SANE Australia suicide prevention project coordinator Sarah Coker said family and friends of mentally ill people who have suicided contend with an extra layer of complex emotions. Ms Coker said the guidelines were created for mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health workers to use as a consistent approach to assist bereaved families.
SANE Australia offers bereavement guidelines, a mental illness and bereavement kit, and workshops to assist mental health services staff.
* concepts of infection control
* monitoring illness in children
* issues for employers, educators and other staff
* fact sheets on diseases common to education and care services
* forms, useful contacts and websites.
The ClinicalInfoNet will enable doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to access quality-assured materials for the prevention, identification and management of five key chronic conditions - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer.
Health practitioners will now be able to freely access evidenced-based clinical guidelines, tools and patient education resources during patient consultations. Previously, these materials were quite difficult to access from different websites, or were only available in hard-copy forms. The ClinicalInfoNet can be accessed via the Internet or through the PrimaryCare Sidebar, currently available with patient management software Medical Director, and Best Practice.
A community-based arts project is where an artist works with a community to facilitate a creative process that enables participants to express their needs, aspirations, inspirations, identity or sense of place.
Community-based arts projects are increasingly being used by organisations and groups in areas such as youth, health and community development because they are able to reach people and have a meaningful impact on their lives. Artists and arts organisations have been working with communities for many years.
Making art with communities: a work guide brings together some of their knowledge and experience to assist people who want to undertake community-based arts projects, but may have limited experience. It has been developed to inspire, inform and support both artists and community members.
See : http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/other-health-conditions/ear-health-workers
*Coronary heart disease
The information sheets can be used to distribute to people at workshops, community events or during individual consultations. Call the Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 to order your copies or downloadable versions are available from http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/information-for-professionals/aboriginal-health/Pages/resources.aspx
Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women : WHO clinical and policy guidelines
Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women : WHO clinical and policy guidelines are an unprecedented effort to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based guidance as to how to respond to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. They also provide advice for policy makers, encouraging better coordination and funding of services, and greater attention to responding to sexual violence and partner violence within training programmes for health care providers.
The guidelines are based on systematic reviews of the evidence, and cover:
* Identification and clinical care for intimate partner violence
* Clinical care for sexual assault
* Training relating to intimate partner violence and sexual assault against women
* Policy and programmatic approaches to delivering services
* Mandatory reporting of intimate partner violence.
The guidelines aim to raise awareness of violence against women among health-care providers and policy-makers, so that they better understand the need for an appropriate health-sector response. They provide standards that can form the basis for national guidelines, and for integrating these issues into health-care provider education.
ABC PM Report
The Framework also sets the groundwork for further developing a draft Model of Care by identifying the principles, service definitions and structural arrangements that are required for the delivery of effective, accessible and efficient care to people in NSW who are approaching or reaching the end of life, their families and carers.
With a sample size of 924 respondents, the Lifeline WA research study is one of the largest ever in this field of research in Australia and provides valuable insights to the benefits and challenges of this relatively new and growing work practice, including the ways in which workers cope with these challenges.
The research found that FIFO workers are predominantly unaware of and unlikely to make use of any of the modes of mental health information and services, but rather to withdraw emotionally and to ignore personal needs.
Stigma is the main barrier to help-seeking, with the principal reason workers do not reach out for assistance being the fear of appearing to be "soft", weak or unable to cope. The other main barrier is structural, being the lack of service accessibility onsite and the lack of access to services from remote sites, including the lack of mobile phone coverage and/or internet access.
The recommendations aim to address the help-seeking barriers and provide supports to maintain and enhance the emotional wellbeing and mental health of the FIFO and DIDO workforce.
Featured articles in the latest issue are :
* Open access to nursing journals
* A view from the outside : nurses' clinical decision making in the twenty first century
* Diabetes - a significant contributor to complications in cardiac surgery
* Disseminating research findings to employees in large rural mining organisations
* Career choices and destinations of rural nursing students undertaking single and double degrees in nursing
* Clinical placement in Jordan
* The effect of overactive bladder syndrome on the sexual life of asymptomatic continent women
A new online training program has been developed to help health professionals who provide palliative care to aged persons in the community. The modules will help you develop your skills and confidence, so that the next person you care for at the end of their life will benefit.
You can register online and begin your FREE Online Training NOW!
What does the training cover?
Based on the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting, 4 online modules have been developed to help you to:
●Reflect on the needs of people and their families as they approach the end of life
●Build your screening and assessment skills
●Develop confidence in having end of life conversations, especially around Advance Care Planning
●Invest in your own self‑care and build resilience
●Connect you to a wider network of experts who can support and assist you
Overall, the available evidence indicated that the outcomes of teleconsultations by videoconferencing were not significantly different compared to face-to-face consultations for most types of specialties assessed; and patients participating in teleconsultations reported significantly higher levels of acceptability and satisfaction.
While the evidence generally showed non-significant differences or positive benefits of video consultations, they are not intended to replace face-to-face consultations, but rather to provide timely access to health care in circumstances where face-to-face consultations are not available due to distance or other barriers.
Growing our children up strong and deadly: healing for children and young people (Healing Foundation)
Recognising the importance of healing in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, Growing our children up strong and deadly: healing for children and young people reports on the work of the Healing Foundation in creating a healing environment for the younger generation. This paper also includes a discussion on intergenerational trauma, and the emerging evidence of what works in addressing trauma in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Healing Foundation website
National appraisal of continuous quality improvement initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: final report
This appraisal looked at emerging CQI initiatives within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector around Australia, their uptake within the sector, and the major barriers and facilitators to implementing these initiatives. It then identified those factors that are critical to improving the acceptability and effectiveness of CQI initiatives.
Direct link to report
Reducing the impact of depression and anxiety among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a priority for beyondblue. A range of research, information, education and support strategies have been developed and will continue to be developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.
Topics covered include Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2012 , cardiovascular health, road safety, illicit drug use, male health, female health, the use of kava, and several others.
The obesity rate continues to increase, with 7 in 20 adults being overweight, and a further 6 in 20 being classed as obese.
The report identifies a 16.2% reduction in the number of heart attacks per 100,000 people over 4 years. However, rates are much worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, nearly 3 times the rate of other Australians.
Report cements the purpose of Medicare Locals.
Inequalities in heart health must be addressed.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (2013)
Intended for use by clinicians including general practitioners, primary health care nurses, primary health care professionals and allied health professionals, the Guidelines follow the primary care "5As" framework: ask and assess, advise, assist, arrange. A range of health benefits are promoted in the guidelines including healthy eating plans, increased physical activity and behavioural modification to help patients manage obesity.
The Guidelines make recommendations regarding the management of individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.0 m/kg2 and are at risk or currently have an obesity related comorbidity.
Systematic review of the evidence