New free DVDs from the Rural Health Education Foundation

Managing the Menopause(60 minutes)
Menopause is a natural transition and needs to be managed within the context of other life changes at the time. However the experience will be different for each woman. While 20% of women have few or no specific reactions, many others will experience a range of symptoms. The challenge for health professionals is to assess and manage individual reactions and their impact.

This program discusses the efficacy and safety of evidence based treatments; the latest research on hormone replacement therapy and its relative risks and benefits; the impact of lifestyle interventions; and the evidence base for complementary or "natural" treatments. The program emphasises the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to the management of problems associated with menopause.

See Strong: A Focus on Indigenous Eye Health [26 minutes]
This documentary highlights several successful programs operating in Australia that offer preventative or treatment options to improve Indigenous eye health. The case studies include:

* a model of coordinated eye care in Katherine, NT.
* a preventative approach to trachoma in remote Australia through the use of Trachoma Story Kits for clinics, schools and communities at Bulla NT; and
* an interview with Dr Tim Henderson about the role of the ophthalmologist in the provision of specialist eye health services in Alice Springs and the Barkly region.

This documentary is part of the Rural Health Education Foundation's Improving Indigenous Eye Health Project which incorporates two educational television programs for health professionals and the community on Indigenous eye health.

All Ears: Healthy Hearing in Indigenous Communities (30 minutes)
Otitis media (middle ear infection) and associated hearing problems are a major health and development concern for many Indigenous children in Australia. In some remote Aboriginal communities, rates of tympanic membrane perforation exceed 60% and up to 50% of school children possibly require hearing aids. Studies have shown that in Aboriginal communities, the onset of otitis media frequently occurs within 3 months of birth and progresses to chronic suppurative otitis media in 60% of cases.

This program discusses the barriers to achieving better outcomes for children with otitis media, and proposes strategies to overcome them. It also discusses diagnosis, management, and treatment of the different stages/forms of otitis media. The case studies involved provide good models of how to treat otitis media successfully in Indigenous communities, with particular focus on Indigenous children, and the complications that arise in rural and remote areas.

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