The Health News Australia December 2 2017

  • Australia’s biggest sporting codes have put the boot into a New South Wales bill which proposes tough new restrictions on alcohol advertising. The bill would undermine the economics of professional sport in Australia, they have told a NSW parliamentary committee. The major football codes, as well as Tennis Australia, Netball Australia and Cricket Australia are represented at the inquiry by the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS).
  • Australians born between 2013-2015 can expect to live 82.4 years, up from 82.1 years for those born in the 2 years previously, data published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Thursday shows. But there are communities throughout Australia where life expectancy is failing to keep up with national trends, with people in the Northern Territory predicted to live 5 fewer years, with an average life expectancy of 77.7 years.
  • The TGA has banned the use of some transvaginal mesh products for use in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Based on new evidence, the TGA has found that the benefits of using transvaginal mesh products do not outweigh the risks to patients.
    The TGA conducted a review following complaints from dozens of Australian women, who all said the device had left them in chronic pain. More than 700 women have launched a class action against medical company Johnson & Johnson, claiming the implants caused horrible physical pain and left them unable to have sex.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 2nd of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-30/major-sports-give-tough-new-alcohol-advertising-bill-the-boot/9206580

Australia’s biggest sporting codes have put the boot into a New South Wales bill which proposes tough new restrictions on alcohol advertising. The bill would undermine the economics of professional sport in Australia, they have told a New South Wales parliamentary committee.
The major football codes, as well as Tennis Australia, Netball Australia and Cricket Australia are represented at the inquiry by the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports.

A daily drink might not be good for you as common wisdom suggests.  They are lining up against health and medical groups including the College for Emergency Medicine, the Australian Medical Association and the Cancer Council. COMPPS has told the inquiry that “the sports strongly oppose the bill’s restrictions on alcohol advertising”. It said alcohol producers were a major sponsor of its member sports, which represent more than sixteen thousand clubs and nine million participants. In particular, it opposes the provisions that would make it an offence to broadcast an alcohol ad or gain a direct or indirect benefit from displaying an ad. But the group has told the inquiry it is on the sidelines of decision making when it comes to alcohol advertising.

Netball Australia is the only member of COMPPS that does not receive the major part of its revenue from rights.
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Major alcohol distributors and national advertisers share the group’s belief current regulatory codes are robust and working well. They have pointed to research showing a decrease in alcohol consumption and binge-drinking over the last few years. They have argued advertising increases market share rather than overall consumption, and that research linking advertising with drinking is not conclusive.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/30/nt-life-expectancy-five-years-less-than-the-rest-of-australia-data-shows

Australians born between two thousand thirteen and two thousand fifteen can expect to live eighty two point four years, up from eighty two point one years for those born in the two years previously, data published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Thursday shows.
But there are communities throughout Australia where life expectancy is failing to keep up with national trends, with people in the Northern Territory predicted to live five fewer years, with an average life expectancy of seventy seven point seven years. Those living in northern Sydney can expect to live the longest – eighty five point five years. This is closely followed by eastern Melbourne, where life expectancy sits at eighty four point three years.

The Life Expectancy and Potentially Avoidable Deaths report also found the greatest improvements in life expectancy were seen in Queensland areas; Brisbane north, Brisbane south, Darling Downs and West Moreton, and western Queensland. Life expectancy increased in those areas by an average of zero point six years between two thousand eleven to two thousand thirteen and two thousand thirteen to two thousand fifteen.  The report found  that women continue to have a longer life expectancy than men, yet both women and men had an increase in life expectancy between two thousand eleven to two thousand thirteen and two thousand thirteen to two thousand fifteen– an increase from eighty four point three to eighty four point five years for women and eighty point one to eighty one point four years for men.

Northern Sydney had the lowest rate of potentially avoidable deaths, at sixty two deaths for every one hundred thousand people, while the rate was highest in the Northern Territory at two hundred twenty six deaths for every one hundred thousand. Nationally, there was an average of one hundred eight potentially avoidable deaths for every one hundred thousand people, with a rate of one hundred thirty nine for men and seventy seven for women.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/therapeutic-goods-administration-bans-vaginal-mesh-insert-products-following-class-action/news-story/729e82797998dfc529f33be57f534217

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has banned the use of some transvaginal mesh products for use in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Based on new evidence, the TGA has found that the benefits of using transvaginal mesh products do not outweigh the risks to patients.
The TGA conducted a review following complaints from dozens of Australian women, who all said the device had left them in chronic pain. More than seven hundred women have launched a class action against medical company Johnson and Johnson, claiming the implants caused horrible physical pain and left them unable to have sex. The TGA said in a statement:  “The TGA has decided to remove transvaginal mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.”
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The mesh is a hammock made from a plastic called polypropylene. It has four hooks that are put into your hips to secure it to your bladder. The idea is to help the pelvic floor muscles keep the internal organs in place, but more than two hundred women have reported an “adverse event” to the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a result of the procedure. In two thousand five, the TGA approved the use of pelvic mesh in Australia, but instead of trialling the product before making the decision, the Australian regulator simply followed the US’s approval in two thousand two.

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