The Health News Australia December 4 2017

  • A pre-election pledge by South Australia’s Labor Government to spend ninety million dollars to boost services at Adelaide’s Modbury Hospital has been welcomed by the AMA, but it says more beds are still needed across northern Adelaide’s health system. Some Modbury services had previously been downgraded under the SA Government’s Transforming Health policy, including a high-dependency unit which will not return under the latest pledge.
  • Disability service providers are struggling to keep up with growing demand and increased costs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a new report that warns the speed of the rollout is potentially affecting service quality. The National Disability Services two thousand seventeen state of the sector report, released on Monday, warns that policy uncertainty and inadequate price-setting by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has seen business confidence and financial stability among disability service providers fall in the past 12 months.
  • The federal government has offered blood tests to Northern Territory residents exposed to toxic chemicals from old fire fighting foams from a defence base near Katherine. The coalition on Sunday announced a $ 5.7 million dollar community support package for people who live near the Top End’s Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal. From early two thousand eighteen, additional counselling services and an epidemiological study into potential contamination causes and health effects will also be funded.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 4th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-02/modbury-hospital-upgrade-welcomed-by-ama/9219768

A pre-election pledge by South Australia’s Labor Government to spend ninety million dollars to boost services at Adelaide’s Modbury Hospital has been welcomed by the Australian Medical Association, but it says more beds are still needed across northern Adelaide’s health system. Some Modbury services had previously been downgraded under the SA Government’s Transforming Health policy, including a high-dependency unit which will not return under the latest pledge. AMA state president William Tam said a boost to surgical capacity would be good for the northern suburbs.

The Labor Government, seeking a fifth consecutive term when it goes to the polls next March seventeen, is promising the changes for Modbury Hospital as it seeks to shore up its electoral prospects in key electorates of Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, with a former Labor member Frances Bedford running as an independent in Florey and high-profile Nick Xenophon contesting the seat of Hartley. Labor plans to spend thirty five point four million dollars on an acute surgical unit for Modbury to allow a wider range of elective surgical procedures.
Another nine point two million dollars would extend emergency care and there is a promise of eight point nine million dollars for an acute medical unit. South Australian Health Minister Peter Malinauskas said there had been wide consultation with the local community, clinicians and hospital staff about changes needed at Modbury Hospital.
….
Florey Member of Parliament Frances Bedford, who is no longer with the ALP, has campaigned to boost Modbury’s services and the Liberal Opposition recently promised twenty million dollars to restore Modbury’s surgical capacity and upgrade its emergency services.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/04/ndis-costs-and-demand-overwhelming-disability-service-providers-report-says

Disability service providers are struggling to keep up with growing demand and increased costs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a new report that warns the speed of the rollout is potentially affecting service quality. The National Disability Services two thousand seventeen state of the sector report, released on Monday, warns that policy uncertainty and inadequate price-setting by the National Disability Insurance Agency has seen business confidence and financial stability among disability service providers fall in the past twelve months.

A survey of five hundred sixteen service providers found that only forty seven percent could keep pace with demand and seventy three percent saw an increase in demand for their services in the past twelve months, while only fifty six percent actually increased the scale or range of services they offered to meet that demand.

Only fifty eight percent of service providers in two thousand seventeen said they planned to expand their services, down from sixty eighty percent in two thousand fifteen, and only forty one percent described their financial position as strong or very strong, down from fifty three percent in two thousand sixteen. Sixty percent of organisations said they were worried about their ability to adjust to changes resulting from the NDIS and only fifty seven percent said they had sufficient resources in two thousand seventeen, down from sixty percent in two thousand sixteen.
….
The NDIA is working towards a target of four hundred seventy five thousand participants by two thousand nineteen and two thousand twenty but a productivity commission report in October warned that deadline would not be met because the sector was not growing fast enough.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/12/03/nt-residents-exposed-toxic-chemicals-undergo-blood-tests

The federal government has offered blood tests to Northern Territory residents exposed to toxic chemicals from old fire fighting foams from a defence base near Katherine. The coalition on Sunday announced a five point seven million dollar community support package for people who live near the Top End’s Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal. From early two thousand eighteen, additional counselling services and an epidemiological study into potential contamination causes and health effects will also be funded. Delivered by the health department, the package will be similar to what has been provided to communities near RAAF bases at Williamtown in New South Wales and the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in Queensland.

NT senator Nigel Scullion says the full study as well as an ecological risk assessment will be completed early next year.
….
Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances or PFAS chemicals were used on RAAF Base Tindal between nineteen eighty eight and two thousand eleven. The commonwealth says there’s no consistent evidence that exposure to the foam, which leached into ground and surface water, causes adverse human health effects.

Liked it? Take a second to support healthprofessionalradio on Patreon!

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.