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Aged Care Diversity FrameworkThe Federal government has released Australia’s latest Aged Care Diversity Framework.The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said all seniors in Australia - no matter what their background, location or life experience – should receive aged care services that suit their individual needs.“This Framework will help the aged care sector identify what it can do to drive cultural and systemic improvements that take into account our diverse population". Minister Wyatt said.The Framework’s six priority areas are:1. Making informed choices2. Adopting systemic approaches to planning and implementation3. Accessible care and support4. Supporting a proactive and flexible system5. Respectful and inclusive services6. Meeting the needs of the most vulnerableAn Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group produced the Framework after broad community consultation.The Framework is intended to be used by all governments with responsibility for aged care policy and programs, peak organisations and aged care service providers.Under the Framework, three action plans will be developed in the first half of 2018, to target particular barriers and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI).The Framework is available here: http://bit.ly/2AJ5erL ... See MoreSee Less
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The health impacts of waste The world's most populous country China, has been the largest importer of recyclable materials, taking in more than 30 million metric tonnes of waste from all over the world, including from the US, EU, Japan, and Australia.But in July, China decided it would no longer take what it called foreign garbage. It is set to ban 24 categories of solid waste to protect the environment and public health. http://ab.co/2AqGAzrIt's a wake-up call for action on waste - but what are the health implications beyond the more obvious issues associated with toxic and hazardous wastes?Waste and human health - Europe debatesManagement of waste is a demanding and challenging undertaking for Europe, with important implications for human health as well as environmental preservation, sustainability and economy. Comprehensive legal frameworks exist to regulate waste management, mainly based on environmental criteria. Compliance with these regulations has resulted in significant progress; however concerns remain as to the possible health impacts of waste circulation, management and disposal, especially in connection with informal practices and obsolete technologies. The available scientific evidence on the waste-related health effects is not conclusive, but suggests the possible occurrence of serious adverse effects, including mortality, cancer, reproductive health, and milder effects affecting well-being. This evidence, combined with the growing importance of sustainability considerations, has been referenced here with a view to assisting in the formulation of health-friendly policies.http://bit.ly/2BRDWyP ... See MoreSee Less
Here's how Australia is planning to deal with China's ban on foreign waste
China's ban on foreign waste is reverberating through Australia's waste industry, but local operators see it as a wakeup call.
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Private Health Insurance use in hospitalsThe Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published a new report that presents information on admitted patient hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by private health insurance (PHI) in Australia’s public and private hospitals over the past 10 years.It compares PHI-funded hospitalisations with hospitalisations for public patients and patients funded by other sources. Private health insurance is funding a growing proportion of public hospital admissions—rising from about 1 in 12 in 2006–07, to 1 in 7 in 2015–16.This special focus report provides additional detail to supplement information published annually by the AIHW on Australia’s hospitals. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2BQoy6O To read several earlier posts that examine the use of PHI click on 'posts' and then search using keywords such as 'Insurance' or 'PHI'. ... See MoreSee Less
Overweight & Obesity in AustraliaOverweight and obesity is a major public health issue in Australia. This report from the Australian Institute of health and welfare (AIHW) brings together a variety of information to create a picture of overweight and obesity in Australia. It summarises factors that influence peoples' energy intake and expenditure and which contribute to the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity, as well as some approaches aimed at reducing its prevalence. The report presents a picture of overweight and obesity in children, adolescents, and adults, and includes trends over time, differences among population groups, and the health and economic impact of overweight and obesity. The figures are disconcerting and herald growing problems for the future. In 2014–15, 1 in 5 (20%) children aged 2–4 were overweight or obese, while about 1 in 4 (27%) children and adolescents aged 5–17 were overweight or obese. For adults, obesity is on the rise and in 2014–15, nearly two-thirds (63%) of Australian adults were overweight or obese. The report is a wake-up call for everyone from individuals to legislators to ensure appropriate food standards and labelling are applied. It points to the need for firm action to restrict the advertising and consumption of foods that contribute to the situation such as high sugar content beverages. AHCRA has written previously about the problem of obesity and an earlier post is Tipping the Scales which outlines eight clear, practical, evidence-based actions the Australian Federal Government should take to reduce the enormous load that excess weight and poor diets are placing on the nation’s physical and economic health. See http://bit.ly/2iTlb7kRead and/or download this latest AIHW report here: http://bit.ly/2jo8qBb ... See MoreSee Less
The FAMILY MATTERS ReportThis report finds that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families are grossly over-represented in involvement with child protection systems as well as on key indicators of social and economic disadvantage that contribute to entry into out-of-home care. At the same time, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander children and their families are under-represented in universal and targeted services that could reduce their increasing rate of contact with child protection services, and improve their safety and well being. Further, there is an absence of mechanisms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in decisions that impact the care and protection of their children. There is also generally a gap in accountability mechanisms to oversee child protection decision-making, though important recent developments have advanced this area in Victoria and Queensland.The modelling indicating that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Out of Home Care may triple by 2035 provides a shocking call to action. It confirms a major crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety and well-being that requires urgent redress.The report highlights some key areas for priority action at both a state and national level. In particular, it indicates poor performance by Western Australia with the highest rates of over-representation and the lowest investment in evidence based strategies for redress. South Australia and The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) also reflect particularly poorly against all these measures, while the Northern Territory demonstrates a lack of engagement with evidence informed solutions to concerns around child neglect, abuse and removal. In Victoria, Balit Murrup sets out a long term vision to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians. Importantly, it recognises that connection to culture, land, spirituality, family and community is central to closing the mental health gap in life expectancy and reducing suicide levels. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/I9fI30g5aiI For many, Family Matters may be a harrowing read about the welbeing of our most vulnerable children - but a conversation which is necessary if we are to understand what is happening and what Australia must do to address the issues and bring about change. http://bit.ly/2rv0UXG ... See MoreSee Less