Australia: Health Alert: 13 February 2012


New South Wales. Psychologists Tribunal

Health Care Complaints Commission v DONNELLY [2012] NSWPST 3 (2 February 2012

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

450807 David Crisfield 1.6MB

Septic, shock, medical, treatment, Kyabram.

345207 Summer Elizabeth Rose Niefhoff (PDF 1.88MB)

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.

339906 Judith Elizabeth (PDF 3.84MB)

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

Media releases

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

Media releases

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

Media releases

Northern Territory. Department of Health

Media releases

Queensland. Department of Health

Media releases

Mutual acceptance of scientific and ethical review for multi-centre clinical trials between Queensland and Victoria

South Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

Victoria. Department of Health

Media releases

Western Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

WA Health Performance Report – October to December 2011 Quarter (PDF 550KB)

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. helps same-sex couples find coverage by adding new details - Americans are now able to use 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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