New South Wales (NSW)
29 May 2013 - Rasmussen v South Western Sydney Local Health District  NSWSC 656
The plaintiff was the mother of a child who died when he was four days old, due to the hospital's negligence. The plaintiff claimed damages for nervous shock arising from her son's death. The defendant admitted liability and accepted the plaintiff had suffered a recognisable psychiatric injury by reason of her son's death. The issue before the Court was quantum.
Judge Adamson awarded damages to the plaintiff totalling $366,903.60, broken down into the following heads:
||$214,000 (40% of the most extreme case)|
Her Honour considered in detail the plaintiff's loss of earning capacity. The plaintiff claimed she would have returned to full time work if her son had lived. However Her Honour critically examined the plaintiff's evidence which reflected a hypothetical intention. Her Honour stated that s 5D(3) of the Civil Liability Act 2002 served to render largely inadmissible plaintiff's evidence as to what they would have done if the negligent person had not been negligent. Her Honour was satisfied that, but for her son's death, the plaintiff would likely have achieved a higher level in her employment, but was not satisfied that she would have returned to full-time work while her children were young. Her Honour also recognised that the traumatic event of her son's death and its consequences will result in the diminution of her future earning capacity.
New South Wales. Pharmacy Tribunal
27 May 2013 - Health Care Complaints Commission of NSW (HCCC) v Cahill  NSWPHT 4
Pharmacist - complaints - convictions - offences - possession and supply - drugs of addiction - prescribed restricted substances - prohibited drugs - self-administration - fail comply with storage requirements; fail enter drug register; Poisons & Therapeutic Goods Act; 1966; Drugs Misuse & Trafficking Act 1985; unsatisfactory professional conduct - professional misconduct - not suitable person to hold registration as pharmacist - impairment.
New South Wales. Medical Tribunal
22 May 2013 - HCCC v Dr Maendel (No 2)  NSWMT 10
New South Wales. Chiropractors Tribunal
21 May 2013 - HCCC v Woods (No 2)  NSWCHT 2
Health practitioner - chiropractor – unsatisfactory professional conduct – professional misconduct – boundary violations - complaints by four female patient re: inappropriate comments, touching, text messaging - lack of consent.
Victoria. Coroners Court
22 May 2013 - Inquest into the death of Corey Irving Wright COR-2006-3504.
Death by suicide - involuntary psychiatric patient.
24 May 2013 - LS v Mental Health Review Board  WASCA 128
On 22 July 2011, the appellant commenced proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal seeking review of the Mental Health Review Board's decision to continue her involuntary psychiatric admission. On 15 August the appellant was discharged on a community treatment order but on 22 August the Board found the Community Treatment Order (CTO) had not been validly made under the Mental Health Act. The Board determined she was no longer an involuntary patient and it did not have jurisdiction to review her involuntary status. On 20 April 2012 the Tribunal dismissed the appellant's application for review because the Tribunal had no jurisdiction as the patient was no longer involuntary. The appellant appealed.
The grounds of appeal were that the Tribunal made errors of law in concluding that when a person ceases to be an involuntary patient, the Tribunal's power and the obligation of the Board to carry out reviews "falls away." The Court found that the Tribunal's task was to determine whether, at the date of review, the involuntary order should continue to have effect. The Tribunal's jurisdiction did not "fall away;" it's power was to dismiss the proceedings due to lack of substance or strike it out for judicial review. The Court also held that the Board is required to carry out review of whether involuntary orders should continue to have effect. The review provision of the Act only applies if the person has been continuously an involuntary patient. The Tribunal therefore did not err in law, and the appeal was dismissed.
Therapeutic goods order no. 88 - Standards for donor selection, testing, and minimising infectious disease transmission via therapeutic goods that are human blood and blood components, human tissues and human cellular therapy products.
New South Wales
Public Health (Exclusion of Unvaccinated Children from Child Care) Amendment Bill 2013 - Private Members Bill.
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing
31 May 2013 - Newcastle headspace to help young people through hard times. Young people in Newcastle with mental health issues will get better support in dealing with their challenges, with the launch of a new headspace service in Newcastle.
30 May 2013 - More health professionals and services for rural Australia. Australians living in rural and remote areas will have better access to essential medical services thanks to a $179 million investment from the Gillard Government that will bring more health professionals to areas that have found it hard to attract them.
30 May 2013 - Retirement of Robyn Kruk AM. Ms Robyn Kruk AM has advised the Prime Minister that she will shortly retire from the Australian Public Service and from her role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Mental Health Commission.
29 May 2013 - Food and health dialogue communiqué. The Australian government has announced a further $800,000 to continue the ground breaking work of the Food and Health Dialogue.
