Social phobia in children – risk and resilience factors

By Sara de Menezes & Alasdair Vance | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction: Anxiety disorders account for one third of psychiatric complaints that young people present to their general practitioners with. Social phobia (SP) is one of the most prevalent of these disorders, in children and adolescents. Methods: Sixty nine patients with carefully defined SP and a control group of 129 typically developing (TD) children were recruited [...]  Read More →

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Melioidosis in the Torres Strait Islands: an 11 year audit 2001-2012

By Kathrin Rac & Michael McLaughlin | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Melioidosis is an infection of concern to global health. It is caused by the intracellular gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which is found in the soil and fresh waters of endemic regions. This study identified the average annual incidence of melioidosis in the Torres Strait region between 2001-2012, and compared this to one other similar study, [...]  Read More →

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Predicting falls in the elderly: do dual-task tests offer any added value? A systematic review

By Mina Sarofim | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

The issue of falls is a significant health concern in geriatric medicine and a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in those over 65 years of age. Gait and balance problems are responsible for up to a quarter of falls in the elderly. It is unclear whether dual- task assessments, which have become increasingly popular [...]  Read More →

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Immunisation and informed decision-making amongst Islamic primary school parents and staff

By Matthew Bray & Daniel Keating | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Background: The Islamic community represents a recognisable and growing minority group in the broader Australian context. Some sectors of the international Muslim community have voiced concerns about the ritual cleanliness of vaccines, and seen subsequent lower levels of compliance. Anecdotal evidence suggests Australian Muslims may hold similar concerns. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the [...]  Read More →

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Recognition and response to the clinically deteriorating patient

By Glenn Parham | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Background: Early recognition of clinical deterioration has been associated with a lower level of intervention and reduced adverse events. A widely-used approach in Australia is the Medical Emergency Team (MET) system. Research suggests having a multi-faceted approach to patient monitoring such as Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) improves early review. Aim: To assess MET call [...]  Read More →

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Emergency Department management and referral of self-harm patients

By Riza Gultekin | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

Aim: To outline the socio-demographic characteristics, the means of arrival, management and referral pathways for mental health presentations to the Emergency Department (ED) where the main reason for presentation is self-harm. Methods: A retrospective study conducted in a metropolitan hospital in Sydney. Sampled data were collected from mental health presentations to the ED for the [...]  Read More →

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Exploring barriers to the provision of palliative care in Australia

By Kieran Allen & Sadid Khan | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

Palliative care provides assistance for people living with a terminal medical condition, for which the primary goal of treatment is improving quality of life. There are numerous barriers to the provision of palliative care. There is little research into barriers to the provision of palliative care and little with an Australian context. This research explores [...]  Read More →

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Maternal attitudes towards breast and bottle feeding in a regional community

By Jacqueline Koke | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

Background: Based on research demonstrating the many benefits of breastfeeding, it is recommended babies be exclusively breastfed from birth to at least six months of age. However, despite these known benefits, many women choose to bottle feed or cease breastfeeding before six months. Aim: To survey women in order to determine factors associated with their [...]  Read More →

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Onsite and offsite use of computer aided learning in undergraduate radiology education

By Winnie Chen | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

Aim: Computer-aided learning (CAL) is considered comparable to traditional media for undergraduate radiology teaching. Previous studies have often compared the efficacy of traditional media to onsite CAL use, yet real world usage of CAL is likely to occur in offsite settings. This study aims to compare usage and learning outcomes of a chest radiology CAL [...]  Read More →

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The effect of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Purkinje cell number in the mdx mouse

By Benjamin Sim & Caroline Rae | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Background: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease which causes skeletal muscle wasting in males, resulting in premature death during their early to mid 20s. Males with DMD carry defects in the gene encoding for dystrophin, a protein important in ensuring sarcolemmal stability. Dystrophin has also been implicated in disruption to Purkinje cells [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
ABN: 51967802511