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Issue 34 - 17 September 2015

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Articles – Results-based Accountability

1. The classic duo: accountability and community development can help unlock an abundance of resources.
By H. Daniels Duncan.
Public Management. (Nov. 2012), 94.10, p20-23. Word Count: 1946
Abstract: Using results-based accountability (RBA), coupled with asset-based community development (ABCD), local governments can drive the promise of measurable change through community engagement. The RBA structure, as developed by Mark Friedman, author and director of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute, allows local governments to strategically focus their work on substantial community issues and, at the same time, build a culture of measurement and shared accountability

2. Critical perspectives on results-based accountability: practice tensions in small community-based organisations.
By Mick Houlbrook.
Third Sector Review. (July 2011) 17.2 p45. Word Count: 6147
Abstract: Within New South Wales, Results-Based Accountability (RBA) has become an ascendant framework for government funding of community-based programs. This paper reports on the outcomes of a participatory action research (PAR) project on the practice of RBA in community-based organisations (CBOs) aimed at developing critical practice.

3. Four Keys to Success (Theory, Implementation, Evaluation, and Resource/System Support): High Hopes and Challenges in Participation
By Wandersman, Abraham
American Journal of Community Psychology 43.1-2 (Mar 2009): 3-21.

Abstract: In this article, the author attempts to merge two themes. First, there is often a large gap between high hopes about impacts of policies or programs and the demonstrated results. He describes four keys/threats to success in any social problem area: theory, implementation, evaluation, and resource/system support.

4. Establishing and Evaluating the Key Functions of an Interactive Systems Framework Using an Assets-Getting to Outcomes Intervention
By Chinman, Matthew; Acosta, Joie; Ebener, Patricia; Burkhart, Q; Clifford, Michael; et al.
American Journal of Community Psychology 50.3-4 (Dec 2012): 295-310.

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to: (1) describe how an intervention called Assets-Getting To Outcomes (AGTO) was used to establish the key functions of the ISF and present early lessons learned from that intervention's first 6 months and (2) examine whether there is an empirical relationship between practitioner capacity at the individual level and the performance of prevention at the program level--a relationship predicted by the ISF but untested.

Articles – Night Shift

5. Nurses working the night shift: Impact on home, family and social life
By Vitale, Susan Ann; Varrone-Ganesh, Jessica; Vu, Melisa.
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 5.10 (2015): 70.

Abstract: To gain an understanding of the experience of registered nurses working the night shift, the impact on life outside of work, and ways of coping with home, family, and social stressors. A review of literature indicated that physiological and social difficulties from night shift work include problems with sleep, diet, menstrual cycles, stress/anxiety, weight gain, workplace errors and driving accidents.

6. Association of Rotating Night Shift Work with BMI and Abdominal Obesity among Nurses and Midwives: e0133761
By Peplonska, Beata; Bukowska, Agnieszka; Sobala, Wojciech.
PLoS One 10.7 (Jul 2015).

Abstract: Mounting epidemiological evidence suggests that night shift work may contribute to the etiology of increased body weight. The present study aimed to examine association between rotating night shift work and body mass index (BMI), and abdominal adiposity respectively among nurses and midwives.

7. The Night Shift
Foster, Brooke Lea.
Psychology Today 47.3 (May/Jun 2014): 72-77,79,88,4.

Abstract. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 15 million Americans work the night shift, and that number is expected to grow. Shiftworkers report that it's their day-to-day life that suffers most, especially since society is built around a 9-to-5 work schedule. In a 2013 study of the impact of night shift work on children's behavior, researchers found that when mothers worked the night shift, their kids had elevated levels of aggressive and anxious or depressed behavior.

8. Surviving night shift
By Douglas, Kara.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal 21.10 (May 2014): 30.

Abstract: Our bodies are naturally wired to be awake during the day and to sleep for approximately eight hours at night. Working night shifts runs counter to the body’s sleep-wake cycle and canseriously affect your health – not to mention your family and social life. The sleep-wake cycle is controlled by a part of the brain known as the ‘circadian clock’. It monitors the amount of light you see, moment by moment.

Articles – Psychology & Health [Journal]

9. The independent association of anxiety with non-cardiac chest pain.
By Smeijers, Loes; van de Pas, Harm; Nyklicek, Ivan; Notten, Peter J.; Pedersen, Susanne S.; Kop, Willem J.
Psychology & Health. Mar 2014, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p253-263. 11p

Abstract: Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is common in clinical cardiology. Anxiety is an important factor in NCCP because of its role in the neurobehavioural processes of pain regulation. It is not well established that which specific anxiety symptoms are disproportionately elevated in NCCP and whether the association between anxiety and NCCP is independent of personality factors.