28 May 2013 - Better dental care for young Australians. The Australian Government's $2.7 billion dental program Grow Up Smiling is now ready to help children access better dental health care from 1 January 2014.
28 May 2013 - Reducing over 2,000 tonnes of salt from our diets. The Australian Government is boosting its support for the Food and Health Dialogue, which is helping reduce over 2,000 tonnes of salt, as well as sugar and saturated fat in processed foods.
27 May 2013 - Aged care legislation passes the House of Representatives. Five bills have been passed in the House of Representatives today in a major step forward for the Australian Government's $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.
27 May 2013 - Inflammatory bowel disease: High impact on young Australians. Inflammatory bowel diseases are having a disproportionate impact on younger Australians.
27 May 2013 - Kidney health week and a new reason to test for kidney function. At the launch of national Kidney Health Week, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Shayne Neumann, announced that a kidney function test will be added to the minimum requirements of the annual cycle of care under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) diabetes incentive to encourage GP's to identify chronic kidney disease in patients with diabetes earlier.
27 May 2013 - Report on pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) contradicts flawed Medicines Australia analysis. A new Federal Government and industry report reveals the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme continues to grow with new drug listings and increased demand for existing drugs the main drivers of increased spending.
26 May 2013 - Myths and realities about immunisation revealed in new booklet. Practitioners and parents will be provided with latest scientific information on immunisation with the release of the newest edition of the Immunisation Myths and Realities booklet, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today.
24 May 2013 - Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) launches new website. FSANZ's website has been refreshed with a new look and feel and improved navigation - benefiting the thousands of visitors it receives every day.
24 May 2013 - Independent review of health workforce programs released. The final report of the independent review into Australian Government's health workforce programs has been released.
Private Health Insurance Circulars
May 2013 - Myths and Realities is a resource for immunisation providers to help answer patients' questions and concerns about immunisation. This new edition of Myths and Realities has been prepared by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). Hard copies will be distributed to all immunisation providers from June 2013. | Read article
Australia. COAG Reform Council
Healthcare 2011-12 - Comparing performance across Australia - Our fourth report on the national healthcare agreement finds Australians are smoking less and living longer, but obesity rates are rising. This agreement aims to improve health outcomes for all Australians, and improve the sustainability of our health system. | Read article
Disability 2011-12 - Comparing performance across Australia - Our fourth report on the National Disability Agreement finds that more needs to be done to assist people with disability to enjoy the same opportunities as other Australians. This agreement aims to remove the barriers to economic and social participation faced by people with disability and their carers. | Read article
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
31 May 2013 - Consultation: Consultation regulation impact statement: Regulating the advertising of therapeutic goods to the general public. The TGA is seeking comments on proposals for the future regulatory framework for advertising of therapeutic goods to the general public. Closing date: 12 July 2013.
30 May 2013 - Cyproterone: Products containing cyproterone with ethinyloestradiol, such as Diane- 35. Updated information for health professionals and consumers regarding a safety advisory on Diane-35.
30 May 2013 - Conference participation by the TGA. Added a list informing stakeholders about TGA participation in events and conferences.
30 May 2013 - Advisory committee on the safety of medical devices (ACSMD) meeting statement, meeting 3, 2 May 2013. Added the ACSMD meeting statement, Meeting 3, 2 May 2013.
30 May 2013 - Documents released under Section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Added FOI 156-1213.
29 May 2013 - Consultation: Proposal for automatic adoption of new versions of the PIC/S guide to good manufacturing practice for medicinal products. The TGA is seeking comments on the proposed automatic adoption of new versions of the PIC/S guide to good manufacturing practice for medicinal products (PIC/S GMP). Closing date: 10 July 2013.
29 May 2013 - Therapeutic goods orders. Therapeutic goods order no. 88 - Standards for donor selection, testing, and minimising infectious disease transmission via therapeutic goods that are human blood and blood components, human tissues and human cellular therapy products registered on the federal register of legislative instruments.
29 May 2013 - Manufacturing principles & guidelines. Therapeutic goods (manufacturing principles) determination no. 1 of 2013 registered on the federal register of legislative instruments.
28 May 2013 - Advisory committee on the safety of medicines (ACSOM) meeting statement, Meeting 17, 10 May 2013. Added the ACSOM meeting statement, meeting 17, 10 May 2013.
28 May 2013 - Bayer Australia Limited - Berocca performance (Complaint no. 2010-10-017). Decision under regulation 9 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 in relation to an advertisement about the product "Berocca performance."
