The Health News Australia April 30 2018

 

  • Australia’s first institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders will be launched by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt. Treating eating disorders is on the verge of being turned inside out, with the launch of Australia’s first institute dedicated to research into the devastating and deadly mental illness. The InsideOut Institute, a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, aims to ensure every Australian living with an eating disorder has access to the best possible care by rethinking they way eating disorders are treated.
  • Australia must use its research muscle to help stop the spread of a mysterious flesh-eating disease, the academic tasked with a multi-million project into its transmission in the southeast says. University of Melbourne professor Tim Stinear will lead a 2-year $3 million research project into Buruli ulcer which is believed to be linked to mosquitoes in spreading the bacteria to humans.
  • New polling shows that the vast majority of Australians view a fully funded national disability insurance scheme as a “top priority” for the federal government.  The polling, commissioned by advocacy group Every Australian Counts, shows 80% of people agree the government should fully fund the NDIS to provide certainty to people with a disability. Another 70% agreed that “providing full funding for the NDIS to provide the support Australians living with a disability need should be a top priority for government”.


News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 30th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/mental-health/37/news/aap/australias-first-institute-for-eating-disorders-will-soon-launch/3321/

 

Australia’s first institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders will be launched by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt. Treating eating disorders is on the verge of being turned inside out, with the launch of Australia’s first institute dedicated to research into the devastating and deadly mental illness. The InsideOut Institute, a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, aims to ensure every Australian living with an eating disorder has access to the best possible care by rethinking they way eating disorders are treated.

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An estimated one in twenty Australians has an eating disorder – a complex neuropsychiatric illness. Suicide is said to be up to thirty one times more likely for people with an eating disorder and many sufferers die because of medical complications. Institute director Doctor Sarah Maguire says greater public education campaigns and innovative treatments and services are urgently needed.

She wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia: “Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest (if not the highest) mortality rates of the mental illnesses and imposes a carer burden higher than for depression or schizophrenia.”
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https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/04/26/18/12/3m-vic-research-to-beat-flesh-eating-bug

 

Australia must use its research muscle to help stop the spread of a mysterious flesh-eating disease, the academic tasked with a multi-million project into its transmission in the southeast says. University of Melbourne professor Tim Stinear will lead a two-year three million dollar research project into Buruli ulcer which is believed to be linked to mosquitoes in spreading the bacteria to humans.

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In one of the first investigations of its kind in the world to study the transmission of the Buruli ulcer, the study will use the funds to conduct a cull of the mosquitoes in coastal Victoria. The federal government announced on Thursday it would invest one point five million dollars to research the ulcer, which has spread throughout Victoria and far north Queensland.
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In Victoria, the number of people contracting the disease has increased, with one hundred eighty two new cases in two thousand sixteen, two hundred seventy five in two thousand seventeen and thirty so far in two thousand eighteen – and experts say there is potential for the disease to affect thousands in the state each year. An additional one point five million dollars will come from partnership funding including two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the Victorian government.

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More than three million dollars has already been spent by state and federal governments in the past decade on researching the ulcer.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/29/fully-funded-ndis-should-be-government-priority-poll-says

 

New polling shows that the vast majority of Australians view a fully funded national disability insurance scheme as a “top priority” for the federal government.  The polling, commissioned by advocacy group Every Australian Counts, shows eighty percent of people agree the government should fully fund the NDIS to provide certainty to people with a disability. Another seventy percent agreed that “providing full funding for the NDIS to provide the support Australians living with a disability need should be a top priority for government”. Almost ninety percent of respondents agreed people with disability deserve the same opportunities as other Australians.

The federal government’s decision to scrap a planned rise to the Medicare levy in next month’s budget created significant uncertainty and anxiety in the disability sector. The levy increase was designed to ensure full funding for the NDIS. Following a backlash, the federal government committed repeatedly to fully funding the scheme. The treasurer, Scott Morrison, said the levy was no longer needed because stronger than expected economic performance had improved the government’s fiscal position.

 

The campaign coordinator of Every Australian Counts, Kirsten Deane, said the polling showed the general public still overwhelmingly supported the NDIS. Deane said this reinforced not only the importance of fully funding the scheme, but of ensuring the significant problems with its rollout were resolved with urgency.
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