Testimonials From the 2014 Infant Mental Health Conference

by Nurse Ausmed
Nurse Ausmed
Nursing articles written by the education team here at Ausmed.
on Dec 01, 2014

The inaugural Infant Mental Health Conference for Nurses was launched as part of Ausmed's initiative to provide access to education on the mental health needs of the infant, the mother and their family during the perinatal period.


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Explainer: Ridding the World of Polio

by Robert Hall
Robert Hall
Robert Hall graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1978. He has worked in public health for over 30 years, at local, State, national and international levels. In the early 1980s he worked for 4 years in the Northern Territory in Aboriginal health, including at the Urapuntja Health Service at Utopia Station. Since then, he has worked in communicable disease control at the Commonwealth Department of Health, where he edited Communicable Diseases Intelligence, and was Director of Communicable Disease Control in South Australia. He was Director of Public Health in Victoria. He joined the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in 2007. Dr Hall has been a member of several National Health and Medical Research Council committees, including the Council. He is currently chair of the Technical Advisory Committee on Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Diseases for the Western Pacific Region of the WHO.
on Oct 16, 2014
A man with polio kneeling on the side of the road.

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral disease that can lead to incurable paralysis. The World Health Organisation is coordinating a programme to eradicate this disease from the face of the earth, and we are very close to achieving this goal.


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Health Check: Five Foods to Always Avoid at the Supermarket

by Clare Collins
Clare Collins
Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Newcastle
on Oct 14, 2014
A shopping cart.

Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley: lollies, biscuits, sugar-sweetened drinks, potato crisps and processed meats.


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Mind Over Matter: Cynics, It Seems, Triple Their Risk of Dementia

by Anthony Hannan
Anthony Hannan
Professor Anthony Hannan received his undergraduate training and PhD from the University of Sydney. He was then awarded the Australian Nuffield Medical Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral neuroscience research at the University of Oxford, where he subsequently held other positions. He returned to Australia on an NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellowship to establish his laboratory at the Florey Institute in Melbourne. He currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship (FT3) and an Honorary NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. Professor Hannan is head of Neural Plasticity, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, with laboratories located in the Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne. His laboratory investigates gene-environment interactions and experience-dependent plasticity in the healthy and diseased brain, using a variety of molecular, cellular and behavioural approaches. This research at the Florey is aimed at understanding disease mechanisms to facilitate the development of new therapeutic approaches for brain disorders such as Huntington's disease, depression, dementia, autism and schizophrenia.
on Oct 09, 2014
A squeezable brain.

I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life were three times more likely to develop dementia.


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Health Check: Five Supplements That May Help With Depression

by Jerome Sarris
Jerome Sarris
Dr Jerome Sarris is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Jerome moved from clinical practice to academic work, and completed a doctorate at The University of Queensland in the field of psychiatry. He undertook his postdoctoral training at The University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry; The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology; and The Depression Clinical & Research Program at Harvard Medical School (MGH). He has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorder research pertaining to nutraceutical psychopharmacology, and in Complementary and Integrative Medicine and Kava research. He has 86 publications (1st/2nd or Senior author on 92% of publications), and has published in many eminent psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and nutrition/natural product journals. He has been awarded over $4.3 million dollars in personal and study grants, including being CIA on two large NHMRC Project Grants. Jerome is a founding Vice Chair of The International Network of Integrative Mental Health.
on Oct 07, 2014
A sad looking woman behind a glass window which is covered in thick ice.

Over two-thirds of Australians are thought to use complementary medicines ranging from vitamin and mineral supplements to herbal to aromatherapy and homeopathic products. Mental health concerns are one of the reasons why people use supplements, but are they really useful?


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