Health

Policy report

19 Jul 2107

The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s disability respite strategy, Transforming Respite, will make it easier for carers of disabled people to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Transforming respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to...

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Journal article

26 Jul 2017

Overdiagnosis occurs in a population when conditions are diagnosed correctly but the diagnosis produces an unfavourable balance between benefits and harms.

In cancer screening, overdiagnosed cancers are those that did not need to be found because they would not have produced symptoms or...

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24 Jul 2017

The rate of accidental deaths due to opioids is increasing and has more than doubled among Australians aged 35 to 44 since 2007 with more than two-thirds of the deaths due to pharmaceutical opioids rather than heroin, a report from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found.

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21 Jul 2017

An outline was proposed by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee (the Parliamentary Committee) Inquiry into End of Life Choices. The Parliamentary Committee provided a broad policy direction for...

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20 Jul 2017

Australia’s hospitals 2015–16 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals.

In 2015–16, there were 10.6 million hospitalisations (6.3 million in public hospitals, 4.3 million in private hospitals). The average length of stay was over 5 days (5.7...

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18 Jul 2017

The National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistances (CARAlert) was established as part of the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) in March 2016. CARAlert collects...

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Research report

16 Jul 2017

The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the...

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Research report

15 Jul 2017

This report draws on a number of publications resulting from a project looking at effective cross-agency responses to severe abuse. This includes two published systematic searches of the literature (Herbert & Bromfield, 2016b, 2017a), a national survey of directors of Child Advocacy Centres...

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14 Jul 2017

The United States spends far more on health care than other high-income countries, with spending levels that rose continuously over the past three decades (Exhibit 1). Yet the U.S. population has poorer health than other countries. Life expectancy, after improving for several decades, worsened...

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13 Jul 2017

This report is concerned with prospects for quality services and decent jobs under Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Specifically, it examines how the prices set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are: 

• affecting disability support workers; ...

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13 Jul 2017

Victoria has one of the world's largest life science clusters composed of the medical technology (medtech), biotechnology (biotech) and pharmaceutical industries. It is home to a vibrant commercial sector, key R&D infrastructure and advanced manufacturing expertise making it a highly sought...

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12 Jul 2017

This report presents information on the disease burden of chronic respiratory conditions using data from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011. Respiratory conditions were the sixth leading contributor to total burden of disease in Australia, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (...

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Research report

12 Jul 2017

Musculoskeletal conditions, such as various forms of arthritis and back pain and problems, are common long-term conditions affecting the bones, muscles and connective tissues. These conditions contribute substantially to the disease burden within the Australian population. Burden of disease...

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Journal article

10 Jul 2017

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Objective: To compare the current rate of antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in Australian general practice with the recommendations in the most widely consulted therapeutic guidelines in Australia (Therapeutic...

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Research report

10 Jul 2017

Every day, eight people die by suicide in Australia, including two people in NSW.  The majority are males. Suicides are the 13th ranked cause of death in Australia, with a higher number of deaths than breast cancer and skin cancer.  For people aged 15 to 44, suicide is the leading cause of death...

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Journal article

07 Jul 2017

The health effects of secondhand smoke (SHS) for children include increased risk of Sudden Infant Death, respiratory tract infections, exacerbations of asthma and ‘glue ear’. Levels of SHS in cars are very high, making SHS exposure in cars a particularly severe health hazard. Many countries,...

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06 Jul 2017

In 2015–16, there were 701 public hospitals in Australia accounting for about two-thirds (61,000) of all hospital beds. There were 630 private hospitals with 33,100 hospital beds. Total recurrent expenditure on public hospital services was about $64 billion. About 57% of this was for admitted...

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Research report

06 Jul 2017

This report provides a summary of a research project undertaken by the University of South Australia for MATES in Construction (MIC) South Australia. The purpose of this project was to explore the impacts of MIC SA on those who had participated in...

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05 Jul 2017

This report sheds some light on the activities that take place on beyondblue’s mental health support forums. Around 88,000 people visit the forums per month (6,800 posts per month at 10 a month per active user). Given the forums are restricted to people in Australia, this is a high...

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Discussion paper

03 Jul 2017

There is a new discussion paper from The University of Queensland on ‘Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: A scan of priorities’ (attached and here: http://gci.uq....

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