Thursday, 28 February 2013
National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the framework was intended to be used to articulate current and explore future pharmacist roles as partners to enhance mental health care service delivery to Australian consumers and carers. "This framework will be used to engage with a variety of audiences including consumers, carers, mental health care organisations, health care practitioners and governments to promote the role of the pharmacist as a partner in the delivery of mental health care," he said.
Touch Surgery, is a new iPhone and iPad app designed to help trainee surgeons learn the steps of their operations. Touch Surgery takes simulation to a whole new level: every step of each procedure is animated in graphic 3D detail. It's not for the squeamish.
Profile article from The Guardian
QBI's Associate Professor Charles Claudianos said the discovery would allow for a hypothetical "gene network model" that could be used to analyse the many candidate genes and predict the association of genetic screening data with autism, ADHD and schizophrenia.
The study was published in the February 2013 issue of Molecular Psychiatry
In 2012, 65.5% of patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department in Australia had their visits to the emergency department completed in 4 hours or less.
In 2012 there were almost 671,000 hospital admissions in Australia from public hospital elective surgery waiting lists, as either an elective or an emergency admission. Median waiting times ranged from 27 days in Queensland to 55 days in the ACT.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
"Unless we solve the problem of antimicrobial resistance to drugs, we will be facing a post-antibiotic era where things as common as a strep throat infection or a child's scratched knee could once again kill." Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2012.
The Australia Institute's paper concludes that it is necessary to devise a much more accountable and transparent system of management of AMR in Australia if we are to avoid another largely wasted decade. Given the pressing nature of the problem and the catastrophic impact of antimicrobial resistance, effective action must be taken urgently.
The current Senate Inquiry into AMR by the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees provides an opportunity for development of a strong and credible Australian response to this global public health threat.
Edited by Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran of St George's University of London, UK, the site is made possible by 750 clinicians providing contributions.
* Disaster Medicine
* International Emergency Medicine
* Latest 2010 Australasian Resuscitation Guidelines for adult BLS / adult ALS / Paediatrics and Newborn Infants
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Each year the Campaign Steering Committee provides a complementary "shadow" report representing its assessment of the Australian Government's progress against its commitments to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. This is the Campaign Steering Committee's fourth shadow report.
Part one of this report assesses progress against the COAG Closing the Gap Targets for health equality. It maintains a focus on evaluating the implementation of the Close the Gap Statement of Intent commitments(particularly in relation to partnership and the ongoing development of the Health Plan). As a part of this it examines the renewal of the Indigenous Health NPA.
Part two examines developments in relation to partnership and planning. The development of the Health Plan is underway. It is essential that the Health Plan be developed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies including the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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* promote health and wellbeing
* reduce the risk of diet-related conditions
* reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The Guidelines are for use by health professionals, policy makers, educators, food manufacturers, food retailers and researchers.
The content of the Australian Dietary Guidelines applies to all healthy Australians, as well as those with common diet-related risk factors such as being overweight. They do not apply to people who need special dietary advice for a medical condition, or to the frail elderly.
Nutrition experts welcome long-awaited release of Dietary Guidelines
Dietary Guidelines provide authoritative advice - but missed opportunities on breastfeeding and environment
The Guidelines are a revision of the 2003 edition (and incorporate the latest scientific evidence). They were prepared by experts in paediatric nutrition, nutrition research, nutrition communication, public health and primary health.
The Guidelines provide advice and recommendations on breastfeeding, supporting mothers and parents, the introduction of solids, preparing infant formula and other common health related concerns.
The Infant Feeding Guidelines are relevant to healthy, term infants of normal birth weight (>2500g). Although many of the principles of infant feeding described here can be applied to low birth weight infants, specific medical advice is recommended for pre-term and underweight infants.
Development of a prototype Australian mental health intervention classification: a working paper (AIHW)
The rationale for developing a MHIC is to allow collection of mental health intervention information using a standard classification scheme that enables nationally comparable and consistent reporting of trends, patterns and best practice in the provision of mental health services.The first iteration, known as MHIC 06, was developed by the National Centre for Classification in Health in 2006. Following the development of this proposed classification scheme, the MHISS agreed to undertake a reappraisal of the MHIC 06.
As part of the reappraisal, a revised classification scheme was developed, which became known as MHIC 09. In 2011, the MHIC 09 was piloted at a number of trial sites. After feedback from participating sites, further refinements have been made. This report presents the 2012 revision of the MHIC.
Monday, 18 February 2013
In this app, you can easily access abstracts, read selected reviews, and view full-page summary of findings tables. With access to a range of topics each month, you can create a reading list tailored to your own interests. All content in the app is free, and new issues will be downloaded regularly to your Newsstand.
*Read full editorials, listen to integrated podcasts and watch videos associated with reviews wherever you are
*Use multitouch gestures for easy viewing of tables and images
*Bookmark articles, images, tables and figures for convenient reading
*Read and access content offline even when on a plane, train, subway etc. without a network connection
*Export article PDFs to your document manager or view PowerPoint article slide sets in a presentation app
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Abundant evidence shows that the higher your income or level of education in Australia, the better your health will tend to be. People in the most disadvantaged social groups are also far more likely than those in the higher socioeconomic groups to have long-term physical or mental health problems. They are less able to gain an education or maintain a job to retirement and are more likely to die at a younger age.
