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Mental health services in Australia

Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and varies in its severity. Around 7.3 million or 45% of Australian's aged 16-85 will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or substance use disorder in their life time. A new household survey - Young minds matter - estimates that 560,000 children aged 4-17 (almost 14%) experience mental health disorders.

Source: AIHW Mental health services in Australia (MHSA) Oct 2015

MHSA updates Sept 2015:

 

How does evidence affect clinical decision making?

A recent study showed that a majority of doctors who previously stated that evidence was not needed sought it nevertheless when it was easily available. In this study, doctors indicated that they will use evidence if they can access brief summaries or bottom-line statements using mobile or web applications. Clinicians regard evidence that leads to a new diagnostic skill, diagnostic test, or treatment plan as the primary reason for the usefulness of evidence.

Source: Evidence based medicine Oct 2015 20(5):156-161

 

Pregnancy complications and CVD – 50 year follow up

Few studies have investigated the combination of pregnancy complications that predict risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) death and how risk changes with age. This report presents a comprehensive investigation of the relation of the occurrence of multiple pregnancy complications to CVD death over 5 decades in a large pregnancy cohort.

Source: Circulation 21 Sept 2015: Online first

 

Gastric cancer treatment - surgery to precision medicine

"Gastric cancer imposes a global health burden". As we move towards a personalised cancer therapy era, molecular targeted strategies have been tested in clinical trials for gastric cancer with some success. Much has been learned regarding the biology of gastric cancer and the clinical relevance of biological therapies. This review focuses on shifts in the treatment of gastric cancer towards a molecularly tailored and genome information-based personalised therapy - the era of precision medicine.

Source: Yonsei medical journal Sept 2015 56(5); 1177-1185

 

Medical practice in the precision medicine era

Precision medicine is at our fingertips. "When combining old and new armamentaria we need to adopt and continuously integrate state-of-the-art strategies across all disciplines" to fight against disease.

Austin Health's Professor Samuel Berkovic will explore how the practice of medicine is changing with the emergence of precision medicine, based on spectacular advances in genetics of disease. What is the ongoing role of clinicians and clinical researchers? Will diagnosis and treatment centre on gene sequencing? What does a traditional clinical diagnosis mean in the context of genetic medicine?

Hear more at the Smallwood Oration 5.30pm - Wednesday 14 October 2015 in the John Lindell Lecture Theatre.

Further reading:

Consult Austin Health's research repository (AHRO). Search 'Berkovic' and find 170 plus articles published by Professor Berkovic and his team.

 

eBooks spotlight

Massachusetts General Hospital psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics / edited by Theodore A. Stern... [et al] - London, Elsevier, 2016.
This user-friendly resource focuses on current psychotropic treatments, electroconvulsive therapy, and neurotherapeutics, making it an ideal quick reference for psychiatrists".

Memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia : a practical guide for clinicians / Andrew E. Budson, Paul R. Solomon - Edinburgh, Elsevier, 2016.
This text provides an excellent overview of the diagnosis and management of patients with AD and other forms of memory impairment. Inclusion of the caregiver-critical to the success of any management plan-is emphasized throughout the book. The advice provided is practical, comprehensive, and insightful.

New books on display

The Maudsley prescribing guidelines in psychiatry / D. Taylor, C. Paton, S. Kapur - 12th ed. - Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Power resistance and liberation in therapy with survivors of trauma : to have our hearts broken / Taiwo Afuape - Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2011.

Reducing mortality in critically ill patients / edited by G Landoni, M. Mucchetti, A Zangrillo & Rinaldo Bellomo – Springer, 2015.

 

Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

Addiction

Clinical rehabilitation

Depression and anxiety

Evidence-based mental health

Journal of emergency nursing

Journal of psychiatric research

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Journal of traumatic stress

Liver transplantation

Neuropsychological rehabilitation

Nursing in critical care

Psychological medicine

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