Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Delivering the opening speech at the Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Tri-State Conference, the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, Warren Snowdon, said research and reform go hand in hand, and at this critical juncture for Australia’s health service delivery, the collaboration of universities and researchers is essential.
“Brighter Futures helps struggling families by intervening before problems escalate or turn into a crisis,” Ms Burney said.
A national report into Indigenous eye health shows adult Indigenous Australians suffer higher rates of blindness and other eye related health problems than non-Indigenous Australians.
The National Indigenous Eye Health Survey found that 1.9 per cent of Indigenous adults were blind, over six times the rate of non-Indigenous adults. The major cause of blindness in Australia is blinding cataracts, and this is 12 times more common in Indigenous Australians than non-Indigenous.
The survey found that 94% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, but 35 per cent of Indigenous adults have never had an eye examination. The report however also made positive findings for Indigenous children, as vision loss in Indigenous children was found to be five times less common than non-Indigenous children.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
This is the latest course available from the NSW Health Online Training portal. Also available :
* Open disclosure training
* Incident Information Management System Training
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
"The information in the 2009 World Alzheimer's Report makes it clear that the crisis of dementia and Alzheimer's cannot be ignored," said Marc Wortmann, ADI's Executive Director. "Unchecked, Alzheimer's will impose enormous burdens on individuals, families, health care infrastructures, and global economy. There is hope in taking action by improving and funding dementia care and services, and increasing investment in research. Australia, France, Korea and the UK have developed national Alzheimer's action plans, and several more are currently in development. We strongly encourage other countries to follow their example and make Alzheimer's a priority."
Chapter 2 of the report focuses on the impact of dementia. Dementia has physical, psychological and economic impact not only the person with the disease, but also caregiver(s), the person's family and friends, healthcare system(s), and society. For example, statistics cited in the new report suggest that 40-75% of carers have significant psychological illness as a result of their caregiving, and 15-32% have depression.
The report also outlines challenges faced by governments and healthcare systems worldwide and offers eight global recommendations based on report findings.
General topics; Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse; Autoimmune Diseases; Bone and Joint Health; Cancer; Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Diabetes; Exercise and Fitness; Heart Disease; HIV/AIDS; Menopausal Hormone Therapy; Mental Health; Nutrition; Reproductive Health; Safety and Wellness; Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD); Violence and Abuse (From NLM Weekly Announcements)
Thursday, 17 September 2009
*delivered flexibly in terms of time, place, and mode (ie, in web, data stick or text-based forms)
* tailored to the needs of particular courses used as whole or in part
* Case-based learning resources
The EdCaN project developed 11 case-based learning resources.
Educator resources are available on-line to assist educators to increase capacity amongst students and staff in cancer control. These include: workshop outlines and presentations for specific cancer types, assessment fact sheets, competency assessment tools and implementation tools to assist educators in their use of the EdCaN learning resources.
Cancer Learning provides access to over 400 resources to help professionals learn about cancer, palliative care and related topics. Career planning pathways and cancer resources for allied health professions are also included.
The Rural Health Education Foundation is presenting a series of four professional development programs through simultaneous live satellite broadcast and interactive webcast surrounding the new NHMRC endorsed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Clinical Guidelines. The Foundation’s programs focus on the key practice points and goals for management of T2DM presented in the Guidelines to assist clinicians, health services and policy makers.
The simultaneous satellite broadcasts and webcasts include live panel discussions with leading clinicians in the area of diabetes and are chaired by Dr Norman Swan. Case studies, filmed on location, showcase innovative approaches to best practice prevention, diagnosis and management of T2DM. The fourth program specifically focuses on type 2 diabetes and Indigenous Australians.
The programs that make up the series are:
913b T2DM Guideline Series: Blood Glucose Control, Patient Education in Type 2 Diabetes (8th September)
913c T2DM Guideline Series: Diabetic Retinopathy, Chronic Kidney Disease (22nd September)
913a T2DM Guideline Series: Primary Prevention, Case Detection and Diagnosis (13th October)
913d T2DM Guideline Series: Diabetes and Indigenous Australians (10th November)
Clinicians will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions via the Foundation’s live simultaneous webcast and broadcast facilities.
This series will be released on DVD in early December 2009 and may be ordered free as a DVD set of four programs on four discs.
Each survey involves a telephone interview with a new geographically representative sample of 2,000 Australians.. These surveys comprise the Personal Wellbeing Index, which measures people's satisfaction with their own lives, and the National Wellbeing Index, which measures how satisfied people are with life in Australia. Other items include a standard set of demographic questions and other survey-specific questions. The specific topics for Survey 21 are Swine Flu, Chocolate Eating, and Gambling.
Eating chocolate daily and feeling contented with this behaviour is good for wellbeing.
Eating chocolate daily and wishing to change this behaviour is bad for wellbeing."
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
* National Evidence Based Guideline for Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes
* National Evidence Based Guideline for Case Detection and Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes
* National Evidence Based Guideline for Patient Education in Type 2 Diabetes
* National Evidence Based Guideline for Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes
The Diabetes Australia website has several more best practice guidelines for health professionals.
