Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Pap Tests are Changing in Australia

The Australian Government’s Department of Health has advised that on 1 December 2017, the Pap test is going to be replaced with a more accurate test called the Cervical Screening Test. In the new test, the sample is collected in the same way as the Pap test – by taking a small sample of cells from the woman’s cervix. However the new test will be processed in a different way in the laboratory.

Read about the upcoming changes to Pap tests here.

Information courtesy of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

 

Home Medicine Review – What is it?

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Do you know your medicines? If medicines aren’t used properly, or if the wrong ones are used together, the results can be serious. At our March Paper Bag Lunch event, Consultant Pharmacist Shirley Harrison joined us to talk about the benefits of a Home Medicine Review (HMR).

Each year more than 140,000 Australians have to go to hospital with problems caused by their medicine. It has been shown that in up to 69% of these cases the problem can be avoided. Older people are particularly at risk.

As a response to this problem, and in light of research done through the Third Community Pharmacy Agreement, the Home Medicines Review (HMR) Program was developed. It is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

What’s involved in a Home Medicines Review (HMR)?

An HMR involves your GP and an accredited pharmacist of your choice. Your GP sets up the review by writing a referral to the pharmacist. A pharmacist conducts an interview, preferably in the comfort of your own home, and then writes a report back to the GP. The GP will discuss any recommendations with you and may make appropriate changes to your medication regimen. The solutions may involve:

  • showing you how to take your medicines correctly
  • explaining why and when to take them
  • explaining where they should be stored
  • what to expect when taking them
  • what problems you should report to the GP
  • checking that prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and vitamins are appropriate to take together
  • clarifying any confusion with generic medicines
  • giving you some help so you can remember to take your medicines
  • changing your medicines.

Who should have an HMR?

HMRs are particularly useful for people who:

  • take more than five medicines a day
  • have recently spent time in hospital
  • are concerned about their medicines
  • are confused about their medicines
  • do not always remember to take their medicines.

How much does it cost?

The pharmacist’s review and report is paid for by the Australian government, so it will not cost you anything. Your GP may bulk-bill or charge you for the GP consultations.

If you (or someone you care for) might benefit from having an HMR, talk to your GP or pharmacist about organising one.

Information from NPS Medicinewise

Do you want to be an eSafety Woman?

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With a long-standing involvement in White Ribbon Day Midland Women’s Health Care Place was keen to host an eSafetyWomen workshop in March. eSafetyWomen is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences. This initiative of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.

All Australians deserve to be safe online. However, one in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner, and one in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner. * In most cases this abuse and violence includes the use of technology to abuse, control and stalk. **

The eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online.

Safe access to technology is crucial for women so they can stay connected to their family and friends, engage with the world, and get information and support. eSafetyWomen helps women stay connected safely.

Resources available include:

Lifestyle > Know your device

Being Social > Explore your social side with confidence

Take Control > Women’s stories

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012, Personal Safety, cat. no. 4906.0

**Source: Women’s Legal Service NSW, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and WESNET