Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study

Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study

In 2012 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) undertook an international study of healthcare variation involving a number of countries. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), coordinated Australia's participation in this study, with support from all states, territories and the Commonwealth, and technical input by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare(AIHW. This paper presents a more detailed picture of the Australian results and includes some additional analyses.

Media release

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Self Harm & Youth Suicide

The rate of youth suicide in Indigenous Australia is now the highest in the world.

With the The Culture is Life campaign, Indigenous Elders are calling for support to help them heal their communities. One of the initial actions of the Culture Is Life campaign was the development of the Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Self Harm and Youth Suicide.

Culture Is Life representatives traveled across the country, gathering vital messages from senior Elders about the solutions needed to solve the youth suicide crisis. These voices form the heart of the campaign, which acts to press community concerns upon Government and service providers on the best ways forward for their communities.

The Elders Report is foreworded by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and leading Indigenous psychologist Prof Pat Dudgeon.

The Culture Is Life team is actively working to distribute the Report to all decision-makers and stakeholders involved in improving Indigenous wellbeing.

Following extensive community consultation and research, the Report also includes a list of grassroots community driven suicide prevention programs that are in need of support, specifically compiled for the attention of Government funding programs and the philanthropic sector.


Elders Report

Choosing lore and life: the campaign against Aboriginal youth suicide (Sydney Morning Herald)

Friday, 23 May 2014

Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report)

The COAG Reform Council's latest (and final) report , Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report) shows gains in primary education, Year 12 attainment and post school qualifications—but employment is not improving.

Launching the report in Canberra, Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, the Hon John Brumby, said governments have made some promising gains in education but not in employment. COAG's target is to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 but over the past 5 years, this gap widened.

There is better news in education, but the findings are not all positive. Falls in school attendance were larger and more widespread than improvements, and high school numeracy results worsened.

In the health findings, the report shows that faster progress is needed to meet COAG's target to close the life expectancy gap by 2031. Obesity is highlighted as an area of concern, with more than 41% of Indigenous people obese, compared to 27% of non-Indigenous Australians. While there is good news in declining smoking rates, Indigenous Australians are still more than twice as likely to smoke as non-Indigenous Australians.

Mr Brumby said the report's results emphasise an ongoing need for COAG to strengthen its performance reporting and accountability framework for Indigenous reform.

"While we are pleased to find successes in this report, we are wary that there is still hard work to be done in some areas. This is the time to regroup and to see these reforms through."

Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance(COAG Report)

Media Release

Gap widens (ABC Lateline Report)

Budget cuts threaten future Closing the Gap outcomes (Australian Greens)

Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Closing The Gap.

Friday, 16 May 2014

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013 (AIHW)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013.

The first national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection captures data from over 200 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It presents data for 19 'process of care' and 'health outcomes' indicators which focus on the prevention and management of chronic disease and maternal and child health.

The report shows improvements against most of the 'process of care' indicators. It also shows organisations that perform better are spread across different geographic and service delivery environments.

Media release

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies (New learning module)

A free, interactive and self-paced module 'Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies' from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT Learning Centre) will help you develop and practice critical appraisal skills you need to assess qualitative studies relevant to public health. With this knowledge, you will know whether the findings of the qualitative study can be applied to your public health decisions.

After completing this module you will be able to answer: Is this study well done? Can you trust the conclusions? Can the findings be applied to your own population? How do the different kinds of qualitative research designs compare? Check out the Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies now!

Clinical Supervision in Psychiatry

Clinical Supervision in Psychiatry is a selection of papers presented at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) Advances in Clinical Supervision Conference.

The coverage is wide, including papers on allied health supervision, assessing clinical supervisors, supervision for remote cousellors, supervision outcomes, and introducing supervision to acute mental health settings.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The Shape of Things to Come: Visions for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

The Shape of Things to Come: Visions for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ;
J. Brands 2014.

In late 2012, the Lowitja Institute embarked on a project using 'futures thinking' to consider how research might best contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in the year 2030. The project was motivated by a desire to 'get ahead of the game': to anticipate and prepare for the potential research demands of the future. In particular, there was a desire to 'close the gap' between the point at which important research needs are identified by policy makers or service providers, and when research findings can be delivered.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Cervical screening in Australia 2011-2012 (AIHW)

Cervical screening in Australia 2011-2012 presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.

Around 58% of women in the target age group of 20-69 took part in the program, with more than 3.7 million women screening in 2011 and 2012.

Cervical cancer incidence for women of all ages remains at a historical low of 7 new cases per 100,000 women, and deaths are also low, historically and by international standards, at 2 deaths per 100,000 women.

Media release.

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