New survey about Victorian doctors’ end-of-life decision-making

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Researchers from the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care are conducting a study to determine what sort of end-of-life decisions are being made by Victorian doctors, how often these decisions occur and for what sort of patients.

The research aims to understand current medical practice and inform improvements to end-of-life care.

A sample of Victorian doctors will be contacted from 9 April by the AMA’s Australia Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo), inviting them to complete a paper or online survey. Participating doctors will be entered into a free prize draw.

For more information, please contact Dr Rachel Feeney, rachel.feeney@qut.edu.au 

Research Project: Women Who Use Force in a Couple or Family Context

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Health practitioners are invited to complete a survey as part of this research project, coordinated by Curtin University, the University of Melbourne and Baptcare Victoria.

Women’s use of force is commonly described as a response to a primary aggressor’s violence (i.e. it is often an act of self-defence or defence of others, such as children, in response to a violent partner’s actions), though it may also take a number of other forms. Very little is known about this in the Australian context, so this study is aimed at gathering Australian evidence. 

As part of this research, Curtin is undertaking a national workforce survey to help build an understanding of the workforce’s capacity to respond to women who use force, as well as identifying any required workforce and program adjustments to improve the sector’s ability to respond. The survey aims toprovide evidence in the Australian context, and ultimately lead to improved responses to women who use force.

The survey can be accessed via https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_55ZYmtY1RxE0Hkh. 

If you have any questions about the project or would like more information, please contact Amy Warren at amy.warren@curtin.edu.au, or Professor Donna Chung at d.chung@curtin.edu.au.

Child SafeStandards Review

Department of Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government is reviewing the child safe standards and the associated regulatory scheme to ensure that they are as strong as possible.

The review seeks to inform the government about how the Victorian child safe standards have been understood and implemented by organisations in their initial period of operation in a way that promotes improvements in the child safe culture in organisations, and whether the regulatory scheme that supports compliance with the child safe standards is operating effectively. The review will also provide valuable evidence about Victoria’s experiences in implementing and regulating compulsory child safe standards to inform ongoing work on the development of a nationally consistent approach to child safe standards in Australia.

How you can participate in the review of the child safe standards

An issues paper and survey have been published on the Engage Victoria platform to seek stakeholder feedback to inform the review.  For more information and to access the issues paper and survey please visit the Engage Victoria website.

We also ask you to share the consultation link widely with your networks, memberships and stakeholders and anyone else who you believe would like to contribute to this important review.

The closing date for the consultation and the survey is Friday 22 February 2019.

If you have questions about the review, please contact cssreview@dhhs.vic.gov.au 

Dementia risk factors survey

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The International Research Network on Dementia Prevention is an Australian led initiative designed to further research on dementia prevention and dementia risk reduction.

The IRNDP would like to develop information and support for dementia risk reduction in primary healthcare settings. To do this they need to know:

  • What GPs and practice nurses already know about dementia risk reduction and whether they feel that further knowledge is required
  • Where the barriers might be for dementia risk reduction in primary healthcare.

To do this, they are seeking feedback from GPs and practice nurses through this short online survey.

The survey is anonymous but there is an opportunity to provide contact details if you wish to receive updates.

Sexual health in rural Victoria survey

University of Melbourne Feb 18

The University of Melbourne's Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health would like to talk with nurses and GPs about their experiences of providing sexual health care in rural Victoria.  Participation is confidential, interviews will take no longer than 45 - 60 minutes and can be undertaken by phone, Skype/Zoom, or in person.  Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

Findings will inform strategies to support primary health professionals provide sexual health care to rural communities.

If you would like to know more information or participate. please contact Dr Alana Hulme-Chambers by email or phone on 0437 315 715. 

Anxiety in later life: Screening and intervention study

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Federation University is seeking general practices to participate in their screening and intervention study for anxiety in later life.

There is strong evidence that anxiety in older people is prevalent in Australia, but there is also evidence of lack of early recognition and treatment. Left untreated, older people with anxiety can experience reduced quality of life, high rates of disability, increased risk of chronicity and depression, increased consumption of health services and increased risk of suicide.

Our study first entails screening for clinically significant symptoms of anxiety during the 75 years and older health assessment (75+ HA), which is usually conducted by general practice nurses. A validated Australian instrument is used for screening.

Where an older person is found to have clinically significant symptoms of anxiety, the practice nurse offers the patient a short relaxation intervention, with two follow-up appointments 1 - 2 weeks apart. Practice nurses are trained to deliver this evidence-informed intervention. A modest reimbursement is offered to participating practices. It is hoped that a minimum of 10 patients from each practice will participate in the intervention.

To enquire about participating in our study or for further information, please contact Associate Professor Danny Hills.