Friday, 29 April 2016
New resource for health professionals when discussing suicide with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
The “Supporting CALD communities to talk about suicide” resource was funded by the Mental Health Commission of NSW and developed in partnership with the Transcultural Mental Health Centre NSW.
It forms part of the world-first online Conversations Matter suite of resources to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide. These include prevention, intervention and postvention settings.
See more at: http://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/news/our-news/new-resource-for-health-professionals-when-discussing-suicide-with-culturally-and
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Looking for tools to support program evaluation?
Is there a program or initiative in your health department, unit or regional health authority that you would like to evaluate? Establishing a plan for conducting the evaluation is a key step in gathering, analysing and reporting on data to assist in decision making. The Program evaluation toolkit can help!
The Program evaluation toolkit, developed by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, outlines a three-phase process to apply to program evaluation. It contains useful lists, steps and templates for developing a logic model and final report. This toolkit can be used by anyone involved in planning and conducting program evaluation, accessing data sources and analysing data on an ongoing basis.
The toolkit outlines a three-phase process for conducting a program evaluation.
Phase 1: Planning Evaluation - Deciding on program to be evaluated and describing this program
Phase 2: Doing Evaluation - Data collection and analysis
Phase 3: Using Evaluation - Putting knowledge into practice
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Researchers assessed data on measures including life expectancy at birth, infant mortality, birthweight, maternal mortality, nutritional status and educational attainment for the countries involved. On all measures, Indigenous people were found to suffer more than their non-Indigenous counterparts.
Friday, 22 April 2016
Schools are an ideal place for these conversations to take place, with the potential for broad-ranging impact and tailoring of messages to suit students' developmental level. In parallel, parents should be engaged in these important discussions and provided with guidance about how to protect against drug related harms. Central to these activities is the need for accurate and credible evidence-based information that can be accessed by young people, their parents and teachers.
To meet this need, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of Positive Choices, an online portal that facilitates access to interactive evidence-based drug education resources for school communities.
View the Web Page.
Released this month, the journal features 20 research papers with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The articles in the special issue include:
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: accuracy of patient self-report of screening for diabetes, high cholesterol and cervical cancer
* The value of partnerships: lessons from a multi-site evaluation of a national social and emotional wellbeing program for Indigenous youth
To view the full list of publications please refer to the links below.
* View full contents: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health: April issue - Indigenous health
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Promotion across the region of the year-long mental health course includes advice of "new opportunities opening up over the next few years" with the Western NSW Local Health District and its non-government organisation partners.
The health district and TAFE Western have joined forces to offer Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, most likely from July 2016.
It will entail "seven five-day blocks" at Orange, remote learning and clinical placements "as close to home as possible".
Read more at: http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/3861251/teaching-mental-health-workers/?cs=112
Led by Australian Indigenous health experts, the study calls for "a revitalised global partnership" to improve health outcomes and "counter political marginalisation" in countries.
"We need to stop thinking about Indigenous health as a parochial issue; it's a global issue," said lead author, Ian Anderson, the chairman of Indigenous Education at the University of Melbourne.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/indigenous-health-gap-a-global-challenge-says-study-20160420-gob27v.html#ixzz46QyB8KhD
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
The top 4 drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (38% of treatment episodes), cannabis (24%), amphetamines (20%) and heroin (6%. The proportion of episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines (20%) has continued to increase over the last 10 years, from 11% of treatment episodes in 2005-06, and 17% in 2014-15. Clients in AOD treatment services are ageing, with a median age of 33 years in 2014-15, up from 31 in 2005-06.
View web page: Alcohol and other drug treatment services
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
The analysis shows that many chronic diseases share behavioural and biomedical risk factors; and modifying these can reduce an individual's risk of developing a chronic disease and result in large health gains, by reducing illness and rates of death.
View web page: Chronic disease risk factors
Thursday, 14 April 2016
This Issues Brief, Review of after-hours service models: Learnings for regional, rural and remote communities developed by the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network in partnership with Healthy Futures Pty Ltd, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, evaluates the current delivery models of after-hours primary health care nationally and internationally. In particular, it describes the varied approaches to service delivery. This variation is attributable to a range of factors including funding sources, workforce availability, consumer awareness, distance and remoteness, population structure and local economies.
A literature review and a study of current and alternate models of service delivery identified a wide range of service models across Australia, including GP-centred models which utilise practice-based after-hours GP visits, Medical Deputising Services, co-located GP clinics in hospitals, nurse-led telephone triage models, and internet-supported triage models. Each of these approaches has its benefits and limitations.
Based on ten Dementia Enabling Environment Principles, The Dementia-Friendly Home app recommends practical changes that prompt a carer to think about how the home can be changed in a way that may assist the person living with dementia. Many of the app suggestions are small, inexpensive ideas, such as placing labels with pictures on cupboard doors. More significant changes include installing motion sensors that turn lights on and off when people walk through the house and changing busily patterned wall or floor coverings.
The Dementia-Friendly Home app is now available for iPad from the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-dementia-friendly-home/id1051978132?mt=8> and Android tablets from the Google Play Store (link is external)<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.alzheimersaustraliavic.dementiafriendlyhome> for $2.99.
About the App
The Physical health and mental wellbeing: Evidence guide presents current evidence about the relationship between physical health and mental illness, including the effectiveness of interventions related to physical activity, diet and smoking.
It also addresses behaviour therapies, peer support and medication.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Bartel argues that the community needs to talk about dying. Many Australians are dying in ways they would not choose - we are often receiving care we don't want in places where we don't want it. The evidence shows that open conversations about death, dying and bereavement are vital to the long-term health and well being of individuals and communities and we are not currently doing it well. "It is clear that sharing our preferences for what we'd like at the end of our life is the most important – and costly – conversation that Australia is not having".