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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:46 pm 
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Transition to Full NDIS Scheme - COAG

A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council has committed to a full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and says it is considering various approaches towards transition plans.

The COAG Communique said all Governments agreed that a key consideration will be ensuring that transition results in a sustainable scheme with high-quality supports for people with disability.

“All Governments endorse the aim of being fair to both existing clients of disability services and those who are not yet receiving support,” the statement said.

The Council acknowledged the transition arrangements being developed will not apply to Western Australia (WA).

“In WA, a comparative trial of the NDIA and My Way models will inform future decisions about roll-out of the NDIS,” COAG said.

“All eligible participants will transition to the NDIS in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) trial in 2016. Queensland is getting ready for the NDIS and will transition to the scheme between 2016 and 2019.”

The Council agreed there is more to be done by Governments, working in consultation with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board, Agency, service providers and participants, their families and carers, to get ready for full roll-out of the NDIS.

“The NDIS represents an enormous transformation,” COAG said. The Council agreed the transition needs to be managed carefully to avoid unnecessary risks and ensure high-quality supports to people with disability.

“Governments acknowledged the importance of expanding the market carefully, so providers of support are ready and a high-quality workforce is in place as the sector expands during transition to full scheme.

“Each jurisdiction’s approach to transition and the phasing in of clients will take account of their local circumstances and promote the best possible outcomes for people with disability.”

The Council asked officials to continue work to consider the feasibility of options for transition. It agreed that operational plans for each jurisdiction for the transition to full scheme will be agreed by the end of June 2015, excluding the ACT that has already developed transition plans.

“All Governments will ensure that the transition to full scheme is achieved, consistent with the timeframes and funding arrangements set out in the Heads of Agreements already signed between the Commonwealth and State Governments,” the COAG Communique said.

“In the meantime, many people with disability are already accessing supports in the NDIS in the trial sites across Australia, and the roll-out of trials will continue as planned.”

Policy Framework

COAG Ministers considered a range of supporting policy matters as part of the transition to the full scheme.

The Council discussed advocacy and the NDIS. The Council said that further work will be undertaken on the relationship between the NDIS and advocacy, including a review of the National Disability Advocacy Framework.

The Council agreed to the policy framework for the provision of NDIS information, linkages and capacity building (ILC) supports, formerly known as Tier 2, for people with disability, their families and carers. The Council said consultation may be required with stakeholders on the implementation of ILC in each jurisdiction.

The Council agreed to a consultation paper and approach to the development of a nationally consistent, risk-based quality and safeguards framework for the NDIS.

“The paper will form the consultation element of a COAG Regulatory Impact Statement,” it said.

The Council said external consultation will be undertaken in early 2015 and that it would be asked to endorse the framework by the end of 2015.

The COAG meeting was chaired by Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services.

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Tax older Aussies for healthcare: report

AUSTRALIA may have to tax the retirement wealth of babyboomers or encourage medical savings accounts to pay for the cost blowout of healthcare by 2050.

THE Actuaries Institute is calling for drastic action to fix the sustainability of the health system, saying the working population could be forced to pay double their own health costs to subsidise older Australians.

The institute says that by 2050 seven out of every 100 people would be 85-years-old - compared to just three in every 100 now.

Their healthcare costs are four times that of someone who is 50-years-old, the report "Who will fund our Health?" says.

Apart from suggesting people be encouraged to work longer, the institute says Australia may have to tap into the wealth of retirees to pay for their healthcare.

An increasing amount of wealth was being concentrated in the hands of babyboomers, it says.

"This fact leads to the question - does it make sense, and is it equitable, to ask this cohort to pay more to help fund future health costs?," the report asks.

Other solutions include Medical Savings Accounts to encourage people to save towards their healthcare in old age.

They could either be voluntary or compulsory, and even linked to superannuation contributions, the institute says.

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Heart Attack Deaths Peak On Christmas Day

With only a few days left before Christmas, the stress of overspending, getting together with family, buying those perfect gifts, and then anticipating enormous credit card statements is enough to make anyone sick. Medical studies show more people die from heart attacks on Christmas Day than any other time of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, high blood pressure affects one in three Americans. Add on chronic stress, and experts say there’s a reason that high blood pressure is called the silent killer.

“You can have it and have virtually no symptoms and not really know it, not recognize it,” says David Brown, MD, a cardiologist at the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. “It’s a big deal.”

