Women need more help from optometrists than men

women more likely to consult optometrists

Optometry Australia (OA) reports that not only are women using more optometric services than men, they also suffer a higher rate of vision disorders. According to OA, the latest Medicare statistics reveal that women received around 57% of the 8.48 million optometric services provided in 2015-2016. Females aged 5 to 85 outnumbered men in the [Read More…]

Pharmacists’ responses to codeine upscheduling decision

prescription only codeine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that products containing codeine will be available only with a prescription from February 1, 2018. Pharmacists are largely disappointed with the decision. They say that this is not the answer to misuse issues and, that it creates a new problem for patients who genuinely need them. According to [Read More…]

New accreditation for sports science and high performance management

ESSA’s new accreditation

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has released its new Sports Science and High Performance Manager (Sports Science/Sports Medicine) Accreditation following the Senate Inquiry into the Practice of Sports Science in Australia. There were concerns that individuals describing themselves as sports scientists are continuing to perform a role within sporting organisations and clubs without appropriate [Read More…]

Australian next generation struggling with alcohol, drugs, mental health, and discrimination

young people mental health and discrimination

Mission Australia has performed an extensive survey involving 12,000 young people aged 15 to 19 years old, and the results showed that our youth are struggling with complex issues and need a more targeted and co-ordinated approach across the nation. The main findings of the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 are: Top 3 national issues: [Read More…]

Recommendations for Indigenous suicide prevention

recommendations for indigenous suicide prevention

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) is a solution that arose from Indigenous community members, leaders in mental health and suicide prevention, and the Australian Government as a response to the Indigenous suicide problem. Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [Read More…]

Identifying and eliminating biofilm in chronic wounds

identifying and eliminating bioflim

Some sources claim that almost 80% of chronic wounds are colonised with biofilm. Biofilm has a significant tolerance to antibiotics and biocides while remaining protected from host immunity. While awareness of the presence and impact of wound biofilm has advanced enormously, understanding of its pathogenesis is yet to be clarified fully. The International Wound Infection [Read More…]

Doctor shortages or oversupply? Conflicting headlines

oversupply or shortage of doctors

You could be forgiven for being confused about whether the is an oversupply or undersupply of doctors in Australia. In recent weeks, while the ABC has reported on a doctor shortage in rural Australia, the Australian Medical Association President has been talking about an oversupply of doctors and an undersupply of training places. The Australian [Read More…]

MedAugment won $10,000 for an app helping people take medication

medaugment-innovation-challenge-prize

Aiming to help people take their medication and use medical devices safely, MedAugment was the winner of the $10,000 Impact Innovation Group Services prize in this year’s $250,000 QUT Innovation Challenge MedAugment is a new interactive smartphone app currently in development. The prize allows MedAugment to continue commercialising the app, which is focusing initially on [Read More…]

Are athletes psychologically ready to return after severe injury?

athletes-psychological-readiness-to-return-to-sport-after-injury

The psychological readiness of athletes to return to sport after severe injury is more difficult to predict than physical readiness. While physical aspects can be dictated by exact measures, such as tissue healing, psychological scarring can have a long-term effect on function and performance. An athlete could be considered ready if they have realistic expectations, [Read More…]

Study finds evidence of bias in the review of artificially sweetened beverages

bias-in-artificial-sweetened-beverage-reviews

A systematic review of reviews of the effects of artificially sweetened beverages on weight found that review sponsorship and authors’ financial conflicts of interest may create bias affecting the outcomes. It has been suggested that the bias possibly undermines the quality and transparency of public health evaluations that are reliant on these reviews. The systematic [Read More…]

The VOTE Trust granted a total of $10,618 to two optometry projects

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The Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust granted a total of $10,618 fund for distribution in 2016-17 to two recipients on the high standard projects. $4,325 was awarded to Dr David Hammond and Jane Duffy of Deakin University, and Khyber Alam, an optometrist in private practice for their project, Considerations when providing optometric care [Read More…]

Dentists face legal risks when carrying out complex oral procedures

litigation-risks-from-dentists-performing-oral-procedures

General dentists may be putting themselves in the path of legal risks by carrying out oral surgery procedures. A study by a team of Queensland researchers has mapped litigation patterns in the key area of legal risk in the fields of general dentistry (oral surgery procedure), as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. The analysis [Read More…]

Specialist in Life campaign for GPs

specialist-in-life

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is running a national Specialist in Life campaign to highlight the value of general practice, targeted to political decision makers of all parties on what GPs actually do on a daily basis. RACGP stated that the Federal Government’s actions are hitting GPs and their patients hard. They [Read More…]

Research revealed four types of sport and exercise to promote longevity

sports-to-lower-premature-death-risk

According to an international research collaboration, there are three sports that could prevent premature death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). They are racquet sports, swimming and aerobics. Cycling, swimming and running were not shown to have a significant association with reduced CVD mortality. The study investigated the associations of those six different types of sport/exercise with [Read More…]

Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS

ndis-for-mental-health-services

As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness. This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs [Read More…]

General Practice Pharmacist Fundamentals education program has been launched

general-practice-pharmacist-education-model

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched an education program called the General Practice Pharmacist Fundamentals. This is an online course which will provide expert guidance to pharmacists interested in this important area of practice. PSA National President Joe Demarte said that the course is backed by a suite of practice tools to help [Read More…]

