Asia Pacific Healthcare News

Asia Pacific Healthcare News

27th Apr 2017

Māori and Pacific Islanders’ Mental Health Research Receives Funding Boost


New Zealand’s Health Research Council has joined the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, one of the planet’s top research funding agencies, in order to develop the understanding of chronic conditions in the country.


Research into the mental health of young Māoris and Pacific Islanders is the first area to benefit from the investment, which could total $2m, with a focus being placed on attempting to understand why their rates of certain conditions appear to be higher.


Speaking at the announcement of the deal, Health Research Council Chief Executive, Professor Kath McPherson, said: “Mental health outcomes continue to be inequitable in New Zealand. Māori and Pacific people both disproportionately experience mental health issues. For example, in 10 of the 17 years from 1996 to 2012, Māori suicide rates were significantly higher than those of non-Māoris. Pacific people also have a higher prevalence of mental illness than the general population, yet are much less likely to access mental health services.


“Mental illness can be something people shy away from talking about, but it is common and it can be devastating. We know that much more can be done to promote mental health. This investment aims to release innovation that will really work for our Rangatahi and Pacific youth and their families”.


If you would like to benefit from this increased funding, or believe you could help New Zealand in its battle with mental illness, register on our website today. A dream job ‘down under’ could be closer than you might think.


Concerning Rates of High Blood Pressure in Vietnam


Statistics published at the General Department of Preventive Medicine’s Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Prevention conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, have shown that almost one in five people in the country suffer from high blood pressure.


In terms of numbers that means that an estimated 12 million people in the country are dealing with the impact of the condition, with high smoking rates, unhealthy diets containing too much meat, a lack of exercise and alcohol abuse all given as reasons for this concerningly high statistic.


The report also estimates that some 60% of those with the condition have not had it diagnosed, whilst almost 80% have not received professional help.


As the country’s healthcare sector grows however a focus has been placed on preventing the issues, mainly by offering screening at an early stage. Screening carried out in 2015 by the country’s National Heart Institute found that 365,000 of the 2 million people screened had high blood pressure, with almost half of these people being diagnosed with the condition for the first time.

Vietnam has an exciting future, with healthcare developments in the country really starting to take off. It looks set to play a major role in healthcare over the next decade, and so a move now can represent excellent timing.


Singapore to open ‘Future Ready’ Healthcare Campus in 2022


Singapore’s 1800 bed Woodlands Health Campus will be ‘future ready’ by the time it is built, according to the country’s Health Minister, Gan Kim Yong.


Work started on the vast development - which covers an area of more than 260,000m² - last week, with it set to become Singapore’s most modern medical facility when it opens in five years time.


The new building will integrate a community and acute hospital in the same building, with the campus also housing a nursing home and various specialist clinics. As well as a unique design, it will house some of the latest medical technology available to ensure it stays at the top of the country’s prestigious list of facilities for years to come.


On admission every patient will be given a watch like device to wear, which can monitor their vital signs and track them throughout the hospital. According to the Health Minister this is the future of healthcare, where medics will be able to watch over patients ‘like air traffic controllers’.


It is also set to be equipped with the latest telemedical technology, in order to encourage patients to manage their conditions from their own homes.


Following the Gulf’s vast development over the past two decades, Asia looks set to be the next location to grow exponentially. This can make Singapore, Vietnam, China or Australia and New Zealand highly attractive for ambitious medics looking to get the most out of their careers.


If that is something which would interest you register on our website today. A dream move could be closer than you might imagine.


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