PHA Election Forum on Public Health.
Public Health Association's Wellington Branch
Come and hear political candidates debate policies that affect the health and well being of New Zealanders. Linda Clark will MC this event. We are planning a live webcast for those outside Wellington.
When: Tue 29 Aug, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Link to Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2ruQtU6
Articles – Euthanasia
1. End-of-life care in the ICU: Supporting nurses to provide high-quality care
Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, Spring2017; 28(1): 30-33. 4p
Abstract: ICU care has traditionally focused on curative treatment, but there is an increasing awareness of the key role palliative and comfort care play. Through a review of recent literature on endof-life care and withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies in the intensive care unit, four themes have emerged: the challenges of making the decision to withdraw life-sustaining therapies, the barriers to providing good end-of-life care, factors that support good end-of-life care, and specific guidelines for the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies.
2. Guest editorial. Retiring the term futility in value-laden decisions regarding potentially inappropriate medical treatment
Kon, Alexander A.; Davidson, Judy E.
Critical Care Nurse; Feb 2017; v.37. n.1, 9-11. 3p
Abstract: The authors stress the importance of shared decision making among patients, families and clinicians concerning patients' condition and treatment. Topics discussed include the definition of shared decision making in the intensive care unit (ICU) by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society and the terminologies that should used when discussing patients' condition with relatives, such as futile and legally discretionary.
3. Engaging with patients who desire death: Interpretation, presence, and constraint
Wright, David Kenneth; Chirchikova, Marina; Daniel, Véronique; Bitzas, Vasiliki; Elmore, James; Fortin, Marie-Laurence
Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, Winter 2017; 27(1): 56-73. 18p
Abstract: Canadian end-of-life care is changing. Given recent legislative changes concerning assisted death (euthanasia and assisted suicide), it is vital to examine the perspectives of nurses regarding their care of patients who want to die. This qualitative descriptive study reports findings from interviews with 11 oncology nurses about their experiences of engaging with patients who desire death.
4. Death Dignity
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Dec 2016/Jan2017; 24(6): 18-23. 6p
Abstract: The article presents a debate on the proposed national voluntary euthanasia legislation in Australia. The bill is supported by the advocacy group Go Gentle Australia led by Andrew Denton and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Also cited are the case of the late cancer patient Kylie Monaghan, the Death with Dignity Bill filed in South Australia, and the comment by ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas on the issue.
5. The right to die in chronic disorders of consciousness: Can we avoid the slippery slope argument
SALVATORE CALABRÒ, ROCCO; NARO, ANTONINO; DE LUCA, ROSARIA; RUSSO, MARGHERITA; MANULI, ALFREDO; BRAMANTI, ALESSIA; BRAMANTI, PLACIDO; CACCAMO, LORY
Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, Nov/Dec 2016; 13(11/12): 12-24. 13p
Abstract: Managing individuals with chronic disorders of consciousness raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of maintaining life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. For many years, the positions fostering the "sanctity" of human life (i.e., life is inviolable in any case) have led to maintaining life-sustaining treatments (including artificial nutrition and hydration) in patients with disorders of consciousness, allowing them to live for as long as possible.
Articles – Vascular Access [Journal]
6. The impact of a dedicated renal vascular access nurse on haemodialysis access outcomes
By Martinez-Smith, Yane; Meek, Coralie; Tranter, Shelley
Vascular Access, Volume 2 Issue 1 (Oct 2016)
Abstract: A dedicated renal vascular access nurse (VAN) role was introduced in a large dialysis service in 2005. To evaluate the impact of the role, vascular access outcomes for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) at first dialysis, vascular catheter use, and access thrombosis and infection rates were benchmarked to national and international guidelines.
7. Plastic cannula use in hemodialysis access
Smith, Vicki; Schoch, Monica
Vascular Access, Volume 2 Issue 1 (Oct 2016)
Abstract: Successful cannulation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or arteriovenous graft (AVG) is an important concept in hemodialysis. Metal needles have been used for cannulation in dialysis for over 50 years. Plastic cannula for dialysis is currently being introduced into Australia. Aims: To identify if the implementation of plastic cannula could decrease the amount of miscannulations and adverse events in AVFs at first cannulation.
8. The impact of tunnelled vascular catheters on time to arteriovenous fistula creation
Nandakoban, Hareeshan; Aravindan, Ananthakrishnapuram; Spicer, Tim; Narayanan, Govind; Gonzalez, Noemir; Suranyi, Michael; Wong, Jeffrey KW
Vascular Access, Volume 2 Issue 1 (Oct 2016)
Articles – Health Promotion Journal of Australia
9. How well are health information websites displayed on mobile phones? Implications for the readability of health information
Cheng, Christina; Dunn, Matthew.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia; Collingwood28.1 (Mar 2017): 15-20
Abstract: More than 87% of Australians own a mobile phone with Internet access and 82% of phone owners use their smartphones to search for health information, indicating that mobile phones may be a powerful tool for building health literacy. Yet, online health information has been found to be above the reading ability of the general population. As reading on a smaller screen may further complicate the readability of information, this study aimed to examine how health information is displayed on mobile phones and its implications for readability.
10. Is there a relationship between primary school children's enjoyment of recess physical activities and health-related quality of life? A cross-sectional exploratory study
Hyndman, Brendon; Benson, Amanda C; Lester, Leanne; Telford, Amanda. Health Promotion Journal of Australia; Collingwood28.1 (Mar 2017): 37-43.
