was the first report to put a dollar value on the benefits of cycling.
The report will be used to lobby health and transport departments to invest in cycling infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and for better links with public transport.
Mr Fishman suggested money could be used from the Infrastructure Australia Fund, announced in last month's Federal Budget. "The report recommends a massive boost in cycling infrastructure," he said. "Outer suburban Australians just don't have the option to take the bike because the infrastructure just isn't available."
Download Report: http://www.cyclingpromotion.com.au/images/stories/downloads/CPFHlthRpr08V3prf1.pdf
The aims of this report are to: examine the effect of caring on family and social relationships; document the social, emotional, physical and financial impact on families of caring for a person with a disability; and to examine the effect of caring on labour force status.
The above article describes a special Four Corners report on Indigenous education in the Kimberley and problems with low literacy levels amongst children and adolescents
Men's health is too often overlooked. This comes at a cost. We know that:
Men are expected to live 4.8 years less than women
Men are three times more likely to commit suicide
Men experience 70 per cent of the burden of disease related to injury
Men are over-represented in deaths related to HIV/AIDS.
The health of Indigenous men is also significantly worse than for any other group in Australia, with an average life expectancy of only 59 years - some 20 years less than non-Indigenous Australian males.
The Government's decision to develop a National Men's Health Policy recognises that men have specific health needs and challenges.
A copy of the paper on the development of a National Men's Health Policy can be found at www.health.gov.au/menshealthpolicy
years in 2005, and for one in six hospitalisations. Transport accidents were responsible for 44% of injury deaths and 20% of injury hospitalisations in this age group. Suicides accounted for 32% of injury deaths.
While the suicide death rate has fallen, hospitalisation rates for intentional self-harm among young people increased by 43% between 1996 and 2006. The increase was much greater for young women (a 51% increase) than for young men (a 27% increase. More than 7,000 young people were taken to hospital because of self-harm. The two main causes were poisoning and cutting. Indigenous Australians had considerably higher rates of death and hospitalisation due to injury than other young Australians. The hospitalisation rate for assault was six times as high. Hospitalisation and death rates from injury also increase with remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage.
In addition, the site contains all submissions and background papers to the summit, an image gallery and additional material.
* Improve the mental health and well-being of primary school students
* Reduce mental health problems among students (eg., anxiety, depression and behavioural problems)
* Achieve greater support and assistance for students experiencing mental health problems.
The website is under construction and continually updating resources
Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004-05 (AIHW).
The report, "Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004-05", showed that hypertension was the most common cardiovascular condition in Indigenous Australians followed by coronary heart disease, heart failure and rheumatic heart disease.
The greatest disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was seen in rates of coronary heart disease, which were twice as high in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
More than half of Indigenous adults have three or four of the following risk factors for CVD: physical inactivity, daily smoking, not enough fruit and vegetables, high alcohol consumption, obesity, and diabetes.
Indigenous Australians were nearly four times as likely to have diabetes as non Indigenous Australians, and were twice as likely to be daily smokers, or to be obese.
Based on data from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory, cardiovascular death rates in Indigenous Australians were three times those of non-Indigenous Australians.
Coronary heart disease was responsible for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths between 2002 and 2005 than any other single cause.
Venomous bites and stings in Australia to 2005 Clare Bradley / Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Hospitalised bites and stings were most frequently attributed to spiders, bees and wasps while snakebites were a less frequent cause of hospitalisation. Higher rates of serious bites and stings were generally observed for males and for younger people. Little change in the rate of hospitalised bites and stings was noted over time.
Our children, our future: achieving improved primary and secondary education outcomes for Indigenous students
Describing and analysing primary health care system support for chronic illness care in Indigenous communities in Australia's Northern Territory - use of the Chronic Care Model
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australian hospital statistics 2006-07. Canberra, May 2008.
This publication presents a detailed overview of public and private hospital activity in 2006-07 with summaries of changes over time. Statistics presented on admitted patient care include information on patient diagnoses, procedures, lengths of stay, and waiting times for elective surgery. Emergency department activity statistics include information on triage categories, waiting times and the duration of care. Clinic level information on outpatient care is also presented. A range of hospital performance indicators are reported as well as information on public hospital expenditure, resources and bed numbers. This report is a useful resource for health planners, administrators and researchers with an interest in Australia's hospitals.