According to Dr. Brown, “it can cause heart disease, heart attacks. It causes disease in the brain that leads to stroke. It causes kidney disease that leads to kidney failure that leads to dialysis. The list goes on,” as reported by CBS 11.

Researchers found that more fatal heart attacks occur on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. The second-busiest day is December 26, and the third-busiest is January 1. The pattern has continued for so long that health care workers coined the term “Christmas Coronary.”

Medical experts also believe colder weather could contribute to the increase in heart attacks, constricting the arteries, as reported by Time Warner News. Other possible factors include emotional and chronic stress and overindulgence. During the holidays, many people eat too much and drink more alcohol while neglecting their exercise routines or not exercising at all, which is not healthy for the heart. People tend to gain weight during the holiday season by eating high caloric meals and desserts and take in more salt, which can put additional stress on a weakened heart.

Another factor making heart attacks more fatal this time of year is that many people don’t want to stop their holiday activities to seek medical treatment, although people’s chances of surviving a heart attack greatly increase the faster medical care is received. Experts urge anyone who even suspects they might be having a heart attack or stroke to call 911 for an ambulance.

According to the American Heart Association, some symptoms of a heart attack include the following.

• chest discomfort
• pain in the arms, back, neck, or jaw
• shortness of breath
• nausea
• lightheadedness

Heart attack symptoms often differ between men and women as reported by the Inquisitr. People may or may not have any or all of these symptoms, so please follow your heart if you suspect that you or someone else may be having a heart attack so they get the help they need to have many more Christmases to celebrate.

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Circumcision technology is safer

MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged local companies to export their modern circumcision technologies, which are safer and less painful.

HE said new circumcision technologies developed by local companies such as Flushcutter, Tara Clamp and Sunathrone reduce pain and make the process simpler, the Bernama news agency reported.

"In fact, it only takes 10 minutes for one session and is a simple process without stitching, without bandaging and without pain," he said before the start of a mass circumcision ceremony at his home town in Pekan in the state of Pahang.

"Children using this method of circumcision are said to be able to carry out their routine daily activities such as bathing and praying," he added.

"[The process] is most suitable for export abroad."

He said that previously the person who performed circumcisions was often feared by children.

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Federal court rules Homoeopathy Plus! misled consumers about whooping cough vaccine

SCIENCE: 1, anti-vaccination movement: 0.

An online homoeopathy business who told consumers the whooping cough vaccine was “unreliable at best” and “largely ineffective” has breached Australian consumer law, the federal court has ruled.

On Tuesday, the court found that Homoeopathy Plus! engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to statements and articles on its website about the whooping cough vaccine.

Homoeopathy Plus! claimed that the vaccine for whooping cough is ineffective and unreliable and that homeopathic treatments were an effective alternative.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission first examined the matter in 2012 and says the court’s ruling is a significant victory “for common sense”.

“We were worried if people were reading these kind of statement they would choose not to have the vaccine and rely on one of these homeopathic treatments,” the ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court told news.com.au. “There are real public safety risks that come from that kind of statement.”

‘It’s a win for common sense’

Ms Courts said the court heard a significant amount of medical evidence.

“They heard from three medical experts and Homeopathic Plus also called some medical evidence. But the court found that there was no credible scientific basis for the claims that Homoeopathy Plus! was making and that there is ample evidence that the whooping cough vaccine does a good job in protecting the majority of people.”

Homoeopathy Plus is an online business that sells homoeopathy products and advocates for homoeopathy treatment. A spokesman was unable to provide comment to news.com.au.

On the business’ Facebook page — which was more than 27,000 fans — the organisation thanked its supporters “who wished for a different outcome”.

The matter will return to court in February to when it will hear submissions on penalty notices. The maximum penalty for breaching consumer law is $1.1 million for a business and $220,000 for an individual.

Whooping cough is a highly infectious respiratory disease which is most serious in young children.

Medical professionals have expressed concern at the anti-vaccination movement, which has gained momentum in some wealthy Australian suburbs.

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Christmas twins are born to Tuggeranong couple

Tuggeranong couple Melissa Harrison and Dane Muench could not have asked Santa for a better Christmas present.

The proud parents will now have double the reason to celebrate on Christmas each year after welcoming their twin daughters into the world on Thursday.

