"Finding our way back" : new resource for Indigenous people who have attempted suicide

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have created a new resource "Finding our way back" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends. The booklet features real-life experiences from people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, this booklet features practical advice shaped by people who've attempted suicide and their families, with suggestions for family members and friends on what they can do to support someone in recovery.

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Media release

Decision Assist website goes live

The first stage in the Decision Assist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service has gone live, with a website launched and a 24/7 telephone advice service on advanced care planning now available for GPs and aged care providers.

Decision Assist is the collective name for the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services, a consortium of 7 healthcare organisations and research institutes that successfully won funding of $14.8 million over three years to establish a nationwide palliative care service under the previous government's Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package.

The new service aims to provide GPs and aged care providers with information on palliative care, advance care planning and advance care directives, including the legislation and processes in each state and territory, create links between aged care and palliative care, as well as training workshops.

The national 1300 668 908 advisory phone service on advance care planning is now available, with a palliative care service due to launch in September. It is expected that the palliative care service will provide advice on topics such as symptom control and medication.

The service also plans to create web-based resources including tablet and smartphone access, apps, and to provide telehealth services to overcome geographic isolation.

Free online clinical training for remote area Indigenous health.

The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has developed a suite of online clinical training modules designed especially for health professionals working in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

The RAHC Introduction to Remote Health Practice Program (online) has been developed as a training resource to provide timely, high quality, orientation and learning materials for RAHC health professionals preparing to work in remote health clinics and services.

The modules currently available are:

  • Introduction to Indigenous Health
  • Communication and Education
  • Chronic Conditions Management
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity
  • Major Incident Management
  • Managing Medical Emergencies
  • Trachoma
  • Ear Health
  • Oral Health
  • Primary Eye Care Checks(New)
  • Eye Health and Diabetes(New)

These modules are available to anyone interested in remote and Indigenous health. Health professionals considering a placement with RAHC or any involvement in remote and Indigenous health are especially encouraged to pursue them.

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 (AIHW)

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 focuses on the most frequent causes of hospitalisations due to injury sustained by Australians, aged 65 years or older, during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. Whilst the vast majority of hospitalisations were due to falls, the report focuses on other injuries (such as unintentional poisoning by medications) and it may be useful for guiding and improving policy aimed at reducing those other injuries and for targeting investment in injury prevention strategies.

Media release

Impact of the 2014-15 Federal Budget on Indigenous programs and services : Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

Indigenous Australians will be hit hard by the 2014-15 Budget. Already among the poorest, sickest and most marginalised, Indigenous Australians are hit twice: by cuts to specific programs totalling $603 million over 5 years and cuts and changes to a wide swathe of general programs in health, education, welfare and legal services.

This report provides a good summary of all Indigenous funding provisions in the Budget papers. Report

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