The Health News – 10 January 2017

Overview:
• Medicinal cannabis advocates are urging Australian authorities to legalise the drug to help ease the pain and suffering of those who desperately need it. The recent raid on Adelaide supplier Jenny Hallam’s property last week sparked an outcry from families who rely on the drug and the lack of supply could cost people their lives.

• The Barnett Government has assured the public it will not rush the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital and will not accept the building until the lead contamination issue has been safely resolved. After flushing millions of litres of water through the hospital’s water pipes, the contractor has been seeking a temporary solution by including filters to remove lead from the water.

• Doctor Dinesh Palipana, a Queensland medical graduate who was left quadriplegic after a car accident, said he was offered an intern at the Gold Coast University Hospital, making him the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland.

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Medicinal cannabis advocates are pleading for compassion and urging Australian authorities to legalise the drug to help ease the pain and suffering of those who desperately need it.

It follows the South Australian police raid on Adelaide supplier Jenny Hallam’s property last week that sparked an outcry from families who rely on her for the supply of cannabis oil.

In Queensland, doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients in March after laws were passed by State Parliament last October.

But advocates believe the three-month wait could cost people their lives.

Queensland advocate Rebecca Bridson said she was willing to be arrested and would continue to flout the law by helping to source the illegal drug for the sick and terminally ill.

The families say they are not criminals and medicinal cannabis is saving and prolonging people’s lives.

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The Barnett Government has assured the public it will not rush the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital and will not accept the building until the lead contamination issue has been safely resolved.

Completion and handover of the $1.2 billion hospital is being delayed because of ongoing lead contamination problems in the hospital’s water supply.

A consultant to construction contractor John Holland has told a local newspaper the issue was close to being resolved, but confirmed the source of lead contamination had neither been found nor eliminated.

After flushing millions of litres of water through the hospital’s water pipes, the contractor has been seeking a temporary solution by including filters to remove lead from the water.

Health Minister John Day was asked whether relying on filtration without eliminating the lead source would be a real solution.

The hospital has been subject to a series of embarrassing delays and problems, from broken exterior panels to roof panels contaminated with asbestos.

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A Queensland medical graduate who was left quadriplegic after a car accident says being offered a place as an intern at the Gold Coast University Hospital is “incredible and surreal”.

Doctor Dinesh Palipana became a quadriplegic in 2010 when he was in a bad car crash on the Gateway Motorway.

Last week, he was offered an intern placement, making him the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland.

Dr Palipana said it was a huge relief to be offered a placement after years of dedication.

Gold Coast Hospital’s Clinical Governance, Education and Research executive director, Professor Marianne Vonau, said she was confident Dr Palipana would overcome the challenges he is faced with.

Dr Palipana said he wanted to encourage other people with disabilities to follow their dreams.