Real-time social phenomenon, Twitter, can be a powerful tool to help prevent heart disease and improve health practices, according to a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney. Their study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveying 15 international health-focused Twitter accounts, nine professional organisations and six medical journals, were selected for analysis of their Twitter growth, reach, and content.
Professor Vivekanand Jha is the Executive Director, The George Institute for Global Health, India, and James Martin Fellow at The George Institute for Global health at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining The George Institute, he was Professor of Nephrology and Head, Department of Translational Regenerative Medicine and Officer-In-Charge, Medical Education and Research Cell at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.
A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing shows that the number of older Australians hospitalised after a fall continues to rise. Identifying older people in need of assessment and support to prevent falls is crucial for reducing this growing public health issue.
The monumental legal act of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution will instil a real sense of pride and dignity for our First Peoples and be one of the solutions to closing the life expectancy gap, according to Chris Lawrence from The George Institute for Global Health and University of Sydney, in his article in the latest Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
In an era where the increasing burden of disease and disability from chronic diseases such as back pain, stroke and diabetes, have major socio economic implications, current models of healthcare are not sustainable; and with Australia's national health expenditure expected to reach $246 billion by 2033, more innovative and cost effective approaches to healthcare are urgently needed. The work of Dr Manuela Ferreira explores this important question.
Today, National Close the Gap Day, is about recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face some of the most challenging health circumstances in Australia, and taking action to change this.