• Primary Health Care Nursing: Where To Next?

    The contribution nurses make in general practice and primary health care will be critical to ensuring our healthcare system can meet the growing needs of an ageing and ever sicker population into the future. Kathy ...

Global Burden Of Disease Study Shows Death From Liver Cancer Is Increasing

Deaths from viral Hepatitis B and C have surpassed HIV/AIDS in many countries, including Australia and in Western Europe, according to an analysis of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study.  The analysis was conducted by Dr Benjamin Cowie and Ms Jennifer MacLachlan from the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health, and was presented at …

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Culturally Acceptable Assessment Tool Aligns With Indigenous Cultural Norms

The first of its kind culturally acceptable assessment tool for depression among older living Indigenous Australians in remote areas has been developed and endorsed by Indigenous communities.  The new tool, named Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment of Depression, has been  modified from the commonly used depression risk assessment tool Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). Winthrop Professor Leon Flicker of The …

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New Driving Simulator Puts Drivers To The Test

University of Adelaide researchers are hoping a new computer-based driving simulator will  lead to accurate, low-cost testing of older drivers’ ability to stay safe on the roads. Adelaide motorists aged 65 and over are now being sought for the study, which tests a range of cognitive functions under different conditions. “Most older people are safe …

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One In Four Adults Are Vitamin D Deficient

Around four million adults were Vitamin D deficient  in 2011 – 12 according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) . Ms Louise Gates, ABS Director of Health Statistics, said that while the rate of Vitamin D deficiency was relatively high – there were very few people who were severely deficient. “We …

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Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships Launched

In a bid to improve dental health in Aboriginal communities, The University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health has joined forces with other organisations to  launch the Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships. The Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships are an initiative to increase the number of Aboriginal people trained in oral health careand are funded by Armajun Aboriginal …

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