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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639293/-although-we-re-isolated-we-re-not-really-isolated-the-value-of-information-and-communication-technology-for-older-people-in-rural-australia
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Turi Berg, Rachel Winterton, Maree Petersen, Jeni Warburton
OBJECTIVE: Drawing from a larger study that identified the supports and services that facilitate wellness among older people from rural communities, this study examined the specific contribution made by information and communication technology (ICT). METHODS: Qualitative interviews were undertaken with 60 older adults from six Australian rural areas. A preliminary thematic analysis was conducted, followed by a higher-order inductive analysis. RESULTS: Information and communication technology use was discussed in terms of individual enrichment, and in terms of enabling connections between the individual and their social networks, community and wider service environments...
June 22, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637470/promoting-physical-activity-among-adolescent-girls-the-girls-in-sport-group-randomized-trial
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Anthony D Okely, David R Lubans, Philip J Morgan, Wayne Cotton, Louisa Peralta, Judith Miller, Marijka Batterham, Xanne Janssen
BACKGROUND: Slowing the decline in participation in physical activity among adolescent girls is a public health priority. This study reports the outcomes from a multi-component school-based intervention (Girls in Sport), focused on promoting physical activity among adolescent girls. METHODS: Group randomized controlled trial in 24 secondary schools (12 intervention and 12 control). Assessments were conducted at baseline (2009) and at 18 months post-baseline (2010)...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630247/saksenaea-vasiformis-infection-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-in-rural-australia
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Wiktor Teodor Pilch, Ned Kinnear, Derek Barry Hennessey
An 81-year-old man from rural Australia presented with right pretibial cellulitis 7 days after minor trauma against furniture. He failed to improve despite antibiotics and surgical debridement. Subsequent cultures grew the rare fungus Saksenaea vasiformis, which was treated with further surgical debridement, amphotericin B and posaconazole. This was successful and the patient made a full recovery. We present the case and discuss lessons learnt.
June 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629349/relationships-between-dental-personnel-and-non-dental-primary-health-care-providers-in-rural-and-remote-queensland-australia-dental-perspectives
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Jackie Stuart, Ha Hoang, Len Crocombe, Tony Barnett
BACKGROUND: Collaboration between dental practitioners and non-dental primary care providers has the potential to improve oral health care for people in rural and remote communities, where access to oral health services is limited. However, there is limited research on collaboration between these professional disciplines. The purpose of this paper was to explore the relationships between dental practitioners and non-dental primary care providers from rural and remote areas of Queensland and to identify strategies that could improve collaboration between these disciplines from the perspective of dental participants...
June 19, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618161/prevention-of-osteoporotic-refractures-in-regional-australia
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Emily Davidson, Alexa Seal, Zelda Doyle, Kerin Fielding, Joe McGirr
OBJECTIVE: Clinical guidelines recommend that patients who sustain a minimal trauma fracture (MTF) should receive a bone mineral density (BMD) scan and bisphosphonate (or equivalent) therapy if diagnosed with osteoporosis. A pilot fracture liaison service (FLS) was implemented in regional NSW to improve adherence to the guidelines. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study with an historical control. SETTING: Primary care. PARTICIPANTS: Control (n = 47) and cohort (n = 93) groups comprised patients consenting to interview who presented with a MTF to the major referral hospital 4 months before and 12 months after FLS implementation respectively...
June 15, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618088/a-comparison-of-barriers-to-mental-health-support-seeking-among-farming-and-non-farming-adults-in-rural-south-australia
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Melissa J Hull, Kate M Fennell, Kari Vallury, Martin Jones, James Dollman
OBJECTIVE: To assess the differences between farming and non-farming rural adults in perceived barriers to mental health service use. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey, modified from the Barriers to Help-Seeking Scale (BHSS), was conducted using a computer-assisted telephone interview. SETTING: Respondents (age 52.6 ± 11.6 years) were recruited from three rural regions of South Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Approximately, 78 non-farmers and 45 farmers were included in analyses...
June 15, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618042/farmers-knowledge-of-q-fever-and-prevention-approaches-in-new-south-wales
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Tony Lower, Paul Corben, Peter Massey, Julie Depczynski, Tony Brown, Priscilla Stanley, Margaret Osbourn, David Durrheim
OBJECTIVE: To identify what New South Wales (NSW) farmers know about Q fever to inform preventive approaches. DESIGN: Thematic analysis of qualitative data gathered through semi-structured individual interviews, focus groups and a community meeting. SETTING: Rural communities in NSW, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 25 farmers participated in individual interviews (n = 4) or three focus groups, each with seven participants (n = 21)...
