Older people comprise a large sector of the driving population and increase by 25% each decade. By 2030, there will be more than half a million drivers, aged 65 years and older, on New South Wales roads. For many older members of the community, driving a car means independence and freedom, particularly in areas that are under-resourced by public transport.
From July this year all Australians will be able to register to have their personal health records made accessible online to the health care professionals they authorise. The promise is that for the first time, Australians will have easy access to information about their medical history, including medications, test results and allergies, and so will their health care providers.
Even patients who undergo non-cardiac surgery are at risk of cardiovascular complications including death. Simply the stress, inflammation and clotting from any number of surgeries could predispose the heart to injury. Across the world, more than one million adults die within months of non-cardiac surgery each year.
Dr. Pallab K. Maulik joined The George Institute, India, as the Head of Research in early 2010. Dr Maulik, who was appointed Deputy Director of The George Institute, India, in early June, is motivated to develop research that can be translated into policy decisions relevant to India.
The Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) has announced major funding towards improving heart disease in the Pacific Islands. Over AU$1million dollars will be dedicated towards comprehensive salt reduction programmes in Fiji and Samoa, based on the success of the George Institute’s salt reduction workin Australia and internationally.
Much is made in the Western media of the growing global political and economic importance of China and India. There is also much commentary about personal rights, financial inequalities and social dissidence.
Millions of Indians living with heart disease are set to receive a major boost, with Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council today announcing new funding for a cardiovascular research program focussed on India’s heart health.
International and local experts in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) converged on Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, China, last week for the Fourth Annual Chronic Disease Forum for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases and a Health Policy Roundtable.