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Job Opportunity
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:53

Asthma and Respiratory Nurse-Led Clinics in General Practice

General Practice Support Services Victoria (GPSS Vic) is seeking expressions of interest from asthma/respiratory educators interested in casual work in a general practice setting.  GPSS Vic provides a range of contracted clinical support services which improve the efficiency and viability of general practices whilst also contributing to better health outcomes for their patients.

The primary aims of the Asthma and Respiratory Nurse-led Clinic Program are:

  • To provide enhanced respiratory education and care for people with chronic respiratory diseases in primary care
  • To increase the patient's ability to self-manage their respiratory disease/health while being supported by multi-disciplinary health care team led by their GP
  • To support GP's to provide quality care in a timely and cost effective manner in their own practice

For further information please contact Kerrie Cunningham, GPSS Manager - Clinical Business Development, (03) 8822 8485 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Breast Cancer Risk In Women Who Smoke
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:46

Breast Cancer Risk In Women Who Smoke

Women who smoke before the birth of their first child have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to new research.  The International Agency For Research On Cancer has classified cigarette smoking as possibly carcinogenic to the human breast.  A recent study, published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control, has found new evidence to support this link.

Researchers followed 302,865 Norwegian women between the years 1974 and 2003 using national registries.  The findings revealed that out of 7,490 cases of breast cancer in the cohort, women who had smoked had a 15% increased risk of breast cancer compared with never smokers.  Women who started smoking more than 10 years before their first baby had a 60% increased risk of breast cancer, compared with never smokers.

Smoking duration before first childbirth: an emerging risk factor for breast cancer? Results from 302,865 Norwegian women. Bjerkaas et al., (ER Weekly news 2013)

Effect of Diet on Asthma, Rhinoconjunctivitis & Eczema
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:33

Effect of Diet on Asthma, Rhinoconjunctivitis & Eczema

A recent review of research findings from the third phase of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Ellwood, Innes et al; suggest a link between certain foods and either an increase or a decrease in the risk of developing asthma.

In the child and adolescent group studied, consumption of fresh fruit three times per week or more frequently was found to have a potential protective effect on severe asthma.  Conversely, there was found to be a potential increased risk of severe asthma in those of this group who consumed fast food greater than three times per week.  If the association between fast foods and the symptom prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema is casual, then the findings may have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally.

Global findings from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Phase Three. Ellwood P, et al; Thorax 2013;68:351-360.

Anne Dixon's editorial "Breathing What We Eat" (Respirology. 2013;18: 391-392) may also help to illustrate some of the implications of diet with severe uncontrolled asthma.  This piece helps to outline a potential risk factor for poorly controlled asthma.  In developed countries diets higher in fat, salt, sugar and lower in fibre and anti-oxidants potentially increase markers of airway inflammation.

Indigenous Health LungInfoNet
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:28

Indigenous Health LungInfoNet

This excellent web resource is for people working, studying or interested in addressing respiratory disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  It aims to provide quality information and resources about respiratory disease among Australia's indigenous peoples.  Respiratory disorders are major causes of illness and death in the indigenous population and contribute to high rates of hospitalisation and mortality.




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