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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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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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