Australian Medical News Brief April 2016

Australian Medical News Brief Apr
Welcome to Medshop Australia’s monthly series, News Brief, where we talk about what you may have missed. These are mostly articles we’ve posted in our social media news feeds. We consider them the most newsworthy events in Australian health and medicine from the last month. You will find links to the posts on Facebook as well as links to the original articles. Let’s look back and review the top stories from April.
As reported by Adelaide Now, from April 18th to 24th the Nature Conservatory ran a campaign to inspire indoors workers to get outside and spend some more time in nature, as part of their Work With Nature Week initiatives. This initiative coincided with the internationally celebrated Earth Day, inspiring us to think of the ways we can do more to care for our planet and by proxy, ourselves. The article advises people to find any reason to take their work outside, whether it is just by holding a meeting outside, writing a report outside, or even just getting outside at lunch time. Various studies have proven the benefits that spending time outdoors and in nature has on our health and well-being. Of course, we don't need for it to be Earth Day or Work With Nature Week to do so, though sometimes we need a reminder to get in touch with the natural world.

Cancer interactive tool to raise awareness of 'lifestyle factor' risks

As reported by the ABC News, It is estimated that this year there will be 130,000 Australian's diagnosed with some form of cancer. In response to these figures, Cancer Australia in collaboration with the Australian Government have released a free cancer risk assessment test for people to take online. The test provides advice and guidelines for ways to reduce your cancer risk, as many of the risk factors for cancer are fortunately preventable. It also shows you how your results compare to all the other people who have taken the test. Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has stated that the motivation behind the initiative is to reduce the number of Australian's diagnosed with cancer this year and beyond.

"Sugary drink tax" would save lives and raise money: Australian research

As reported by Xinhuanet, a proposed tax on sugary drinks in Australia, could raise millions of dollars in revenue and save millions of dollars from health services. The Obesity Policy Coalition have proposed the idea for Australia to follow the UK's lead with a tax of around 20% on sugary drinks. A policy that has proven to be very effective since implemented in the UK. Australians consume a large number of sugary drinks, averaging around 16 teaspoons of sugar per 600ml bottle. Excess intake of sugar is linked to obesity, diabetes, and can contribute to heart disease and stroke. The proposed tax follows suit with the taxes on alcohol and tobacco.
Living Longer

Ideas for Australia: Australians are living longer but getting sicker – we need a plan to keep them out of hospital

As reported by The Conversation, in good news, Australians are living longer but the flipside of that is that we are also getting sicker and requiring increasing hospitalisation and health care services. The report condemns the readjustment of the hospital and healthcare sectors based predominately on funding models and instead campaigns for a more human-centric system upgrade. The complexities of the health care system and the lack of communication between caregivers are being called to light and discussions about the utilisation of Australia wide E-health systems for better management of patients are being undertaken. With a call for more integration and less fragmentation across the board.

What You Need To Know About The 2016 Flu Vaccine

As reported by Life Hacker, this year's 2016 flu vaccine has had an exciting upgrade. While in previous years the flu vaccine has been trivalent - treating three strains of the flu virus, this year's flu vaccine is quadrivalent - treating four strains of the flu virus. In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and complications from the flu, this new vaccine is the most broad spectrum defence we have seen to date. The vaccine is strongly recommended, especially to those who are considered most at risk. This includes people over the age of 65, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 15 and anyone over six months of age with conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, immunosuppression and chronic neurological conditions.

Nepal Donation

Medshop Donation Update From Nepal

  Following the devastation of the 2015 eathquakes in Nepal, Medshop Australia was approached by a representative from the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) in Kathmandu for assistance. The number of patients who acquired spinal injury during the earthquakes pushed the SIRC to operate at double capacity with twice the number of patients for the number of beds they have. Being the only spinal cord injury treatment facility in the country,  they were faced with quite the challenge. Thanks to the support from donations made by companies like Medshop Australia, other NGOs and fundraising ventures, the SIRC was able to meet the demands and continue to provide their support and services to all of their patients. The above picture shows two of the SIRC staff with the pulse oximeter Medshop Australia donated. The Rossmax SB100 is a popular finger pulse oximeter renown for it's reliability. Come Join us on Pinterest! CLICK HERE for Pinterest.  
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