Staffing levels – the answer for the aged care crisis?

recommended-staff-mix-for-aged-care-residents

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released the National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Project Report, which addresses the issue of reduced staffing levels and skills mix in Residential Aged Care. The project was undertaken as a result of the “monumental failure” of governments to establish evidence based staffing levels and skills [Read More…]

My Year in Review – by Amanda Griffiths – Founder My Health Career

AMG PAH with MHC poster

My Health Career In 2016 the website had over 280,000 unique visitors. I’m aways open to suggestions on what topics you think should be discussed in the health industry, so email enquiries@myhealthcareer.com.au if you want to get involved! In 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a contract with the Health and Community Services [Read More…]

Mental health research funding decrease

nhmrc-funding-mental-health-research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) data revealed that funding for mental health research is significantly lower than other National Health Priority Areas. The data shows that mental health and suicide research have not been given enough attention compared to other areas such as cancer and even motor vehicle accidents, despite mental illness [Read More…]

Addressing physiotherapy workforce shortages in rural and remote Australia

physiotherapist-shortage-in-rural-areas

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for the Federal Government to extend its Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine to the physiotherapy workforce to strengthen rural healthcare. Chair of the APA’s Rural Members’ group, Daniel Mahony, said that if the government is serious about addressing patient outcomes and health workforce shortages in rural and [Read More…]

Guidance for administering chloramphenicol for bacterial conjunctivitis

chloramphenicol-for-opthalmic-use

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has released a guideline on the provision of chloramphenicol for ophthalmic use for bacterial conjunctivitis. The guideline covers four steps to be taken by pharmacists in the dispensing of chloramphenicol. Meet professional obligations Pharmacists are obliged to the Professional Practice Standards (PPS) and the Code of Ethics for pharmacists Pharmacists [Read More…]

Almost half of nursing students and over a third of medical students not getting enough exercise

nursing-and-medical-students-physical-activity

48% of nursing and 38% of medical students did not achieve recommended levels of physical activity, according to a questionnaire study from the UK . The study surveyed 193 nursing students and 168 medical students at a UK medical school over 12 months. Nursing students were less active than medical students. They perceived fewer benefits [Read More…]

U.S physicians prescribed particular brand-name medication after industry-sponsored meals

physicians-promoting-brand-name-medication

A study in the United States has found that physicians who received industry-sponsored meals tend to prescribe the brand-name medication that was being promoted. The study used industry payment data and Medicare prescribing records from 2013 which recently became publicly available in the United States. The most-prescribed brand-name medications in 4 drug classes are: rosuvastatin [Read More…]

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

national-antimicrobial-resistance-strategy

The federal government has announced the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019. The strategy is developed under the Coalition Government’s new plan, in partnership with health professionals, research communities, veterinarians and agricultural industries. The implementation plan outlines specific focus areas for action to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance and ensure the [Read More…]

Longitudinal carotenoids study results released

carotenoids-and-insulin-resistance

A longitudinal study has found an association between higher consumption of dietary carotenoids and a reduced risk of insulin resistance (IR). Carotenoids, the natural plant chemicals in vegetables, may halve the risk of insulin resistance in adults. The study involved 1106 Iranian adults, men and women, aged 19–74 years. Their eating habits were tracked over [Read More…]

Bridge2Aid Australia officially launched

bridge2aid-australia-is-launched

After 18 months of hard work, Bridge2Aid officially launched on 11th October 2016 at the Australia Dental Association New South Wales branch centre for professional development. Mark Topley of Bridge2Aid Australia credited the launch, and the campaign itself, to a number of people, including philanthropic work legend Grant Pierce who first suggested establishing Bridge2Aid. Bridge2Aid [Read More…]

Can ocriplasmin replace vitrectomy?

ocriplasmin-for-vitreomacular-traction

For many years, vitrectomy has been a solution for vitreomacular adhesions including macular pucker, macular hole, and macular vitreomacular traction. However, surgery has a high risk of complications such as infection, retinal detachment, haemorrhage and cataract. Therefore, for the past two decades, researchers have been developing molecular (enzymatic), rather than surgical treatments for these conditions, [Read More…]

Podiatry Board consultation on therapeutic endorsement guidelines for podiatrists

consultation-endorsement-standard

The Podiatry Board of Australia has released a consultation paper on the review of the Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines and the related Guidelines: Endorsement for scheduled medicines. The profession, stakeholders and the community are invited to provide feedback and comments, including questions by Friday 9 December 2016. Submissions will be published on the [Read More…]

Pay for performance in health care in Australia – research and opinion

pay-for-performance-in-health-in-australia

The UK and New Zealand have introduced pay-for-performance programs into their primary health care systems. Australian organisations have researched and published reviews and opinions which look at whether these systems are applicable in our system. Australian Policy Online APO research took a comparative approach to exploring pay-for-performance schemes in England and New Zealand, to test [Read More…]

Association memberships – how much are health professionals forking out? By Amanda Griffiths

health-practitioner-associations

With full time annual membership to Optometry Australia (formerly the Optometrists Association Australia) being around $2,000 (inclusive of professional indemnity insurance) it made me wonder how much other practitioners are paying to be members of their association. The uptake of membership of Optometry Australia has dropped in the last 10 years as the membership fees [Read More…]