Monday, 29 June 2015
ANYTIME Fitness manager Megan Griffin knows the benefit of exercise for those living with mental illness. Ms Griffin lives with anxiety herself and is passionate about helping people manage their mental health issues.
See more at: http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/3175621/anytime-fitness-fundraiser-fit-to-boost-mental-health-prospects/
A number of commentators have cautioned about the possible negative effects of government fear-mongering on parents, families and communities. Experts have also highlighted the substantial evidence that drug education campaigns are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, encourage experimentation.
See more at: http://theconversation.com/focus-on-illicit-drugs-puts-australias-drinking-problem-on-ice-42710
The Health Minister has ordered a separate review of the report's recommendations. Many in the mental health sector are frustrated by what they say are unacceptable delays to improving care for suicidal Australians.
Poorly planned, and a massive drain on people's wellbeing. Those were the findings of a National Mental Health Commission report ordered by the Federal Government to look at Australia's mental health system.
See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4262736.htm
The free to access portal provides quality information about smoking cessation and prevention to support better health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their babies and families with the selection of content carefully evaluated to ensure it is culturally appropriate and promotes best practice methods and strategies available for working with pregnant Aboriginal women.
The portal also links to the Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA yarning place to encourage information sharing and collaboration among health professionals and others involved in maternal health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Ultimately, the portal will create a solid knowledge base about Aboriginal maternal smoking and establish the site as the 'go-to' place for any information, resources, training opportunities and support for health professionals who work with pregnant Aboriginal women and their families, advancing Aboriginal maternal and child health outcomes.
Friday, 26 June 2015
The report includes details on:
Download the full report for free online.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
The Strategy document discusses the looming public health issues globally and nationally related to antimicrobial resistance and "calls on all stakeholders to support a collaborative effort to change those practices that have contributed to the development of resistance and implement new initiatives to reduce inappropriate antibiotic usage and resistance."
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience dementia at an earlier age then the general population and this, combined with the steadily growing number of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, will result in the number of people effected by dementia growing significantly in the coming years.
Although higher rates of dementia have been reported in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the disease is often overlooked by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, health workers and service providers. Geographical constraints in the provision of services, a lack of education and awareness in communities and by health workers and the prevalence of other chronic diseases have all posed considerable barriers to the recognition of dementia as an emerging health issue.
The report adds to a strong evidence base on the subject, which has led Alzheimer's Australia to produce a suite of resources on Indigenous dementia including DVDs, newsletters and other reports and resources.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new reports:
The Lowitja Institute has released several reports from stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together Project. These reports provide several specialist case studies. The list of new reports is as follows :
The full list of the Lowitja Institute's publications can be found here.
Monday, 22 June 2015
Over the 5 years from 2009-10, there has been an increase in the proportion of episodes where amphetamines were the principal drug on concern (from 7% to 17%) and an increase in smoking/inhaling as the method of administration for amphetamines. A majority of treatment episodes had a duration of three months or less, and counselling remains the most common treatment type.
Friday, 19 June 2015
My Aged Care is the first step for individuals and their families seeking advice on their options and how to access this support. It has been established by the Australian Government to help people navigate the aged care system.
Friday, 12 June 2015
The Western Australian Department of Health has released a free app based on the Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (DIP) decision support resource aimed at referring doctors and medical students.
Endorsed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, the DIP is a suite of pathways designed to guide the choice of the most appropriate diagnostic imaging examinations in the correct sequence. They aim to prevent examinations that are not needed and ensure that appropriate examinations are provided.
The new DIP app has over 160 pathways covering all of the major organ systems and many clinical conditions that are seen in general and specialist clinical practice.
It includes information on the most cost-effective diagnostic imaging strategies in a large number of clinical scenarios, the risks of ionising radiation and the different modalities and examinations used in diagnostic imaging.
The free iPhone app is now available, with an Android version in development.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
PHN Discussion Paper #1 - Primary Health Network Critical Success Factors, reflects on the lessons learnt from previous organised primary health care models in Australia, considers the factors that are essential for PHNs to create true public value, and identifies some key issues which PHNs and the Government need to address to ensure that PHNs are given every opportunity to succeed.
PHN Discussion Paper #2 - Mental Health considers organised primary health care in Australia and identifies key issues for exploration and resolution.