The girls, who are yet to be named, were born just eight minutes apart at 7.44am and 7.52am at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Mum was doing well and said she could not have asked for a better way to celebrate Christmas Day.

"I'm feeling really good," the 24-year-old said.

Mr Muench, 30, said they were yet to decide on names for the twins.

"They can just be the Christmas twins for a little while," he said.

Ms Harrison said her partner knew the twins were going to be Christmas babies.

Ms Harrison was 37 weeks and three days pregnant when the twins decided they couldn't wait any longer to enter the world.

"We came in on Wednesday morning for a discussion about what was going to happen and then we went home," she said.

But after enjoying a Christmas Eve dinner, the couple had to make a return to hospital with the twins on their way.

The proud parents were not the only ones overjoyed with the twins' arrival, with big brother Travis, 4, also pretty pleased that Father Christmas decided to bring him two baby sisters.

"I think he's over the moon and he's adjusting really well," Ms Harrison said.

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Five essential tips to avoid food poisoning at your festive event

If there is one thing that can truly ruin a party, it's having guests struck down with violent food poisoning.

That was the fate of a celebration in Australia's Victorian bayside suburb of Portsea on Christmas Day.

What should have been a typical Christmas in the sun turned into a nightmare when as many as 34 guests started suffering nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

One guest, a 38-year-old man, spent three hours in hospital on Christmas night and paramedics treated 12 others at the party, which had been catered by guests.

But health experts say the horrific ordeal could have been avoided had basic food safety precautions been taken.

Dr Thomas Razga, an emergency medicine specialist, sees cases of food poisoning every day at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

"Everyday we would have multiple patients coming in with either infectious gastroenteritis or, particularly around this party season, anything from mild to quite severe cases of food poisoning from poorly prepared and stored food," he said.

Dr Razga said in some cases food poisoning could even become life-threatening.

So before you prepare the vol-au-vents for your New Year's Eve party, here are five vital tips to avoid a catering disaster.

Keep it hot or keep it cool

Food poisoning bacteria grow best in temperatures between between four and 60 degrees.

Dr Razga said it is important to keep cooked food outside of this range to avoiding a bacteria outbreak.

"Basically, having food warm for an extended period of time is a really healthy environment for bacteria to multiply in," he said.

"Not only do they multiply, but so do toxic substances potentially made by those bacteria, and that can make people very sick very quickly."

He said any food that had been cooked and then cooled needed to be thoroughly reheated, and that any cooked food that was going to be eaten cold should be kept refrigerated.

Separate your cooked and uncooked foods

"Always isolate your raw ingredients from your cooked ingredients, so your raw ingredients aren't getting contaminated by the raw stuff," Dr Razga said.

"Don't chop your chicken up and then use the same chopping board and knife to slice up your salad, because you're going to have a whole lot of raw chicken contaminating the fresh ingredients."

Wash your hands

When food poisoning is caused by an infectious bacteria or virus, washing your hands with warm, soapy water is vital to avoid it spreading between people.

"I hate to think that someone would go to the toilet and then go and prepare the chicken for dinner," Dr Razga said.

"But it's important to wash your hands before and after handling food, particularly raw food like chicken and seafood."

Be smart at the market

The Victorian Department of Health recommends buying hot and cold foods at the end of your shopping trip and keeping them separate on your way home.

Make sure the hot food is steaming hot and don't buy frozen or chilled food that has been left out of the fridge or freezer.

The department also recommends to make sure the person serving you is wearing gloves when handling food – but not when cleaning or handling money – and uses separate tongs for different food types.

Avoid food that is past its use-by date and avoid food in swollen or damaged cans or containers.

Never buy cracked or dirty eggs and make sure they are cooked until they are hot all the way through.

And if I get sick?

While most bouts of food poisoning will pass without medical treatment, it is important to stop it from spreading further.

"It depends how unwell they feel … in mild cases, it's easily treated with pain killers and plenty of fluids so you don't get dehydrated," he said.

"But if they can't look after themselves, then they really should seek medical help."

Dr Razga said any food that may have caused the illness should be thrown out, and in cases of bacterial or viral illness, those affected should wash their hands thoroughly to avoid passing it to others.

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Mum-of-two drank herself to death - downing up to 330 units a WEEK

A widower has revealed the heartache of his young children’s first Christmas without their mum who drank herself to death downing vodka for breakfast and five bottles of wine a day.

