Brief report: Online resources for cancer care, early diagnosis of dementia launched in Australia

Native Australian Cancer Care website now live

A comprehensive cancer website developed by and for Aboriginal people in Australia has been launched.

The online portal Our Mob and Cancer provides culturally safe support and information for patients, their families, communities, and health professionals.

Includes information on how cancer affects Aboriginal people; Cancer prevention methods. types of cancer, diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer; How cancer spreads and where to get help and support.

Assistant Secretary of Aboriginal Health and Senator Malarenderi McCarthy commented on the site’s launch: “More culturally appropriate and safe information about prevention, early detection, screening, treatment and support can translate directly into better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Over the past decade, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been shown to be 1.4 times more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians. They also reported higher incidence and lower rates of participation in cancer screening programs.


Launch of a free mobile application to support early diagnosis of dementia

A federally funded mobile app has been launched to support early diagnosis of dementia.

The free mobile app, called BrainTrack, allows users to monitor and better understand changes in their perception over time.

Available on both iOS and Android devices, the app also provides information about brain health through travel-themed games adapted from validated cognitive tests.

Dementia Australia developed the app with the Institute of Applied Artificial Intelligence and Deakin University. It is also supported by a research grant from the Future of Medical Research Fund – Dementia, Aging and Aged Care Initiative.


Website to support people affected by miscarriage

Miscarriage Australia creates a website that provides evidence-based information and research for people affected by miscarriage.

According to a media release, the website is being developed after research that found people wanting a single reliable source of information and resources about abortion.

The online portal will include information about the symptoms, frequency and causes of miscarriage; Preparing for a future pregnancy The current search for abortion. And ways to live with grief and how to support those affected by abortion.

The site is currently in the initial phase of development, and is also planned to contain resources supporting the needs of male partners and gay, bisexual and transgender couples.

The website will be launched on October 15 – International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.


Shaun Drummond officially takes over as Managing Director of Queensland Health

Shaun Drummond, Acting Director-General of Health Queensland, has been formally appointed to this position following an open merit recruitment process.

He was also the former COO of the department.

In a statement, the Minister of Health and Ambulance Services, Yvette Dath, said strong executive leadership is needed to implement the state government’s ambitious health reform agenda.

“Mr Drummond has a deep understanding of the current Queensland health reform agenda and has the well-established networks and credibility of the Queensland system,” she said.

Drummond has more than two decades of experience in the public health sector, including serving as former CEO of Metro North Hospital and Health Services and Executive Vice President of Western Sydney Local Health.

“Mr Drummond has a proven ability to drive in complex and challenging environments and has a clear vision for the department. He brings with him expertise, contemporary health service leadership and a real investment in advancing public health reform to deliver the best possible outcomes for Queenslanders,” said Minister Dath.

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