The Health News Australia August 17 2017

Overview

  • The Australian Medical Association say that breast milk is still best but mothers who don’t breastfeed their baby deserve greater support. An estimated 96%  per cent of women start breastfeeding but the rate drops to 39% by 4 months.
  • STI rates in Australia and other developed nations have been rising at an alarming rate. According to health data from the Kirby Institute, a staggering 18,588  cases of gonorrhoea were detected in 2015 up from eight 8,388 cases in 2006.
  • Seventy percent of Australians would prefer to die at home but currently only around 14% of people do so. The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to ensure Australia’s healthcare system respects and keeps pace with changing patient preferences, in particular a person’s wish to die with dignity in their own home.

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https://thewest.com.au/news/australia/breast-still-best-but-ama-updates-breastfeeding-position-ng-b88569366z

Breast milk is still best but mothers who don’t breastfeed their baby deserve greater support, says the Australian Medical Association. The AMA has updated its position statement on breastfeeding to reflect the needs and concerns of the many mothers who don’t nurse their child. “Parents who are unable or choose not to breastfeed should be provided with appropriate care and assistance to formula feed their child,” the statement reads.

An estimated ninety six per cent of women start breastfeeding but the rate drops to thirty nine per cent by four months. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with continued breastfeeding along with solid foods for up to two years of age.

AMA president Doctor Michael Gannon says there may be many reasons why a mother doesn’t

breastfeed and it’s “inappropriate” to make a mother feel bad for her choice.

“It’s a personal decision and there might be reasons why they choose not to,” he told ABC Radio. Breastfeeding is still the optimal infant feeding method,he says. It provides numerous health benefits to the baby, including reduced risk of infection, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome. Longer-term benefits of breastfeeding, stated in the AMA position statement, include lower prevalence of overweight and obesity, lower systolic blood pressure and lower levels of type two diabetes. Recent research has shown that it’s not just the baby who receives health benefits from breastfeeding but the mothers too.

Another study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association linked breastfeeding to a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke later in life for mothers.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2017-08-16/why-are-stis-on-the-rise-in-australia/8774378

Sexually transmissible infections are nothing new, but in recent years, STI rates in Australia and other developed nations have been rising at an alarming rate. According to health data from the Kirby Institute, a staggering eighteen thousand five hundred eighty eight cases of gonorrhoea were detected in two thousand fifteen up from eight thousand three hundred eighty eight cases in two thousand and six. In just a decade, the number of gonorrhoea cases annually has more than doubled. In the past decade, syphilis cases have more than tripled, while cases of chlamydia have increased by forty three per cent.

In the past decade, online dating has had probably the biggest single impact on our sexual lives. Websites and apps designed to facilitate sex and romance are everywhere.

Love them or hate them, online services offer unique features which have interesting implications for the spread of STIs. For one, they make it easier to have sex with more people.

A recent British study found thirty five percent of sexually active men and twenty one percent of sexually active women reported five or more sexual partners in a year.

Men who found partners online were six times more likely to have five or more sexual partners than those who didn’t, and women who dated online were seven times more likely.

This difference is important because the number of sexual partners you have is strongly correlated with your likelihood of getting an STI. More people online means more partners per person, which in turn means more STIs.

https://www.acn.edu.au/news/acn-calls-australians-have-right-die-place-their-choosing

The Australian College of Nursing is calling on the Commonwealth Government to ensure Australia’s healthcare system respects and keeps pace with changing patient preferences, in particular a person’s wish to die with dignity in their own home, surrounded by loved ones. “We have delivered health care in this country in essentially the same manner for decades, which generally sees patients moved into care facilities, hospitals and hospices as they grow frail and end stage,” Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward explained.

Seventy percent of Australians would prefer to die at home but currently only around fourteen per cent of people do so.

In Tasmania, a four-year [email protected] program has shown the significant benefits of giving people greater choice and control regarding their end-of-life journey.

[email protected] is being delivered by The District Nurses and Chief Executive, Kim Macgowan, will be delivering a presentation on the project at next week’s ACN National Nursing Forum two thousand seventeen. “Programs like [email protected] demonstrate that in-home palliative care not only enables people to stay in an environment where they are comfortable and with their family and friends, but offers significant healthcare savings,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.

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