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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 22 & 23 February the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • dental malocclusion                   (17 & 18 of 2011)
  • rheumatic heart disease             (19 & 20 of 2011)
  • malignant neoplasm of the liver   (21 & 22 of 2011)
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.


Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • acute rheumatic fever                  (23 & 24 of 2011)  (new condition)

Determined to revoke and not reissue Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • metatarsalgia                              (39 & 40 of 1996)
A Declaration relating to this decision will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 23 March 2011.


N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
  • dental malocclusion
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • malignant neoplasm of the liver
  • acute rheumatic fever
  • metatarsalgia 
All of the above SoPs and decisions will take effect from 30 March 2011.


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • ischaemic heart disease
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • hypertension
  • JAK-related myeloproliferative disorders
  • chronic myeloid leukemia
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of  23 March 2011.


Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 17 - 24 of 2011

Monday, 28 March 2011

Radio discussion on PTSD - Web links

For those that may have missed the radio discussion on PTSD mentioned below, the audio files of the interviews can be listened to/downloaded from this link

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/03/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-our-soldiers-the-story-from-all-angles.html?site=brisbane&program=612_morning

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Radio discussion on PTSD

Info sent by Bill Watts in Mount Gambier regarding an upcoming radio discussion on PTSD.

Dear colleagues, supporters, family and critics,
I am writing to inform you of a special to be aired live this Thursday, March 24th on 612ABC (Mornings with Madonna King) from 8:30  - 10:30am in which you will hear Ms Louise Ryan, Prof Mark Creamer, other experts and myself discuss the impacts of military service on our families and society in general.
As many of you will know I have been researching this very issue for several years and representing it at State and Federal levels through our research initiatives, training programs, community work and political lobbying. My PhD is a result of this effort.

For those unable to recieve the signal, the podcast will be available via their website on www.abc.net.au
I urge you all to listen in one form or another.


The Families After Trauma Foundation has expressed an intense concern over the lack of acknowledgement from government and military services regarding the impacts military service has on families, particularly the children being raised in these environments and contexts. We have written to the ABC and this special radio discussion is a result. I am highly confident the information broadcast will be of immense interest and benefit to most families with a military history.
Kind regards,


Ken O'Brien
CEO: Families After Trauma Foundation
Principal: Children & Grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans Network (AU)
Consultative Forum Member (VVFHS - DVA) PhD Researcher: Queensland University of Technology
0410 452 836
ceo@familiesaftertrauma.org
www.familiesaftertrauma.org

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Online Health Assistance for Ex-Service Personnel

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Wellbeing Toolbox

A new website to provide the ex-service community with access to important health and wellbeing resources.
Confidential online mental health support is now available to ex-service men and women, their families and friends through the Wellbeing Toolbox pilot. The Wellbeing Toolbox is an online self-care resource that has been specially designed to cater for the needs of the ex-service community.

The Wellbeing Toolbox aims to facilitate early intervention for those who may not be travelling too well by providing educative material on six key topics:
- problem solving,
- building support,
- helpful thinking,
- getting active,
- keeping calm, and
- sleeping better.
Each topic is covered in a learning module that contains a series of informative panels and allows users to complete interactive tasks and worksheets. Visitors can choose to work through all six modules or can pick individual modules that are of particular interest to them.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Most people thinking about suicide signal their pain and intentions––they offer us opportunities to respond. This is the prevention opportunity.
Suicide first aid learned in ASIST can help all of us see, hear and respond to these invitations. It prepares us to work with people at risk to increase their immediate safety and get further help.

ASIST applies in everyday situations with family, friends, co-workers or teammates and in professional roles or volunteering.
Become better prepared to:
- recognise when someone may be thinking of suicide
- respond in ways that clarify and address suicide risk
- understand why suicide thoughts are present
- work together to review risk and increase safety
- facilitate links with further help.

Interactive learning is stimulated by teaching and audiovisuals. Small groups increase opportunities for discussion and skills practice. Attendance at both days is essential.


An ASIST workshop is being conducted in Adelaide on 29-30 March.
For further information contact the VVCS on 1800 011 046