The development of an effective Australian e-health strategy is of paramount importance. This change will require a fundamental shift in the way information is accessed and shared across the health system. We have to create an environment where consumers, care providers and health care managers can reliably and securely access and share health information in real time across geographic and health sector boundaries.
* Improving choice for Australian women by supporting an expanded role for midwives
* Consideration of the expansion of access to Medicare and the PBS for midwives - but only if accompanied by stringent professional requirements for midwives
* Consideration of support for professional indemnity insurance for midwives
* The development of new national cross-professional guidelines to support collaborative multidisciplinary care in line with best practice
* Consideration of the establishment of a single integrated pregnancy-related telephone support line
* Improved data collection and analysis, and further research
* Providing increased support for the maternity workforce, particularly in rural Australia
Illness and disability can profoundly affect the everyday lives of kids, teens and young people by increasing their risk of social isolation, disconnection, lower peer acceptance and lower emotional wellbeing. Maintaining relationships with family, friends and other young people with a shared experience is essential. Connecting this group of children and young people via an online community is a solution.
That is why the Starlight Foundation launched the groundbreaking online community Livewire.
Livewire is a safe and fun online community for young people (aged over 10 and under 21 years) living with a serious illness, chronic condition or disability. Livewire is a supportive place for them to hang out,connect, share experiences, creatively express themselves and realise that they are not alone in their situation.
Intended Uses and Benefits:
* Reference source for both medical professionals and the lay-public covering information about health, medicine and the body
* Forum for individuals and groups to be recognized for their areas of expertise
* Clearinghouse of bio-medical journal articles, data, research, and educational materials
* Forum for debating emerging issues
* Platform for advancing medical knowledge
Users of the platform include physicians, consumers, medical and scientific journals, medical schools, research institutes, medical associations, hospitals, for-profit and non-profit organizations, expert patients, policy makers, students, non-professionals taking care of loved ones, individual medical professionals, scientists, etc.
The report shows that people living in non-capital-city areas were less likely to visit the dentist for check-ups, less likely to make an annual dental visit, and less likely to have a particular dentist that they usually visit.
Those who had visited a dentist in the previous 12 months were more likely to have had one or more teeth extracted and less likely to have received a professional clean.Inadequate natural dentition (having less than 21 teeth) was more prevalent among non-capital-city residents, particularly in the 55-74 years age group.Overall, people who lived in areas outside capital cities had almost double the prevalence of complete tooth loss as capital-city dwellers (9% compared with 5%), with the difference evident in all age groups.Untreated decay was also more prevalent among residents of non-capital-city areas than capital-city dwellers (33% compared with 22%).
As such, this Background Note is intended as a guide to some of the main recent proposals for health reform. The Note focuses on the main features of each model and seeks to explain what problems they are intended to address and how they differ from one another. The Note also highlights some of the main criticisms that are made of each.
A Healthier Future for all Australians: Interim Report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission
The report proposes 116 reform directions across the spectrum of health service delivery from a healthy start to life to end of life care, covering a range of issues including governance of the health system, primary health care, prevention, Indigenous health, hospitals, aged care, workforce, mental health, and rural health.
The report presents the Commission's reform agenda under four themes :
* Taking responsibility: individual and collective action to build good health and wellbeing by people, families, communities, health professionals, employers and governments;
* Connecting care: comprehensive care for people over their
* Facing inequities: recognise and tackle the causes and impacts of
health inequities; and
* Driving quality performance: better use of people, resources, and evolving knowledge.
Radical surgery: The only cure for NSW Hospitals / Wolfgang Kasper / The Centre for Independent Studies
Some resources are designed primarily for survivors, to help them cope with their distress and the psychological reactions that typically emerge after such a traumatic experience. Other resources are designed primarily for those working to assist survivors, including counsellors, psychologists, GPs and other disaster relief workers. These outline current best practice strategies for helping survivors cope with their immediate and short-term distress, emphasising the value of basic practical and emotional support. There are also a number of web-links that provide information about monitoring survivors for signs of risk in the longer-term, and for providing appropriate referrals or treatment where indicated.
Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Postraumatic Stress Disorder.
The guidelines, developed by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, cover best practice in screening and treatment for a wide range of posttraumatic situations. Also available are Anger Practice Guidelines and Alcohol Practice Guidelines. The guidelines may be downloaded or ordered in hard copy for a minimal cost.
* Rural adults are one and a half times more likely to have no natural teeth than the general population.
* People living in rural areas are more likely than urban dwellers to report avoiding eating food due to dental problems.
* People living in rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized for preventable dental conditions than people living in metropolitan areas.
* A person living in rural Australia is less likely to have visited a dentist in the last 12 months than someone living in an urban area.
The Oral Health of Rural Populations in Australia Symposium in Shepparton on Friday 26 September 2008 examined the reasons and experiences behind these facts and considered innovative and realistic approaches to improving oral health in rural areas.As a result of the symposium, dentists and health academics have drafted the Shepparton Declaration - a call for new ideas and action to reduce the city-country divide in oral health.
Professor Kickbusch is one of the world's leading experts on public health, health promotion and global health. This paper follows her stay in Adelaide on the Government of South Australia's Thinker in Residence program.
Global Health Watch 2: An Alternative World Health Report covers many topics, such as access to medicines, mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition, and war and conflict. It draws attention to the politics of global health and the policies and actions of key actors. The report is not only an educational resource for health professionals and activists, but also makes clear the need for global health advocates to engage in lobbying key actors to do better and to do more, whilst resisting those that do harm.
Reducing harm to patients from healthcare associated infection: the role of surveillance (draft report)
Preventing falls and harm from falls in older people: Best practice guidelines for Australian hospitals and residential aged care facilities 2008
opened yesterday as a uniquely Australian enterprise to address men's issues. "The Menshed will address issues such as men’s health - emotionally and socially - within the community by providing support in areas including hobbies,” according to Mr Buckby.
At the heart of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is the Djirruwang Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Program offered through CSU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery within the Faculty of Science.
Links are provided to a wide variety of sites giving access to the most up - to - date policies and regulations, codes for guidance and guidelines. Access to current information about medicines and downloadable Consumer Medicine Information leaflets are provided from the National Prescribing Service website.
Sleep deprivation can adversely affect immune function, and one study has suggested a link between poor sleep habits and increased risk for common colds (JAMA 1997; 277:1940). Researchers now report results from a prospective study of sleep habits and rhinovirus susceptibility.
Participants were interviewed daily for 14 days to assess sleep duration and "sleep efficiency" (the proportion of time in bed spent asleep). Information on several other variables (e.g., rhinoviral antibody titers, age, body-mass index, race, income, sex, smoking) was also collected to allow control for potential confounders. After this assessment, participants were placed in quarantine, exposed to an experimental rhinovirus (RV-39), and monitored for 5 days for signs and symptoms of illness. The outcome (a cold) was defined as infection (recovery of RV-39 from nasal lavage fluid or a 4-fold rise in RV-39 antibody titer) plus the presence of signs (mucus weight 10 g or nasal clearance time 35 minutes) or symptoms of a cold.
Of 153 individuals enrolled, 135 (88%) became infected, but only 54 (35%) and 66 (43%) developed a cold as determined by signs and by symptoms, respectively. Participants who averaged <7 hours of sleep per night had the highest risk for colds as determined by signs (odds ratio, compared with participants sleeping 8 hours/night, 2.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.2–7.3). Similarly, those with "sleep efficiency" <85% had the highest risk for colds after RV-39 exposure (OR, compared with the rest of the sample, 5.4; 95% CI, 1.5–19.1).
Comment: To the many benefits of good sleep we can now add protection from symptomatic rhinovirus infection. Data from this prospective investigation, combined with other study findings linking sleep duration to mortality and to heart disease morbidity, support a recommendation for 7–8 hours of sleep nightly. Further study of the link between sleep habits and disease susceptibility is warranted.
— Daniel J. Diekema, MD, MS
Citation: Arch Intern Med 2009 Jan 12; 169:62