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                                    AIMING TO PROMOTE COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION,
                                            COORDINATION & COLLECTIVE MEMORY

                                                                                                                                                        31 May 2010

In this issue:                          Welcome to the latest edition of the e-CDNews.
                                         Boost to Northern Territory Hearing Health Services!
 Funding Boost to NT Hearing
    Health Services
                                        Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Federal Minister for Indigenous Health
 Palliative Care Forum                 Warren Snowdon and Northern Territory Minister for Central Australia Karl
 Healthy Living NT- Job                Hampton last week announced a $1.8 million funding boost to help improve
    Vacancy                             Indigenous hearing health in the Northern Territory.
 Preventable Chronic Disease
    Short Course                        Hearing problems that go untreated have a profound long-term impact on
   Australian Healthcare and           educational outcomes and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians
    Hospitals Association               in the Territory. Up to 9,000 Indigenous people in the Northern Territory are
    o Salt in Processed foods           seriously affected by ear disease and more than a quarter of all Indigenous
    o Workplace mental health           students suffer from hearing loss.
    o Primary Health Care Reforms
                                        Ms Gillard said the funding will significantly strengthen the Territory’s ear health
 Thai Chi for Arthritis                workforce and improve detection and management of hearing health problems
    Workshop                            for Indigenous Territorians.
   The Australian Institute of
    Health and Welfare                  The investment will provide:
   Australian Research Reviews                      • Follow-up hearing checks and treatment of ear disease for more
   World Indigenous Womens                               than 600 children across the Northern Territory.
    Health and Wellness                              • Testing that will help address middle ear infection, which is a
    Conference                                            major of cause of hearing loss.
                                                     • Visits by audiologists to more than 22 communities that have been
                                                          equipped with hearing booths (specially made sound proof
                                                          rooms to enable accurate hearing testing).
                                                     • Five additional hearing case managers in regional teams in Central
                                                          Australia, Barkly, Top End Central, Top End West and East
                                                          Arnhem, to support management of people with complex ear
                                                          health problems.
                                                     • Four additional local community hearing workers to service
                                                          Gunbalanya, Angurugu, Umbakumba, Gapuwiyak, Maningrida
                                                          and Millingimbi, bringing the total to 12 community health
                                                          workers in the NT.
                                        For more information please see attached


What is Palliative Care - Forum?
GPNNT and Home Medicine Review (HMR) are providing a workshop/ forum this week on the following Learning
    1. Understand the eligibility criteria and risk factors for HMR
    2. Describe the process of HMR
    3. Identify high risk patients
    4. Understand the need to collaborate with pharmacist in the provision of team care
     5. Conduct assessments to initiate an HMR referral
     6. Implement a process to screen high risk patients for potential medication misadventure.
Please be aware there are QA and CPD associated with this forum.
The forum will be held on:
Date: 4th & 5th June 2010
Time: 10:00am Registration, Presentations start 10:30am
Venue: Paraway Motel
         35 First Street
         Katherine NT
For further information, and program requests, contact June Clothier: SBOAC and Palliative & Aged Care Program Officer
on 08 8950 4815/email june.clothier@gpnnt.org.au


Health Living NT – Job Vacancies
Healthy Living NT has a vacancy for a Community Liaison Officer.
This Darwin based, project position is offered on a full time or part time basis.
The position is to promote the National Diabetes Services Scheme and strengthen relationships between Healthy Living
NT and Aboriginal Medical Services, DHF and other health services which provide primary care to Indigenous people
across the NT.
A job description and selection criteria can be obtained from: www.healthylivingnt.org.au or contact Chrissie Inglis on
89278488 or email manager@healthylivingnt.org.au
Applications close:
6 June 2010
Please see the Position description attached:


Preventable Chronic Disease Short Course
The PCD Short course aims to provide opportunities for participants to develop a sound base of knowledge, skills and
understandings in relation to the prevention, early detection, and management of chronic conditions effectively in a
community context.
     Population health and prevention
     Ethics and compliance
     Community development programs
     Enhancing health communication
     Health care systems to improve chronic disease management including: Screening, recall systems, care
        coordination, case conferencing
     Motivational interviewing and care planning
     Chronic condition self management
     Sharing health information
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The upcoming course is in Alice Springs on the 22 , 23 & 24 June 2010 from 0830am -1615pm.

For more information and how to register for the course- please see the attached flier

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Too Much Salt in Processed Meats
Less than 10% of processed meats in Australian supermarkets have acceptable salt levels, according to data released
by The George Institute today.
The research examined salt levels in 552 processed meat products including bacon, sausages, deli meats, meat burgers,
meat pies and canned meat. Only 5% of sliced sandwich meats and 3% of sausages met international benchmarks.
Report author Elizabeth Dunford said “Excess salt is a leading cause of chronic disease in Australia. There is widespread
recognition that the food industry needs to reduce salt in processed foods. This research highlights the importance of
targeting processed meat products in the food supply.”
Processed meats are a major source of dietary salt and there is huge scope for reducing salt in these products. Most
Australians are eating 5-10 times more salt than they need, with serious consequences for their health. Three quarters of
this salt comes from processed foods.”
There is overwhelming evidence that the current high levels of salt consumed in Australia result in high blood pressure,
the leading cause of stroke and a major factor in heart disease. Most
Australians eat 8-10g of salt a day but could live healthily on just 1-2g/day. Levels of salt in naturally occurring foods are
very low but significant amounts are added during the manufacturing process.
For more information please see:

Workplace mental health guide launched

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Cathy Branson QC, launched Workers with mental illness: a
practical guide for managers at the Australian Employers Network on Disability Conference in Sydney today.

