Health expenditure Australia 2016–17 [AIHW]

Health expenditure Australia 2016–17 reveals that Australia spent $180.7 billion on health in 2016–17—more than $7,400 per person. Real growth in spending of 4.7% in 2016–17 was 1.6 percentage points higher than the average over the past five years (3.1%). Non-government sources recorded the lowest growth rate in health spending in the decade to 2016–17—0.2% compared with the decade average of 4.8%.

Media release: Growth in health spending at 5 year high, driven by government spending.

Royal Commission into Aged Care: Nurse has her say

SHE has been subject to inappropriate touching, assault and been pushed up against a wall and threatened - welcome to the aged care sector.
While much of the focus since Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has been on mistreatment of the elderly, one nurse says just as much focus should be given to abuse of staff.
This nurse in the NSW Central West, who asked not to be named for fear of losing her job, says if she worked in any other industry that the abuse would not be tolerated – action would be swift and offender/s would be targeted with police action.
The first thing this nurse wanted to make clear was that she loves her job, every day brings something new and she loves the opportunity of being able to assist those most vulnerable in society.
But, in her eight years in the industry she has also been left frightened, assaulted, scratched and scarred and claims that nothing is done my management when the abuse is reported.

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Recovering ice addicts treated with ADHD medication in Australian trials

A drug prescribed to treat an attention deficit disorder is being used to help methamphetamine users kick their addictions in trials across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

The drug lisdexamfetamine, also known as lisdex, is often used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but researchers believe it could help people reduce their dependence to the drug ice.

Trials are already underway in New South Wales and South Australia, and soon Victoria will join them with a trial of 25 people, after funding was provided by the Andrews Government.

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New funding for innovation in suicide prevention

Australian researchers are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to apply for up to $100,000 each in Australian Government funding to develop new knowledge and approaches to suicide prevention.

Part of the Government’s $12 million Suicide Prevention Research Fund (SPRF) administered by Suicide Prevention Australia, the Innovation Grants aim to invest up to $300,000 in total in new Australian research over one to two years.

“We’re looking for Australian researchers with bold ideas about how we can better protect people from suicide, and intervene to prevent suicide,” said Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Nieves Murray.

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'Not a day goes by': Mental health is the number one reason people are going to the GP

GPs are treating mental health issues more than any other condition, according to a new report released this week. A survey of 1,500 frontline GPs by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners found that two in three were reporting psychological problems as one of the most common ailments they now treated.
As a result, GPs are struggling to keep up — many forced to cram often complex cases into six-minute consultations, charge their patients for more time, or wear the out-of-pocket cost. With aged care now in the spotlight, GPs are also signalling that providing adequate care in nursing homes is becoming a major problem.

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Plan to improve mental health support for Australian university students

Many students struggle with stress and other issues of mental health and are unsure how to access help. AMSA and Orygen have designed a framework to address the problem on a national level.

AMSA President Alex Farrell believes student mental health has been ‘underfunded and under-talked-about for a long time’. I don’t know where to go, and I’m ashamed to be struggling at uni.’

These are the words of a student from a recent report produced by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, to investigate the mental health of Australian university students.

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New knowledge exchange products on alcohol use among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have added a suite of online resources which are now available on the website. Based on the Review of harmful alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there are 3 new resources available

  • an animated infographic
  • a HealthInfoByte
  • an eBook

    The animated infographic provides an audio visual snapshot of key information found in the review, in an engaging format, while the eBook is an interactive, online version of the review with additional, enhanced features such as embedded videos and illustrations. The HealthInfoByte is part of a series which promotes HealthInfoNet reviews and provides short, 'byte' sized information.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice and Indigenous Australians: A Multi-Sited Ethnography

    Camping under the stars might just be the way to helping to rebuild happiness

    Camping is being lauded as way to help you feel better about yourself, get closer to your loved ones and create a sense of reconnection to the world.
    In a world where the fear of missing out (FOMO) is contributing to anxiety, camping may have a special place in improving mental health by its ability to cut people off from technology.
    Alistair Mitchell is one person who says drawing on his early childhood experiences of camping and getting back to nature helped his long road to recovery from mental illness.

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    Latest review shows many cancers are preventable among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet at Edith Cowan University has published a new Review of cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, said 'The review shows that cultural safety in service provision, increased participation in breast, bowel and cervical screening and reduction in risk factors will improve outcomes for cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, followed by breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer. Tobacco smoking is still seen as the greatest risk factor for cancer.'


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    Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis In Australia 2017

    New findings from a landmark research report show that while the number of Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to rise – now at 25,600 – the course of the disease is shifting with more people able to stay in work and needing less care and support as a result of changes in treatment strategies.

    On the other hand, costs for people living with more advanced MS are incredibly high, more than triple per person compared to those with milder disease (from $30,561 for people with no disability to $114,813 for people with severe disability). The quality of life impact for people living with severe disability is comparable to, or even lower than that reported for terminal metastatic cancer, chronic kidney disease and severe heart disease.

    The Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia 2017 report, commissioned by MS Research Australia and prepared by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, is the first in nearly eight years to provide a comprehensive landscape analysis of MS in Australia. It shows how many Australians are now living with MS, the costs of the disease from an individual and societal perspective, and the quality of life indices for individuals living with MS.

    Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report

    Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report Executive Summary

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    Lack of planning for mental health patients leaving hospital is putting lives at risk, experts warn

    Experts are concerned many mental health patients are leaving hospitals without support and it is putting them at greater risk of suicide. Shortly after Craig Dixon was discharged from a Darwin mental health ward in 2016 he attempted to end his life.
    Mr Dixon felt that his depression was exacerbated by having no support to help him adjust to life at home, and that his time in hospital did not help him address his underlying problems.

    He is now recovering, but strongly believes his journey could have been different had there been post-discharge support available to him.