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Calls for segregated mental health wards to reduce sexual assault risk

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ABC (Katherine Gregory on AM), February 2020 Sexual violence against women in mental health wards is going unchecked, despite service providers’ awareness of the problem. A new report has found women in Victorian mental health wards are vulnerable to sexual assault, harassment and violence from male patients and staff. It’s calling for stricter separation of male and female patients...

Healthcare providers should discuss U=U with all their HIV-positive patients

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aidsmap/nam, 18/03/2019 Healthcare providers should inform all patients with HIV they cannot transmit HIV to a sexual partner when their viral load is undetectable, argue the authors of  a strongly worded comment in The Lancet HIV. The authors note that despite overwhelming scientific data supporting the undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) message, significant numbers of healthcare providers do...

‘Sussing that doctor out’: Experiences of people affected by hepatitis C regarding private GPs in SA

‘Sussing that doctor out.’ Experiences and perspectives of people affected by hepatitis C regarding engagement with private general practitioners in South Australia: a qualitative study BMC Fam Pract. 2017 Nov 29;18(1):97. doi: 10.1186/s12875-017-0669-2. Abstract Background: Australians with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) can access affordable Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) treatments with...

Newly available: WHO HIV PrEP Implementation Tool Mobile App

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World Health Organization, August 1, 2018 The WHO PrEP Implementation Tool App for Health Workers App is now available. On-the-go access to the following modules from the WHO PrEP Implementation Tool: Clinical: for clinicians, including physicians, nurses and clinical officers Counsellors: for staff who counsel people as they consider or start taking PrEP, and support them in coping with side...

Interpreter trial ensures hospitals are no longer places where Aboriginal people ‘go to die’

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ABC News, ABC Kimberley By Matt Bamford,  Sat 7 Jul 2018  Many Aboriginal people feel like hospital is a place where they “go to die” but a groundbreaking trial is underway to change that. Interpreters have been introduced at hospitals in Western Australia’s far north to improve patients’ relationships with medical staff. Speaking between three and nine languages each, the...

Police, families not told of sexual assault reports by mental health patients [Report]

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The Age, 29 March 2018 Sexual assault claims made by mental health patients are not being reported to police or even the alleged victims’ families in most cases, a scathing report has revealed. Families are told of allegations in only a quarter of cases, while police reports are made only 40 per cent of the time, leaving alleged victims at risk of further abuse. Read more of Police, families not...

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