Vicky White fought a 25 year battle with alcoholism, sometimes drinking 330 units of booze a week despite repeated warnings from health experts.

The 38-year-old, who had previously beaten the bottle in 2012, suffered a relapse during last summer which proved fatal as her kidney failed and she slipped into a deadly coma.

Now boyfriend Steve Hough has detailed his partner’s devastating battle against her addiction to deter others from experiencing a similar tragic fate.

Vicky’s children Jack, 17, and Mia, seven, last week marked the festive period for the first time without their mum.

When she was taken to hospital, hugely bloated at 18 stone, 22 firefighters were needed to carry her outside, with the banisters and back door removed to give her room to be rescued.

Steve, 43, said: “Like every family with young children, we always loved Christmas. But this year, our first without her, was hard.

“All Mia wanted for Christmas was to have her mum back again.”

Vicky, from Liverpool, managed to stop boozing several times, but repeatedly fell off the wagon, starting to drink again for two weeks before her death in July.

Steve said: “Vicky didn’t want to drink and she tried so hard to stop, but it just controlled her. She became a different person.

“My heart breaks for the kids. It took days for me to find the courage to tell Mia that her mummy is an angel in the sky and she was sobbing.

“I just want Vicky’s story to be a lesson for others.”

When Vicky was admitted to hospital, her illness was so bad she couldn’t recognise her boyfriend.

The mum was so dependant on alcohol, a habit which started with bottles down in the park when she was 13, that she drank two bottles of cider before Jack’s Holy Communion ceremony.

The boozing became so regular that her skin and eyes turned yellow and people assumed she was pregnant because she had ballooned in size.

In 2011, during one near-miss, medics drained nine gallons of fluid, 42 litre bottles-worth of Coke, from her organs, leaving her five stone lighter, with warnings that just one more drink could kill her.

Mr Hough said: “I feel absolutely lost. I didn’t know how to help Vicky when she was alive, and I certainly don’t know how to carry on now she has gone.

“Our first Christmas without her was very tough. All I tried to do was give the kids the best Christmas I could.”

Vicky's story has featured on the BBC's Panorama's Dying For A Drink.

To watch her story visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14362154

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Missing specialist appointments costing Queensland $3.8 million each month

Missed a specialist appointment?

According to the government, you've contributed to Queensland losing $22.8 million so far this financial year.

Acting Health Minister Scott Emerson said $3.8 million was lost state wide each month because of people missing their out-patient appointments with specialists.

The government did not reveal how many patients were involved in that loss or provide a regional breakdown, but the figure was more than what the government said was lost monthly during the 2012-13 financial year, when $2.6 million was lost each month.

"We understand that there's sometimes a good reason why patients miss appointments but it's important that people keep their appointments to ensure they progress through the health system," Mr Emerson said.

"Our focus will now be on specialist outpatient appointments waiting lists, and as hospital performances continue to improve, we need the support of patients to ensure valuable appointments aren't missed.

"For our patients, these are opportunities lost."

The focus on missed appointments comes as the government prepares for its "wait time guarantee" launch on February 1, a program modelled on Scandinavian health systems that it has spent the past month "explaining" in television, radio, print and online ads.

But for those who missed it, here's Mr Emerson explaining it one more time – Queenslanders on the waiting list will receive their elective surgery in the medically recommended time or - "If your local hospital and health service can't provide treatment within the medically recommended time, you will be offered the next available appointment in a public or private hospital in the state at no cost to you".

The government has been keen to spruik its waiting list figures, but the Opposition has been just as keen to point out there is still a substantial number of people on the waiting list to get on the waiting list.

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SA doctors fight record flu season

Doctors are calling for more South Australians to get flu shots after the state recorded its worst influenza season on record.

SA Health Minister Jack Snelling says the 2014 flu season was even more severe than the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

There were 11,042 cases of the flu in SA during 2014, surpassing the previous record of 10,776 in 2009.

The flu season peaked between August and September and affected all age groups.

Mr Snelling said its severity had placed unprecedented demand on hospitals.

The government came under attack in 2014 after several incidents of ramping - the prolonged queuing of ambulances outside hospitals - at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Flinders Medical Centre's Emergency Department director Alan O'Connor said the surge in flu cases showed that South Australians needed to get vaccinated.