June 15, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612934/rural-specialists-the-nature-of-their-work-and-professional-satisfaction-by-geographical-location-of-work
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Belinda O'Sullivan, Matthew McGrail, Deborah Russell
OBJECTIVE: Systematically describe the characteristics of rural specialists, their work and job satisfaction by geographical location of work. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Three thousand, four hundred and seventy-nine medical specialists participating in the 2014 Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey of doctors. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Location of practise, whether metropolitan, large (>50 000 population) or small regional centres (<50 000 population)...
June 14, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612639/finding-paradise-within-how-spirituality-protects-palliative-care-clients-and-caregivers-from-depression
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Joy Penman
The aims of this article are to explore the experience of depression among palliative care clients and caregivers, describe the strategies they use in coping with depression, and clarify the role of spirituality in preventing and/or overcoming depression. This article discusses an aspect of the findings of a larger doctoral study that explored the nature of spirituality and spiritual engagement from the viewpoint of individuals with life-limiting conditions and their caregivers. van Manen's phenomenology was used in the study...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610603/an-australian-indigenous-community-led-suicide-intervention-skills-training-program-community-consultation-findings
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Bushra Nasir, Steve Kisely, Leanne Hides, Geetha Ranmuthugala, Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Neeraj S Gill, Noel Hayman, Srinivas Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Maree Toombs
BACKGROUND: Little is known of the appropriateness of existing gatekeeper suicide prevention programs for Indigenous communities. Despite the high rates of Indigenous suicide in Australia, especially among Indigenous youth, it is unclear how effective existing suicide prevention programs are in providing appropriate management of Indigenous people at risk of suicide. METHODS: In-depth, semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with Indigenous communities in rural and regional areas of Southern Queensland...
June 13, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608451/commissioning-and-equity-in-primary-care-in-australia-views-from-primary-health-networks
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Julie Henderson, Sara Javanparast, Tamara MacKean, Toby Freeman, Fran Baum, Anna Ziersch
This paper reports findings from 55 stakeholder interviews undertaken in six Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in Australia as part of a study of the impact of population health planning in regional primary health organisations on service access and equity. Primary healthcare planning is currently undertaken by PHNs which were established in 2015 as commissioning organisations. This was a departure from the role of Medicare Locals, the previous regional primary health organisations which frequently provided services...
June 12, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564547/challenges-to-the-provision-of-community-aged-care-services-across-rural-australia-perceptions-of-service-managers
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Pauline Savy, Jeni Warburton, Suzanne Hodgkin
INTRODUCTION: The Australian community aged care sector is facing a growing workforce crisis, particularly in rural and regional areas. Its predominantly female workforce is ageing, and recruiting younger, skilled workers is proving difficult. The service sector, too, is proving highly complex and diverse as a result of contemporary aged care service reforms as well as ongoing difficulties in providing services to the growing numbers of older people living in Australia's rural areas. Despite these multiple challenges, there is a gap in research that explores how rural aged care services manage their day-to-day requirements for skilled workers across the diverse service sector...
April 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561864/longitudinal-tracking-of-workplace-outcomes-for-undergraduate-allied-health-students-undertaking-placements-in-rural-australia
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Leanne Brown, Tony Smith, Luke Wakely, Rebecca Wolfgang, Alexandra Little, Julie Burrows
Creating positive experiences in rural practice at the undergraduate level can influence allied health students' attitudes to working rurally. This study aimed to evaluate allied health students' experiences of their short-term, medium-term, or long-term rural placement and to follow their career outcomes. METHODS: The study used a mixed-methods design that utilised qualitative and quantitative data. Students from six allied health degree programs undertaking placements in Tamworth and Taree were invited to participate...
2017: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550441/dyadic-interdependence-of-psychosocial-outcomes-among-haematological-cancer-survivors-and-their-support-persons
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Christine Paul, Alix Hall, Christopher Oldmeadow, Marita Lynagh, Sharon Campbell, Ken Bradstock, Anna Williamson, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore the dyadic relationships between unmet need, depression, and anxiety in people diagnosed with haematological cancer and their support persons. METHODS: Adult survivors (18 years+) who had been diagnosed with a haematological cancer were recruited to a cross-sectional mailed survey via five state cancer registries in Australia. Participating survivors invited a support person to also complete a survey. Structural equation modelling was used to explore the relationships among survivor and support person self-reported depression, anxiety, and unmet needs...
