Australian Medical Association
Testing our defences
Sydney Morning Herald, General News, 08/05/2021, Deborah Snow, Page 23
The Australian Medical Association has also used the furore over the India flights suspension to mount a fresh push against vulnerabilities in the hotel quarantine system.
“We really want to see our national cabinet exploring what is the post-hotel quarantine future,” AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid told journalists on Tuesday. Read more
New advice on COVID spread puts air quality in the spotlight
The Age, Other, 09/05/2021, Aisha Dow and Michael Koziol
Changing World Health Organisation advice on the airborne transmission risk of COVID-19 has sparked calls for Australian officials to update national guidelines on air quality. [...] A controversial recommendation from the government's Infection Control Expert Group still allows surgical masks and protective eyewear to be used in the routine care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, despite criticism from infection diseases experts and the Australian Medical Association who say surgical masks cannot protect against airborne spread. Read more
Five Australians suffer blood clots after AstraZeneca jab in one week
News.com.au, 08/05/21, Darren Cartwright
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young revealed the 66-year-old Townsville man’s condition had been directly linked to being vaccinated against COVID-19 at a midday press conference on Thursday.
“The TGA, I understand, will announce later today a case of thrombosis following an AstraZeneca vaccination in a 66-year-old gentleman in Townsville,” she said.
“He has been admitted to the ICU.
“TGA has confirmed that his illness is a direct result of the AstraZeneca vaccine.” Read more
COVID live: Queensland, NSW and Victoria open to receiving more flights from India, PM says
ABC News, 07/05/21, Updated 08/05/21, Michael Doyle and Kelsie Iorio
Mr Morrison made the announcement after the latest national Cabinet meeting. Read more
‘It has worked’: Dutton defends Australia’s hotel quarantine system
Sydney Morning Herald, 07/05/21, Lydia Lynch
'It has worked': Dutton defends Australia's hotel quarantine system ... Defence Minister Peter Dutton has defended the use of hotels to quarantine ... Victoria and Queensland have stagnated as negotiations between state and federal ... Read more
Qld hospital not treating virus cases
The West Australian, 07/05/21, AAP
Queensland's second-largest hospital hasn't treated a coronavirus patient for more than a month after an outbreak was traced to its infectious diseases ward.
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane has been locked down twice in recent months due to two separate COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. Read more
Hotel quarantine now mandatory for some Sydney travellers to Qld
MyGC.com.au, 07/05/21, Shanee Dobeson
Anyone arriving in Queensland who has been to a COVID-19 exposure site in Sydney is being forced into hotel quarantine for two weeks.
The new measure, announced by the State’s top doctor on Thursday, kicked in at 1.00am on Friday and is now mandatory.
It comes as the sunshine state attempts to limit the risk of the virus potentially leaking from NSW into Queensland.
‘I’ll never take anything for granted’: Brisbane doctor’s battle with long COVID
The Courier Mail, 07/05/21, Jane Armitstead
At 26 years of age, Brisbane doctor Jack Cooper thought he would be able to beat COVID quickly when he was diagnosed last year. But he’s still battling chest pains and headaches. Read more
COVID Qld: Vaccine benefits far outweigh clotting risks
The Courier Mail, 07/05/21, Madura McCormack
Doctors fear the latest cases of rare blood clots could increase vaccine hesitancy in the community — despite the benefits far outweighing the risks. Read more
Public Health and Medical Practice
No time to wait: royal commission's aged-care reforms must be implemented immediately
The Australian, Business News, 10/05/2021, Cam Ansell, Page 18
While the recommendations provided in the aged care royal commission's final report are complex, the fundamental principle is simple. It recognises that older Australians should receive care and support when they need it, not when the federal government decides it can afford it. Read more (behind paywall)
Labor says the budget pitch to women is too little, too late
Canberra Times, General News, 10/05/2021, Karen Barlow, Page 4
Federal Labor has criticised the Morrison government budget measures on childcare, health, economic security, and domestic violence to support women as "managing a political problem" and coming too little, too late. There is more to be revealed on Tuesday's budget night, but as part of a stand-alone 50-page Budget Statement on Women there is a $354 million package to improve health outcomes for women and girls, a reported $680 million revamp of domestic violence prevention measures and $1.7 billion package to make childcare more affordable particularly for parents of multiple children.
ACRRM welcomes Rural Bulk Billing Incentive
Media release, ACRRM, 08/05/21
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it will boost bulk billing incentives to improve healthcare provision in rural and remote communities.
Canavan, Stoker make bold claims at Brisbane pro-life rally
Brisbane Times, 08/05/21, Toby Crockford
Queensland LNP senator Matt Canavan has announced at a pro-life rally in ... In March this year, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the number of ... Read more
$7m hospital expansion eases the burden on Bowen patients
The Courier Mail, 07/05/21, Kirra Grimes
Regional Health Assistant Minister Julieanne Gilbert said there would be up ... The Mackay MP said the Queensland Government had also allocated ... Read more
The juggle is real for orthopaedic surgeon mums
Courier Mail, 08/05/21, Jackie Sinnerton
A cultural shift is happening in Queensland hospitals with more women ... Orthopaedics has long been considered best suited for big burly doctors ... Read more
Ambulance ramping Qld: Woman dies after diabetic coma from hospital food
Courier Mail, 09/05/21, Hayden Johnson
State Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said public health workers were doing an “exceptional job every single day” across Queensland. “Amid ... Read more
Noel Hayman awarded honorary doctorate
News, The University of Sydney, 06/05/21
Professor Hayman has been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (honoris ... medical students to graduate from the University of Queensland, in 1990. ... A founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, ... Read more