The Health News Australia March 20 2018

  • If you’re caught with less than 50 grams of cannabis in Canberra, it’s unlikely you’ll end up with a criminal record. But just a few kilometres away in NSW, carrying the same amount of marijuana can mean a conviction or even jail time. The variation between drug laws in each jurisdiction is a complex issue. It should be noted straight away that carrying or holding fifty grams of marijuana is definitely illegal in the ACT and everywhere else in Australia. But Canberra does have a unique scheme in place where the possession of less than fifty grams of cannabis is decriminalised — meaning offenders can avoid a criminal conviction or jail by simply paying a fine or completing a program.
  • CSIRO scientists have found a curly protein in platypus milk that they believe could one day help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Scientists have pinpointed a curly protein in the native animal’s milk – dubbed the “Shirley Temple” – they believe could be used to kill off bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. In 2014, the WHO pleaded for urgent action to avoid a “post-antibiotic era” where people would be dying from once-treatable minor injuries and common infections due to antibiotic resistant superbugs.
  • Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen has hit out at his own government for its funding of family planning services that include abortion in Australia and around the world. The Queensland politician was joined by incoming senator Amanda Stoker and hundreds of pro-life activists at a rally through the streets of Brisbane on Sunday. Mister Christensen said he was filled with shame when he learned the federal coalition gave $9.5 million to an international planned parenthood agency.

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

http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/curious-canberra/2018-03-19/why-is-under-50g-of-marijuana-not-a-criminal-offence-in-canberra/9547200

If you’re caught with less than fifty grams of cannabis in Canberra, it’s unlikely you’ll end up with a criminal record. But just a few kilometres away in New South Wales, carrying the same amount of marijuana can mean a conviction or even jail time.

The variation between drug laws in each jurisdiction is a complex issue and prompted a question from John Wenitong — who, by his own description, comes from “about as far north as you can go” in Australia. He wanted to know why possession of any amount of marijuana was a criminal offence in his home state of Queensland, but not in the national capital.

John has never fully recovered from a broken back, and injuries to his neck, knees and hip — caused by his time as a construction worker with jobs that “required a strong back and not a lot of common sense”. He told Curious Canberra his back spasms frequently — and while prescription painkillers help get him through the day, he finds the most instantaneous relief from marijuana.
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It should be noted straight away that carrying or holding fifty grams of marijuana is definitely illegal in the Australian Capital Territory and everywhere else in Australia. But Canberra does have a unique scheme in place where the possession of less than fifty grams of cannabis is decriminalised — meaning offenders can avoid a criminal conviction or jail by simply paying a fine or completing a program.
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The Federal Government has approved the sale of medicinal marijuana, but it still won’t be easy for people to get a prescription. Since two thousand sixteen, it has been legal to use medicinal marijuana with a prescription — although advocates have stated many doctors are unwilling to prescribe it.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/diseases/24/news/aap/platypus-might-hold-the-answer-to-the-worlds-superbug-woes/3237/

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation scientists have found a curly protein in platypus milk that they believe could one day help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Scientists have pinpointed a curly protein in the native animal’s milk – dubbed the “Shirley Temple” – they believe could be used to kill off bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.

The platypus is a monotreme, which along with echidnas, are the only mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young. But because they don’t have teats, they express their highly-nutritious milk onto their belly – leaving it exposed to the environment. And that’s why researchers from the CSIRO and Deakin University believe it is so potent.

The scientists, whose work was published in Structural Biology Communications, replicated the protein in a lab, where they found the never-before-seen ringlet-formation. CSIRO scientist Doctor Janet Newman said the discovery was “pretty special”. They are now on the lookout for collaborators to take the potentially life-saving research to the next stage.

In two thousand fourteen, the World Health Organisation pleaded for urgent action to avoid a “post-antibiotic era” where people would be dying from once-treatable minor injuries and common infections due to antibiotic resistant superbugs.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/christensen-slams-own-government-s-family-planning-and-abortion-funding

Outspoken Nationals Member of Parliament George Christensen has hit out at his own government for its funding of family planning services that include abortion in Australia and around the world. The Queensland politician was joined by incoming senator Amanda Stoker and hundreds of pro-life activists at a rally through the streets of Brisbane on Sunday. Mister Christensen said he was filled with shame when he learned the federal coalition gave nine point five million dollars to an international planned parenthood agency.
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In two thousand seventeen, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the government would continue their partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, spending nine point five million dollars to deliver a program called the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post Crisis Settings or SPRINT, targeted at the Indo-Pacific region. Miss Bishop said:  “Sexual and reproductive health challenges are leading causes of death and disability among women and girls in the world today. SPRINT provides safer birthing environments, family planning services, HIV prevention and treatment, protection against sexual violence and assistance to survivors of rape and violence in crisis-affected places.”
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Mister Christensen said he would write to his colleague, Treasurer Scott Morrison, in the next week to urge him to divert those funds into pregnancy, crisis and counselling services. The rogue MP also mobilised the crowd to take action against the state Labor government, which will re-introduce legislation to decriminalise abortion once it receives recommendations from the Law Reform Commission.

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