May 26, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549382/is-remote-health-different-to-rural-health
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John Wakerman, Lisa Bourke, John S Humphreys, Judy Taylor
INTRODUCTION: The study identifies the differences between rural health and remote health and describes key distinctive characteristics of remote health. METHODS: The study used a mixed method approach of interviews and questionnaires (utilising a Likert scale) with expert stakeholders in rural health and remote health. A total of 45 interviews were conducted with experts selected from every state and territory of Australia. Of these, 41 also completed a questionnaire, of which 21 respondents were female, 20 identified predominantly as academics while six, five and five indicated that they worked in policy, advocacy and as a practitioner, respectively...
April 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536041/geographic-distribution-of-burn-in-an-australian-setting
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Sean M Randall, Fiona M Wood, James H Boyd, Janine M Duke
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the geographic distribution and temporal trends of burn admissions in an Australian setting. METHODS: Health administrative data of all persons hospitalised for a first burn in Western Australia for the period 2000-2012 were used. Crude and standardised incident rates were generated for each region. Maps of crude rates were generated for state regions and postcode-suburbs of Perth, the capital city. Standardised incidence rates were generated for Western Australia, total and regions, and for sub-cohorts defined by age (<20years; ≥20 years), TBSA burn severity and major causes of burns (fire, scalds and contact)...
May 20, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523939/prevalence-of-psychological-distress-how-do-australia-and-canada-compare
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Joanne C Enticott, Elizabeth Lin, Frances Shawyer, Grant Russell, Brett Inder, Scott Patten, Graham Meadows
OBJECTIVE: To compare equivalent population-level mental health indicators in Canada and Australia, and articulate recommendations to support equitable mental health services. These are two somewhat similar resource-rich countries characterized by extensive non-metropolitan and rural regions as well as significant areas of socioeconomic deprivation. METHODS: A cross-national epidemiology and equity study: primary outcome was Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) in recent national surveys...
May 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511721/socioeconomic-status-and-dietary-patterns-in-children-from-around-the-world-different-associations-by-levels-of-country-human-development
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Taru Manyanga, Mark S Tremblay, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Peter T Katzmarzyk, Mikael Fogelholm, Gang Hu, Rebecca Kuriyan, Anura Kurpad, Estelle V Lambert, Carol Maher, Jose Maia, Victor Matsudo, Timothy Olds, Vincent Onywera, Olga L Sarmiento, Martyn Standage, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Pei Zhao, Vera Mikkila, Stephanie T Broyles
BACKGROUND: Although 'unhealthy' diet is a well-known risk factor for non-communicable diseases, its relationship with socio-economic status (SES) has not been fully investigated. Moreover, the available research has largely been conducted in countries at high levels of human development. This is the first study to examine relationships among dietary patterns and SES of children from countries spanning a wide range of human development. METHODS: This was a multinational cross-sectional study among 9-11 year-old children (n = 6808) from urban/peri-urban sites across 12 countries...
May 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500017/tablet-based-well-being-check-for-the-elderly-development-and-evaluation-of-usability-and-acceptability
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Pradeep Ray, Junhua Li, Arni Ariani, Vasvi Kapadia
BACKGROUND: Many elderly people prefer to live at home independently. One of the major concerns raised by the family members is the safety and well-being of their elderly family members when living independently in a home environment. To address this issue, assistive technology solutions have been available in the market. Despite their availability and proliferation, these types of solutions are not popular with the elderly due to their intrusive nature, privacy-related issues, social stigma, and fear of losing human interaction...
May 12, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492087/sociodemographic-characteristics-associated-with-the-use-of-effective-and-less-effective-contraceptive-methods-findings-from-the-understanding-fertility-management-in-contemporary-australia-survey
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Karen Freilich, Sara Holton, Heather Rowe, Maggie Kirkman, Lynne Jordan, Kathleen McNamee, Christine Bayly, John McBain, Vikki Sinnott, Jane Fisher
OBJECTIVE: Unintended pregnancy and abortion may, in part, result from suboptimal use of effective contraception. This study aimed to identify sociodemographic factors associated with the use of effective and less effective methods among women and men of reproductive age living in Australia. METHODS: In a cross-sectional national survey, 1544 women and men aged 18-51 were identified as being at risk of pregnancy. Chi-square and logistic regression analyses were used to assess the sociodemographic factors related to contraceptive use...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
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