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Diabetes almost doubles death rate

Death rates in people with diabetes is almost double that of the general population, according to a report examining the 156,000 deaths that occurred between 2009 and 2014 in Australia in people registered with the National Diabetes Service Scheme. The AIHW report, Death Among People in Australia, found the disparity was greatest at younger ages, with people aged under 45 years with type 1 diabetes having a death rate 4.5 times higher and those with type 2 diabetes almost six times higher than that of the Australian population of the same age.

Perinatal mental healthcare guideline approved

The NHMRC has approved updated recommendations made in the Effective Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period: Australian Clinical Practice Guideline. Developed by the Centre of Perinatal Excellence, the guideline provides recommendations on prevention, screening and treatment of mental health conditions during the perinatal period. In addition to screening and psychosocial assessment, guidance is provided on care for women with depressive and anxiety disorders, severe mental illnesses and borderline personality disorder. View the report here.