New South Wales. Psychologists Tribunal
Psychology - registered psychologist supervising provisionally registered psychologist - finding of professional misconduct - conduct substantially relates to circumstances arising from information provided by a client to provisionally registered psychologist under the supervision of the Respondent - information regarding abuse of child - failure to/significant delay in report to Department of Community Services.
Victoria. Coroners Court
Septic, shock, medical, treatment, Kyabram.
This was an inquest into the death of baby Summer Niefhoff from perinatal asphyxia. On 29 August 2007, Sumer's mother (Brooke) was admitted to the Healsville and District Hospital and painful contractions commenced spontaneously. She was administered oxytocin, but her cervix dilation remained slow and her pain increased so she was transferred to the Box Hill Hospital where epidural anaesthesia could be administered.
At 3.30pm on 30 August 2007, CTG monitoring commenced at Box Hill. At 4.15pm oxytocin augmentation was recommenced. At 7.15pm Summer's heart rate increased to 160 beats per minute. The midwives found it difficult to monitor the CTG trace as Brooke was particularly restless. Plans were made to deliver via Caesarian section, but these were abandoned because Brooke was fully dilated and was progressing towards a vaginal birth. At 10.37pm electronic monitoring was terminated but manual monitoring continued. Summer was born vaginally at 11.20pm. She had no spontaneous respiratory effort and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. She died shortly after.
The Coroner found that manual monitoring of contractions during oxytocin augmentation, improved pain relief and new training models implemented by Eastern Health may have changed the outcome. The Coroner recommended that the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) review the policychanges implemented by Eastern Health, that RANZCOG and Eastern Health consider the importance of adequate pain relief during oxytocins augmentation with the possibility of regular reviews by an anaesthetist, that Eastern Health reassess oxytocin augmentation when pain relief is not achieved and to record manual assessments of contractions and foetal heart rate.
This was an inquest into the death of Judith Heath from complications arising from acute blood loss. Ms Heath suffered from end-stage renal failure and collapsed during haemodialysis when the line from the dialysis machine to her arteriovenous catheter (Luer-Lok) became disconnected and blood continued to pump from her body. She lost a large amount of blood and later died.
Ms Heath attended Alfred Urology Unit three times a week for haemodialysis, but lived in Rosebud so was on the waiting list at the Frankston and Rosebud hospitals. Places were allocated strictly according to time on the waiting list.
Ms Heath was travelling to and from the Alfred via ambulance, but was finding the arrangements unreliable, tiring and stressful as there were frequent delays. Ambulance Victoria suggested high workload and resource management contributed to the delays.
The Coroner found that her death was caused by the machine alarm failing to sound and the pump failing to stop when the Luer-Lok became disconnected. The Coroner found that it was unlikely Ms Heath intentionally caused her own death.
The Coroner recommended that the Alfred and Ambulance Victoria develop a communication strategy to better inform patients, that sites providing dialysis cooperate better with each other and with Ambulance Victoria regarding placement of patients in regional areas, that the Therapeutic Goods Administration review the Luer-Lok connectors, that a wetness detector is used with Luer- Lok connectors and that the marketers of the machines integrate an emergency response system into the machines.
Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Amendment Determination 2012 (No. 1) - F2012L00172 " as made
Australia. Department of Health & Aged Care
- 10 February 2012 - Grants Announced To Fight Youth Binge Drinking -The Federal Government is continuing its fight against youth binge drinking armed with $10 million to fund 26 community level projects across Australia.
- 9 February 2012 - Means-Test Is About Fairness -Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the private health insurance rebate should be means-tested to bring about fairness for taxpayers.
- 8 February 2012 - Online Tobacco Ads Stubbed Out-The Senate passed legislation restricting online tobacco advertising in Australia on 8 February 2012.
- 7 February 2012 - New national body to support Medicare Locals -A national primary care organisation, the Australian General Practice Network, will form on 1 July 2012 a new national body for Medicare Locals - the Federal Government's landmark new primary health care network.
- 6 February 2012 - New Study Finds Shorter Waiting Times May Save Lives -Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has welcomed a new study that shows the Federal Government's policy of cutting the time patients wait in hospital emergency departments can "save lives".
- 3 February 2012 -
$11 million investment in new Victorian medical school -Health
Minister Tanya Plibersek officially opened the University of Notre
Dame Australia's newly built Melbourne Clinic.
