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Fish Oil & Asthma Update
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 23:59

Two current research reviews suggest some benefits of fish oil for asthma prevention and perhaps pulmonary rehabilitation.  Recent research reviewed by an Australian expert working party on complimentary therapy & asthma, updated the recommendation for fish oils in the prevention of asthma.

Some small studies demonstrate a possible benefit of small doses up to 4gm of fish oil to reduce the severity of exercise induced bronchoconstriction, however this does not appear to apply t spontaneous asthma control.

Look out for further information in the upcoming brochure due for release in early January of the Asthma and Complementary Medicines Information Paper for Health Professionals by the NAC.

Research from Scotland suggests benefits regarding the use of fish oil to promote muscle growth in resistance training - of interest to practitioners in pulmonary rehabilitation of COPD patients. 

Pilot data from a study of elderly women conducted by the University of Aberdeen showed that after 12 weeks of resistance exercise training those taking fish oil improved muscle strength by 20% compared to an 11% increase in the placebo group.

The next arm of the study will review these effects in men and women over the age of 65 (study period from 2012 to 2015).  To read more about this research follow the link http://www.abdn.ac.ud/news/details-13096.php.


AAREA Professional Development Day
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 23:19

Adrienne recently attended the Australian Asthma & Respiratory Educator's Association (AAREA) Professional Development Day held at Cabrini hospital in Malvern.  There were some very good presentations including one from pharmacist Christine Ballamy, NPS/QUM Facilitator.  Her presentation was on Antibiotic Resistance and Respiratory Tract Infection and Overprescribing of Antibiotics.  Here are some of the key points:

Australia today is one of the highest users of antibiotics amongst the OECD nations, with 22 million antibiotic prescriptions per year. 

Patients perceptions of the need for an antibiotic for a respiratory tract infection influenced GP's prescribing - those expecting medication were 3 times more likely to receive one and those patients where GP's thought the patient wanted antibiotics were 10 times more likely to receive one. 

GP's perceptions were found to be a stronger determinant of prescribing than patients actual preference. 

She also detailed realistic advice about the course and duration of common respiratory illnesses that needs to be provided to the patient:

  • Acute otitis media:  4 days
  • Common cold:  1.5 weeks
  • Acute rhinosinusitis:  2.5 weeks
  • Acute cough/acute bronchitis:  3 weeks

She reminded us that we need to provide information to patients about why an antibiotic is not needed and explore other options.  NPS have produced a tear off handout booklet with other suggested options to care for respiratory tract infections.

Health Professional Profile
Monday, 24 September 2012 03:00

The following is an excerpt from the Leader newspaper article on Sarah Smith for the International Nurses Day.  Sarah has attended the Centre's Smoking Cessation Facilitator's Course and is currently one of the presenters on the course.  It is great to see Sarah being noted for her great work.

My Voice:  Sarah Smith

Eastern Health emergency nurse Sarah Smith reveals why she loves the profession ahead of International Nurses Day on May 12 2012.

"Thirteen years ago I was finishing year 12 and had a big decision to make - what university course did I want to do?  At 17, how was I to decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life?  So I turned to my mum for advice.

"What about a nursing career" she suggested.  I had never thought about being a nurse and didn't know what to expect, but after three years of study I began my career at Eastern Health as a graduate nurse at Maroondah Hospital.  It was during my graduate year that I learned what multi-tasking really meant.  I learned how to do a drug round in 30 minutes rather than two hours, how to make a bed with hospital corners and how not to drown myself when assisting a patient in the shower. 

My final graduate rotation was in the emergency department.  It was here that I realised nursing was for me and yes I was going to be an emergency nurse.

I learned new skills such as how my assessment of a sick patient could save their life, how to look after an unwell child, how annoying drunk people were on Friday and Saturday nights and how to hold my bladder until the end of a shift.

Fast forward a few years through a diploma in emergency care nursing and a side step into oncology nursing to the present where I do two jobs that I am passionate about."

Free Quit Smoking Smartphone Application
Monday, 24 September 2012 01:31

As of 1 June 2012, a free Smartphone application was launched call My QuitBuddy.  The application is the latest tool to be launched by the Australian Government's National Tobacco Campaign to help smokers quit the deadly habit. 

The My QuitBuddy is a personalised and interactive application with smoking quit tips, daily motivational messages and reminders for those planning to start the quitting journey.

The National Tobacco Campaign, managed by the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA), developed the application to further promote the Commonwealth and state and territory government's approach to sustained, whole-of-population prevention efforts to reduce smoking prevalence in Australia.

"Australian's have one of the highest levels of Smartphone usage in the world so it's good to provide free and readily available technology to make it easier for peole to quit."

For more information please contact the ANPHA on (02) 6289 2879 or visit the National Tobacco Campaign's website www.quitnow.gov.au.


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