Friday, 17 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Between 1982 and 2007, cancer incidence increased 27%, largely due to an aging population. However, cancer deaths during this time declined 16%. Mortality rates for Australian Indigenous peoples were considerably higher for all cancers.
Improving the culture of hospitals : improving outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander patients
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patient Quality Improvement Toolkit for Hospital Staff
The health status of Indigenous peoples is a global concern with mortality and hospitalisation data indicating that the health of indigenous groups falls below that of other ethnic groups within their countries. From an Australian perspective, Aboriginal people generally have higher rates of hypertension, heart disease, respiratory ailments, stroke, diabetes, cancer and renal failure.
This toolkit has been designed to give hospitals a systematic approach to improving Aboriginal health service delivery.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Courses available include principles of infection control; basic microbiology; cleaning, disinfection & sterilisation ; basic epidemiology; renovation & redevelopment risk management and several others. Registration is free.
iCanQuit motivates smokers to stop smoking by providing them with the information and tools they need so they can personalise their quit journey, and interact and connect with like-minded users. It allows smokers to share their stories about previous, current or planned quit attempts, provides helpful hints on how to quit as well as a goal-tracker and savings calculator so smokers can see the tangible results of quitting.
The website is free and the first of its kind in Australia. It is part of a two-pronged approach aimed at reducing the impact of tobacco related cancer in NSW with a state-wide advertising campaign to be launched on television and in cinemas later this year.
Also available from the same site is The GP Resource Kit, a tool for doctors, health professionals and staff working in Indigenous health services and general practices to understand how to access and make the most of the new initiatives in the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.
Examining how Australians view their health care system, the report presents the results of a telephone survey of a representative sample of 1201 Australians. The Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey 2010 provides valuable insight into the views held by Australians about their own health, the Australian health system and affordability of health and aged care services.
The survey was conducted in July 2010 and asked questions on the following subjects:
* satisfaction with the health system;
* support for health reform;
* access to health care services;
* confidence in services;
* affordability of health care.
This report is the latest in a number of reports on hospital performance and patient perceptions available from the NSW Bureau of Health Information.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Health expenditure Australia 2008-09 examines expenditure on different types of health goods and services in the decade to 2008-09. The report describes funding by the Australian Government and state governments, private health insurance and individuals, compares health expenditures in the different states and territories and compares Australia's spending with other countries.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Like the original Men's Sheds, The Shed Online is a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills. It aims to recreate the atmosphere of "real life Men's Sheds" : a safe space where men can feel confident to discuss and exchange information. The Shed Online aims to foster a sense of community and build men's social networks. In addition to being a place for men to interact with other men The Shed Online also provides men with information on health and well-being.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community,connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of The Shed Online gives men a safe environment where they can find many of these things in the spirit of "old-fashioned mateship".
The RIG Network project is a cross-sectoral networking initiative that aims to help connect people who have an interest in the social and economic contributions that local food garden projects and small enterprises can make to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, food security and wellbeing.The website features many resources, research articles, and a regular email newsletter is available. Of interest to anyone seeking to improve the quality of food supply in their local community.
Inquiry into Registration Processes and Support for Overseas Trained Doctors. [Submissions by 4 February 2011]
In particular, the Committee has been asked to explore the administrative processes currently in place and determine how OTDs and the wider community can better understand the requirements in relation to assessment processes and appeal mechanisms available to OTDs.
The Committee has also been asked to report on the support programs available through Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and other professional organisations to assist OTDs in meeting their registration requirements. Ways to improve these services will also be investigated.
Finally, the Committee has been asked to suggest how impediments could be removed, and pathways promoted, to assist OTDs in achieving full Australian qualifications, particularly in regional areas, without lowering the current standards as set by professional and regulatory bodies.
Submissions relating to the terms of reference are due by 4 February 2011.
* diabetes affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies
* mothers with pre-existing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and their babies, are at highest risk of adverse effects
* mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus, and their babies, are also at increased risk
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies are more likely to experience adverse effects than non-Indigenous mothers and their babies.
This report is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers, clinicians and others interested in the effect of diabetes on the health of Australian mothers and their babies.
Residential aged care in Australia 2008-09 and Aged care packages in the community 2008-09: a statistical overview (AIHW aged care reports)
At 30 June 2009, over 44,000 people were receiving help from a community aged care package, including just over 23,300 new admissions during 2008-09. The findings suggest that proportionate to their populations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from non-English-speaking countries used community aged care packages at a higher rate compared with other Australians.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
A group of Australian forensic psychiatrists studied the effects of the drugs when given to violent offenders who were not suffering depression.
General practice activity in Australia 2009-10 and General practice activity in Australia 2000-01 to 2009-10: 10 year data tables (AIHW)
This report presents results from the twelfth year of BEACH program, a national study of general practice activity. From April 2009 to March 2010, 988 general practitioners recorded data about 98,800 GP-patient encounters involving the management of 155,373 problems. For an 'average' 100 encounters, GPs recorded 107 medications, 35 clinical treatments, 18 procedures, 9 referrals to specialists and 4 to allied health services, and ordered 45 pathology and 10 imaging tests.
This report presents results from the most recent 10 years (April 2000 to March 2010) of the BEACH program, a national cross-sectional study of general practice activity. During this time 9,842 GPs provided details of almost 1 million GP-patient encounters. Readers can review changes that have occurred over the decade in the characteristics of general practitioners and the patients they see; the problems managed; and the treatments provided. Changes in patients' body mass index, smoking status and alcohol use are described for a subsample of adult patients.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Suicide rates in rural Australia this year are 33 percent higher than in major cities and may be higher in extremely remote areas. The floods, which are currently affecting 50 percent of NSW and stretch from Victoria to Queensland, are predicted to have a detrimental effect on the rural psyche, Mr Gregory said.
Based on national and international movements towards patient-centred policies in health care, (and taking into account Australia's health care system, with its mix of public and private sectors), various recommendations are outlined:
* Patient-centred care should be considered a dimension of quality in its own right.
* Nationally standardised patient survey tools should be implemented.
* Patient surveys should include questions specifically addressing patient centred domains
* Performance-based payments should include "improving patient care experience" as an indicator
* Data regarding patient care experience in health services should be made publicly available on the Internet.
Friday, 3 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Casebook of Primary Healthcare Innovations: Picking up the pace: How to accelerate change in primary healthcare
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
The key finding of this report by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is that a national thrust on the development and application of smart technology for healthy longevity is vital to ensure a healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling future for the increasing aged population in Australia and the maintenance of a healthy, harmonious and prosperous society.
Because the elderly are more frequent users of health services and because medical researchers are developing new drugs and procedures linked to age, the Australian Government's 2010 Intergenerational Report suggests that health spending on those aged over 65 is likely to increase sevenfold. There will be a need for new models of health care and training to deal with this situation. Technology can offer possible solutions to issues of safety and security, diagnosis and treatment, while assistive technologies offer the potential to reduce costs.