Private Health Insurance Circular
- PHI 07/12 New (day-only) Private Hospital Information
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency
Call for Nominations or Expressions of Interest for appointments to 10 National Boards. - 10 February 2012 | Read Article
Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council
9 February 2012 - 10 of the Best Health and Medical Research Projects 2011 Launch - Cone snails are not an obvious place to look for medicine's next significant breakthrough, but this is exactly where Dr Richard Lewis and his research team have found a promising new treatment for chronic pain. This research, which is currently at the clinical trial stage, makes use of cone snail toxins to create new pain treatments.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007 (10 February 2012)
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration
10 February 2012 - Compositional Guideline: Larix arabinogalactan - Added to current compositional guideline page.
9 February 2012 - The regulatory requirements for in-house IVDs in Australia - This guideline will assist laboratories manufacturing in-house IVDs to fulfill the Australian regulatory requirements.
8 February 2012 - Proposed advisory statements for medicines: Cough and cold medicines for use in children - Consultation on draft advisory statements for medicine labels - cough and cold medicines for use in children.
7 February 2012 - Public consultation on chemicals of security concern - The Attorney-General's Department is inviting feedback on a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for products containing precursor chemicals to homemade explosives.
6 February 2012 - 2012 seasonal influenza vaccines for use in children - Updated safety advisory on seasonal influenza vaccines for use in children.
6 February 2012 - Seasonal influenza vaccines 2012 - Influenza vaccines can change from year to year as new strains of influenza virus appear.
Australian Capital Territory. Department of Health
- 10 February 2012 - Chief Minister calls for investigation into Leader of Opposition -Katy Gallagher, MLA
- 7 February 2012 - HeartLink tackles cardiovascular disease -Katy Gallagher, MLA
- 7 February 2012 - The best Women's and Children's Hospital -Katy Gallagher, MLA
- 6 February 2012 - Paediatrics at the new Women's and Children's Hospital receives $200,000 -Katy Gallagher, MLA
- 4 February 2012 - ACT leads the nation in childhood immunisation -Katy Gallagher, MLA
- 4 February 2012 - $500,000 available for healthy living initiatives -Katy Gallagher, MLA
Draft ACT Immunisation Strategy 2012-2016 - Description: ACT Health Directorate is seeking community comment on the Draft ACT Immunisation Strategy 2012-2016.
Healthy Territory - Summer Edition - Summer Edition (9 February 2012) - See the latest edition of Healthy Territory - ACT Health's magazine for healthcare providers.
New South Wales. Department of Health
- 9 February 2012 - NSW Government To Strengthen Forensic Mental Health System
- 8 February 2012 - Overhaul of IPTAAS a win for country patients
- Closed Head Injury in Adults - Initial Management -PD2012_013-08/02/2012
- Chaplains Subsidy -PD2012_012-07/02/2012
Northern Territory. Department of Health
- Kon Vatskalis - Northern Suburbs Superclinic In Federal Discussions - Health Minister Kon Vatskalis is in Canberra today meeting with the Federal Government's new Health Minister Tanya Plibersek - with the northern suburbs superclinic at the top of the agenda.
- Kon Vatskalis - Territory's Needs Paramount at Disabilities Summit - Health Minister Kon Vatskalis has reinforced the Federal Government's commitment to the Northern Territory's disabilities sector as he prepares to represent the Territory at the high-level Select Council on Disability Reform in Canberra this afternoon.
Queensland. Department of Health
- 9 February 2012 - North Queensland gastro outbreak linked to chicken (PDF, 47KB)
- 9 February 2012 - North West residents urged to practise safe sex (PDF, 54KB)
- 8 February 2012 - Stay safe during post-flood clean-up (PDF, 39KB)
- 7 February 2012 - Charleville Hospital to re-open today (PDF, 39KB)
- 3 February 2012 - Grant boosts sun safety for Normanton kids (PDF, 104KB)
- 3 February 2012 - $2,500 sun safety grant for St Joseph's in Barcaldine (PDF, 104KB
South Australia. Department of Health
- 8 February 2012 - Measles case
- 8 February 2012 - Patient experience remains a priority for SA Health
- 8 February 2012 - Fruit and Veg Month 2012
- 7 February 2012 - Liberals threaten investment in country health
Victoria. Department of Health
- 5 February 2012 - Smart way to find out about teen drinking law - A new smartphone app will help parents and young people understand new Victorian laws regarding alcohol and minors.
