The Health News – 11 August 2016

Overview:
• Two months after a damning review into the death of a baby and the serious injury of three others at a Central Queensland hospital,  implemented. The report found a poor workplace culture, inadequate staffing and improper clinical training led to incidents at the Rockhampton Base Hospital.

• The Garden of Memories, on the corner of Warwick and Elizabeth streets, was opened in April this year. Kate Grady from Guide Dogs Tasmania said five of the 22 tags were removed from the water feature last Friday. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Guide Dogs Tasmania.

• The Queensland Country Women’s Association (QWCA) is overhauling its tried and true recipes to “smuggle” more fruit and vegetables to help the state’s overweight rural communities. The new treats were tested at the Ekka today and will be included in what is believed to be the CWA’s first health-focused cook book, to be released by Christmas.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  11th of August 2016. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/calls-for-national-system-of-doctor-chaperones-reviewed/7712658

The national system of chaperones for doctors who are accused of violating sexual boundaries is not working and needs to be reviewed, Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy says.

Forty-six medical practitioners across Australia have chaperone restrictions on their registration because of complaints made against them about a boundary violation.

The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said the restrictions were generally interim measures imposed where there were allegations of serious sexual misconduct.

Ms Hennessy said the chaperone system had clearly not worked “in a very tragic set of circumstances”.

The allegations involved Dr Andrew Churchyard, a Victorian neurologist who was accused of molesting a number of patients before taking his own life last year.

The Medical Board and AHPRA said in a statement the chaperone guidelines were “legally enforceable and actively monitored”.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/australians-need-to-do-five-times-the-exercise-who-recommend/7711562

People need to do five times the exercise recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to stay healthy, a Queensland study has found.

Researchers from the University of Queensland studied the link between physical activity and chronic health conditions including breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

They found exercise levels recommended by the WHO needed to be much higher to increase resistance.

Researcher Dr Lennert Veerman said the WHO recommended physical activity of 10 metabolic equivalent (MET) hours a week.

“So that’s the equivalent of about 1.75 hours of running or two, three hours of walking briskly [a week],” he said.

“But the study found health gains accumulated up to the levels of 50 to 70 MET hours a week.

“That’s the equivalent of 15-20 hours of brisk walking or 6-8 hours of running [a week].”

Dr Veerman collaborated with researchers from the University of Washington and Dartmouth College.

They analysed the results of 174 health studies between 1980 and 2016 and found higher levels of physical activity were linked to the reduced risk of chronic conditions.

“About 43 per cent of Australians adults adhere to the current WHO guidelines and we are saying they should do much more,” he said.

“So if you cycle to work, walk to work, or if you take the stairs consistently, all those sort of things add up,” he said.

“If we want to live long and healthy and reduce our waistlines, we need to do more activity.

“Activity levels for optimum health need to be able about five times the currently recommended levels.”

The researchers have also called for a greater investment to promote physical activity.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/bride-walked-down-aisle-with-her-father’s-heart-recipient/7712164

The bride beamed as she walked down the aisle of the Pennsylvania church on the arm of a white-haired gentleman — the man who received her father’s heart in a life-saving transplant operation.

Ten years after her father was murdered, Jeni Stepien knew she wanted his heart to be at the wedding. So she asked retired college advisor Arthur Thomas, the man who received his heart, to give her away.

“It has been the best day of my life,” the 33-year-old primary school teacher told ABC News America after the wedding on Saturday, in the same church where her parents married.

She had met Mr Thomas, 72, for the first time only the day before.

“About two months ago, I got a letter from Jeni,” Mr Thomas said.

“She said, ‘I am the daughter of the person whose heart is inside you and I wondered if you and your wife Nancy could come to my wedding. I would love it if you walk me down the aisle.’

“I was stunned. I thought, ‘oh my God, it’s so perfect that she would want her dad’s heart at the wedding.'”

When they met at the wedding rehearsal, they embraced.

After he walked her to the altar, Mr Thomas put her hand on his heart, gave her a kiss and then handed her over to her groom, Paul Maenner.

It was the closest she had come to her father since Michael Stepien was robbed and fatally shot on his way home from his job as a chef. His teenage attacker is now in prison, US media reported.

After he died, the Stepien family decided to donate his organs through the Centre of Organ Recovery and Education.

Mr Thomas, who was suffering from congestive heart failure, was the recipient. He lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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