Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 - New South Wales, Northern Territory, and Victoria (AIHW)

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 3 new reports :

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: New South Wales, Victoria; Northern Territory.

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.

Australians understand depression, so why don’t we ‘get’ anxiety?

Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help.

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)

National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2014 is the 3rd national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection.

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.

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Breast cancer in young women: key facts about breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s (AIHW)

Breast cancer in young women: key facts about breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s is the first national report presenting key data specific to breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s. This report provides an overview of breast cancer, risk factors for young women, breast cancer detection and diagnosis methods, and key summary measures including incidence, hospitalisations, survival and mortality.

'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%.

View the media release and download the full report for free online.

There is also a bookmark and a slide pack available.

Launch of grass roots online toolkit to help communities combat suicide

The NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Pru Goward MP today launched Communities Matter: suicide prevention for small towns and communities, a practical online resource for local communities to use to help prevent suicide.

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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Mental health expert warns it's 'toxic' to describe mental illness as permanent

In all the discussion around mental healthincluding the ABC's Mental As campaignthere's an emphasis on raising community awareness and acceptance of mental illness.

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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Elective surgery waiting times 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics (AIHW)

Elective surgery waiting times 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics

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.

Media release

The future of public physiotherapy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) commissioned the Nous Group (Nous) to explore the strategic drivers which will shape the role of physiotherapy in the Australian Public Healthcare System to 2025.

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.

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Redesign and innovation in hospitals: foundations to making it happen

This policy issues brief by the Deeble Institute, describes key features of hospital redesign processes in Australia by analysing Victorian, NSW and other models. It discusses frameworks and drivers of large scale change in health systems including challenges and barriers to success.

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.


About the brief

Text to prevent repeat heart attacks

Sydney researchers are calling for the implementation of a simple text message system to improve the health of heart attack survivors after it was shown to help reduce weight, blood pressure and cholesterol and was well received by patients.

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).

About the trial.

Trends in methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003-04 to 2013-14 (AIHW)

Trends in methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003-04 to 2013-14 reveals that there have been several corresponding trends in the availability, use and treatment of methylamphetamines since 2003-04. Following a decline between 2006-07 and 2009-10, there have been increases across many factors relating to methylamphetamines to 2013-14. Arrests, seizures and detections have all increased.

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.

Media release.