The Health News Australia April 20 2018

  • West Australian taxpayers are forking out almost $5,000 a day in electricity costs to run the new Perth Children’s Hospital before it has even opened its doors to patients. And the cost will increase from next month when the first patients move in, with health officials predicting electricity consumption will jump by another 15% once the hospital is fully commissioned.
  • An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals two to three 15 to 24 year-olds are diagnosed with cancer in Australia every day on average, with melanoma the most commonly diagnosed cancer among this age group. More than 4800 new cases of cancer were diagnosed between 2010-2014.
  • A survey of thousands of Australians has found a third of workers are affected by mental illness, with depression the most common disorder. Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-In was conducted by mental health technology company Medibio, and it revealed 36% of respondents suffered from depression, 33% percent from anxiety and 31% from stress.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-17/perth-childrens-hospital-electricity-costing-$5000-per-day/9668590

West Australian taxpayers are forking out almost five thousand dollars a day in electricity costs to run the new Perth Children’s Hospital before it has even opened its doors to patients. And the cost will increase from next month when the first patients move in, with health officials predicting electricity consumption will jump by another fifteen percent once the hospital is fully commissioned. Health Minister Roger Cook insisted the power costs were manageable and said the hospital’s new location on the Queen Elizabeth The Second Medical Centre site would deliver cost savings in other areas, including shared catering and laundry services.
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The average daily electricity usage at the new and so far patient-free one point two billion dollar hospital (forty seven thousand seven hundred seventy two kilowatt hour) is already more than one-and-a-half times as much as at Princess Margaret Hospital (twenty nine thousand one hundred sixty three kilowatt hour) when it is full of patients. Mister Cook defended the costs, saying it was a state of the art facility and the increased costs were to be expected.

The Minister said the hospital incorporated other tenants, such as the Telethon Kids Institute, that were not currently housed within PMH. While the first patients will be treated at the new hospital from mid-May, the remaining patients at PMH will not be transferred across until June when its emergency department opens.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/oncology/4/news/aap/more-young-australians-are-being-diagnosed-with-cancer/3304/

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals two to three fifteen to twenty four year-olds are diagnosed with cancer in Australia every day on average, with melanoma the most commonly diagnosed cancer among this age group. More than four thousand eight hundred new cases of cancer were diagnosed between two thousand ten and two thousand fourteen.
In the nearly three decades between between nineteen eighty five to two thousand fourteen rates of cancer had risen.

According to recently released data, the rate of cancer rose from two hundred eighty three new cases per million in nineteen eighty five to nineteen eighty nine to 308 new cases per million in two thousand ten to two thousand fourteen. Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda says while a cancer diagnosis in the young is still considered rare, the rise is concerning.
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Melanoma accounted for about fifteen percent of all new cancer diagnoses, followed by gonadal germ cell cancer and Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Despite melanoma being the most common cancer, the numbers have almost halved. Rates of the skin cancer fell from ninety six cases per million to forty four cases per million.
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Overall, cancer was responsible for almost nine per cent of all deaths in young people. Brain cancer was the leading causing of deaths, accounting for eighteen percent of deaths from cancer in two thousand eleven to two thousand fifteen.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/survey-finds-mental-health-crisis-affecting-australian-workplaces/news-story/b689fb673d8363a69acaf8675b62cdc1

A survey of thousands of Australians has found a third of workers are affected by mental illness, with depression the most common disorder. Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-In was conducted by mental health technology company Medibio, and it revealed thirty six percent of respondents suffered from depression, thirty three percent from anxiety and thirty one percent from stress.

It was the first time depression had exceeded anxiety, as anxiety has traditionally been twice as common as depression in Australia. Medibio’s senior vice president of corporate health, psychologist and check-in program creator Peta Slocombe said employers needed to address the mental health needs of workers.
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Miss Slocombe said poor mental health also affected our bottom line and that depression is estimated to cost Australia twelve point six billion dollars annually and this year’s Check-In shows the issue is rising — cutting across all aspects of society.
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The survey also found a serious lack of awareness among sufferers, with seventy three percent of men who qualified as having a mental health disorder unaware they had one, compared with fifty eight percent of women. It revealed just seventeen percent of people with mental health issues had sought treatment, and that less than half of Australians felt comfortable disclosing a mental health condition to a manager. According to the results, perfectionism and self-criticism were strongly linked to anxiety.

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