Friday, 28 November 2014
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The following link describes the effects in more detail:
We hope that in future, services will no longer insist that service users accept one particular view of their problem, namely the traditional view that they have an illness which needs to be treated primarily by medication.
The report comes at a pertinent time for mental health research; last year the same organisation questioned the value of psychiatric diagnosis altogether. This new document seems to cast doubt on many received wisdoms about schizophrenia, even questioning whether it is an illness
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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Noel Bull knows at least 15 rural people who've died of suicide and has been selling his 'Farming in Your Spare Time' calendars to raise money for the support service.
The calendars feature rural images taken by a photographer relative and tips about how to reduce the stress of farming.
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Project manager Dr Angela Dew has called for a new model for therapy. Please see link below for more details:
It also showed crystal meth or ice to have replaced powder as the most popular form of drug used.
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey reported people living in rural and remote areas in the state were more likely to use methamphetamines, smoke daily or partake in risky drinking behaviour compared to metropolitan areas.
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Thursday, 20 November 2014
A report out yesterday found the suicide rate among young Indigenous people was almost four times the rate of the rest of the population.
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In a joint statement to Fairfax Agricultural Media, Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, Human Services Minister Marise Payne and Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield said the government understood the hardship being faced hardworking Australian families.
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Productivity Commission report identifies mixed results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
The report shows there has been an alarming jump in the number of Indigenous people being jailed and self harming, and while life expectancy and child mortality rates have improved, the rates of disability and chronic disease remain high.
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A clear message is that for too long Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been described as having problems that are too big and complex to be solved within communities themselves bu now we are changing the collective story from one of deficit, to one of strength and resilience.
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They're issues psychiatric nurse Michael Oates knows too well. For the past 26 years, the former Irishman has been driving 1000km a week down dusty roads to provide an outreach service in Victoria's north west.
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Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: prevalence and incidence (AIHW)
This report on prevalence and incidence provides a comprehensive summary of the latest available data on the prevalence and incidence in the Australian population of these three chronic vascular diseases, acting alone or together. It examines age and sex characteristics and variations across population groups, by geographical location, and by socioeconomic disadvantage.
Friday, 14 November 2014
The module includes a video which explains what information should be recorded and how certain techniques can influence the accuracy of the history obtained. There is also a short role-play scenario and some useful tips. Nurses and pharmacists can earn professional development points by completing the module, which was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and NPS MedicineWise. You will need to complete a free registration process before you get started.
Reposted from HealthInfo Blog
Thursday, 13 November 2014
The Guideline, cosponsored with the American College of Endocrinology and the Obesity Society, targets adults with or at risk of metabolic and endocrine diseases and considers morbidity, mortality, obesity, pregnancy issues, elderly care and malnourishment in making very specific dietary recommendations
Arthritis is the second leading cause of disability and the most common cause of chronic pain in Australia, and the most prevalent long-term health condition, affecting 3 million people or about 15 per cent of the population. This work looks at the extent to which arthritis is associated with disability–who is affected, how people are affected, what helps people cope with their condition day to day, and how support services can be improved.
The factsheets cover a range of issues including bereavement, support and wellbeing for carers, pain, communication and living with a terminal illness.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The NATSISS differs in focus from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) but provides reporting on some overlapping content in both surveys, every 3 years. The NATSISS 2014-15 will be conducted from September 2014 through to the end of April 2015.
The main purpose of the survey is to monitor the social and economic wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The NATSISS will expand on the information collected about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in previous social surveys to:
- explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in society and barriers to that participation;
- provide information that is relevant and useful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their own decision making and planning;
- allow for inter-relationships between different areas of social concern to be explored;
- provide insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' experiences of social and/or economic disadvantage;
- provide comparisons with the non-Indigenous population; and
- measure changes over time.
The following article compares rates of mental health in rural and urban areas, including shortfalls in mental health access within rural populations.
Despite similar rates of reported mental disorders in both rural and metropolitan areas, suicide rates have consistently been found to be higher in rural areas according to the Medical Journal of Australia.
Please see more at the following link which discusses suicide rates in rural Australia:
Friday, 7 November 2014
The ACI Rural Health Network has announce the 2015 Rural innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum to be held on 18 March.
The forum will be 'virtual' in design, linking 18 satellite groups via videoconference. A call for abstracts for presentations and posters on the forum theme of "collaborative teams" has been issued. Abstracts may be submitted until 1 February 2015 at http://www.aci.health/RICH-Forum-Submission-of-Abstracts-2015/_nocache
For more information see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/rich2015/ or contact Jenny Preece
This guideline is designed to help professionals providing care for people with a hip fracture to deliver consistent, effective and efficient care and is available through the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Closing the Gap Clearinghouse)
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
During 2011-12, over 36,000 people aged 15 and over were hospitalised as the result of an injury sustained while playing sport. This represented 8% of all injury hospitalisations during that year. Around two thirds of those admitted to hospital were aged under 35 and over three quarters were men.