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Integrated health and social care

"The health system in Canterbury, New Zealand, has undertaken a significant programme of transformation over the past decade. As a result of the changes, the health system is supporting more people in their homes and communities and has moderated demand for hospital care, particularly among older people". This report from The King's Fund (UK) explores the interventions used in Canterbury and the lessons learned during the implementation of this new model of care.

Source: The King's Fund, August 2017

Further reading
Accountable care organisations (ACOs) explained
The King's Fund, 14 June 2017


New stroke guidelines

The Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 updates and supersedes the 2010 Guidelines with recommendations based on the best evidence available in accordance with the 2011 NHMRC Standards. The guidelines cover the whole continuum of stroke care and will be officially launched on Monday 4 September.

Source: Stroke Foundation, 2017


Cancer therapy – new COSA guidelines

Revised guidelines for the safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of systemic cancer therapy have been released on the Cancer Guidelines Wiki. These guidelines aim to prevent medication errors and patient harm by standardising the complex process of providing medications for the treatment of cancer.

Source: Cancer Therapy Medication Safety Working Group, 2017


Gestational weight gain interventions

Maternal obesity and excessive weight gain in pregnancy increase complications in the mother and baby. Researchers from the International Weight Management in Pregnancy Collaborative Network examined the impact of antenatal diet and lifestyle interventions on gestational weight gain (GWG). The interventions were found to be clinically effective in reducing GWG and resulted in no adverse effects on mother or baby. Lifestyle interventions were also found to reduce the rate of Caesarean sections.

Source: Health Technology Assessment 2017; 21(41) 


Music therapy for spinal cord injury

"Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients face unique identity challenges associated with physical limitations, higher comorbid depression, increased suicidality and reduced subjective well-being. Post-injury identity is often unaddressed in subacute rehabilitation environments where critical physical and functional rehabilitation goals are prioritized... Identity-focused songwriting holds promise as a means of promoting healthy identity reintegration".

Source: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2017; online first: 24 August  


AIHW updates

A new Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) website will be launching in September 2017.  The first phase will cover all content released from 1 July 2016 plus the top 100 downloads from the existing website. Phase two will progressively upload all historic reports from 1987 onwards.

Recently released AIHW reports:


Feeling stressed or anxious?

Did you know research indicates that structured colouring can reduce stress and improve anxiety? 
The Library has a new de-stress station where all staff and students are welcome to let their creative side flourish in the midst of a stressful day.

Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety?
Art Therapy 2005; 22(2): 81-85
Reducing negative mood through mandala creation: a randomized controlled trial
Art Therapy 2015; 32(1): 34-39


Austin Health Research Online - recent submissions

Distress and unmet needs during treatment and quality of life in early cancer survivorship: a longitudinal study of haematological cancer patients
Oberoi D, White VM, Seymour JF, et al. European Journal of Haematology 2017; online first: 21 August

Neutrophils, G-CSF and their contribution to breast cancer metastasis
Mouchemore KA, Anderson RL, Hamilton JA. The FEBS Journal 2017; online first: 21 August

Optimal reference region to measure longitudinal amyloid-β change with 18F-florbetaben PET
Bullich S, Villemagne VL, Catafau AM, et al. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2017; 58(8): 1300-1306

Osimertinib as first-line treatment of EGFR mutation-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer
Ramalingam SS, Yang JC, Lee CK, et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2017; online first: 25 August

See more at AHRO, Austin Health Research Online


eBooks Spotlight

ABC of COPD / edited by Graeme P. Currie – 3rd ed. – Wiley Blackwell / BMJ books, 2017.
A practical and visual guide which discusses the continuum of COPD from epidemiology and diagnosis, to treatment and end of life care.

WHO classification of tumours of the central nervous system / edited by David N. Louis et al. – 4th rev. ed., International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2016.
Including new ICD-O codes and updated images, this international standard for oncologists and pathologists will serve as a guide for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome of human tumours.

Williams textbook of endocrinology / edited by Shlomo Melmed et al. – 13th ed., Elsevier, 2016.
New to this edition: mechanisms and treatment for autoimmune thyroid diseases; genetics of endocrine disease and recognition of endocrine disorders; plus new content on diabetes, obesity and appetite control.


Journals Spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

American Journal of Hypertension

Australian Occupational Therapy


European Heart Journal


Journal of Community Health Nursing

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Journal of Traumatic Stress


Nursing in Critical Care

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