Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Jobs Information Portal (NMGJ) was launched by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in January 2012 to address concerns that many new graduates were having difficulty finding positions in the health workforce at the end of their training. The website, which targets Australian-trained new nurses and midwives from the 2012 cohort, directs users to graduate-suitable job opportunities advertised in public and private hospitals, aged care, primary health care and general community care sectors.
A total of 2175 graduates had registered with the portal up to 1 December 2012. Both private and public sector employers can advertise their graduate-suitable jobs for free on the website.
Employers can register through HWA via www.nmgj.org.au or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The website acts as a showcase for Australia-wide innovation in a one-stop location. It will also provide a platform for users to interact with contributors if they are interested in applying an innovation in their own setting and would like further information.
Contributors can submit their examples of innovation around 5 topic areas from the National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011-2015. The topics are workforce reform and delivery; capacity and skills; leadership; workforce planning; and policy, funding and regulation. Currently, there are 264 contributions featured on the website.
Contributors to the website can edit their information at any time, keeping users updated through a progress icon. Registered users can share, email, print examples, save particular contributions to their own personal collection, search for accounts by topic area, target group and state and territory, and praise a particular innovation by clicking on an applaud button.
Examples of innovation are continually being accepted. To register or make a submission, go to www.hwainventory.net.au
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Lung Cancer, commissioned and co-funded by Cancer Australia and developed by Cancer Council Australia, revise the treatment section of the 2004 "Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer". The evidence base for the treatment of lung cancer has grown almost exponentially since the 2004 printed guidelines and it continues to grow with emerging research.
The guidelines are available online on Cancer Council Australia's Cancer Guidelines Wiki: http://wiki.cancer.org.au
The Healthcare in Focus 2012 report compares NSW with states across Australia as well as 10 other countries.
"It is heartening to see that the hard-work of our state's doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and hospital staff is paying off and ensuring our health care system is on par and in some cases better than those across the globe," Mrs Skinner said. "Another encouraging element of the report shows that the majority of NSW patients rate their experience in the health system positively."
Other highlights of the report include: · Fewer years of life were lost to heart disease than almost all other comparative countries; · NSW has one of the lowest rates of potential years of life lost to cancer; · Rates of sepsis infection in NSW are about 40% lower than the average across the country; · Fewer years of life were lost to stroke in NSW than in almost all other comparative countries.
Vaccination uptake among people with chronic respiratory disease reviews the limited information available in Australia on how many people with asthma and COPD have the vaccination, and finds that the uptake rate is not as high as would be expected if recommendations were being followed. It presents a range of data improvement options that would enhance our ability to monitor vaccination uptake in this and other at-risk population groups.
Monday, 17 December 2012
The tool supports mental health care provider's to measure and improve the quality of care:
* by measuring the quality of care services provide through data collection, analysis and reporting
* improving their overall systems for high quality care by setting goals and measuring progress
* understanding how they are performing on prevention and management of mental illness or mental health problems
* improving staff morale and motivation
To find out more about the One21seventy Mental Health audit tool please call 1800 082 474 or email email@example.com
Friday, 14 December 2012
Biomed Central have developed a valuable new resource the Cases Database, a continuously-updated, freely-accessible database of over 11,000 medical case reports from multiple publishers, including Springer, BMJ and PubMed Central.
By aggregating case reports together and facilitating comparison, Cases Database provides clinicians, researchers, regulators and patients a simple resource to explore content, and identify emerging trends
The report also estimated that the mortality rates are almost twice as high for people with eating disorders than in the general population, with up to 1,828 deaths from eating disorders in 2012 (515 males and 1,313 females).
"I commend the Butterfly Foundation on the publication of this important work, which I hope will be the foundation for a lot more work to come", said Adjunct Associate Professor Kim Ryan, CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. "The Federal Government has committed just over $1.9 million to the Butterfly Foundation for its support and information services for people with an eating disorder, and I hope this funding continues. The Government's commitment to supporting those with an eating disorder is to be commended, but this report shows us there is still much more that needs to be done. We know that eating disorders are not well understood across both health and the broader community. Up-skilling health and mental health professionals in understanding and identifying eating disorders will be essential in addressing this unacceptable mortality rate and socioeconomic cost."
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Smoking while pregnant was reported by 14% of all mothers and by 37% of teenage mothers. About half of Indigenous mothers reported smoking during their pregnancy. Indigenous mothers were also generally younger than non-Indigenous mothers, with an average age of about 25 years.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Open-i lets users retrieve not only the MEDLINE citation information, but also the outcome statements in the article and the most relevant figure from it. Further, it is possible to use the figure as a query component to find other relevant images or other visually similar images. Future stages aim to provide image region-of-interest (ROI)based querying. The initial number of images is projected to be around 600,000 and will scale to millions.
Minister for Healthy Lifestyles and Western New South Wales, Kevin Humphries, last week launched the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013-2023, which outlines a vision, goal and strategic direction for the NSW health system to meet the challenge of closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. "Through this plan we will reform the way Aboriginal health services are delivered to Aboriginal people and ensure services meet the needs of local communities," Mr Humphries said.
Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013-2023 will provide strategic direction to the NSW Ministry of Health as to how Aboriginal health should be organised, funded and delivered over the next 10 years.
The Report provides trend data comparing the health of Aboriginal people to that of non-Aboriginal people, to show where improvements have been made, and where ongoing disparities still exist or have widened.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Questions of life and death : a new report into the value of health libraries and information services
The report shows how people use health library and information services and the impact this has on their work and study. Library and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them.
Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012 presents the latest available information on incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, burden of cancer, hospitalisations and national cancer screening programs. It is estimated that the most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2012 will be prostate cancer, bowel cancer and breast cancer. For all cancers combined, the incidence rate increased by 12% from 1991 to 2009, but the mortality rate decreased and survival improved over time. Cancer outcomes differ by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, remoteness area and socioeconomic status.
Cancer in Australia: in brief 2012
Cancer in Australia: in brief 2012 presents key points and trends from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's latest biennial report about cancer in Australia, Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Health-related quality of life and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in accident and emergency attenders suffering from psychosocial crises: a longitudinal study
Systematic review of the management of incontinence and promotion of continence in older people in care homes: descriptive studies with urinary incontinence as primary focus.
Experiences of drug use and ageing: health, quality of life, relationship and service implications
Critical thinking dispositions among newly graduated nurses
Ginger compress therapy for adults with osteoarthritis
Nursing Services Delivery Theory: an open system approach
Time to clarify - the value of advanced practice nursing roles in health care
Clinical nurse research consultant: a clinical and academic role to advance practice and the discipline of nursing
Nurse prescribing roles in acute care: an evaluative case study
..... plus lots more.
This virtual issue is the latest in a series of virtual issues available from the JAN site. Others available are :
Virtual Issue: Cancer Care
Virtual Issue: Older People and Stroke
Virtual Issue: Dementia
Virtual Issue: Self- Care
Virtual Issue: Healthy Lifestyles
Virtual Issue: Diabetes
Virtual Issue: End of Life Care
Virtual Issue: Methodology
Virtual Issue: Workforce
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
New "quick and easy" reference guides for health professionals treating young people with depression
beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said busy people such as doctors and psychologists don't have time to search a thick document for the information they need when they have a young person with depression sitting in their clinic and needing help. "Health professionals told us that the beyondblue Clinical Practice Guidelines are an excellent resource for in-depth research, but for use on a day-to-day basis, they wanted the information in a more succinct and easily-accessible format. As a result, beyondblue developed these new resources to provide them with a summary of the main points in the Clinical Practice Guidelines to which they can refer quickly during a consultation with a young person," she said. The new guides are :
- Depression in young people - Executive Summary: A guide for primary care health professionals
- Assessment and management of depression in young people: A guide for primary care health professionals
- Engaging young people in health care: A guide for primary care health professionals
- Depression in young people: A desktop guide for primary care health professionals
http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.1247 Download the guidelines and the companion guides that support the guidelines
|Pilot of the Aboriginal Adult Literacy|
Program in Wilcannia
This year, 16 adults in Wilcannia graduated from Yes, I Can, an adult literacy project that started in Cuba.
The Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council's chief executive, Jack Beetson, will work with the foundation, and he says the key objective will be to push for that project to be rolled out nationally. "It's not only important in Wilcannia, this is about doing something first of all in New South Wales, but then taking it out nationally, that's why there's a need to set up the foundation to be the body that attempts to roll this out on a national basis, ultimately," Mr Beetson said.
Literacy for Life: Brookfield Multiplex to establish Foundation to boost Aboriginal literacy
Literacy program may spread nation-wide (ABC)
The report; A Contributing Life: The 2012 Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, was launched on Tuesday by the National Mental Health Commission (NRMC).
It recommended reducing the early death of Australians with severe mental illness and improving their physical health; increasing access to home-based visits to support families and children; providing local interventions to prevent suicide; and minimising the use of seclusion and restraint.
Director of mental health at the Western NSW Local Health District, Dr Russell Roberts welcomed the report but said it was with regret the mental health issues of rural NSW and Australia wasn't addressed.
Lead author Dr Sarah Dods says precise surgery will never be possible because of the one-second delay on the satellite, but she says Australia's tele-consultations will help close the health gap for Indigenous people. "We're going to be one of the first countries in the world that has national broadband," she said. "Telehealth and health outcomes have been talked about since the early days of the national broadband network being discussed. It's a real point of difference for Australia where we are, very much, leading the world."
CSIRO report extols benefits of fast broadband for outback health(ABC)
Monday, 3 December 2012
Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organisation, quality of care, health disparities, efficiency and integration, care coordination, use of health information technology, use of evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. Summary tables compare overall results on such factors as health care spending, hospital utilisation, patient safety, disease prevention and public views.
In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.
It calls for the multidisciplinary team - doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and allied health professionals - to be given dedicated time to participate, with clarity about individual roles and responsibilities during and after ward rounds.
Metformin is the most commonly used medication for type 2 diabetes. Taken orally, it helps control blood sugar levels. Lead author, Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist said the increasing prevalence of diabetes is revealing complications beyond the well-known ones affecting the cardiovascular system, the eyes, peripheral nerves and feet.