In a scathing critique of current policy, the three experts say mental health's share of the overall health budget is shrinking instead of rising. This is the reverse of the outcome sought by peak mental health organisations, which have long argued that the mental health share of the budget -- now 5% -- should better reflect the 13% share of the overall disease burden caused by mental illnesses.
The Commission is led by the Chair, Professor Allan Fels and 8 Commissioners, and formally meets for the first time on January 25 to begin work on Australia's first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Mr Butler said, "The Commission will put Australia's mental health services under the spotlight. It will bring much needed transparency to our system. It will give us insights into service gaps, where we need to do more and where services are working and working well. One of the Commission's first priorities will be to deliver the first annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - a key election commitment of the Gillard Government. This is important data that will allow us to monitor whether services are working effectively to deliver lasting outcomes for people with mental illness."
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CCI researchers Assoc. Prof. Axel Bruns and Dr. Jean Burgess from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Assoc. Prof. Kate Crawford and Frances Shaw from the University of New South Wales focussed especially on the role of Twitter, which was prominently used by the Queensland Police Service during the crisis.
"Through their @QPSMedia Twitter account, police staff provided timely updates directly from the Queensland Premier's situation meetings," said Professor Bruns. "Many mainstream media picked up on these updates and included them in their own news tickers." Dr Burgess added that social media did much more than just improve communication between police and media organisations. "During the week of 10 January 2011, some 15,000 users participated in the #qldfloods hashtag on Twitter, sharing news, advice, photos and videos of the inundation," she said.
A number of countries have recognised that without a coordinated plan to address dementia individuals with dementia will not have access to the specialised services and supports they require. Some countries have already implemented a plan to address dementia.
This paper provides an overview of a selection of approaches that a selection of countries have taken to address dementia.
The project was featured in the October edition of InPsych which carries a more detailed description of the aims and outcomes.
Further information may be obtained from Graham Parry, Project Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does national health reform mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? - Fact sheet
- Improved hospital services
- More training for more doctors and nurses
- Greater support for practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers
- Improved access to health care
- Integrated GP and primary care
- Major reforms to mental health
- Building a national, secure e-Health system
- Major investments in preventive health
- Engaging Consumers
Early postings include an interesting range of innovative projects from the Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence, the NHS Live project directory, and the new Queensland Centre for Healthcare Improvement.
The ARCHI Information Exchange is a site worth watching ..... and worth contributing to !
Each of the guides detail interpretation of the definitions, flowcharts, inclusions and exclusion for each of the surveillance topics, as well a list of examples to assist with decisions on those more difficult cases. The guides are not intended to replace or inform clinical management of infections or patient management but to standardise how key infection data is collected and reported.
Send comments and feedback to: HAI@safetyandquality.gov.au Comments and feedback received will be reviewed and responded to monthly by the HAI Technical Working Group.
Patients and health professionals can search for a cancer or palliative care service provider in NSW. The search can be done by tumour type (eg breast), service type (eg chemotherapy) and by Postcode. A map and contact details will be provided for services within a 200 km radius of the postcode provided.