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Diabetes and cardiovascular
The latest therapeutic program from
NPS MedicineWise --- Type 2 diabetes:
priorities and targets --- encourages
GPs to take a holistic approach when
caring for their patients with type
2 diabetes and to address blood
pressure and lipids as a priority.
Having type 2 diabetes more than
doubles a person's risk of dying
from cardiovascular (CV) causes.
Tight control of blood glucose helps
prevent CV events in the long term in
people who are newly diagnosed with
type 2 diabetes. However studies show
that lowering blood pressure and LDL
cholesterol has a more immediate
e ect in reducing cardiovascular risk
in the short term (3--5 years). To access
a case study on cardiovascular
disease risk in type 2 diabetes, and
other relevant resources for health
professionals, visit www.nps.org.au/
Distribution of health risks
Where people are born, grow, live,
work and age a ects their health
status according to a new Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare report,
Social distribution of health risks and
health outcomes: preliminary analysis
of the National Health Survey 2007-08.
It explores the association between
selected social and health risk factors
on Australians' health. It shows
that people with higher household
incomes and higher education
quali cations are more likely to report
better health and less likely to report
smoking, and people living outside
major cities are more likely to report
being an unhealthy weight. The report
is available at: www.aihw.gov.au
R U OK?Day
The role pharmacists can play in helping
people with mental health conditions
was one area highlighted during the
national R U OK?Day awareness campaign
National R U OK?Day, a mental health
initiative dedicated to raising awareness
about the importance of encouraging
people to reach out to each other.
Speaking on RU OK Day on 13 September,
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi,
said pharmacists, because of their
accessibility and ability to communicate
with patients, were often the rst health
professionals people su ering from
mental health conditions came into
'Community pharmacists are in a position
to notice symptoms of mental health
problems in consumers, and to then
o er advice and refer them for further
consultation when needed. We are
also closely involved in the day-to-day
management of these patients.
'As it is R U OK?Day today, the PSA
encourages pharmacists to ask consumers
they are concerned about --"r u ok" as part
of this important initiative.'
Mr Kardachi said the PSA was in the nal
stages of developing a Framework for
pharmacists as partners in the mental
health care team which would detail the
services provided by pharmacists in the
delivery of mental health care as well as
de ning future opportunities.
'These can be broadly categorised under
four phases -- health promotion, early
detection and intervention, minimising
illness and maximising recovery.
In addition, the framework will explore
some of the main barriers and enablers
to pharmacists becoming partners in the
mental health care team.'
He said the development of the
overarching framework was the rst stage
of a larger project being undertaken by
PSA to integrate pharmacists' skills into
contemporary standards of mental health
care and consolidate the synergistic and
unique roles of pharmacists in the mental
health care team.
'The wide-ranging skills and knowledge
of pharmacists need to be better utilised
in the national health-care system so as
to provide better outcomes for patients
su ering mental health conditions,'
Chemmart asks women
Women are being asked to help men
protect themselves against some
of Australia's most preventable and
Chemmart is encouraging women to
take their men into their local store to
undertake a Chemmart Health Check,
which checks blood pressure, cholesterol
and glucose levels, Body Mass Index
(BMI), waist circumference and includes a
Katie Fala, Chemmart Pharmacy's Health
Services Manager said, 'We all have men
that we care for -- husbands, fathers,
brothers and sons. The problem is men
often don't make their health a priority,
which can put them at serious risk.
'With the support of women, our Man
Hunt initiative is a simple way for men
to put their health rst by undertaking a
quick, convenient and professional health
assessment at their local Chemmart
Pharmacy,' she said.
Chemmart Pharmacist, Carolyn Wynen
said, 'men don't seem to nd the time
for a check-up. It's women who often
play the lead role in family health.
It's really easy for men to make time for a
Chemmart Health Check. It takes less than
20 minutes and can be undertaken during
a work or co ee break,' she said.
'We know that from the 3,000 Chemmart
customers that have had a health check,
27% have been alerted to a high risk
health issue that has required referral to
their doctor, so this initiative is important
in improving men's health and our overall
community health and wellbeing. There is
a role for pharmacies to be proactive in
the area of health promotion. As a local
pharmacy it's part of our responsibility to
the community,' Mrs Wynen said.
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