"The more people who are vaccinated, the less chance the illness spreads throughout the rest of the community," he said.

"Also, if you are vaccinated and you do catch the flu, the vaccine lessens the severity of the illness."

SA Health distributed a record 370,472 flu shots in 2014.

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Anesthesiologist in fatal Joan Rivers proceedure is identified

The anesthesiologist involved in Joan Rivers’ botched throat procedure — who, experts say, could have prevented the comedian’s death — was Renuka Reddy Bankulla, The New York Post has learned.

Bankulla, 47, was the third doctor responsible for Rivers’ treatment besides then-Yorkville Endoscopy medical director Lawrence Cohen and celebrity ear, nose and throat specialist Gwen Korovin, but she has never been identified publicly.

Besides administering anesthesia and sedatives, anesthesiologists “must vigilantly watch the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs,” to ensure the patient can breathe, and “intervene promptly” when the patient is in trouble, said Dr. Karen Sibert, a private anesthesiologist in Los Angeles who specializes in treating high-risk adults.

Approached by The Post outside her home in Scarsdale, Bankulla jumped in a car and left.

“Neither Dr. Bankulla nor I have any comment on this subject,” said her lawyer, Bruce Brady. Bankulla has been silent since the fateful Aug. 28 procedure at the East 93rd Street clinic.

Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a procedure and died on September 4 at age 81.

When investigators for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services attempted to question Bankulla she declined to cooperate saying she had been advised by lawyers not to discuss the case.

She only told probers that she had given the comedienne 120 milligrams of Propofol – not the 300 stated in medical records. She explained that she had accidently “double-clicked” on computerized records. Bankulla also neglected to record River’s weight, which is necessary to determine how much anesthesia to administer.

“The physicians in charge of the patient failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure,” the report says.

The city medical examiner has ruled Rivers’ died from a severe lack of oxygen to the brain.

Bankulla got her MD in 1991 from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, state records show. She trained at Flushing Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. She no longer works at Yorkville Endoscopy, the clinic said.

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Should You Take A Daily Aspirin Or Not?

It's starting to feel like there's new intel every day about who should—and who shouldn't—take aspirin for heart health. In the latest piece of news, a large study published online in Heart, Harvard researchers found that for women, age makes all the difference.

According to the results of the study, which included nearly 28,000 healthy women who took a low-dose (100 mg) aspirin or a placebo daily for 15 years, those under 65 who popped a daily aspirin lowered their risk of heart attack, stroke, and colon cancer—but they also raised their risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding, which ultimately countered the benefit.

The balance of pros and cons shifted for women over 65: Although their risk of GI bleeding rose with daily aspirin use, so did the level of protection against heart disease and colon cancer, tipping the scale toward an overall benefit.

That doesn't mean you should run out and buy baby aspirin, even if you're over 65. The American Cancer Society has advised against taking the drug to prevent cancer; the American Heart Association has recommended it only for people at high risk of heart attack (for example, those with diabetes or high blood pressure); and the FDA recently warned against using it for preventing first-time heart attacks and strokes.

"What really matters is your age and any heart disease—whether you've had a heart attack or stroke," says cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of Women's Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum's Heart Book: Every Woman's Guide to a Heart Healthy Life. "If you're under 65 and don't have multiple risk factors—diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, family history—daily aspirin is not for you. For women over 65, aspirin may be a great preventive strategy."

Ultimately, your best Rx will depend on a frank discussion of your personal risk factors with a doctor you trust.

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Jane McGrath Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary at SCG on day three of fourth Test

PINK was the colour of the day at the SCG, from the scoreboard to the stands and from the players to the fans — pink as far as the eye could see.

For the past seven years the New Year’s Test has come to be known as the “Pink Test” and day three is always Jane McGrath Day, in honour of Glenn McGrath’s late wife who died of breast cancer in 2008.

Ten years ago the McGrath Foundation was established with the aim of raising awareness and funding for McGrath Breast Care nurses to work in communities around Australia. The foundation’s incredible fund raising total hit $9 million yesterday with a $2.5 million pledge from the state government.

Although it was a day that was inspired by tragic circumstances, there was a celebratory atmosphere at the ground yesterday.

