The Health News – 16 September 2016

Overview:
•  The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report found 280 people drowned in 2015-16, a 5 per cent increase since the year before. Over-65s accounted for the highest number of deaths this past year with 58 drownings — a 9 per cent increase against the 10-year average, a figure Mr Scarr said would be surprising to most Australians.

• New South Wales Opposition frontbencher Kate Washington said she was disturbed by the website, which offered crystal meth or ice for sale across Australia. NSW Police have told the ABC they were aware of the website and others possibly being used to facilitate criminal activity, including the supply and purchase of illicit drugs.

• Under the changes being announced by the Federal Government, any drug that has been listed by a comparable overseas regulator, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, can now be fast-tracked for approval and sale in Australia.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  16th of September 2016. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/drownings-reach-10-year-high-in-australian-25-34-year-olds/7847110

Men over-estimating their skills and underestimating waterways while drunk has contributed to the number of 25- to 34-year-old drownings reaching a 10-year high, a report has found.

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report found 280 people drowned in 2015-16, a 5 per cent increase since the year before.

One fifth of the overall deaths were 25- to 34-year-olds, and of that number, 83 per cent were men.

Royal Life Saving Society chief executive Justin Scarr said alcohol was a major contributing factor.

Author of the report Alison Mahony said most drownings happened on Sundays and peaked in the afternoon.

The report found a significant reduction of drownings had occurred in children under the age of five, with the figure of 21 deaths a 30 per cent decrease against the 10-year average.

Ms Mahony said educating parents on how to properly supervise children around water was a key element to keeping young children safe.

Over-65s accounted for the highest number of deaths this past year with 58 drownings — a 9 per cent increase against the 10-year average, a figure Mr Scarr said would be surprising to most Australians.

New South Wales saw the highest number of drownings with 96 incidences, but the Northern Territory had the highest rate of waterways deaths with 3.88 per 100,000 population.

Mr Scarr said seasonable factors played a role in that figure.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/concerns-over-website-selling-ice-online/7844854

New South Wales police are investigating a website, which claims to sell the drug ice online.

The website says its ice is nearly 100 per cent pure, and delivery is discreet and safe, with delivery within 36 hours of placing an order.

New South Wales Opposition frontbencher Kate Washington said she was disturbed by the website, which offered crystal meth or ice for sale across Australia.

New South Wales Police have told the ABC they were aware of the website and others possibly being used to facilitate criminal activity, including the supply and purchase of illicit drugs.

Assistant New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said officers are stepping up efforts to deal with all sorts of cyber crime.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/medicine-approval-process-allow-quicker-access-breakthrough-drug/7846206

The Federal Government is changing the way new medicines are approved to ensure Australians get access to breakthrough drugs more quickly.

At the moment, Australian patients are being forced to wait up to two years longer to access some drugs than patients in the United States and Europe.

Under the changes being announced … any drug that has been listed by a comparable overseas regulator, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, can now be fast-tracked for approval and sale in Australia.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) would be able to share information with those overseas regulators, meaning it would no longer have to start the lengthy approvals process from scratch, in every case.

Ms Ley said while regulators in the US and Europe were of the highest quality, the TGA would continue to have the final say over whether drugs were made available in Australia.

The regulatory changes would also allow pharmaceutical companies to list their drugs in Australia at the same time as they list them in larger, overseas markets, she said.

The Government allocated $20.4 million in the May budget to implement the changes, which will be rolled out over the next two years.

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