The Health Report on ABC's Radio National this week featured ovarian cancer research. The high mortality rate of ovarian cancer is partially due to the fact that it is often not diagnosed until it's in the advanced stage and has spread. This program examines new research into ways to diagnose the disease and screen for it in order to save lives, and how this often comes at a high cost. Read the transcript or podcast the program on their website. This week also had a look at the relationship between breast cancer and some chemicals.
Marmot outlines 6 policy objectives which will require action from all governments :
* Give every child the best start in life
* Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities.
* Create fair employment & good work for all
* Ensure a healthy standard of living for all.
* Create & develop sustainable places & communities.
* Strengthen the role & impact of ill health prevention.
Commentary by Melissa Sweet on the relevance to the Australian context.
The stories of burgeoning costs, huge distances, and delays in obtaining treatment (even sometimes in outer suburbia) form part of the background to a submission to the NSW government Improving radiotherapy in NSW : where to from here ?. [See here for media release] Both these reports are also available from the Cancer Council in print copy.
A third report, Improving radiotherapy in NSW : answering the tough questions. responds to comments on some of the grim findings in the first two documents and emphasises that there is much to be done before equity in access to affordable radiotherapy treatment is a reality.
The Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings include guiding principles for working with clients with co-morbid mental health problems and practical information for managing these problems, their treatment and appropriate referral processes.
The Guidelines aim to:
* Increase AOD workers' knowledge and awareness of mental health conditions.
* Improve the confidence and skills of AOD workers working with clients with comorbid mental health conditions.
* Provide guiding principles for working with clients with comorbid mental health conditions.
* Improve AOD workers' ability to identify mental health conditions.
* Provide practical information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions.
* Provide information regarding the treatment of comorbid mental health conditions.
* Provide information regarding referral processes.
* Provide resources that may be used to facilitate all of the above.
“We’ll look at their attitudes and understanding of medical research in an effort to find out the best ways to approach them,” she said.
Dr Hawke said it’s hoped that the information gleaned from these focus groups, which will be conducted in both Orange and Dubbo, will lead to more successful research practices in the future.
Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) mental health promotion coordinator Meg Simpson says mental illness affects one in five Australians.
Upon completion of the broadcasts the series will be compiled as a DVD set of four programs on two discs and will be ready mid 2010. You can pre-order now by clicking the 'add series to cart' button on the website. Program ID : 1001s Free. Duration 240 minutes.
The programs that make up the series are:
1001a Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Clinical Guideline for Diagnosis and Management (9 February 2010)
1001b Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Guideline for Diagnosis and Management (9 March 2010)
1001c Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: Guideline for Non-surgical Management (23 March 2010)
1001d Osteoporosis: Clinical Guideline (20 April 2010)
The series consists of the following programs (each 20*):
1 - Diagnosing and managing pre-diabetes
2 - Diagnosing and managing GDM (pregnancy in diabetes)
3 - Diabetes and mental health
4 - Ambulatory initiation of Insulin in type 2 diabetes
5 - Oral diabetes medicines (and algorithms in care and targets)
6 - The Diabetic Foot
7 - Managing chronic diabetes complications
8 - Supporting self management
9 - Diabetes in childhood and adolescence
10 - Treatment options and regimens in type 1 diabetes
How to Listen
The programs will be freely available here in February 2010 to listen
A CD edition will also be available.
Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2009 is the second in a series of reports by the Commission. It includes a brief update on topics considered in the first report and expands to reflect the additional activity undertaken in other identified priority areas.
Authors: Professor David Ben-Tovim (Measuring hospital mortality); Professor Lynn Gilbert (Antimicrobial stewardship); Ms. Jenny Hargreaves (Measuring and reporting on safety and quality in hospitals); Dr. Sophie Pointer (Measuring hospital mortality).
Understanding the direct experiences of young people facing racism who are from Indigenous, migrant or refugee backgrounds is critically important as we re-imagine the roles and values placed upon all young people, in all communities across Australia. One of the clearest messages to come from this report is a reminder of the critical role that our schools play and the core responsibility that is bestowed upon school communities to instil values and behaviours that contribute more directly to building a diverse and dynamic nation.
The key objectives of the project were:
* to examine the experiences of racism for young people in Australia of mainstream (English-speaking background), Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds;
* to investigate how young people in Australia report and respond to racism; and
* to explore the attitudes of mainstream youth in relation to key issues in contemporary race relations, such as cultural diversity, tolerance and privilege.