New to the 2015 report are data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons.
Monday, 30 November 2015
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW)
This report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presents up-to-date statistics on risk factors, prevalence, hospitalisation and deaths from these 3 chronic diseases. It examines age and sex characteristics and variations by geographical location and compares these with the non-Indigenous population.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental illness that involves an obsession with perceived or imaginary defects in a person's appearance.
For Bessie, it began 10 years ago with a fixation on her nose, then her skin.
"The mirror became my best friend and my worst enemy. I was disgusted by what I saw, but at the same time I sought reassurance and thought next time I looked I might get that reassurance," she said.
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-19/people-battling-body-dysmorphia-disorder-share-their-torment/6947872
The reaction to the Gilbody paper has been swift. Following its publication, commentaries in the Guardian, the BMJ and New Scientist all cast doubt on the effectiveness of online treatments for depression. The Australian Doctor headline reads: “GP researchers slam online CBT programs for depression”. Gilbody suggests that the previously reported positive findings from online CBT are due to the studies having been undertaken by the developers, lack of adherence and poor engagement.
However, we believe the Gilbody paper, and the subsequent media publications give the wrong impression about online CBT.
Please read more at: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/newsmedia/newsdesk/index.cfm
View the Media release
James Cook University canvassed about 120 farmers and fishers from Cairns to Hobart to find out what is stopping them from improving their safety practices. The study also found there were major barriers to change, including people's attitudes and the perceived cost, time and inconvenience.
Study finds on-farm deaths could be halved through simple safety measures (ABC)
Download "Exploring the barriers and facilitators to adoption of improved work practices for safety in the primary industries"
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
It's complicated. The OECD details problems with Australia's health care system.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Australia was the OECD's fifth most obese country, it said, and its health system would in future have to deal with an increasing number of patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
While Australia had improved its national standards for health care, it said: "A surprising lack of data on the quality and outcomes of care marks out Australia from its peers."
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/quality-of-care-in-australian-hospitals-lacks-oversight-20151115-gkzilb.html#ixzz3rcmXlO8s
Professor David Forbes from the Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at Melbourne University is co-convenor of the meeting.
In a first, Sydney University and UNSW Australia on Thursday announced a partnership across an entire field of research, affecting hundreds of researchers and staff, multiple faculties and research institutions.
"It's also a model for future collaborations", said the vice-chancellors, UNSW's Professor Ian Jacobs and Sydney's Professor Michael Spence .
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fierce-rivals-unsw-and-university-of-sydney-team-up-to-improve-mental-health-20151112-gkwz8u.html#ixzz3rckv5Q5k
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 13 days and 90% started within 33 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 90% began treatment within the emergency timeframe.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
This resource has been written with the intention of providing a starting point for your continuing professional development (CPD) and reflective practice in this area. There are 7 topics which have been designed to flow in order. Each topic is briefly outlined along with suggested readings and practical activities. Indigenous communities are complex and heterogeneous, and so the practical activities included ask you to reflect on your own background and beliefs, deepen your understanding about the communities that you are working with, and identify their specific needs.
Working with Indigenous people and communities can be a challenge but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Indigenous culture in Australia is rich and has a long history. The opportunity to experience this first hand is a privilege that few Australians are afforded and your role can contribute to the improvement of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Basic structure of the resource:
* Overview of the topic
* Practical activities for you to complete.
A study was undertaken to develop a Wellbeing Framework which could assist primary healthcare services to improve the quality of life and quality of care, as well as the health outcomes, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease. Guided by our National Reference Group, the study resulted in a Wellbeing Framework which incorporates not just physical but also social, emotional, cultural and spiritual aspects of health and wellbeing.
About the framework.
Framework as PDF.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
The research paints a grim picture of life for more than 670 Indigenous prisoners in the state, tracking their interactions with police and courts for up to 30 years. Please see more at:
Report "A predictable and preventable path".