The Health News Australia October 8 2017

  • A report reveals that almost $7000 for every West Australian is being spent on health services across the State. The annual health expenditure report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that in the 2015-16 financial year, the per capita spend on recurrent health services in WA reached $6907 a person.
  • Health authorities are providing free meningococcal W-strain vaccinations to people living in the APY Lands in response to an outbreak of recent cases of the disease in the region. Two fresh cases, including an eleven-year-old boy and three-year-old girl, were confirmed in the region this week, following a case in a seven-year-old boy last Friday.
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council is being urged to conduct a thorough review of the latest science surrounding e-cigarettes, with evidence suggesting they could save half a million Australian smokers from tobacco related deaths.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 8th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://thewest.com.au/news/health/per-capita-spend-on-wa-health-services-costed-at-nearly-7000-in-2015-16-financial-year-ng-b88619888z

A report reveals that almost seven thousand dollars for every West Australian is being spent on health services across the State. The annual health expenditure report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that in the two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen financial year, the per capita spend on recurrent health services in WA reached six thousand nine hundred seven dollars a person. A decade earlier it was three thousand nine hundred fifty eight.

Among states, only South Australia is spending more per person on health services at six thousand nine hundred thirteen. The Northern Territory remains well ahead of the rest of the nation at eight thousand five hundred thirty four per person. In a sign of how much more Australians are spending on health, directly or via taxes, the report reveals that total expenditure accounts for more than one in every ten dollars of  gross domestic product or GDP.

Through two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen, total health spending reached an all-time high of one hundred seventy point four billion dollars — an increase of three point seven per cent over  two thousand fourteen and two thousand fifteen. The Federal Government’s share of spending jumped by almost four billion dollars to seventy point two billion dollars.

The Federal Government picks up the biggest share of primary care funding, while the States fund more than half the cost of running public hospitals. While the institute found health inflation had slowed in the past four years, it was still running higher than general inflation.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-health-authorities-offer-meningococcal-wstrain-vaccine-for-free-in-apy-lands/news-story/095c4876ccfd8e4ebff64e201e2e9ad0

Health authorities are providing free meningococcal W-strain vaccinations to people living in the APY Lands in response to an outbreak of recent cases of the disease in the region. Two fresh cases, including an eleven-year-old boy and three-year-old girl, were confirmed in the region this week, following a case in a seven-year-old boy last Friday. The patients are in a stable condition. South Australia Health acting chief medical officer Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier said the department was providing the free immunisations to help “boost immunity across the communities”. She added:  “People aged one to nineteen years will be the first to receive the vaccination against meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y as part of the program.

It is very important to be aware of the symptoms including a fever, headache, difficulty looking at bright lights, stiff neck, confusion, drowsiness, vomiting, sore muscles, or a purple rash, and seek medical advice.

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So far this year, there have been a total of thirty one meningococcal cases in SA and of those, eighteen cases were the B-strain, ten cases were the W-strain and three cases were the Y-strain. In two thousand sixteen, there was a total of twenty seven cases. The latest SA Health response follows an outbreak of meningococcal W in Central Australia, Barkly and Katherine regions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/10/04/experts-plead-with-medical-council-to-cut-through-the-smoke-surrounding-e-cigarettes_a_23233088

The National Health and Medical Research Council is being urged to conduct a thorough review of the latest science surrounding e-cigarettes, with evidence suggesting they could save half a million Australian smokers from tobacco related deaths. A group of seventy Australian health researchers and clinicians signed a letter urging the NHMRC to commission an open the review, arguing the latest evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking and could lead to substantial improvement in public health.

The push comes as a parliamentary inquiry into the use and marketing of e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers in Australia conducts a public hearing in Melbourne. The modern e-cigarette is often credited to Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, who invented the product in two thousand three. The value of global sales of e-cigarettes was estimated to be three point five billion US dollars in two thousand fifteen. Studies suggest the majority of adults using e-cigarettes are current cigarette users, and some suggest vaping is often motivated by a desire to quit cigarettes. A number of global tobacco control researchers have said e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco.  

E-cigarettes heat a liquid nicotine juice into a vapor, which users then inhale. The vapor devices can also be fitted with nicotine-free liquids, which is legal. Currently, using the nicotine-based products in Australia is illegal because it is classed as a poison by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. But Australians are still importing the drug to mix in with their juice to use e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. The Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation said increasing the quit rate is particularly important now. Tobacco giant Philip Morris is expected to tell a parliamentary inquiry on Thursday advances in technology have transformed its business away from cigarettes in favour of smoke-free alternatives as it pushes to legalise reduced-risk alternatives to its products. Earlier this week a study by Georgetown University Medical Centre and published in Tobacco Control calculated the widespread uptake of e-cigarettes by smokers in the U.S. could prevent six point six million premature smoking-related deaths over ten years, after allowing for any risks from vaping. Access to nicotine vaping is lawful in the European Union (EU), the UK and U.S. It is also in the process of being legalised in Canada and New Zealand.

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