Thursday, 25 February 2016

A worldwide Monash study finds patients don't need to cease aspirin before heart surgery

A worldwide study led by Monash University clinician-researchers shows that patients who take aspirin before heart surgery are at no greater risk of bleeding or complications.

Published last week in The New England Journal of Medicine, the collaborative research study led by Professor Paul Myles from Monash’s Central Clinical School investigated whether stopping or continuing aspirin before coronary artery surgery posed more risks or benefits.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Endometriosis and fertility, women’s accounts of healthcare

PhD candidate Kate Young from the Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU) along with co-authors Dr Maggie Kirkman and Professor Jane Fisher recently published a paper in Human Reproduction on women’s experiences of endometriosis from their perspective. 

Kate is undertaking her PhD at SPHPM on “Understanding women’s experiences of endometriosis and of condition-specific health care”, and one of the really important early findings is that doctors may be prioritising their fertility over symptom relief and quality of life for women living with the condition.

“We conducted a study that aimed to increase our understanding of women’s experiences of endometriosis from their perspective. This paper features one analysis from this study where we examined women’s accounts of the healthcare they have received for endometriosis and fertility, with the goal of informing care that meets women’s needs,” Kate Young said.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Don’t forget about those dying with dementia says Professor Ibrahim

Professor Joseph Ibrahim and colleagues from SPHPM’s Department of Forensic Medicine have published new research on the limitation of care orders (LCOs) in patients with a diagnosis of dementia in the journal Resuscitation.

With the prevalence of dementia in the community growing due to an ageing population, and most people with dementia dying in hospital as a result of an acute illness, Professor Ibrahim explores the complexities of the issues surrounding LCOs and providing good end-of-life care in the acute hospital setting.

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

SPHPM Profile: Professor Danny Liew

For the latest SPHPM profile we spoke to Professor Danny Liew, Co-Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics (CCRET) at SPHPM. He has had a long affiliation with the School in many capacities, and is thrilled to be back home at SPHPM.

Q: What is your role at SPHPM?
A: I am the Professor of Clinical Outcomes Research (just realised the acronym for this is quite catchy: PoCOR.) Essentially, my role involves research that directly impacts clinical and public health practice, as well as health policy. I’m also Co-Director of CCRET, together with Chris Reid.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Flu vaccine reduces risk of hospitalisation

This article originally appeared in the Central Clinical School (CCS) News blog

Vaccination against influenza infection is recommended in high risk groups including the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses. The flu vaccine is primarily aimed at reducing the severe health consequences of infection such as hospitalisation and death. However, most previous studies on the influenza vaccine were performed in healthy adults and have looked at protection against mild influenza infection rather than severe complications.

As part of the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN), 17 sentinel hospitals (including the Alfred Hospital) report cases of influenza infections requiring hospitalisation. This data was designed to be used to assess burden of disease associated with flu and to estimate the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in preventing hospitalisation due to influenza.

Friday, 5 February 2016

MCHRI helps launch new Indigenous Women’s Health Yarning Place

Monash Centre for Health Research and Innovation (MCHRI) at SPHPM, in partnership with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (Edith Cowan University) officially launched the Indigenous Women's Health Yarning Place on 28 January at the Braybrook Community Centre, hosted by CoHealth. 

The Indigenous Women's Health Yarning Place is the newest additional yarning place to be developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet project that currently houses 17 yarning places.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

MCHRI developing smartphone app for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In a bid to help bring quality healthcare into the 21st century, researchers at SPHPM’s Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) are working towards developing an evidence-based smartphone app for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Mobile technology continues to play an increasing role in our lives with latest data indicating that 94 per cent of Australians aged 18-35 access the internet using a smartphone or download an application (app). The use of Mobile Health, defined as medical and public health practices supported by mobile devices, is increasing and tens of thousands of health related apps are available worldwide. The problem is that many of these are developed without expert input and are of variable quality.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

SPHPM researchers consider the link between osteoarthritis and obesity

Professor Flavia Cicuttini was featured yesterday in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) in an editorial challenging the long-held belief that osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease of older age, with new findings suggesting that the effect of obesity on the joint may be via metabolically driven inflammation.

Professor Cicuttini is a rheumatologist and heads the Musculoskeletal Unit at SPHPM. She said the research highlights the importance of preventing obesity in early life to avoid early joint damage, as it sets up a vicious cycle of further joint damage through both inflammation and loading.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Trends in traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Perth, Western Australia

A new SPHPM study by the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) has been published in Resuscitation this month, which revealed that despite increasing rates of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) incidents in Perth, survival was poor with only nine survivors in 18 years.

Research Fellow Dr Ben Beck together with colleagues at Aus-ROC and the Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit at Curtin University utilised OHCA data from the St John Ambulance Western Australia service over an 18-year period to investigate temporal trends in the incidence, mechanism of injury and rates of bystander CPR and commencement of resuscitation by paramedics in traumatic OHCA.

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