27 May 2013 - Codman Certas programmable valves. Health professionals and consumers are advised that Johnson & Johnson Medical has initiated a recall of all unused stock and issued a hazard alert to implanting surgeons for two Codman Certas programmable valve products.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council
29 May 2013 - Change of registration status - Heath care insurance limited - Registered Funds--13/11.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency & the boards
28 May 2013 - The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) health practice board of Australia releases its latest communiqué. | Read article
24 May 2013 - The Chinese medicine board of Australia releases its latest newsletter. | Read article
31 May 2013 - The medical board of Australia and Australian medical council have released a joint newsletter on the national internship framework. | Read article
24 May 2013 - The medical board releases its latest communiqué. | Read article
29 May 2013 - The Victorian optometrists training and education (VOTE) trust 2013-2014 applications are open from 1 June 2013 to 31 July 2013. | Read article
30 May 2013 - The steering committee for the binational project to develop shared entry-level qualifying statements for the physiotherapy profession has been released. | Read article
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
27 May 2013 - On the radar – Issue 128.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council
New South Wales. Ministry of Health
31 May 2013 - Crack down on prank callers.
30 May 2013 - New era of mental health care in south-western Sydney.
29 May 2013 - Rural & regional hospital rebuild update.
29 May 2013 - Tamworth hospital redevelopment main works milestone.
28 May 2013 - NSW Government boosts childhood vaccination laws.
27 May 2013 - Safety alert broadcast system policy directive - PD2013_009.
30 May 2013 - Ownership and status of health records of people in immigration detention IB2013_020.
29 May 2013 - Notification of obsolete policy directive PD2006_044 - IB2013_019.
Northern Territory. Department of Health
Queensland. Department of Health
South Australia. Department for Health &Ageing
31 May 2013 - The number of South Aussie smokers running out of puff-Hon Jack Snelling MP. The number of smokers in South Australia is continuing to decline, according to recently released data. | Read article
31 May 2013 - Recognising the supreme sacrifice of SA's Aboriginal servicemen and women-Hon Jack Snelling MP. Hon Ian Hunter MLC-A new memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground will honour the many Aboriginal South Australians who have made the supreme sacrifice for their nation. | Read article
29 May 2013 - BreastScreen SA review report released-Hon Jack Snelling MP. The findings of an independent review into BreastScreen SA's lower than expected cancer detection rates from digital screening technology have been released today. | Read article
28 May 2013 - Construction starts on Mt Barker maternity re-development-Hon Jack Snelling MP. Construction has started on the $3.8 million redevelopment of the obstetrics wing at Mount Barker District Soldier's Memorial Hospital. | Read article
26 May 2013 - More paramedics for more frontline support-Hon Jack Snelling MP. The State Government will invest an extra $4 million a year to boost the ranks of the South Australian Ambulance Service with an additional 34 paramedics. | Read article
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
Victoria. Department of Health
30 May 2013 - Numurkah hospital, come on down! The Numurkah community can see tangible evidence of the first steps towards their new hospital with demolition contractors having started work in recent days, Health Minister David Davis said today.
28 May 2013 - Healthier smiles for Victorians. Health Minister David Davis has launched a new $14.9 million plan to prevent dental problems such as decay and gum disease as part of healthy together Victoria.
27 May 2013 - Public hospital doctors agree on pay deal. Victoria's public hospital doctors have reached an agreement on a pay deal, consistent with the Coalition Government's wages policy. Health Minister David Davis said the in-principle agreement with medical staff had been reached through genuine negotiation without the need for industrial action.
24 May 2013 - Plibersek must explain long waits for general practitioner (GP) access and deteriorating performance. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform council report healthcare 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia confirms that more people in all States are having to wait longer than 24 hours to see a family doctor, Minister for Health David Davis said.
Western Australia. Department of Health
31 May 2013 - Healthy tips to combat winter blues.
30 May 2013 - GREaT new program to get a taste of nursing.
New Zealand. Ministry of Health
27 May 2013 - New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016.
United Kingdom. Department of Health
25 May 2013 - Expansion of ground breaking scheme to support NHS staff.
Canada. Health Canada
Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Urgent advice to members - Australasian health professionals directory. Members may have recently received a notice advertising the Australasian Health Professionals Directory (AUAHP) and asking you to update your details. The unsigned cover letter advises you to update your details for inclusion in a "listing" in the directory. The first line says "The basic data is published free of charge." This is not the case. The fine print provides that the listing will be for a minimum of three years, at $1300 per year, and will continue on for the following year after that if not cancelled within three months of the current contract period.
British Medical Association (BMA)
28 May 2013 - Female genital mutilation (FMG) spells pain. As a medical soap opera highlights the devastating outcomes of female genital mutilation, the BMA finds out how doctors have an umportant role in protecting young females from the illegal practice.
24 May 2013 - Concern new death certificates could cause more grief. GPs warned that bereaved relatives could suffer unnecessary distress unless more time was given to implementing the new death certification process.
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