PHN Discussion Paper #3 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health considers this topic in the context of organised primary health care in Australia and identifies key issues for exploration and resolution
PHN Discussion Paper #5 - Health Workforce considers this topic in the context of organised primary health care in Australia and identifies key issues for exploration and resolution
PHN Discussion Paper #6 - eHealth considers this topic in the context of organised primary health care in Australia and identifies key issues for exploration and resolution
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The website gives junior doctors a thorough insight into all 53 medical specialties, from surgery to general practice, paediatrics to psychiatry, anaesthesia to infectious diseases.
All of these articles are free and present some of the latest emerging therapeutic strategies, evidence based care practices, screening and prevention tools, and trends and risk factors in cancer. The articles are relevant to people in research, clinical practice, or public health.
It publishes original and educational case reports that expand the field of medicine. The journal covers all medical specialties comprising a comprehensive resource for physicians in all fields and at all stages of training. You can either browse the current issue and archiveor look through case reports via subject specialty.
The app has two modules:
The Doctor's Bag module provides recommended doses for drugs in the PBS Prescriber Bag, including adrenaline doses for anaphylaxis and calculators for weight-based dosing in children. It acts as an emergency backup, providing reassurance that the correct dose has been given. It can also be used as an educational tool in non-emergency settings. The information is kept up to date as the contents of the PBS Prescriber Bag change.
The Anaphylaxis Management module is based on the popular Anaphylaxis: emergency management for health professionals wall chart published by Australian Prescriber
More information and download links.
Professor Villis Marshall AC, Chair of the Commission, said "Good care in the last days, weeks and months of life can help minimise the distress and grief associated with death and dying for the individual, and for their family, friends and carers. The consensus statement is an important step in improving end-of-life care in Australia."
The types of end-of-life care that a patient may need include long term symptom management to maintain quality of life, intensive family support, and physical care to maintain comfort while a person is dying.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
The report presents up-to-date statistics, as well as trend information. It examines differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular, remoteness.
The report shows that, while in many areas statistics are improving, others such as suicide and cancer show an increasing gap. Also of major concern is a rapidly increasing Indigenous incarceration rate.
Many articles are open access, and others may be obtained through CIAP for NSW Health employees.
The age-standardised rate of injury deaths decreased by an average of 3% per year between 1999-00 and 2004-05 and changed little after that; Rates of injury deaths involving transport injury, drowning, thermal injury, suicide and homicide, tended to decline from 1999-00 to 2007-08, while rates of poisoning deaths involving pharmaceuticals fell sharply to 2001-02 before rising again.
Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 2 to 3 times as high as rates for Other Australians over the period from 1999-00 to 2007-08.
The main report is accompanied by a technical report, Injury deaths data, Australia: technical report on issues associated with reporting for reference years 1999-2010.
In 2012, 17% of people with disability who needed to see a GP delayed or did not go because of the cost; 20% who needed to see a medical specialist did not go mainly due to the cost; and 67% who needed to see a dentist delayed seeing or did not go because of the cost.
Compared with people with disability living in Major cities, people with disability living in Outer regional and Remote areas had lower use rates of services provided by GPs, medical specialists and dentists as well as coordinated care provided by different types of health professionals. They were more likely to visit a hospital emergency department for health issues that could potentially be dealt with by non-hospital services, and to face barriers to accessing health services.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
In 2013, there were 2,323 new cases of type 1 diabetes in Australia, equating to 11 cases per 100,000 population. This rate has remained relatively stable between 2000 and 2013, fluctuating between 10 and 13 cases per 100,000 population each year.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Bradley, co-chair of the National Seclusion and Restraint Project Core Reference Group, is a passionate advocate against seclusion and restraint in support of better outcomes for people with mental illness.
“Reduction and elimination of the use of seclusion and restraint is a human rights issue,” Bradley said.
“There is a significant lack of consumer and carer voices in clinical decision making around seclusion and restraint. This is mirrored by the absence of consumer led research; we are about 10 years behind the UK in that respect.
See more at: http://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/news/our-news/need-for-consumer-voice-in-reduction-of-seclusion-and-restraint
The AMAQ has made a submission to the Queensland parliamentary inquiry investigating FIFO work practices.
The organisation, which represents the state's medical practitioners, said it had been advised that most FIFO workers who suffered from depression and anxiety were worried about relationships.
Please see more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-02/amaq-states-case-against-compulsory-fifo/6513884
Monday, 1 June 2015
More and more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers are quitting and fewer young people are taking up smoking. In 10 years, the proportion of former smokers who have successfully quit has jumped from 24% to 37%.
"Talking about the smokes" 15 articles on Indigenous smoking (Open Access) is a Medical Journal of Australia supplement on aspects of Indigenous smoking.