Invitation to Presentation by Dr Mathew Coleman, Consultant Psychiatrist: Findings- Specialist Smoking Cessation Clinic

Australians with mental illness have higher smoking rates than the general population and they are more likely to die as a consequence of smoking than from their psychiatric condition.   Smoking cessation programs are needed, but do they work in mental health facilities?  Is there an effective, evidence-based clinical model that can be applied in Australian mental health settings?

The Chief Psychiatrist invites you to hear Dr Mathew Coleman, Consultant Psychiatrist, present the findings from the specialist smoking cessation clinic recently trialled in the Great Southern Mental Health Service.

3:30pm Thursday 10 January 2019
Kambarang Room
Level 1, 1 Nash St Perth

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation will be officially launched today by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt.

Exploring variation in care is one way of identifying whether people in different parts of Australia are being offered appropriate care – that is, care that optimises benefits and minimises harms, and is based on the best available evidence.

Among the findings in the 2018 Atlas is the observation that more work is needed to ensure appropriate prescribing of antipsychotics and medications for ADHD. A discussion of this information can be found in Chapter 5.  Of particular interest are the recommendations for prescribing antipsychotic medication to people aged 65 years and over.

The 2018 Atlas is available on the website of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.