The Health News – 2 June 2016

Overview:
• A $1 million mental health training program has begun to address the high suicide rate among Victorian paramedics. Data has shown the high toll of the job for ambulance workers, whose rate of suicide is four times higher than the general public.

• A recent study by the CSIRO and Adelaide University revealed one in six consumers were avoiding dairy for comfort rather than medically diagnosed reasons. Avoiding bloating and flatulence are why many Australians choose to not consume dairy products.

• Three SA Health staff have been sacked after inappropriately accessing patient records. SA Health provided an update on privacy breaches and said it was committed to report quarterly on how many staff have been disciplined for inappropriately accessed record in the previous three months.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/vic-paramedics-to-receive-$1m-mental-health-training-package/7466894

A $1 million mental health training program has begun to address the high suicide rate among Victorian paramedics.

Data has shown the high toll of the job for ambulance workers, whose rate of suicide is four times higher than the general public.

Funded by the State Government, Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the figure was sad and proof of the strain of the job.

“They never know what they’re going to expect, but that might be having to confront really serious road trauma, family violence, very challenging paediatric injuries as well,” Ms Hennessy said.

“It is not just being exposed to those immediate trauma, it is sometimes just the long, slow burn of being a paramedic that is taking its toll.”

The program will involve training ambulance employees to recognise the signs of mental health issues, and to engage with one another openly about them.

Ambulance Victoria and the State Government have partnered with mental health organisation Beyond Blue to deliver it.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/csiro-warns-against-self-diagnosis-of-reason-for-dairy-free-diet/7466152

Avoiding bloating and flatulence are why many Australians choose to not consume dairy products, but this growing social trend could have serious health ramifications, a CSIRO researcher has warned.

A recent study by the CSIRO and Adelaide University revealed one in six consumers were avoiding dairy for comfort rather than medically diagnosed reasons.

“We are becoming more and more aware of the connection between what you eat and how it can make you feel,” CSIRO behavioural scientist Sinead Golley told 891 ABC Adelaide‘s Breakfast program.

“There is a lot of information out there that connects the consumption of foods, in particular lactose or dairy and wheat products, with quite adverse symptoms.”

Ms Golley said there were legitimate conditions that would warrant a person excluding dairy from their diet.

But she said many consumers were self-diagnosing bowel discomfort and blaming lactose and gluten products as the cause.

Ms Golley said this could do more harm than good.

Ms Golley said although self-diagnosis might provide immediate results, it may not address underlying health issues.

Cutting out dairy should be done under medical supervision to ensure people did not miss out on vital vitamins and nutrients, Ms Golley said.

“If you are going to be cutting [dairy] out, be aware that even though it might make you sick, it actually had some benefit as a delivery vehicle for some important nutrients,” she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/sa-health-terminates-staff-for-privacy-breaches/7466574

Three SA Health staff have been sacked after inappropriately accessing patient records.

Health authorities vowed to reveal on a quarterly basis how many SA Health staff had been disciplined for inappropriately accessing patient records.

The move came after it was revealed earlier this year that 21 employees were caught snooping.

Thirteen of those were caught unnecessarily looking into the medical records of accused killer Cy Walsh, who was charged with the murder of Phil Walsh …

SA Health provided an update on privacy breaches and said it was committed to report quarterly on how many staff have been disciplined for inappropriately accessed record in the previous three months.

SA Health chief executive David Swan said the vast majority of staff did the right thing.

“I made it clear in February of this year that staff inappropriately and deliberately accessing confidential patient information would not be tolerated,” …

“Regrettable, since then we have terminated the employment of three staff for deliberate, inappropriate access of patient information.” [he said.]

It is not clear what records the three sacked staff members accessed.