Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote communities in Australia have the highest worldwide burden of impetigo and scabies. At any one time, 45% of children in Aboriginal populations in remote northern Australia have impetigo. These are some of the facts reported in first national evidence-based guideline to help health professionals recognise, diagnose and treat skin infections in Indigenous populations and communities, and to overcome the ‘normalisation’ of skin infections in these populations. The guidelines have been developed by The Australian Healthy Skin Consortium, a partnership between Telethon Kids Institute, Menzies School of Health Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, James Cook University, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and One Disease. Download the National Healthy Skin Guideline here.
Australia’s first national institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders has been launched. The InsideOut Institute, a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, is focusing on early diagnosis, improved evidence-based treatment and support during recovery for people with eating disorders. According to InsideOut, of the approximately 1.2 million people in Australia with an eating disorder, about one million have binge eating disorder, 120,000 have bulimia nervosa and 83,000 have anorexia nervosa. The Institute, comprising researchers, clinicians and public policy makers, aims to transform the treatment landscape and reduce the toll of eating disorders by ensuring the best possible care and support is available to all. Resources for health professionals and people with eating disorders, including clinical guidelines, screening tools, e-learning, fact sheets, a treatment service database and support organisation list, are available at the InsideOut website.