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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919261/caf%C3%A3-a-multicomponent-audit-and-feedback-intervention-to-improve-implementation-of-healthy-food-policy-in-primary-school-canteens-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sze Lin Yoong, Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, John Wiggers, Kathryn Reilly, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rebecca Wyse, Rachel Sutherland, Tessa Delaney, Peter Butler, Lisa Janssen, Sarah Preece, Christopher M Williams
BACKGROUND: The implementation of nutrition policies in schools has been recommended as a strategy to improve child dietary intake. Internationally, research suggests that the majority of schools do not implement these policies. In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the NSW Healthy School Canteen Policy requires that school canteens prohibit the sale of 'red' foods (i.e. foods that are typically nutrient poor and high in energy, such as confectionary and deep-fried foods) and 'banned'drinks (i...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903210/resource-use-governance-and-case-load-of-rapid-response-teams-in-australia-and-new-zealand-in-2014
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BACKGROUND: Rapid response teams (RRTs) are a mandatory element of Australian national health care policy. However, the uptake, resourcing, case load and funding of RRTs in Australian and New Zealand hospitals remain unknown. AIM: To assess the clinical activity, funding, staffing and governance of RRTs in Australian and New Zealand hospitals. METHODS: Survey of Australian and New Zealand hospitals as part of a biannual audit of intensive care resources and capacity...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903042/prevalence-and-management-of-diabetes-in-residential-aged-care-facilities-in-north-east-victoria-australia
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Helen M Haines, Holly Bannon-Murphy, Tim Amos, Robert Krones
BACKGROUND: Managing diabetes in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) presents challenges to general practitioners (GPs) as the incidence of the disease increases. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to describe the prevalence and management of diabetes in RACFs in north-east Victoria. METHODS: The method used for this study was a cross-sectional audit of medical files. RESULTS: Ten RACFs were invited and agreed to participate, giving a sample of 593 residents...
December 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902719/community-wide-distribution-of-a-catalytic-device-to-reduce-winter-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-from-residential-wood-combustion-a-field-study
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Olivia Johnston, Fay Johnston, John Todd, Grant Williamson
Residential wood combustion is the main source of elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) during winter in many towns of Tasmania, Australia. A commercially available firebox catalyst in Australia has previously been shown to reduce visible smoke emissions and the manufacturer reports reductions in particle emissions generated from individual wood heaters in laboratory settings. This study aimed to evaluate the potential for community-wide distribution of the catalyst to improve the ambient winter air quality in the field...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893947/challenges-in-the-uptake-of-telemedicine-in-dentistry
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Mohamed Estai, Estie Kruger, Marc Tennant, Stuart Bunt, Yogesan Kanagasingam
With the availability of oral care services very unevenly distributed in rural or remote areas, underserved people seek oral care from non-dental care providers. Against this backdrop, and coupled with the decreasing cost of and innovations in technology, there is a growing interest in the adoption of telemedicine services. Regardless of the lack of good-quality evidence supporting the cost-effectiveness of telemedicine, evidence already indicates that telemedicine, even with extra costs, helps in reducing the inequalities in the provision of primary health care...
October 2016: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890046/investigation-of-training-and-support-needs-in-rural-and-remote-disability-and-mainstream-service-providers-implications-for-an-online-training-model
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Genevieve Johnsson, Rachel Kerslake, Sarah Crook, Corinne Cribb
Objectives It is known that there are difficulties in recruiting and retaining practitioners in rural and remote communities and that access to support and professional development can be key in breaking this cycle. Technology provides a possible solution not only for increasing access to these opportunities, but also in building community capacity to support children with autism. The aim of the present study was to investigate the current learning and support needs within rural and remote professionals prior to setting up a model of support...