It began with the Australian players presenting McGrath and his two children, Holly and James, with baggy pink caps before they took to the field against India. Then there was a high tea at the ground, which Holly and McGrath’s wife Sara Leonardi, who he married in 2010, attended.

It has been nearly seven years since Holly and James lost their mum, but McGrath says the “pink day” is an occasion they look forward to.

“It’s a day of celebration, that’s how we’ve always tried to look at it and the McGrath Foundation I think is a great legacy for them,” McGrath said.

“They really enjoy it. They get behind it and involved in certain things we do throughout the year, but today is very special. It’s all about family, it’s all about hope. It’s all about getting out there and having fun, enjoying life — that’s the message I want to get out from this day and certainly to my children.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and has wife attended the tea, along with the wives and girlfriends of Australia’s current Test stars.

The foundation has drawn global awareness and McGrath says it’s incredible to see how far it has come.

“I think back to when we set it up — the whole idea was to help one person and it would be worthwhile,” he said. “To think now we’ve supported over 30,000 Australian families, we have 101 nurses out there — it blows me away.

“It makes me very proud. Obviously breast cancer is not something that just happens to certain people or certain countries, it can happen to women and men anywhere in the world, so that awareness that’s been created and what we’re looking to do, the story getting out there, is hopefully going to save lives.”

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Data is key to more rural doctors

INCREASING the amount of time medical students spend training in rural settings and recruiting more students from rural backgrounds will encourage more to become country doctors, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Associate Professor Srinivas Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, director of research and Professor Geoff Nicholson, Head at The University of Queensland’s Rural Clinical School (UQRCS), led a team of researchers who used data from UQ’s longitudinal tracking study of its medical graduates.

They sent questionnaires to 1572 UQ medical graduates who graduated between 2002 and 2011. Of the 754 (48.0 per cent) who responded, 236 (31.3pc) had a rural background and 276 (36.6pc) had attended UQRCS.

Of those who had attended one of UQ’s metropolitan clinical schools, 18.8pc (90/478) were practicing rurally. For those who spent time at UQRCS that percentage rose to 41.7pc (115/276).

When compared to students with a metropolitan background who attended a Metropolitan Clinical School, those with a rural background who spent two years at UQRCS were seven times more likely to practice rurally.

“This study strengthens evidence that, after adjusting for multiple confounders, a number of exposures including training in a regional/rural setting and rural background are independent predictors of rural medical practice”, the researchers concluded.

“The strong positive interaction between rural background and rural clinical school exposure, and the duration-dependent relationships, could help inform policy changes aimed at enhancing the efficacy of Australia’s rural clinical school program”, they wrote.

In an editorial in the same issue of the MJA, Prof Nicky Hudson and Dr Jennifer May, both from the University of Newcastle in Tamworth, NSW, said there was now a need to build “regional local postgraduate training networks”.

“Start-up funding will help establish the necessary partnerships with postgraduate training providers and colleges for regionally based postgraduate education”, they wrote.

Recruiting Commonwealth-supported place students from rural and lower socioeconomic backgrounds should also be influential in increasing rural doctor numbers, they said.

“Better targeting of incentives should provide a synergistic strategy and, when used in conjunction with key strategies associated with rural background, rural education and rural service obligations, should increase the number of doctors working in rural locations.”

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Qld shops raided after cannabis deaths

Four Queensland adult stores have been raided after an investigation into a batch of synthetic cannabis that claimed two lives.

Detectives on Thursday searched businesses in Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Toowoomba that were believed to be selling the synthetic drug.

No arrests had been made but shop owners were being spoken to, a police spokesman told AAP.

The businesses were part of the same franchise.

Two men, aged 33 and 41, have died in central Queensland in the past two days from poisoning believed to be linked to synthetic cannabis.

The men did not know each other.

Mackay health authorities have warned of a recent increase in the number of hospital patients complaining of adverse effects associated with the synthetics.

The fatalities prompted police to warn that synthetic drugs, commonly bought over the internet, are covered under drugs misuse legislation.

Both men who died were believed to be smoking the synthetic cannabis known as "Full Moon", Detective Acting Superintendent Darrin Shadlow said on Thursday.

"One of the male persons in Mackay only had one draw of the smoke and never regained consciousness," he told reporters in Rockhampton.

"We're really wanting to get the message out there to the public that this stuff that people are selling is highly dangerous."

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/0 ... bis-deaths


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