Author: Chronic Illness Alliance
Make It Easy: a handbook to help organisations be health literate
Make it Easy, offers a self-assessment tool for organisations to analyse their progress in health literacy. It is part of resources developed to support organisations to improve their health literacy.
DSP toolkit: a resource to assist people to apply for Disability Support Pensions
The DSP toolkit is a resource for medical practitioners, social and community workers to help their clients to obtain evidence for a DSP application. Training in the use of this toolkit is available to organisations by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org The whole kit is available on ssrv.org.au/disability-support-pension-toolkit/
Thinking about one of those online genetic tests? To check heredity? To check health risks? Read below first
Learn about the top 10 items to consider before ordering an online test. Most of all consider that depending on the terms and conditions you sign your genomic data might be shared with other companies.
Are you sure you want to buy medicines and medical devices online?
Check out the TGA warning below about the risks:
“These items have a high chance of being counterfeit, containing the wrong amount of active ingredient, being contaminated with toxic chemicals, containing undisclosed or dangerous ingredients and/or being past their use by date”.
Deadly devices: the Background Briefing report
Many of us now have health devices as a matter of routine health care. Some items such as condoms we don’teven consider as devices. All devices have risks. Read on:
Considering medicinal cannabis?
If you or the person you care for, considers medicinal cannabis to assist with relief of various symptoms then reading this will help with information on the risks and benefits, as well as which type of medicinal cannabis is most appropriate. READ ON!
Please be aware of unproven remedies using stem cells
MEDIA WATCH: Don’t Trust “Medical Breakthroughs” in Stem Cell Therapies:
Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell-Based Interventions: A Call to Action. This new publication provides important evidence on the risks of unproven stem cell thertherpaies
Here is a report handed down by NSW Coroner on the death of a patient with dementia following adipose-treatment at Macquarie Stem Cells:
This report calls for ‘legal protection against the exploitation of severely and chronically ill people by purveyors of scientifically dubious “therapies” and that it is ‘disturbing that he (and presumably others) would market this “experimental” or “innovative” therapy for profit to vulnerable and desperate people in the full knowledge both that there is little scientific support for the “therapy” in relation to dementia and that he is not conducting a clinical trial of any scientific standing or worth. The obvious potential for the providers of such purported remedies and therapies to exploit such consumers is great and therefore troubling. So too is the potential conflict of interest between the principle of harm minimisation and commercial medicine.’
Background Briefing on ABC Radio National featured a story on autologous stem cell treatment in Australia.