AIHW catalogue number PHE 104.
Making progress: the health, development and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people (AIHW)
The blunt diagnosis from the National Rural Health Alliance to the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, when they meet on Wednesday will be that Australia's rural health system is broken and radical treatment is needed to fix it. The alliance represents 28 different groups that deliver health services in the bush, from GPs to nurses to physiotherapists.
"Creating futures : Research, Practice and Policy" : a Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health conference in Cairns will also address the possible impacts. Report
AIHW catalogue number PHE 103 (Internet only)
Media release : City versus bush.
$600,000 dementia training resources - as part of Dementia Awareness
The three dementia training resources developed as part of the
Australian Government*s Dementia Initiative - are:
* "Local Knowledge: A dementia care e-learning resource for rural
and remote aged care workers" focuses on people living in regional
* "Strangers in a Strange Land: Cultural Competence in Dementia
Care" focuses on people from culturally and linguistically diverse
* "2 Young 4 Dementia - Meeting the Needs of People with Younger
Onset Dementia" to support improved dementia awareness and care for
younger people with dementia, their carers and families in a variety of
work and care environments.
Copies of these free resources can be ordered by email
The study found that relapse prevention and long-term efficacy are primary concerns facing Australian psychiatrists treating people with serious mental health illness. Almost three-quarters of Australian psychiatrists say up to 60% of their own patients discontinue their medication without consulting them. Some 86% report feeling frustrated at this. In almost all cases (99%) they felt this resulted in a relapse. In fact, hospitalisation (95%), social isolation, relationship breakdown and inability to work (all 88%) are cited by Australian psychiatrists as the major fall-out from bipolar and schizophrenia relapse.
Release of the Keeping Complete Data coincides with Australia hosting the 5th World Conference on Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Melbourne (September 10-12). Keeping Care Complete was developed as a partnership between the World Federation for Mental Health and Eli Lilly and Company.
Other resources available from the Federation website include "Learning about bipolar ", "Life is a classroom" (child mental health website) and "Understanding generalized anxiety disorder".
The Review will:
o canvass a wide range of issues relevant to maternity services, including antenatal services, birthing options, postnatal services up to six weeks after birth, and peer and social support for women in the perinatal period;
o ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to participate; and
o inform the development of a National Maternity Services Plan.
The success of the Review depends largely upon the participation of people and organisations in the community. The Review aims to provide the opportunity for all points of view in the community to be heard and considered. A consultation process will allow individuals, groups and organisations with an interest in maternity services to participate.
As part of the Review consultation process the Department has prepared, Improving Maternity Services in Australia: A Discussion Paper from the Australian Government (PDF 1468 KB), it is now seeking submissions (closing date 31 October, 2008) from interested stakeholders in response to the Discussion Paper.
If you are unable to access the PDF please send an email to Maternity.Services.Review@health.gov.au and an alternative copy will be provided.
Agnes Smink et al
Aim: To determine whether prenatal exposure to hexachlorobenzene (HCB) has potential adverse effects on child's weight and body mass index (BMI) in a general population with no local pollution sources.
Methods: Starting from mid 1997, all mothers presenting for antenatal exposure in Menorca were recruited. Subsequently, 482 children were enrolled. HCB was measured in cord blood. Weight and height were measured at birth and at age 6.5 years.
Results: Children with HCB levels higher than 1.03 ng/mL in cord blood were 1.14 kg (0.38) heavier and had a higher BMI (β= 0.80 (0.34)) than children with HCB levels lower than 0.46 ng/mL. No statistically significant associations were found in height. Children in the higher exposure group of HCB had an increased risk of 2.5 and 3.0 of being overweight and obese. Children from normalweight mothers also presented an increased risk of having higher BMI with increasing concentrations of HCB in cord serum.
Conclusion: Prenatal exposure to HCB is associated with an increase in BMI and weight at age 6.5 years. Further studies with larger samples and longer follow-up are needed to confirm these results.
Code of Ethics for Nurses - August 2008
Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses - August 2008
Code of Ethics for Midwives - August 2008
Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives - August 2008
Also available from the site are the earlier standards documents :
National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse, 4th ed, 2006
National Competency Standards for the Midwife, 1st ed, 2006
National Competency Standards for the Nurse Practitioner, 1st ed, 2006
National Competency Standards for the Enrolled Nurse, 2002
The MDB is an area of national significance for social, cultural, economic and environmental reasons. The social impacts of changes in agriculture and environmental events, such as drought, are important for people in the MDB. The MDB also contains nationally significant environmental assets which are reliant on water to maintain ecosystem health.
The Murray-Darling Basin Commission has also released several reports on the devastating effects of drought on the MDB
*illicit drug use has fallen from 14.6 p% in 2004 to 12.1% for 2007
*cannabis use fell from 10.7% in 2004 to 8% for 2007
*methamphetamine use decreased from 3.1% to 1.8% in 2007
*ecstasy use remained steady at 3.4% for 2007.
For alcohol use the survey found:
*low risk drinking decreased slightly from 49% in 2004 to 48.1% in 2007
*high risk drinking fell from 32.2% to 2004 to 31.8% in 2007
*daily drinking decreased from 8.8% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2007.
The results are based on a survey of more than 23,000 Australians conducted in 2007, and provide profiles of drug use and community attitudes in each of the states and territories.