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Health services need to be urgently overhauled to treat people with two
or more chronic conditions who experience higher rates of depression,
anxiety and other mental health problems, according to a health policy
and research think tank at Victoria University.
The Australian Health Policy
Collaboration (AHPC) at Victoria
University has urged the Federal
Government to address the strong link
between chronic physical and mental
Its paper Beyond the Fragments:
Preventing the Costs and Consequences
of Chronic Physical and Mental Diseases
(released in December 2015) calls
for mental illness to be front of mind
when developing strategies for chronic
AHPC Director Rosemary Calder said
people with two or more chronic
conditions have complex needs -- with
many also suffering from depression and
anxiety -- but the delivery of health care
is shaped around single diseases.
'Evidence suggests that many receive
poorer quality care than those with a
single condition while outcomes for
people with severe mental illness are
particularly poor,' Ms Calder said.
'Current health services fall short
in providing prevention or early
intervention and we urgently need
to adjust policy and practice to
Chronic diseases -- many of which are
preventable -- are now responsible
for nine out of 10 deaths in Australia.
The number of people with two or
more chronic illnesses continues to
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures
show almost 12% of Australians aged
between 16 and 85 years -- an estimated
1.9 million people -- have both a mental
disorder and a physical condition.
People with two or more chronic
conditions are also more likely to be
admitted to hospital, have longer stays
and die prematurely.
Ms Calder called for an urgent
measured and integrated approach
to the prevention, treatment and
management of chronic physical and
The paper is the latest in a series of
AHPC reports to identify ways to reduce
the risk of preventable chronic diseases.
Read more about chronic disease on page 26.
Duggan M. Beyond the Fragments: Preventing the Costs and
Consequences of Chronic Physical and Mental Diseases. Issues
paper No. 2015--05, Dec 2015. At: https://www.vu.edu.au/sites/
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA)
has published quarterly data profiling
Australia's pharmacy workforce.
At September 2015, there were 29,150
registered pharmacists. This was made
up of 26,377 people with general
registration, 1,750 with provisional
registration, 14 with limited registration,
and 1,009 with non-practising
registration. The quarterly registration
data is published on the PBA website.
MA appoints CEO
The Board of Medicines Australia (MA)
has appointed Lee Hill as its Interim
CEO. Wes Cook, Chair of Medicines
Australia said: 'Over his career Mr Hill
has built a strong reputation for
exceptional strategy development
and delivery in difficult environments.'
Mr Hill joins Medicines Australia with
more than 10 years of experience as
a senior business leader, having held
CEO and Managing Director roles in
a number of leading companies and
consultancies across Australia. It is
expected that Mr Hill will hold the role
of Interim CEO until June 2016. He will
officially take up his duties as interim
CEO on 25 January 2016.
Pattie Beerens leaves NPSA
Pattie Beerens has left her role as
Executive Director of the National
Pharmaceutical Services Association
(NPSA). According to an NPSA
statement, at the conclusion of the 6th
CPA negotiations, Pattie advised the
NPSA Board that she wanted to pursue
other opportunities and would not
be renewing her contract. 'With the
Pharmacy Review about to commence,
now is the most appropriate time for me
to move,' she said. NPSA President Mark
Hooper praised Pattie's passion for the
industry and her collaborative approach
to building on its strengths. He also
announced that Donna Staunton and
The Strategic Counsel would take over
the leadership of the NPSA, transitioning
into the role in January.
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