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"Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved. They carry a sense of hope and possibility or can be associated with a sense of pessimism and low expectations, both of which can influence personal outcomes."
Devon Partnership Trust and Torbay Care Trust

 

Mental health strategies

"Changing the stigma of mental illness has proven a difficult task. Recent time trend studies on the stigma of mental illness have shown that public attitudes towards persons with depression or alcohol dependence have barely changed over the last twenty-five years, while attitudes towards persons with schizophrenia have worsened. Hence, established anti-stigma strategies have to be reconsidered, and there is a pressing need for novel approaches."

Source: European Psychiatry 2016; 32:21-27

Further reading

Mental Health Coordinating Council recovery oriented language guide 2013
This resource provides clear guidelines for those working in mental health on how to use language that is respectful, non-judgemental, clear and understandable, as well as language which provides a sense of commitment, hope and opportunity.

A National framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers

This document provided by the Department of Health gives guidance to mental health practitioners and services on recovery-oriented practice and service delivery.

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan
Improving mental health is one of the priorities included in the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015-2019.

Mental Health resources on the Hub

March 2016 Forum Presentations
(Austin onsite access only)

 

Rare diseases

February 29, 2016 marked the 9th annual World Rare Disease Day and the 7th year Australia has been involved in this initiative. There are more than 8000 known rare diseases affecting more than two million Australians of which up to 400,000 are children. Most of these diseases are genetic, chronic and debilitating. Within the rare disease community there is a heightened requirement for data sharing in order to uncover rare or novel causes of disease and work towards cures. "Impeding the pace of discovery has been the existence of many small siloed datasets within individual research or clinical laboratory databases" and this article outlines the creation of a federated network, the Matchmaker Exchange, to connect databases or genotypes and rare phenotypes.

Source: Human Mutation 2015; 36: 915-921

Further reading

The GRDR (Global Rare Diseases Patient Registry) program is a "one-stop shop" for rare disease data from registries across the world for use by patients, health care professionals and researchers.

The medical experience of a patient with a rare disease and her family
Using a personal perspective, this article highlights the "isolation patients with rare diseases and their families experience due to the lack of knowledge about their condition, the struggle to access treatment and the small amount of information and evidence based medicine for managing rare conditions."
Source: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016; 11:19

rare diseases international
 

The experience of discharge for patients with ABI

The significance of tailored education in discharge planning is highlighted in this qualitative review which investigated patient perspectives of the transition from hospital to home following an acquired brain injury (ABI). The authors acknowledge "most of the studies reported that the experience of the transition was unsatisfactory due to limited engagement and disorganized arrangements for support services." The review authors suggest several strategies for improvement in discharge planning including: enhanced education for patients and family members; increased interaction between staff, patients and caregivers; staff training in effective communication; and the use of checklists.

Source: Brain Injury 2016; online first: 18 February: 1-11

 

Improving quality in the English NHS

This paper advocates that the National Health Service (NHS) in England requires a sustained, comprehensive commitment to quality improvement in order to adequately meet the health care needs of the UK population. The authors highlight strategies needed to reduce variations in clinical care, reduce waste, and improve patient-focussed care. "Improvements in the quality of care do not occur by chance. They come from the intentional actions of staff equipped with the skills needed to bring about changes in care, directly and constantly supported by leaders at all levels." 

Source: The King's Fund February 2016

 

Practice based on ‘Appropriate Use Criteria’

Healthcare costs have risen in recent years alongside an increasing use of diagnostic testing. To assist clinicians to evaluate the 'appropriateness' of a diagnostic test or procedure Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC)-based practices have become more commonplace. This article discusses the "development, implementation, impact, and practical applications of AUC to improve appropriate utilization by providers, healthcare institutions, payers, and policy makers... AUC represent a growing quality improvement tool in cardiovascular medicine that can play an important role in reducing inappropriate testing while preserving physician autonomy."

Source: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy 2016; 14(3): 281-90
Full text available for Austin & MHW Heidelberg staff via document delivery

 

Austin Health Research Online - recent submissions

The characteristics, management and outcomes of people identified with mental health issues in an emergency department, Melbourne, Australia. Shafiel T, Gaynor N, Garrell G. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2011; 18(1): 9-16

Perinatal mental health - identifying problems and managing medications. Buist, A. Australian Family Physician 2014; 43(4): 182-185

Advance statements in the new Victorian Mental Health Act. Saraf, S. Australasian Psychiatry 2015; 23(3): 230-232
Full text available for Austin & MHW Heidelberg staff via document delivery

Aggression in Huntington's disease: a systematic review of rates of aggression and treatment methods. Fisher C, Sewell K, Brown A, Chuchyard A. Journal of Huntington's Disease 2014; 3(4): 319-332
Full text available for Austin & MHW Heidelberg staff via document delivery

A rare case of Behçet disease with generalised myositis, cardiomyositis and necrotising fasciitis. Ng F, Chiong F, Buchanan R, Burrell L. BMJ Case Reports 2016

Tay-Sachs disease: current perspectives from Australia. Lew R, Burnett L, Proos A, Delatycki M. The Application of Clinical Genetics 2015; 8: 19-25

 

eBooks spotlight

Sim’s symptoms in the mind : textbook of descriptive psychopathology / Femi Oyebode - 5th ed. - Elsevier, 2015.
Fully revised and updated, this text offers reading for psychiatric trainees and a reference for psychiatrists of all grades. It is useful for clinical psychologists, allied mental health professionals and researchers.

Dulcan’s textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry / edited by Mina K Dulcan - 2nd ed. - American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2016.
A core resource for child and adolescent psychiatry training, this eBook serves as a reference for practitioners in psychiatry, paediatrics, neurology, psychology, nursing, and social work.

New books on display

Rethinking rehabilitation : theory and practice / edited by Kathryn McPherson, Barbara E. Gibson and Alain Leplege - CRC Press, 2015.
This book "emphasizes discussion on the place of theory in advancing rehabilitation knowledge, unearthing important questions for policy and practice, underpinning research design, and prompting readers to question clinical assumptions".

Wyllie’s treatment of epilepsy : principles and practice / editor in chief Elaine Wyllie - 6th ed. - Wolters Kluwer, 2015.
This text assists neurologists and epilepsy specialists. It provides an overview of seizure disorders and contemporary treatment options.

 

Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Cancer Nursing

Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics

Drug Resistance Updates

Endoscopy

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Journal of Addiction Medicine

Journal of Physiotherapy

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases

Prostate

Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology

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