The website features a large number of publications on rural issues.While the health content is, as yet, small but growing, there is a good body of research on topics such as the rural economy, drought, climate change and rural social issues. A network to contribute to and to watch.
They have shown the biggest increase in suicide in the past two decades, the rate almost trebling since the 1960s. Their methods - guns and hanging - are also the most violent. They have the least understanding of mental health issues and the worst access to appropriate services.
Ms Phillipson and other researchers from CHI will be conducting a series of discussion groups to talk to carers about their needs and past experiences of respite services.
Ms Burney said that the new facility will enable local community agencies to deliver vital outreach services to Aboriginal children and families in the area. The new centre was constructed as an extension to the existing preschool that caters for 20 children in the isolated community.
As there is a diverse genetic heritage amongst the four populations, the report's authors claim that it proves that poor indigenous health is caused by social rather than biological factors.
Common health status disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children found in all four countries include:
* infant mortality rates that are 1.7 to 4 times higher than those of non-Indigenous infants
* higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome
* higher rates of child injury, accidental death, and suicide
* higher rates of ear infections
* a disproportionate burden of respiratory tract illness and mortality
* a disproportionate burden of dental caries
* increased exposure to environmental contaminants, including tobacco smoke.
The locations chosen in the Northern Territory are also affected by the Federal Government's intervention which includes radical measures such as managing welfare payments in an attempt to improve nutrition and school attendance. The aim initially is to bring the 26 priority communities up to a standard equivalent to other towns of similar size in Australia. If the approach is successful it will be used elsewhere.
The 26 areas will benefit from $5.5 billion earmarked by the Federal Government for spending over the next decade.Over that period the Government will need to make significant improvements in health, education and employment if it has any chance of meeting the targets it has set for itself in improving the lives of indigenous people.The targets include halving the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in literacy, numeracy, employment and infant mortality rates. It has also promised to close the 17-year gap in life expectancy.
The 2009 Program Committee invites authors to submit an abstract for inclusion in the program. Abstracts are to address any of the five topic areas and clearly define 3 "take home" messages:
* Management and Leadership - How has information, data and technology been applied to decision making and management competencies in the rural context?
* Primary and Community Care - What health outcomes have been achieved utilising primary health service models, including models of sub-acute /ambulatory care in the Community setting?
* Acute Care - What changes have been made to rural allied health practice to expand networking, utilisation of information technology and access to services in rural acute care?
* Rehabilitation - What new trends are emerging for rural allied health services which demonstrate the value of a team approach in the rehabilitation and sub-acute care setting?
* Mental Health and Wellbeing - What rural partnerships, project initiatives or research studies have achieved measurable outcomes in rural mental health models of care?
For comprehensive information about submitting abstracts for consideration in the program, visit the Submission of Abstracts page.(Closing date 26 June 2009)
Impact of falling cardiovascular disease death rates: deaths delayed and years of life extended (AIHW)
Challenges to relapse prevention: psychiatric care of indigenous in-patients / Tricia Nagel, Carolyn Thompson and Neil Spencer / Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health
The declaration, which was originally signed by all but four countries, contains 46 articles which outline Indigenous people's rights in international law, but it is not legally binding and cannot override domestic law.
Fitzroy Crossing leader June Oscar said her town was beginning to heal and assess the damage caused by the chronic consumption of alcohol. She said she hoped the indigenous leaders of the troubled town of Halls Creek -- 290km to the east -- would succeed in their wish for strong alcohol restrictions in their community.
By gaining an understanding of their experience, the researchers hope to develop a framework for understanding similarly bereaved young people in future, and to develop a tool for use in schools and in health and community services to assist in services after a suicide occurs.
A report in this week's Medical Journal of Australia says patients' psychosocial issues are being overlooked, with greater focus on addressing physical illness.
The report, The Role of Spirituality in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Initiatives: The Family Wellbeing Program at Yarrabah, is one of two new discussion papers from the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health
The second paper, Research Dancing describes the processes for achieving real collaboration and the benefits of doing so. The paper sets out positive strategies for real research partnerships between research institutions and the Aboriginal community groups desperate for evidence to establish successful strategies for building good health and wellbeing in Aboriginal society.