These reports give the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health system performance. Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. The reports highlight the main areas of improvement and continuing concern.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
But anxiety disorders have been left behind. National surveys of “mental health literacy” show Australians are far less likely to recognise symptoms of anxiety.
Around 15% of Australians suffer an anxiety disorder in any given year. This includes generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2014 (AIHW)
It captures data from more than 230 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 21 process-of-care and health outcome indicators, which focus on maternal and child health, preventative health and chronic disease management. The report shows improvements against almost all of the indicators.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
"Children" [ISSN2227-9067] is an open-access journal publishing reviews on paediatric topics, with a number of symposium special issues.
Recent special issues include :
Monday, 26 October 2015
'In 2015, it is projected that 795 young women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 65 will die from it, which is an average of 2 diagnoses a day and 1 death a week,' said AIHW spokesperson Justin Harvey.
In 2007-11, women aged 20-39 had an 88% chance of surviving for five years after diagnosis, compared to the 90% survival rate for women aged 40 and over. This is an improvement from 1982-1986, when five-year survival for this age group was 72%.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Developed through a partnership between the Mental Health Commission of NSW and Suicide Prevention Australia, and based on extensive consultation across the state, the resource helps community groups to apply evidence-informed strategies to prevent suicide and combat stigma.
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But a British expert says a key word is too often missing from the conversation: recovery. Please also download audio to listen to the discussion from Professor Mike Slade.
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Thursday, 15 October 2015
In 2014-15: about 700,000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists; 50% of patients were admitted for their surgery within 35 days; fewer than 2% of patients waited more than a year for their surgery.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
The strategic drivers of change for the Australian health system present both opportunities and challenges for the profession. It is becoming increasingly important for the APA, its members and the broader profession to chart a path toward a future vision for public physiotherapy services, and not leave success to chance. Clarity and foresight into the future operating environment will inform the APA's vision, strategy and key activities to support public physiotherapy services.
The scope of this report focuses on physiotherapy in Australia's public healthcare system ('public physiotherapy') and aims to answer one key question: "What does the public physiotherapy Service of the Future look like in 2025?"
The outcome is to provide an informed view of the profession's current and future state, and on that basis explore how the APA can best support the Service of the Future.
The paper comprises 4 key sections:
1. Public physiotherapy services today.
2. Eight strategic drivers significantly influence the future of public physiotherapy.
3. The Service of the Future will be defined by seven key features.
4. Implications for today's public physiotherapy services.
The APA intends to use the report for 3 primary purposes:
1. Provide insights to the profession and its key stakeholders to guide strategic and workforce planning.
2. Inform future development and growth of the profession in the public health system.
3. Shape APA's activities and professional development programs to enable future growth of the profession.
The use of systems thinking and entrepreneurship to support achieving change is described. Insights are provided to enable policy development that can support hospital innovation and system redesign.
Friday, 2 October 2015
Westmead Hospital cardiologist Clara Chow said the Tobacco, Exercise and Diet Messages (TEXT ME) trial used a very simple mobile health strategy that could be provided routinely by hospitals as part of a discharge program for heart attack survivors as well as other conditions like stroke.
The TEXT ME trial used an automated, computerised message management system to send texts selected from a bank of messages to trial participants. The messages gave advice and motivational reminders about diet and nutrition, exercise and smoking, based on freely available resources such as those provided by the Heart Foundation.
The trial involved 710 people attending Westmead Hospital with proven coronary heart disease. Half received 4 text messages a week for 6 months in addition to standard care, while the remainder received their standard care.
At 6 months, levels of LDL-C were significantly lower in the intervention group, with concurrent reductions in systolic blood pressure and body mass index. It also saw significant increases in physical activity and a significant reduction in smoking.
Effect of Lifestyle-Focused Text Messaging on Risk Factor Modification in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial; Clara K. Chow, et al. JAMA.2015;314(12):1255-1263. (Available through CIAP).
Users are now favouring the crystal form of methylamphetamine. They are using it more frequently, and, there appear to be more new users of crystal. There are more people in treatment reporting smoking as their usual method of use for amphetamines than previously.