- 6 February 2012 - Opportunity to contribute to alcohol and drug reform - Victorians have a new opportunity to contribute to the development of the Whole of Government Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy.
Western Australia. Department of Health
- 8 February 2012 - Minister for Mental Health: Bentley mental health unit upgrade begins
- 8 February 2012 - Minister for Mental Health: Emerging drug, MDPV banned in WA
New Zealand. Ministry of Health
7 February 2012 - Regional Services Planning: How district health boards are working together to deliver better health services - This booklet provides an early indication of progress from clinicians and the sector.
United Kingdom. Department of Health
Responsibility Deal retail partners launch campaign on alcohol units for consumers - As part of their commitment to the Department of Health's Public Health
Responsibility Deal, retailers have today launched a national campaign to raise consumer understanding about the number of alcohol
Estimating the prevalence of autism spectrum conditions in adults - Adults with a more severe learning disability also have a greater likelihood of having autism according to a report published on 31 January 2012 by the NHS Information Centre.
Government publishes response to health committee report on public health - The Government welcomes the House of Commons Health Committee's report on public health and its endorsement of the Government's intention to give greater prominence and priority to public health policy.
"Keep Warm Keep Well" leaflet gives advice on staying healthy in cold weather - During the cold weather, the Department of Health's "Keep Warm Keep Well" leaflet is a useful resource for the public, especially the over 60s and low-income families.
United States of America. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Reform to Require Insurers to Use Plain Language in Describing Health Plan Benefits, Coverage - People in the market for health insurance will soon have clear, understandable and straightforward information on what health plans will cover, what limitations or conditions will apply, and what they will pay for services thanks to the Affordable Care Act - the health reform law - according to final regulations published today.
HHS launches Strong Start initiative to increase healthy deliveries and reduce preterm births - To help reduce the increasing number of preterm births in America and ensure more babies are born healthy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced more than US$40 million in grants to test ways to reverse that trend, as well as a public campaign to reduce early elective deliveries.
We can't wait: Administration announces new steps to fight Alzheimer's disease - The Obama Administration today announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer's disease, including immediately making an additional US$50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer's research.
HealthCare.gov helps same-sex couples find coverage by adding new details - Americans are now able to use HealthCare.gov to search specifically for insurance plans that include coverage for domestic partners, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.
Australian Medical Association
7 February 2012 - Government must strengthen the "pillars" of the health system - AMA Federal Budget Submission 2012-13 - The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Federal Government to use the May Budget to strengthen the "pillars" of the Australian health system at a time when the world is entering a phase of economic uncertainty. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said today that in hard times it is important for governments to strengthen those parts of the health system that will provide the greatest benefit to patients and the community. "There is every indication that this will be a frugal Budget across the board, but health funding must not go backwards," Dr Hambleton said. "The "pillars" of the health system - the parts that work well and which patients and communities rely on - must be recognised and funded accordingly in the Budget," Dr Hambleton said.
6 February 2012 - Invitation for nominations for election to Federal Council as Craft Group Nominees - Invitation for nominations for election to Federal Council as Craft Group Nominees - Nominations should be addressed to the Secretary General (marked "Private and Confidential") and to be valid must be received at AMA House, 42 Macquarie Street, Barton, ACT 2600 no later than 5.00pm (AEDT) 29 February 2012.
6 February 2012 - Invitation for nominations for election to Federal Council as Area Nominees - Invitation for nominations for election to Federal Council as Area Nominees - Nominations should be addressed to the Secretary General (marked "Private and Confidential") and to be valid must be received at AMA House, 42 Macquarie Street, Barton, ACT 2600 no later than 5.00pm (AEDT) 29 February 2012.
3 February 2012 - Submission: Granting registration as a medical practitioner on completion of intern training - The AMA has made a submission to the Medical Board of Australia's second round consultation on the proposed registration standard for granting registration as a medical practitioner on completion of intern training. In it the AMA emphasised that a term in emergency medical care should ideally be completed in an emergency department and recommended that there must be a mechanism for an intern to apply to the MBA to have exceptional circumstances considered on a case-by- case basis.
3 February 2012 - Federal Budget Submission 2012-13: Health - the best investment that governments can make - The AMA Budget Submission identifies areas where additional investment in health care and health infrastructure is needed and should be considered in the forthcoming Federal Budget. The AMA does not suggest that the answer to every question is to spend more and has identified areas where the Government can spend more effectively.
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