Abstract: An important strategy for increasing children's physical activity is to enhance children's opportunities for school recess physical activities, yet little is known about the influence of school recess physical activities on children's health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The purpose of the present study was to explore the relationship between Australian primary school children's enjoyment of recess physical activities and HRQOL.
11. Partnerships in obesity prevention: maximising co-benefits
Jones, Michelle; Verity, Fiona.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia; Collingwood28.1 (Mar 2017): 44-51.
Abstract: Partnerships were used to increase healthy eating and active living in children for the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) program, a systems-wide, community-based childhood obesity prevention program in South Australia. This part of the multi-component evaluation examines stakeholders' perceptions of how OPAL staff worked in partnership and factors contributing to strong partnerships.
Journal - Table of Contents
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Volume 24, No. 11 June 2017
12A. Editorial: Aged care has yet again been dealt a significant blow
12B. News: Push for around the clock RNs in aged care dealt blow; NSW blocks bill to decriminalise abortion; Aged care nurses infection control survey; Prostate cancer nurses program expanded
12C. News: Health care homes rollout sparks robust debate; Secured counselling service for nurses and midwives; help for those with an eating disorder; Outstanding nurses and midwives highlighted; Exhibition charts 100 years of Victorian MCH nurses; Indigenous nurse pledges to tackle diabetes
12D. Budget: Nursing students and aged care losers in health budget
12E. News: Behaviour change for gender equality; Aged care quality regulation review; NSW set to consider assisted dying legislation
12F. World: Workforce strategy needed to attract and retain Maori nurses; WHO-Hepatitis is fast becoming a growing concern; Ireland-Irish nursing and midwifery graduates plan to leave the country
12G. Self-care: Tips on wellbeing submitted by ANF members
12H. Professional: What’s so special about ‘specialty’
12I. Beating the odds: How indigenous nurses and midwives are closing the health gap
12J. Research: Resistance training to combat infection; Virtual reality games motivate to exercise; Debilitating period pain researched
12K. Legal: Where has the patient gone? [When patients leave medical facilities against medical advice]
12L. Clinical Update: New psychoactive substances: Coming soon to an ED near you
12M. Issues: Consumer directed care
12N. Reflections: Leadership lessons from the United Airlines incident
12O. Education: Crystal Methamphetamine – ICE
12P. Maternal Health: Exploring diet and eating habits during pregnancy in the Emirates-Eat well assist study
12Q. Nursing the family of teenage mothers in Thailand: Under pressure and the lack of support
12R. Is the current group B streptococcus screening best practice?
12S. Improving nursing and midwifery practice through the use of information, communication technology (ICT); Boost to Victorian maternal child and health services; Universal funded flu vaccine for children; 100 years and still going strong – 100 years of the Maternal & Child Health Service in Victoria
12T. Impact of climate change on health
Conferences & Workshops
13. NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses NZNO
We have a lineup of great speakers and topics for the day, tailored around the Primary Health Care Nurses workforce.
Venue: The Holiday Inn, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere, Auckland Airport
Date: 19th August, 2017
Time: Registration desk opens 0730hrs
Cost: $185 for members; $ 235 for non members
To register click on this link: Registrations now open
14. The Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (MINZ) 2017 Conference
Whether you’re an arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, adjudicator, expert determiner, working with these processes, or simply interested in dispute resolution – Ready, Set, Grow for the AMINZ Conference!
Date: 27-29 July, 2017
Venue: Stamford Plaza Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
More information: https://aminzconference2017.org/programme/
News – National
15. Kids under 11 offered free chickenpox vaccine, but older Kiwis miss out
Stuff - June 19 2017
Free chickenpox vaccines for children and babies will be offered from next month, but there are no plans to extend the jabs to the rest of the population. The free vaccine will become part of the immunisation schedule for 15-month-olds on July 1. All children turning 11 years of age on or after that date, who have not yet had chickenpox or been immunised, will also be entitled to a free dose.
16. Tamariki health research gets $900k funding boost
Radio New Zealand - 16 June 2017
About half of all young Māori children admitted to hospital in Waikato return within six months, a local doctor in charge of a new study says.
17. Hundreds protest axing of Lakes DHB cultural unit
Mihingarangi Forbes, Māori Issues Correspondent
Radio New Zealand 14 June 2017
More than 200 members of Ngāti Whakaue iwi have marched up Pukeroa Hill, an old Pā site, and into Rotorua Hospital's atrium to protest the axing of their cultural team, Te Hunga Manaaki.
18. The best medicine
ODT – 19 June 2017
It's important to keep up exercise as we age, Dr Kirsty Fairbairn writes.
This past month I attended the American College of Sports Medicine, in Colorado, where a resounding theme was the value of exercise in health. Indeed, the conference underlined that "exercise is medicine''. Often with ageing, we become tentative when exercising: your body won't always do what you would like, or perhaps you become fearful of undertaking some activities in case your body fails. But have you failed your body?
News – International
19. Hero carbs: the 'superfoods' that don't break the bank
Before you part with $50 for a container of acai powder or $30 for half a kilogram of goji berries, it's worth considering some other traditional "super foods" – the ones you can buy with small change. Less than $5 buys a kilogram of high-fibre chickpeas which, like other low-cost legumes, are packed with good things.
20. Do compression sports clothes really improve performance?
Great claims are made for compression leggings, socks, stockings and more. It’s a lucrative market, but what is the evidence for the benefits?