November 28, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887976/the-establishment-of-a-telestroke-service-using-multimodal-ct-imaging-decision-assistance-turning-on-the-fog-lights
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Jelle Demeestere, Claire Sewell, Jennifer Rudd, Timothy Ang, Louise Jordan, James Wills, Carlos Garcia-Esperon, Ferdinand Miteff, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Neil Spratt, Longting Lin, Andrew Bivard, Mark Parsons, Christopher Levi
Telestroke services have been shown to increase stroke therapy access in rural areas. The implementation of advanced CT imaging for patient assessment may improve patient selection and detection of stroke mimics in conjunction with telestroke. We implemented a telestroke service supported by multimodal CT imaging in a rural hospital in Australia. Over 21months we conducted an evaluation of service activation, thrombolysis rates and use of multimodal imaging to assess the feasibility of the service. Rates of symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage and 90-day modified Rankin Score were used as safety outcomes...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884056/community-assets-and-capabilities-to-recruit-and-retain-gps-the-community-apgar-questionnaire-in-rural-victoria
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Daniel R Terry, Ed Baker, David F Schmitz
INTRODUCTION: Rural communities continue to experience significant challenges recruiting and retaining physicians. The Community Apgar Questionnaire (CAQ) was developed in Idaho in the USA to comprehensively assess the characteristics associated with successful recruitment and retention of rural physicians. The CAQ has been utilised and validated across the USA; however, its value in rural Australia has not been examined. The objective of this study was to use the CAQ in rural Australia to examine its utility and develop a greater understanding of the community factors that impact general practitioner (GP) recruitment and retention...
October 2016: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881210/the-role-of-a-food-policy-coalition-in-influencing-a-local-food-environment-an-australian-case-study
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Julia McCartan, Claire Palermo
OBJECTIVE: To explore how an Australian rural food policy coalition acts to influence a local food environment, focusing specifically on its composition, functions and processes as well as its food-related strategies and policy outputs. DESIGN: A qualitative case study approach was undertaken. Three sources were used to triangulate data: eleven semi-structured in-depth interviews with coalition members, analysis of thirty-seven documents relating to the coalition and observation at one coalition meeting...
November 24, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881146/evaluation-of-a-large-healthy-lifestyle-program-informing-program-implementation-and-scale-up-in-the-prevention-of-obesity
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S L Kozica, C B Lombard, C L Harrison, H J Teede
BACKGROUND: The Healthy Lifestyle Program for women (HeLP-her) is a low-intensity, self-management program which has demonstrated efficacy in preventing excess weight gain in women. However, little is known about the implementation, reach, and sustainability of low-intensity prevention programs in rural settings, where risk for obesity in women is higher than urban settings. We aimed to evaluate a low-intensity healthy lifestyle program delivered to women in a rural setting to inform development of effective community prevention programs...
November 24, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878940/people-processes-and-systems-an-observational-study-of-the-role-of-technology-in-rural-youth-mental-health-services
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Simone Orlowski, Sharon Lawn, Ben Matthews, Anthony Venning, Gabrielle Jones, Megan Winsall, Gaston Antezana, Niranjan Bidargaddi, Peter Musiat
The merits of technology-based mental health service reform have been widely debated among academics, practitioners, and policy makers. The design of new technologies must first be predicated on a detailed appreciation of how the mental health system works before it can be improved or changed through the introduction of new products and services. Further work is required to better understand the nature of face-to-face mental health work and to translate this knowledge to computer scientists and system designers responsible for creating technology-based solutions...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869758/the-impact-of-rurality-and-disadvantage-on-the-diagnostic-interval-for-breast-cancer-in-a-large-population-based-study-of-3202-women-in-queensland-australia
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Philippa H Youl, Joanne F Aitken, Gavin Turrell, Suzanne K Chambers, Jeffrey Dunn, Christopher Pyke, Peter D Baade
Delays in diagnosing breast cancer (BC) can lead to poorer outcomes. We investigated factors related to the diagnostic interval in a population-based cohort of 3202 women diagnosed with BC in Queensland, Australia. Interviews ascertained method of detection and dates of medical/procedural appointments, and clinical information was obtained from medical records. Time intervals were calculated from self-recognition of symptoms (symptom-detected) or mammogram (screen-detected) to diagnosis (diagnostic interval (DI))...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869335/australia-s-rural-medical-workforce-supply-from-its-medical-schools-against-career-stage-gender-and-rural-origin
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Matthew R McGrail, Deborah J Russell
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the association between career stage and rural medical workforce supply among Australian-trained medical graduates. DESIGN AND SETTING: Descriptive analysis using the national Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal study. PARTICIPANTS: Australian-trained GPs and other specialists who participated in the MABEL study, 2008-2013. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Proportions of GPs and specialists working in rural locations, according to career stage (establishing, early, mid and late), gender and childhood-origin type (rural versus metropolitan)...
November 21, 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868256/ice-and-the-outback-patterns-and-prevalence-of-methamphetamine-use-in-rural-australia
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Ann Roche, Alice McEntee
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether lifetime and recent methamphetamine use (including crystal methamphetamine) differed among city, regional and rural residents and whether particular subpopulations were more at-risk. DESIGN: Secondary analyses of the last three National Drug Strategy Household Surveys and corresponding Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Sets (AODTS NMDS). SETTING: Australian general population...
