* Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are visible and celebrated and cultural protocols are respected;
* Establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategy, providing employment and professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
* Building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations or communities in our local area and business sector.
The Information Library has a wide range of information modules on topics as diverse as ADHD & sleep in children, CPAP, Daytime sleepiness, Sleeping better in your hotel room, Snoring, Pregnancy and sleep, Narcolepsy and many other sleep-related topics.
eMedici is a source of clinical case studies designed to provide an illustrated guide to many of the common and important conditions in medical practice.
eMedici is an open-ended series of case studies covering various aspects of medical practice. Many of the cases have a strong surgical flavour and are grouped into a number of surgical disciplines: breast/endocrine, digestive disease, urology, vascular surgery and so on. There are also modules containing case studies in cardiology, obstetrics & gynaecology, ophthalmology and psychiatry. New modules appear regularly.
Cases undergo a peer-review process, via the University of Adelaide.
Register to gain access to a large (and increasing) number of case studies in several different disciplines.
Some key facts :
*Western NSW is the second most sparsely populated LHD in NSW - just over 1 person per sq km (271,000 people: 250,000 sq km)
*Population growth in the district has been minimal - 2.0% over the past 5 years, with areas closer to Sydney growing, those beyond Dubbo declining
*The largest growth in population is for the 65+ ages - 6,500 persons or 17% growth from 2006 to 2011
*There is low forecast population growth - < 1% from 2011 to 2016
*The proportion of the population that is Aboriginal rises from 4% in Bathurst to 11% in Dubbo and to 27% in 'Remote' (this compares with 2.5% for NSW). Overall 9.4% of the LHD's population identify as ATSI, and 16% of the children (0-14 years)
Some of the priority areas identified by the HNA where health care interventions are likely to give the greatest benefits to the District's population include:
*Smoking prevention and cessation
*Nutrition and physical activity interventions, including obesity prevention
*Diabetes prevention and management
*Well child care, particularly for Aboriginal children - the first 1000 days
*Mental health - continuing and strengthening the current community services
Feedback on the HNA from communities, groups and individuals across Western NSW is being encouraged and can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Report outlines key issues (Western Advocate)
"I commissioned this review of our health workforce programs to ensure that Australian communities have access to a highly qualified health workforce now and into the future," Ms Plibersek said. "As a first step in responding to the review, I have accepted the report's recommendations to provide a more advanced system for classifying rural locations and areas of workforce need to determine eligibility for support and funding through many Commonwealth workforce programs."
Heart Foundation Queensland's Health Director Rachelle Foreman said the website was developed by clinicians for clinicians who recognised the difficulty in finding up-to-date information and research. "We understand the importance of having evidence-based best practice, but we know that most heart health professionals are time poor, so HEART Online provides them with access to the research and resources they need to provide the best possible patient care," said Ms Foreman.
HEART Online provides practical tools like patient education resources; calculators (e.g. BMI), administration templates; medication guidelines and options; resource bank and checklists for setting up, running and evaluating cardiac prevention and management programs, as well as heart failure management programs.
5 partner universities, led by the University of Newcastle, developed the Occupational Therapy Competencies Australia (OTCA) website, which encourages student self-assessment, flexible learning and professional development.
The interactive website invites occupational therapy students to set learning objectives, use the practice resources, self-assess their skills and submit evidence of their competencies, resulting in an ePortfolio of evidence that summarises their competencies. The website includes videos, audio files and quizzes. Students invite their educators to verify and track their progress.
What primary health care services should residents of rural and remote Australia be able to access ?
That is the powerful opening statement to a new systematic review investigating what are the core primary health care services that Australians living in rural and remote areas should be able to access.
The review raises the tantalising question: if these core services can be identified, will this provide some obligation on funders to ensure they are available and accessible?
Summary of review
Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011-12,
The report, Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011-12, also highlights variations in infection rates between similar hospitals and suggests there may bedifferences in hospital reporting methods and possible under-reporting.
The Strategy has been informed by extensive community consultation with 14 community meetings held across Australia attended by 446 people, a national expert workshop, and a website that received 48 contributions directly from the community.
Ministerial Press release
Leaders hail Indigenous strategy (Sydney Morning Herald)
* A Dementia Search Filter : a tested and validated tool that improves clinician efficiency by providing a one-touch, quick and effective search of evidence-based dementia literature.
* Clinical Evidence pages on dementia :a group of pages that summarise the state of the evidence in dementia, advising the key issues, limitations and contexts for practice; providing links to sources of clinical guidance and ways to find out more.
