The Health News Australia April 10 2018

  • A new report has found that a lack of support services are available for young women in Canberra with chronic diseases. The report from the Women’s Centre for Health Matters said while support services may be available for older women in the community, they often failed to adapt for younger patients. Among the findings in the report, 83% of respondents said they had experienced barriers in trying to access services in Canberra. Among the main barriers to receiving support was dissatisfaction with treatment, limited services and age-appropriateness.
  • Lung Foundation Australia claims that a lack of empathy towards people with lung cancer is stifling investment into lung cancer research.  It’s feared prejudice towards lung cancer patients is stifling much needed financial investment into Australia’s number 1 cancer killer. Lung cancer is estimated to kill more than 9,000 Australians in 2018 – 25% of all cancer deaths, yet it receives less than five cents of every cancer research dollar, says Heather Allan, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia.
  • Victoria is gearing up for yet another horror flu season but Premier Daniel Andrews is assuring families the state’s hospitals will be ready. The state government has set aside $50 million to help manage the expected influx of patients with flu this winter. Last year several people died when the state had one of the worst flu seasons on record with more than 48,000 cases.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 10th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/chronic-disease-support-for-young-canberra-women-lacking-report-finds-20180406-h0yfoo.html

A new report has found that a lack of support services are available for young women in Canberra with chronic diseases. The report from the Women’s Centre for Health Matters said while support services may be available for older women in the community, they often failed to adapt for younger patients. The report surveyed more than one hundred sixty Canberra women aged between eighteen and fifty with a chronic disease. About sixty one percent of those surveyed had more than one chronic disease. Centre chief executive Marcia Williams said there had been a growing number of young women in the Canberra community with chronic health issues.
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Among the findings in the report, eighty three percent of respondents said they had experienced barriers in trying to access services in Canberra. Among the main barriers to receiving support was dissatisfaction with treatment, limited services and age-appropriateness.
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The report stated: “Much of the response is also focused on chronic diseases caused by lifestyle behaviours, whereas the diseases which these younger women described were related to genetic, hormonal or infectious factors.”
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The report also highlighted that a lack of services could  affect the Canberra economy, with a “risk to the continued employment of younger women”. Almost eighty percent of those who took part in the report said their role at work was affected.

An Australian Capital Territory Health spokesman said the government welcomed the report’s findings and would consider its recommendations.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/oncology/4/news/aap/lung-foundation-australia-claims-stigma-stifling-lung-cancer-research/3277/

Lung Foundation Australia claims that a lack of empathy towards people with lung cancer is stifling investment into lung cancer research.  It’s feared prejudice towards lung cancer patients is stifling much needed financial investment into Australia’s number one cancer killer. Lung cancer is estimated to kill more than nine thousand Australians in two thousand eighteen – twenty five percent of all cancer deaths, yet it receives less than five cents of every cancer research dollar, says Heather Allan, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia.

Miss Allan says the figures show lung cancer research is significantly underfunded relative to its burden on the community, and negative public attitudes and misconceptions is likely to blame.

A national survey late last year exposed a confronting lack of empathy towards people with lung cancer. It showed one in ten Australians believed lung cancer patients deserved what they got, while more than a third believed they only had themselves to blame.
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Miss Allen said that one of the major misconceptions about lung cancer is that it is solely driven by smoking.  While smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, the data shows not all patients are smokers or even ex-smokers.
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Lung Foundation Australia is urging investors to open their wallets to improve lung cancer survival in Australia.

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The plea coincides with the foundation’s announcement of four hundred fifty thousand dollars in lung cancer research funding at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Sydney on Friday.

https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/04/08/14/20/50m-for-vic-hospitals-before-flu-season

Victoria is gearing up for yet another horror flu season but Premier Daniel Andrews is assuring families the state’s hospitals will be ready. The state government has set aside fifty million dollars to help manage the expected influx of patients with flu this winter. Last year several people died when the state had one of the worst flu seasons on record with more than forty eight thousand cases.
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Seventeen of Victoria’s largest health services will be given the money which has been set aside in the two thousand eighteen and two thousand nineteen budget. Another three point five million dollars will provide free flu shots for children aged between six months and five years from next month.
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Health Minister Jill Hennessy said doctors, nurses and paramedics did a remarkable job in the face of unprecedented demand last year.

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