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Thursday, 29 March 2007

Caresearch -- Palliative care resources

The Australian Government has funded the Caresearch website that makes it as easy as possible to access information about palliative care. This website will become the Australian Palliative Care Knowledge Network in 2008. On 26 March Caresearch launched new resources for 1) patients, carers, families and friends, and 2) for GPs, with sections on quick clinical guidance, frequently asked questions, and palliative care in practice. There is also a section on current research evidence through Pubmed.
See: http://www.caresearch.com.au/

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Multiple sclerosis : free update

The Rural Health Education Foundation has released "Multiple sclerosis : update on diagnosis and management", free on DVD or VHS.

The program discusses the current debate over treament modalities, barriers in diagnosis and management in the rural setting

Available from RHEF on (02) 6232 5480 or (02) 6232 5484 fax, or email to ms@rhef.com.au

Keep Safe (Injury in aboriginal communities).

The Rural Health Education Foundation has released the "Keep Safe" program, free on DVD or VHS.

"Keep Safe" originally produced in May 2006, offers models and ideas for injury prevention in Aboriginal communities, with case studies on how some communities manage these problems

Available from RHEF on (02) 6232 5480 or (02) 6232 5484 fax, or via email to keepsafe@rhef.com.au

Dementia series : free on DVD or VHS

The Rural Health Education Foundation will shortly release its 2007 dementia series, free on DVD or VHS. The five programs in the series are :
Dementia :assessment and diagnosis
Dementia and physical co-morbidity
Dementia, mental health and neurological co-morbidities
Quality use of medicine in dementia care
Dementia : carers and families

Available from RHEF on (02) 6232 5480 or (02) 6232 5484 fax, or via email to dementia@rhef.com.au

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Australasian Contact Tracing Manual.

The third edition of this handbook for health care providers managing people with HIV, viral hepatitis, other STIs and HIV-related tuberculosis has been recently published. Available free from ASHM on 02 8204 0700 or email resources@ashm.org.au

Monday, 12 March 2007

National Indigenous Dementia Workshop

A two day National Indigenous Dementia Workshop was held in November 2006 with over thirty participants to discuss whether the issue of dementia is a sufficient priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take action and to determine what that action might be.
National Indigenous Forum on Dementia - full report

http://www.alzheimers.org.au/upload/IndigenousForumReport.pdf

Where there's smoke - cannabis and mental health

The "Where there's smoke - cannabis and mental health" report (Mental Health Council of Australia)provides extensive analysis of the growing body of evidence and research in this area. The report not only provides a balanced and informed view on the relationship between cannabis and mental health, but also includes recommendations on how to improve prevention, intervention and treatment responses.

http://www.mhca.org.au/documents/MHCACannabisfinalLR.pdf

http://www.mhca.org.au/.

Friday, 9 March 2007

Australia's Rural & Remote health : a social justice perspective by Janie Dade Smith, 2nd ed, 2007

Launched at the 9th National Rural Health Conference, this second edition of Australia's Rural and Remote Health: A social justice perspective offers 80 new pages of deeper and broader insights into Indigenous health, chronic disease and population health to make it essential reading for those planning to work in rural, remote and Indigenous Australia. In plain English, this unique book explains the concepts, questions the bureaucratic systems, and explores the opportunities for change in a frank, engaging and insightful way. It paints real faces on to the rural, remote and Indigenous health landscape using innovative storytelling techniques, historical accounts and real-life experience, supported by the broad literature. Australia's Rural and Remote Health: A social justice perspective tackles the difficult issues of racism, culture, genocide, Indigenous health, human rights, cultural safety, social capital and workforce issues, and offers practical solutions for students to apply. Using a primary health care framework it then weighs these issues against the impacting statistics, politics, policies and practices, in a practical and user-friendly way. This provocative and heartfelt book will help rural health students, practitioners, policy makers and educationalists from many disciplines to find their way across the sunburnt country.
Contents: Advance rural Australia; Indigenous Australia; Cultural perspectives; Putting Indigenous policy into practice; What and where is rural and remote Australia?; Determining health; Rural people's health; Population health approaches; Remote Indigenous health; Providing services * the workforce; Rural and remote practice; A rural future.

ISBN 978 0 86458 812 8 2nd edn 286 pp 242 AARP $49.50

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Mental Health Resources by Topic

This page is being developed by the Research Librarian for Mental Health at the University of Adelaide, Maureen Bell. Its purpose is to provide some links to quality mental health sites on the World Wide Web, and to save you time in locating useful material.

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/med/menthealth/search.html


Hanne Hoelaas
Information Services Officer
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
c/- Bloomfield Hospital
Forrest Road
ORANGE NSW 2800

Ph: (02) 6360 7895
Fax: (02) 6361 2457

E-mail: hanne.hoelaas@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Web: http://www.crrmh.com.au/

Friday, 2 March 2007

Primary Health Care Research and Information Service

Web Page to Watch:

Primary health Care Research and Information Service
Generating, managing and sharing information about Australian primary health care

PHC RIS works in partnership with the Divisions of General Practice Network, primary health care researchers and policy advisors to generate, manage and share information and knowledge that contributes to policy and improves performance.

http://www.phcris.org.au/index.php


Hanne Hoelaas
Information Services Officer
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
c/- Bloomfield Hospital
Forrest Road
ORANGE NSW 2800

Ph: (02) 6360 7895
Fax: (02) 6361 2457

E-mail: hanne.hoelaas@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Web: http://www.crrmh.com.au/