10. Impact of negative cognitions about body image on inflammatory status in relation to health.
By Černelič-Bizjak M1, Jenko-Pražnikar Z.

Psychology & Health. Mar 2014, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p264-278. 15p
Abstract: Evidence suggests that body dissatisfaction may relate to biological processes and that negative cognitions can influence physical health through the complex pathways linking psychological and biological factors.
Design: The present study investigates the relationships between body image satisfaction, inflammation (cytokine levels), aerobic fitness level and obesity in 96 middle-aged men and women (48 normal and 48 overweight.

11. Individual experiences of an acceptance-based pain management programme: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.
By Mathias, Beth; Parry-Jones, Beth; Huws, Jaci C.
Psychology & Health. Mar 2014, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p279-296. 18p

Abstract: Acceptance of pain has been found to play an important role in adjusting to chronic pain, and the evidence-base is growing with regards to the effectiveness of acceptance-based interventions such as acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and contextual cognitive behavioural therapy within pain management settings. This study aims to add to previous quantitative research in the area by qualitatively exploring individual experiences of attending an acceptance-based PMP and identifying the key constituents of the programme that participants felt facilitated change.

12. How appropriate is the WHOQOL-BREF for assessing the quality of life of adolescents?
By Skevington, S.M.; Dehner, S.; Gillison, F.B.; McGrath, E.J.; Lovell, C.R.
Psychology & Health. Mar 2014, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p297-317. 21p

Abstract: Using mixed-methods research, we investigated whether the adult version of the WHOQOL-BREF was acceptable and feasible to use with adolescents (13–19), and what features might need to be changed to develop it. Differences from young adults quality of life (QoL) (20–30 years) could add justification

Journal – Table of Contents

13. From Midwifery News: New Zealand College of Midwives, Issue 78, September 2015

13A. From the President: 25 years a Midwife
13B. Twenty five years living with Section 88 [Karen Guilliland, Chief Executive]
13C. Review of the PMMRC Report [Norma Campbell]
13D. Practice change and research over the last 25 years
13E. A woman’s place in society 25 years ago compared to now [Alison Eddy]
13F. 25 years of breastfeeding: Achievements, opportunities and challenges [Carol Bartle]
13G. Perineal care over the past 25 years: The use of episiotomy in midwifery practice
13H. MERAS: The impact of 25 years of autonomy for hospital employed midwives
13I. MMPO: A sophisticated Midwifery Practice Management System
13J. Reviewing the statistics for the last 25 years
13K. Address to the Prime Minister; Midwives well received by Minister for Disabilities
13L. The Midwifery Standards of Practice from a woman’s point of view
13M. 25 years: Reflecting on changes since professional autonomy was achieved
13N. Joyce Fergus: retiring midwife looks back on career spanning almost four decades
13O. Gisborne Midwives attend ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2015
13P. Turkey: Another world, but midwifery still central to improving health of women and newborns
13Q. Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa update
13R. Women’s experiences of labour and birth on Pitcairn Island
13S. “Just ask Judi” – a patients story of care at the end of life [Presented by Ron Paterson, HDC Commissioner 2000-2010]
13T. Surrogacy: creating a birth plan; Surrogacy: A midwife’s experience of providing care
13U. World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7 2015, and the Big Latch On
13V. Medicine Use in Lactation
13W. Body mass index of more than 30 and Anti-D administration; Paracetamol and early labour
13X. Perinatal mental health in the central region; Massage New Zealand therapists: Providing safe and effective massage therapy


14. New Zealand Healthcare Summit
Now into its 7th year, New Zealand’s annual event for the healthcare industry brings together senior representatives from across the public and private sectors
Date: 28-29 October 2015
Venue: Aotea Convention Centre | Auckland
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News – National

15. Brains can make decisions while we sleep
NZ Herald - PM Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don't completely switch off from our environment. On the contrary, our brains can keep the gate slightly open. For example, we wake up more easily when we hear our own name or a particularly salient sound such as an alarm clock or a fire alarm compared to equally loud but less relevant sounds.

News – International

16. British Medical Journal study into paroxetine, Aropax, reveals suicide risk
Sydney Morning Herald - September 17, 2015

Thousands of prescriptions of a dangerous depression drug that may cause suicidal feelings were given to Australian children last year despite the well-publicised risks, health authorities have revealed. The "blockbuster" drug, paroxetine, which is sold under the brand names Aropax here and Paxil overseas, was prescribed more than two million times to children in the US alone until warnings emerged that it may be causing suicidal behaviour in some children.

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