The Health News Australia September 25 2017

Overview

  • Recorded interviews with young children suspected to be victims of sexual or physical abuse are not able to be used as evidence in criminal trials because of a major bungle by the South Australian Health Department.
  • A “double whammy” of the horror flu outbreak and an early start to hay fever season has left tens of thousands of people short of breath, coughing and spluttering. Hay fever sufferers who have been hit early are now being warned to ensure their “survival plans” are in place, given the peak of the season is still weeks away.
  • Leading mental health groups have joined forces to warn of the serious impact the same sex marriage debate could have on the wellbeing of young Australians. Launching the national #mindthefacts campaign, the Black Dog Institute, headspace, ReachOut, Brain and Mind Centre at University of Sydney and Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, are encouraging people to consider the “real and devastating” links between youth suicide rates and discrimination against young LGBTIQ people.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 25th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-20/potential-child-victims-evidence-inadmissible-government-says/8965302

Recorded interviews with young children suspected to be victims of sexual or physical abuse are not able to be used as evidence in criminal trials because of a major blunder by the South Australian Health Department.The SA Government has apologised for the error and said it would rush retrospective laws into Parliament to ensure victims were not required to repeat difficult evidence in a courtroom. The blunder was only discovered last month, when a court ruled that an interview with a young vulnerable witness was not admissible. That was because training courses undertaken by specialised interviewers at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital had not been properly accredited by then health minister Jack Snelling. Child Protection staff generally conduct interviews for children under the age of seven who have allegedly been sexually or physically abused. In a statement to ABC News, SA Health apologised for the mistake.

The statements says: “Interviews with vulnerable people are carried out by qualified psychologists and social workers who have also undergone appropriate training.However, due to an administration error in the certification process, the qualifications of staff that completed training between July one, thousand sixteen and August twenty one,  two thousand seventeen have not been formally recognised.”Attorney-General John Rau said the Government had since properly accredited the courses and would try to retrospectively amend the Vulnerable Witnesses Act when Parliament resumes next week.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/double-whammy-of-influenza-and-hay-fever-strikes-thousands/news-story/527b5c00b3569e82da87e49543ac13bf

A “double whammy” of the horror flu outbreak and an early start to hay fever season has left tens of thousands of people short of breath, coughing and spluttering. Hay fever sufferers who have been hit early are now being warned to ensure their “survival plans” are in place, given the peak of the season is still weeks away.

And influenza continues to spread, with more than nine thousand six hundred people diagnosed in NSW in the past week alone. Asthma Australia chief executive Michele­ Goldman said that people were being hit by a “double whammy” of influenza and hay fever. About eighty percent of asthma sufferers also have hay fever. “If both flu virus and pollens­ are a problem for you than this is going to be a pretty miserable time of the year, especially­ with the extension of the flu season,” Miss Goldman said. Hay fever seriously irritates people’s noses, throats, eyes and ears while asthma and influenza attack their lungs. In serious cases influenza can infects the heart or brain and become deadly.
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More than three million Australians suffer from hay fever and more than one hundred thirty seven thousand five hundred sixty six people have been diagnosed with influenza in the current outbreak — more than half in New South Wales, where nearly seventy thousand people have been sick during the worst flu season on record.The hay fever season typical starts as temperatures ramp up and grasses flower in late September­, with the peak in late October.

http://www.9news.com.au/health/2017/09/21/13/23/mental-health-groups-launch-ssm-campaign

Leading mental health groups have joined forces to warn of the serious impact the same sex marriage debate could have on the wellbeing of young Australians. Launching the national hashtag mind the facts campaign, the Black Dog Institute, headspace, ReachOut, Brain and Mind Centre at University of Sydney and Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, are encouraging people to consider the “real and devastating” links between  youth suicide rates and discrimination against young LGBTIQ people. They claim the facts show a ‘yes’ vote for marriage equality could avert as many as three thousand youth suicide attempts every year among the LGBTIQ community.
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The reduction in suicide attempts was calculated by Doctor Jo Robinson, a senior research fellow at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. According to Doctor Robinson, the implementation of same-sex marriage policies in the United States has been associated with a seven percent relative reduction in the proportion of high school students attempting suicide. She added that the association was strongest among sexual minority students.

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