November 21, 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862543/interest-in-rural-clinical-school-is-not-enough-participation-is-necessary-to-predict-an-ultimate-rural-practice-location
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Denese Playford, Ian B Puddey
OBJECTIVE: Rural exposure during medical school is associated with increased rural work after graduation. How much of the increase in rural workforce by these graduates is due to pre-existing interest and plans to work rurally and how much is related to the extended clinical placement is not known. DESIGN: This cohort study compared the employment location of medical graduates who professed no rural interest as undergraduates (negative control), with those who applied but did not participate in Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) (positive control), and those who applied and participated in RCSWA (participants)...
November 16, 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860085/clinical-profile-and-treatment-outcomes-of-advanced-neuroendocrine-tumours-in-rural-and-regional-patients-a-retrospective-study-from-a-regional-cancer-center-in-north-queensland-australia
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Umbreen Hafeez, Abhishek Joshi, Manoj Bhatt, Jenny Kelly, Sabe Sabesan, Venkat Vangaveti
AIM: To study the clinical profile, treatment and survival outcomes for advanced neuroendocrine tumour (NET) patients in Australian regional and remote settings. METHODS: We reviewed all adult patients who were diagnosed with NETs between 1994 and 2012. Patients' data was extracted from electronic databases of The Townsville Cancer Centre. Remoteness was based on postcodes with patients stratified as regional or rural North Queensland according to Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)...
November 16, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852660/massive-symptomatic-right-sided-bochdalek-hernia-in-an-adult-man
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Naman Kohli, Goran Mitreski, Cheng-Hon Yap, Matthew Leong
A 22-year-old man presented to a rural hospital in Australia with right-sided pleuritic chest pain, right shoulder pain and dyspnoea. The patient had been receiving chronic asthma therapy without improvement. CT of the chest was performed after an abnormal X-ray, incidentally revealing one of the largest documented right-sided diaphragmatic hernias, with left lung compression due to mediastinal shift. The patient was definitively managed with thoracotomy alone. The contents of the hernia sac included colon and multiple loops of small bowel with a 10 cm neck...
November 15, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852184/factors-associated-with-quality-of-care-for-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer-in-australia
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Elizabeth A Burmeister, Dianne L O'Connell, Susan J Jordan, David Goldstein, Neil Merrett, David K Wyld, Vanessa L Beesley, Helen M Gooden, Monika Janda, Rachel E Neale
OBJECTIVES: To develop a composite score for the quality of care for patients with pancreatic cancer in Australia; to determine whether it was affected by patient and health service-related factors; to assess whether the score and survival were correlated. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: We reviewed medical records of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during July 2009 - June 2011 and notified to the Queensland and New South Wales cancer registries. DESIGN AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Participants were allocated proportional quality of care scores based on indicators derived from a Delphi process, ranging from 0 (lowest) to 1 (highest quality care)...
November 21, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848173/assessing-pharmacists-readiness-to-prescribe-oral-antibiotics-for-limited-infections-using-a-case-vignette-technique
#19
Elizabeth Ung, Petra Czarniak, Bruce Sunderland, Richard Parsons, Kreshnik Hoti
Background Pharmacist's skills are underutilized whilst they are directly involved with antibiotic supply to the community. Addressing this issue could lead to better use of antibiotics and hence decreased resistance. Objective Explore how pharmacists can prescribe oral antibiotics to treat a limited range of infections whilst focusing on their confidence and appropriateness of prescribing. Setting Community pharmacies, Western Australia. Method Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire also containing case vignettes...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836856/health-professional-perspectives-on-the-management-of-multimorbidity-and-polypharmacy-for-older-patients-in-australia
#20
Kevin Peter Mc Namara, Bianca Daphne Breken, Hamzah Tariq Alzubaidi, J Simon Bell, James A Dunbar, Christine Walker, Andrea Hernan
BACKGROUND: delivering appropriate care for patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy is increasingly challenging. Challenges for individual healthcare professions are known, but only little is known about overall healthcare team implementation of best practice for these patients. OBJECTIVE: to explore current approaches to multimorbidity management, and perceived barriers and enablers to deliver appropriate medications management for community-dwelling patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy, from a broad range of healthcare professional (HCP) perspectives in Australia...
November 10, 2016: Age and Ageing
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