The Alliance membership includes Australia's leading health equity researchers -- some of whom were involved in the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health -- as well as leading health promotion and social service organisations. The website includes links to major research reports, links to member organisations and links to other sites containing information on the social determinants of health
Cancer of the bush or salvation for our cities? Fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforce practices in Regional Australia
The parliamentary inquiry has heard fly-in fly-out work pays very well and provides large blocks of time off but it is also damaging some communities, where health and other services are under pressure. It also found FIFOs are not participating in community life.
The inquiry chairman Tony Windsor says the high cost and low supply of housing means many workers choose to "cash in" rather than living in the communities. He says all levels of government need to provide an opportunity for workers to live full-time in the communities where they are employed. "There could be incentives put in place to encourage people to reside in the community rather than the current practice," he said. "When you analyse it the incentives are not to live in the community and that's a shocking indictment."
The chief executive of the Minerals Council of Australia Mitch Hooke says the report is upsetting. "Most people in our industry will take that as being quite offensive, to liken their choice of work arrangements as a cancer on regional Australia. I think it just underscores the continuing challenge about what community engagement's all about, what social stewardship is all about."
Report says FIFO damaging regional communities (ABC News)
This resource sheet provides a review of policies and programs that aim to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour, and considers suicide prevention policies and programs that have been implemented in both remote and non-remote parts of Australia and internationally. It assesses their strengths and limitations and their actual, or likely, effectiveness in relation to Indigenous Australians.
Strategies and practices for promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
This resource sheet reviews programs that aim to promote social and emotional wellbeing and identifies those that have been evaluated and shown to be effective in relation to Indigenous people.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Breast Cancer and Exercise is the latest in a number of resources which can be ordered from BCNA by calling 1800 500 258 or downloaded from the BCNA fact sheets and booklets page.
Other new titles available are:
Menopause and breast cancer
Hormone therapy and breast cancer
Resources for burns
Treatment of obesity
Breast cancer detection
Amongst the many available are the following :
Allied Health Professionals in Remote Aboriginal Health - What is the Best Mix of Service Delivery
Boab Health Services and Broome Libraries Books on Prescription Scheme
Developing primary health care guidelines for remote and Indigenous practice - A Partnership Model
Extending the Scope of Physiotherapy - An inter-professional and collaborative approach to improving patient-centred care
Nurturing allied health pearls in the bush - Alison Dymmott
Review of retention strategies and model of care for the delivery of allied health outreach services across North West Queensland
Many of the papers from 2008, 2006 and 2004 conferences are also available from the new SARRAH website (follow links under "Events" tab)
Friday, 8 February 2013
*governance and leadership.
The report includes new data from the 2011 Census and provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of progress against the targets.
The report highlights 2013 as the year the first target - ensuring all Indigenous four-year olds living in remote communities have access to early childhood education within 5 years - falls due and claims this target will be met.
The report states that continued and sustained effort is needed to close the gap, but that the expected achievement of the early childhood education target in 2013 will support a commitment to ensuring that benefits flow through to the other Closing the gap targets to further address Indigenous disadvantage.
Thursday, 7 February 2013
The MRM website consists of four main tools:
> Planning Tool - an interactive survey which provides a tailored report that aids researchers with their dissemination plan;
> Resource Library - a searchable database consisting of a compilation of D&I related articles from multiple sources which is updated monthly;
> Narrative Library - a freely accessible online library containing video vignettes and transcripts with junior and senior D&I experts of "how-to" knowledge to D&I problems;
> Glossary-containing over 100 definitions of terminology used in D&I health research. Additionally, users of the MRM website can learn more about current publications and presentations, and current news related to D&I.
To answer this question, researchers from the Australian National University conducted a survey of older Australians living in the community - with unique measures pertaining to the healthcare costs faced by respondents as well as questions about their health and wellbeing and general demographic characteristics. This report shows that although many costs are subsidised through Australia's Medicare arrangements, a sizeable minority of mature age people face considerable out-of-pocket health care costs.
Living longer. Living better: National lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) ageing and aged care strategy
This government strategy aims to ensure that LGBTI people have the same opportunities and options in aged care that are available to all Australians. It is designed to not only raise awareness of the issues but also, in a very concrete way, improve the ageing and aged care experience of LGBTI people, recognising and valuing the diversity of this group. Although LGBTI people rarely want to be solely defined by their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity, for many it is an important part of who they are. Aged care services need to ensure that they provide a consumer directed approach to meeting the care needs of older LGBTI people, resulting in appropriate and targeted services.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
The Consumer Learning website was developed in collaboration with the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). This site has been developed to enhance the contribution of people affected by cancer to clinical trials research. Consumers working with the Cancer Cooperative Trials Groups (CCTGs), and consumers more broadly, now have access to a suite of learning and support initiatives to enhance knowledge and skills in partnering with researchers to conduct quality patient-centred clinical trial research.
The Consumer Involvement Toolkit was developed with the assistance of the Health Issues Centre and was based on the National Framework for Consumer Involvement in Cancer Control released by Cancer Australia in 2011. Cancer Australia has developed web-based practical tools to assist, CEOs and Executives, Service Managers, Health Professionals, Researchers, Policy Makers and Consumers to actively engage with consumers around a shared focus and vision.
Monday, 4 February 2013
The network is one of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet yarning places.
NICaN is a milestone of the Lowitja Institute project Towards a national approach to improving cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.