Reposted from NCAHS Library Clippings
Hart LM, Jorm AF, Kanowski LG, Kelly CM, Langlands RL. (2009). Mental health first aid for Indigenous Australians: using Delphi consensus studies to develop guidelines for culturally appropriate responses to mental health problems. BMC Psychiatry. 2009 Aug 3;9:47.
An investigation of medication information transfer and application in aged care facilities in an Australian rural setting
Monday, 14 September 2009
Chronic kidney disease contributes substantially to health care expenditure in Australia and is increasing much faster than expenditure on total health care. In 2004-05 it accounted for 1.7% of total expenditure ($898.7 million), an increase of 33% since 2000-01 ($573.6 million).
“The Centre for Remote Health brings together the Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities to provide quality tertiary education, training and research, specifically focused on remote health services,” Mr Snowdon said.
Andre Sourander, MD, PhD, of Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland, and colleagues studied associations between bullying and victimisation in childhood (at age 8) and later psychiatric hospitalization and treatment with antipsychotic medication (from ages 13 to 24) in 5,038 Finnish children who participated in the nationwide Finnish 1981 Birth Cohort Study.
eGenetics facilitates the sharing of knowledge on human genetics, improving access to high quality, current human genetic resources for health professionals, students and the Australian community.
Information on eGenetics has been provided by various national, state and territory agencies involved in human genetics. Organisations may submit their information with an application form to eGenetics via Submit information to eGenetics.
The Point of Care starts with a focus on the hospital as a whole, and on the experience of staff. Everyone, at all levels, can influence patients' experience of care, whether as a board member or administrator, a health care assistant, a clinician, or support staff.Every action, bed management, communication between caregivers, staffing levels, financial investment etc has an impact on patients and families who use hospital services.
In the report, Access Economics has warned that future growth in the number of people with dementia will have substantial consequences for the already pressured Australian health care system and the quality of life of Australians.
While the experience is well worth the effort, making the transition to remote and rural practice and life can be challenging.This toolkit will be useful for a range of Allied Health Professionals entering the remote and rural context, including students on clinical placement, graduates commencing work, or experienced practitioners commencing work in a remote or rural area for the first time.
The toolkit includes a whole host of information, resources and support pathways around the:
Remote & Rural Context
Remote & Rural Practice
Skills & Competencies
Orientation, Development & Support.
We have included some Links and Resources that may be useful, as well as some Clinician Stories from others working in remote and rural settings. For a full topic listing please see the Site Map.
There are also five Learning Modules that focus on key issues for remote and rural practice :
Confidentiality & Professional Boundaries
Translating Evidence Based Practice
Introduction to Primary Health Care.
"The guidelines focus strongly on the early diagnosis and management because there is an opportunity within the first few months of disease onset to provide treatment that effectively limits structural damage and
improves health outcomes."
These guidelines are one of the first to use the NHMRC Evidence based Matrix (NHMRC additional levels of evidence and gradings of recommendations for developers of guidelines), which greatly assisted the grading of the recommendations.
This report provides detailed information on health expenditure on these diseases and conditions using estimates derived from the AIHW Disease expenditure database, supported by information from various other data sources.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Building a 21st Century Primary Health Care System: A Draft of Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy
The data collected in AuSCR will be used to guide quality improvement interventions in hospitals to ensure best practice stroke care. The data can be used to reduce variations in care delivery and, ultimately,provide evidence of reduced deaths, disability, and recurrent strokes from improvements in stroke care.
AuSCR is a free service that offers hospitals a secure, online interface which:
* stores patient data
* provides clinicians with downloadable reports summarising patient data
* allows hospitals to export their data to Microsoft Excel for local analyses; and
* provides annual performance reviews, newsletters, and publications
The AuSCR database will gather information about patients with stroke to determine the patterns of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of patients. The data collected provides information about the severity of stroke at three months after stroke, as well as the quality of stroke treatment in hospitals, and includes questions such as:
* Whether the patient was treated in a Stroke Care Unit?
* Whether the patient and family received a care plan on discharge?
* Whether the patient received blood pressure medication on discharge?
* Whether the patient has had another stroke since discharge from hospital?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about participating in AuSCR.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
The Strategy provides a blueprint for tackling the burden of chronic disease currently caused by obesity, tobacco, and excessive consumption of alcohol. It is directed at primary prevention and addresses all relevant arms of policy and all available points of leverage, in both the health and non-health sectors. The Strategy comprises three parts: an overview; a roadmap for action; and technical papers focused on the three key areas - obesity, tobacco and alcohol.
* Editorial: On remembering and forgetting in prevention
* Guest Editorial: Mental wellbeing of older people: making an economic case
* Guest Editorial: Mental health promotion, Australian policy, and housing for people with mental illness
* Two way approaches to Indigenous mental health training: Brief training in brief interventions
* Social capital and mental health among Indigenous Australians, New Australians and Other Australians living in a coastal region
* The impact of traumatic brain injury on the mental health outcomes of individuals and their family carers
* Investigating the strengths and difficulties of children from families with a parental mental illness
* Fathers as informants of children’s fears and worries
* Toward an understanding of how art making can facilitate mental health recovery
* Volunteering as a community mental health educator: Positives and negatives for recovery