“Workers with mental illness: a practical guide for managers aims to help managers better understand mental illness,
develop strategies that assist workers with a mental illness and ensure that their workplaces are healthy and productive,”
President Branson said.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said, “I believe, not only that all Australians have a right to work
and are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace, but that there must be a commitment from everyone in the workplace –
employers and workers – to achieving this.”

Commissioner Innes said he believed that Workers with mental illness: a practical guide for managers would help
improve the capacity of managers and employers to manage OHS issues, treat all employees fairly and ensure safer
workplaces for all Australians.
“During any year, approximately one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness. It is our hope that this guide will
assist managers to understanding their legal obligations while developing strategies that support their staff and reduce the
incidence of illness in the workplace,” said President Branson.

The guide has been endorsed by the Fair Work Ombudsman, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, SANE Australia, the
Mental Health Council of Australia, and supported by Safe Work Australia.

It is available online at: ww.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/publications/workers_mental_illness_guide.html
To view:

Primary care reform must focus on chronic disease management

Australia's primary care system is not providing optimal care for people with chronic conditions, according to a new study in
the current edition of the Australian Health Review.
"Chronic disease represents a significant long-term challenge for the Australian healthcare system in terms of the number of
people affected (or at risk) and the morbidity, mortality and health system expenditure associated with these diseases," study
leader Professor Hal Swerissen, Dean of Health Sciences, LaTrobe University, said today.
"Chronic disease management programs in primary care - particularly those offered under Medicare – will play an increasingly
important role in helping our health system meet this challenge. Therefore it is vital that they are closely examined, particularly
in the context of the current health system reform efforts to improve governance and funding of the health system and
strengthen primary healthcare.

View: http://www.aushealthcare.com.au/news/news_details.asp?nid=17457

Tai Chi for Arthritis Workshop
One successful completion of this two‐day intensive workshop, you will be provided with the necessary skills and
knowledge to conduct safe and effective modified tai chi classes. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program specially designed by
Dr. Paul Lam in conjunction with rheumatologists and tai chi specialists. Based on the Sun style Tai Chi, it is easy to learn,
effective and safe. It improves flexibility, muscle strength and integrates the mind and body. Scientific studies have
shown this program significantly
This program is suitable for:
Suitable participants are:
              o Occupational Therapists
              o Physiotherapists
              o Exercise Physiologists
              o Tai Chi teachers and advanced students
              o Nurses
              o Health professionals (eg doctors)
              o Accredited Exercise Instructors
              o Certified Allied Health Assistants
The workshop will be held on:
Date: Thursday 24 ‐ Friday 25 June 2010
(9am – 5pm both days)
Venue: Darwin, venue TBC
Cost: $420 per person. Includes Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD, handbook, Teaching Tai Chi Effectively book, two wall charts
morning and afternoon tea and certificate. Registration deadline is 28 May 2010. Cancellation and late registration is
subject to a $20 administration fee.
For more information and to register please contact Rani Hughes Phone 0409 164 396; Address: 4 Ferntree Ave
Warburton 3799; Email ranihughes@gmail.com


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Areas of interest
   Alcohol and other drugs                           Chronic kidney disease
   Cancer                                            Diabetes
   Cardiovascular health                             Indigenous Australians
   Chronic diseases                                  Mental health
Reports of interest
Asthma among older people in Australia- Over 92% of the 402 asthma deaths in 2006 were among people aged 45 years
and over. Asthma in older Australians is distinct in many ways. The presence of comorbid conditions makes the
management of asthma in older people more complex. The disease itself is also more persistent and severe than in the
younger ages.
View the report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10727
Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory diseases in Australia- In 2004-05, Australia spent
$3.3 billion directly on the management of respiratory conditions. In 2007-08, general practitioners managed respiratory
problems more than any other condition and in 2006 conditions of the respiratory system were the third most common
underlying causes of death. This report presents the epidemiology of each of the main respiratory conditions and
highlights their differences and similarities. The conditions addressed include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, influenza, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and sleep
View the report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10518

Australian Research Reviews
For information, updates, news and resources
Areas of interest
» Cardiology                                       » Psychiatry
» Dental                                           » Renal Transplant
» Diabetes & Obesity                               » Respiratory
» GP                                               » Rheumatology
» Oncology                                         » Skin Cancer


World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference
The Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation will proudly host the 9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference
from Sunday 22nd August to Wednesday 25 August, 2010. The conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre.
The main conference goals are to:
    o · Have a good time;
    o · Share wisdom and stories;
    o · Explore practices that work;
    o · Motivate healthful and positive life changes;
    o · Inspire action and improve confidence;
    o · Learn about contemporary issues;
    o · Engage in collective critical thinking to contribute to shared problem solving;
    o · Build a web of connections;
    o · Create a safe space where women gather knowledge that informs decision making;
    o · Support women to be strong, strategic and effective leaders; and
    o · Globalise Indigenous relationships.
We want to do this for the generations to come.
You will be able to register and pay for conference attendance electronically (Mastercard or Visa Card).
The conference fees (in Australian dollars) are:
    o Full program $550.00
    o Early bird rate (full program only) Closes 15 June, 2010 $500.00
    o Daily rate $200.00
    o Full time student (full program only)* $350.00
    o Pensioner (full program only)* $350.00
    o Conference dinner $100.00
For more information please see attached flier:


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