* Residential Aged Care (RAC) Hub dementia pages. When dementia progresses, the care needs of a person with dementia change. This resource provides clear, easy-to-understand information on a special page for residents and families, and one for care workers too.
It's time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It's time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it's time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don't want for ourselves. We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table - not in the intensive care unit - with the people we love, before it's too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier.
See: http://theconversationproject.org The Conversation Project website
While past efforts have rightly focused on farming communities, more attention needs to be paid to people ''without a voice'' who are socially isolated, perhaps because of disability or unemployment, said Associate Professor David Perkins, Director of the Broken Hill Centre for Remote Health Research and one of the study's authors.
Too many mental issues untreated in bush, says study (Sydney Morning Herald)
The Forum confirmed the absolutely critical need to involve the community and all service providers in the planning and delivery of rural and remote health services. There must also be flexibility in service models and funding arrangements.
Participants agreed about the important role of Medicare Locals and their future, and the need for increased certainty of funding for a range of programs. The need to reduce administrative and reporting burdens was also seen as a priority.
Researchers say risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, and it is thought the damage to the brain occurs as far back as childhood.
The three-year study into how Aboriginal Australians age, titled Koori Growing Old Well, was conducted across 5 urban and regional Indigenous communities in New South Wales. They were La Perouse, Campbelltown, Kempsey, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour and included 336 participants, all over 60 years of age.
Koori Growing Old Well Website
New study reveals high rates of Indigenous dementia (ABC)
Chief Medical Officer Dr Gary Geelhoed said the website would benefit anyone who experienced conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
"painHEALTH is the first web resource of its kind to address the problem of chronic musculoskeletal pain from a consumer perspective," Dr Geelhoed said. "Its focus is to provide consumers with evidence-based information and skills to better manage their pain condition.
"The website features short DVD programs in which people with chronic musculoskeletal pain share their real-life stories and offer hope to other sufferers."
According to the National Pain Strategy, musculoskeletal pain is the single largest cause of chronic pain, accounting for about 25 per cent of all cases.
About the website.
This is the 8th in a series of community aged care research to practice briefings. Other topics covered in the series include Supporting the independence of older people ; Supporting older people experiencing mental distress, and Promoting social networks for older people.
"The $250,000 refurbishment and expansion of the existing facility will ensure more space is available to provide additional support and activities aimed at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children, teenagers and their families," Mr Humphries said. "The new service at Willows will offer community based assessment and treatment options close to home that will aim to intervene as early as possible to provide the best possible recovery outcomes for young people in the Bathurst community."
The Case for Mental Health Reform in Australia: a Review of Expenditure and System Design, estimates that the true cost to support individuals with mental illness in Australia is at least $28.6 billion. This figure far exceeds previous estimates. It is based on the first ever comprehensive calculation of both health and non-health expenditure. The figure excludes indirect costs like lost productivity. The report also clearly documents the fragmented and uncoordinated nature of the overall mental health system, and reviews domestic and international examples in which integrated approaches to mental healthcare and social services deliver better health outcomes and improved cost effectiveness.
The project has been developed by a team of national and international experts led by researchers from Macquarie University and Access Macquarie Limited - the University's commercial company, and is in partnership with the Federal Government.
The initiative is part of the Australian Government's mental health reform package to improve access and expand mental health services in remote areas across Australia. It provides confidential assistance to people nationally via the Internet, phone or email.
The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australians with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or depression. We provide mental health screening assessments, therapist-guided treatment courses and referrals to help people recover and stay well. The online clinic delivers research-based treatment and operates 7 days a week.
Research for the report involves the collection, collation, and analysis of a wide range of relevant information, including both published and unpublished material. Sources include government reports, particularly those produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC), and the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP).
"The world's most comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.
Health Systems Evidence is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems. Health Systems Evidence also contains a continuously updated repository of economic evaluations in these same domains, descriptions of health system reforms, and descriptions of health systems, as well as a variety of types of complementary content (e.g. World Health Organization documents about health systems)."
WHO documents added to new HSE portal support health system strengthening - 25 April 2013
"Health Systems Evidence has expanded its role as a top resource for evidence on strengthening and reforming health systems by adding a beta version of a new portal for World Health Organization documents, and improving the site’s navigation and search functions.
The Intergovernmental Organizations’ Health Systems Documents Portal currently includes a continuously updated repository of policy-relevant WHO documents, and provides ‘one-stop-shopping’ for the many types of documents that can support health systems strengthening by policymakers and stakeholders around the world.
New design elements and search limits will make navigating the site easier and offer more options for how to look for documents in the world’s most comprehensive free access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers interested in strengthening and reforming health systems."