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December 2009

 

Mr Neville Bassett has been appointed the new chairman of RFDS in WA, replacing Tony Crook.

WA Health Networks were selected as one of three finalists in the inaugural Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&H ISC) "2009 National Accolades for Excellence" in the category of "Community Services and Health Policy Innovation." The Accolades acknowledge and commend best practice health and community service organisations in nine categories..............................

 

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December 2009

Mining brings HIV boom?

One thing the mining boom might bring to WA is more HIV – by two routes. Men in their 40s who acquire infection overseas (hormones and bulging wallets on the rampage) and fast-tracked 457 visa imported workers who are not required to be pre-tested for HIV. Although numbers are small (around 75/yr), there has been a 30% increase in HIV notifications in the last 2 years.

Nurses find new teams

The word “autonomous” has been replaced with “collaborative” for the work of the Nurse Practitioner, if amendments to the Midwives and Nurse Practitioners Bill 2009 that gives...

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November 2009

Dr David Brookes has been appointed as Chairman of biotech Living Cell Technologies, replacing Simon O’Loughlin. Bob Finder (Chairman of Labtech Systems) and David McAuliffe (founder of NeuroDiscovery) have also been appointed to the board. The ... Read More...
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November 2009

Illicit drugs decline

Two recently released national studies of drug users showed a significant decline in the use of crystal methamphetamine (a.k.a. ice). Prof Steve Allsop, director of the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin Uni, said these reports mirrored WA results from a year ago. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare survey of August 2008 showed a 38% decline in cannabis use in WA since 2001. Prof Allsop said broader community investigations were showing this decline in drug use, not just a stabilisation. And those worried about permanent damage to adolescent brains from alcohol abuse will be pleased to learn the 2008 Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug survey showed 15.9% of high school students had never tried alcohol (up from 12.3%) and frequency of alcohol consumption had also decreased in the past year (63.9%). Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs was impressed that more students were getting the message about the dangers.

Doctors in fear

Research showing almost two-thirds of Australian GPs have been exposed to patient-initiated violence in the past year has prompted the Federal Government to launch a national investigation. Apparently, wait times and denial of access sent patients ‘.......

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October 2009

Kathy McGeorge from Perth Laser Vision Centre has been appointed as State President for the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM). Shayne Murray from Haematology Care Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has been appointed as Vice President of the Association.  Narelle Supanz from the Western Australian Plastic Surgery Centre was been re-elected to the national board and Fiona Wong from Mosman Consulting Rooms is AAPM's incoming State Secretary.

Prof Ian Constable, founding Director of the Lion's Eye Institute, has been awarded a gold medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors... ... Read More...
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September 2009

Five Western Australian researchers have received awards of $10,000 each to help meet the infrastructure costs of their research as part of the 2009 New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards:

Award recipient Dr Daniel Galvão from Edith Cowan University's School of Exercise, Biomedical, and Health Sciences is looking at how physical exercise can help relieve negative side-effects of hormonal treatment for prostate cancer.

Dr Lynn Meuleners from the Centre for Population Health Research at Curtin University of Technology is investigating crash risk factors...

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