Chronic Disease - General

2014

Education support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues: A Rapid Review. Prepared for Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria

This review focuses on ‘educational support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues,’ as specific by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. It focuses on the one in three children for whom, at any one time, education services could reasonably be required to provide individualised health support to ensure inclusion and avoid discrimination.

The objective of this rapid review was to critically examine the literature regarding educational support for children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues. Specifically, this review aimed to identify evidence-based and effective policies, programs and service delivery models. Some of the questions in review included:

  1.  What policies, programs or service delivery models are currently in place for providing educational support to children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues?
  2. What is the evidence of effectiveness of these policies, programs or service delivery models in facilitating engagement in education or learning in children and young people with chronic mental and physical health issues?
  3. What are the key features or characteristics of effective policies, programs or service delivery models? 

Understanding the impact of bushfire on people with chronic diseases - A systematic review. Prepared for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association

Bushfire is an inevitable occurrence in Australia. Climate change indicates that Australia is likely to become hotter and drier in the future, and therefore episodes of bushfire weather is expected to become more frequent (Lucas et al. 2007). A study which examined the potential impact of climate change on fire weather at 17 sites in southeast Australia indicated that the number of ‘very high’ and ‘extreme’ fire danger days could increase up to 4-25% by 2020 and 15-70% by 2050 (Hennessy et al. 2005). These events have raised concerns about the adverse health impacts of bushfire exposure.

 The objective of this rapid review was to critically examine the literature to understand the impact of bushfire on people with chronic disease. Specific review questions included:

  1.  Describe the impact of bushfires on people with chronic diseases Identify the chronic
  2. Disease that put people at greater risk during bushfires
  3. Identify strategies for reducing the impact of bushfires on people with chronic diseases 

Areas of study and research

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