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April 2010

28-strong lobby formed

The mysterious-sounding ‘Board of Reference' has been formed by the WA branch of the Austn College of Health Service Executives and its members read like a who's who of the WA medical scene. Reminiscent of a super-band (anyone thinking Travelling Wilburys) it is led by Senior VP and former DG of Health, Dr Neale Fong. He said the 28-strong board will "provide support for the development of health leaders, and bring cross sector collaboration to highlight significant health leadership issues for WA". Members include Graham Kierath, Bob Kucera, Jim McGinty, Kevin Prince, Ian Taylor, Mike Daube, Dr Peter Flett, Kevin Cass-Ryall, Penny Flett, Professor Gary Geelhoed Dr Michael Stanford and Chris McGowan, amongst others.

Money for old code

A quick scan of the government tenders page always reveals some interesting details about where our health dollars are being spent. WACHS has awarded just over $260,000 for "the provision of clinical coding services" for the East Kimberley Health Services. For those who don't know, medical coding is the "process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers" which ......

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March 2010

  • The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) recently appointed Mr Craig Somerville as its new CEO and Mr Des Martin as its new Operations Director.
  • MDO Avant Mutual Group Limited has appointed lawyer Ms Catherine (Cath) Carroll to the Perth office as its first Claims Manager in WA. Cath has practised in both WA and NSW, and was formerly Claims Manager (Solicitor) at MDA National Insurance.
  • Ms Janice Lawrence has taken up a new post with GE Healthcare as Regional Sales Manager after 12 years as WA State Sales Manager for GSK.
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Have You Heard. February 2010

WA biotech emerging?

WA biotech company Resonance Health (ASX: RHT) has finally moved into the black with its image analysis technology, primarily in the form of FerriScan® quantitative MRI image analysis, developed to assess the degree of liver iron overload in haemochromatosis. Since 2005-06 (when the company underwent a share consolidation and major belt tightening), revenues from FerriScan have increased from $0.3m to $2.3m and during 2008-09 the company reported its first profit of $617k. The company is looking to apply its technology to the diagnosis of liver fibrosis (as an alternative to liver biopsy) in a broader range of liver diseases and to a much wider market, all by 2012. The inability of the test to make it onto the MBS Schedule has been a major revenue block but regulatory approval by the FDA and other European agencies has seen these markets begin to open. Lisa Dunne, Managing Director since 2003, has been a driving force along with Perth Radiological Clinic's Dr Martin Blake, UWA scientist Prof Timothy St Pierre, board chairman and biotech investor Dr Stewart Washer and major shareholder Mr Simon Panton.

Vulva awareness

Health professionals are increasingly asked to dovetail in with ‘illness/health days' or ‘health awareness weeks', dreamt up by clever marketing people who flog red noses, moustaches, pink ribbons, etc to create awareness and raise....

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