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158903 - check, unit 561, Preventive health for Australia's First Peoples, June 2019

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This edition of check focuses on preventive health for Australia's First Peoples in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

In the past decade there has been a syphilis outbreak in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in northern Australia.4 This outbreak has resulted in six congenital syphilis deaths,5 emphasising the specific importance of appropriately treating syphilis in pregnancy. Research has shown that clusters of suicides are common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.6 Consequently, mental healthcare is crucial in these populations.7 In 2012–13, rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were 2.5 times higher in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples than in non-Indigenous Australians.8 Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are more likely to abstain from alcohol than non-Indigenous Australians (31% versus 23%), almost 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples consume =11 drinks per occasion at least once per month,9 resulting in an increased risk of alcohol-related harm. 
References on file. 

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss the approach to mental health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Summarise the management of syphilis in a pregnant Aboriginal woman
  • Identify the features of alcohol withdrawal and outline appropriate measures to prevent alcohol-related harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Describe the follow-up care of Aboriginal patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Delivery
    Title
    158903 - check, unit 561, Preventive health for Australia's First Peoples, June 2019
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    3 hours
    Start Date
    01-Jun-2019
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD Points
    3 hours
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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