Herceptin effectively targets HER2 protein production and helps stop the growth of cancer cells.
GELLER, J. 'Food and Drug Administration approves 4 new medical devices' Journal of Clinical Engineering October/December 2008 vol 33(4) p. 166-68.
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The report reveals an increased prevalence of cancer diagnosis across Australia, but also increased survival times for most forms of cancer
Also available : National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report 2008
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Indigenous Participation in Regional Labour Markets 2001-2006 Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU, states " In effect, after decades of government policy aimed at enhancing Indigenous workforce participation , the gap in employment rates barely shifted ".
In November 2008, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) published State of World Population 2008 "Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights", with a Youth Supplement "Generation of Change: Young People and Culture". The 9 chapter report is both heart wrenching and eye-opening. The supplement offers a photo gallery and a wide range of stories from today's youth
"The most sustainable and important recommendation I want to discuss relates to how we enhance an effective Aboriginal workforce, as not only does that bring economic power to families, but also raises self esteem and longer term success. I will ... leave you with a commitment and a sense of hope that we can and must collectively tackle this major human rights issue in Australia."
In Western NSW the University of Sydney - Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and the North West Slopes (NSW) Division of General Practice are among the successful organisations.
Anderson, I. et al. Australian Health Review November 2008 vol. 32 No. 4 p. 626-638.
Contact your nearest GWAHS Library for copies.
Occupational health and safety risk factors for rural and metropolitan nurses: comparative results from a national nurses survey
The Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council conducted a survey in February 2007 on occupational exposures in Australian nurses. This report describes the differences in perceived occupational hazards for rural (or remote) and metropolitan nurses that were found in the 2007 survey in order to inform and facilitate effective policy formulation and OHS intervention.
The 139 wide-ranging reform recommendations (summarised in the Overview) include :
* Compulsory rural terms for Medical Officers to aid recruitment
* Rural/city hospital partnerships
* An education program for all clinical teachers
* Creation of a Senior Registered Nurse grade to assist retention of RNs of over 10 years experience.
* Enhanced Allied Health services
* Creation of a contracted pool of emergency relief staff.
According to the Report Card, compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts, Indigenous children were:
* More likely to be stillborn, to be born pre-term, to have low birth weight, or die in the first month of life;
* Two to three times more likely to die in the first year of life;
* 11 times more likely to die from respiratory causes;
* At a much higher risk of suffering from infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory and circulatory problems, hearing loss, rheumatic fever, dental caries, injuries and clinically-significant emotional and behavioural difficulties;
* Nearly 30 times more likely to suffer from nutritional anaemia and malnutrition up to four years of age; and
* Cared for by substantially fewer adults, who had serious health risks themselves.
Other initiatives recommended in the AMA Report Card include the establishment of culturally appropriate services addressing mental health and social and emotional well-being.
The report also argues for increased development of the Indigenous health and medical workforce, a national audit to measure quality of housing, access to clean water and sanitation and for the Australian Government to coordinate improvements in national data management regarding Indigenous identification and health status.The Report includes a Good News and Best Practice insert which contains case studies of successful local health initiatives that have been developed and sustained by Indigenous people in their local communities.