The Health News – 28 February 2017

• A leaked report states that the Oakden mental health facility in SA is medically unsafe for patients, understaffed, at risk of medication errors and of human rights violations.

• A bladder cancer survivor worked with his urologist  to raise awareness of the disease and launched at a free print book about the cancer specifically created for Australian patients and healthcare providers.

• A  $246 million worth of health and medical research facility has opened at the University of Adelaide. It is the latest addition to the university, which will enable students to study surgical procedures and simulate operations on computerised mannequins.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  28th of February 2017. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

Three health staff have been suspended amid an independent review into the treatment of an aged care patient at a mental health facility run by the South Australian Government.

The ABC revealed in January that elderly patient, Bob Spriggs, who has since died, was given 10 times the amount of his prescribed medication and left with unexplained bruises while staying in the Makk ward of a facility at Oakden in 2016.

It is understood one doctor and two nurses have been suspended while those claims are being investigated.

A leaked report has revealed a staff member raised concerns with management years before Mr Spriggs’ case, calling the facility unsafe, understaffed and at risk of human rights violations.

A bladder cancer survivor has teamed up with his urologist to create a new charity and deliver free Australian education resource for patients after frustration about the lack of local information available.

The Bladder Cancer Australia Charity Foundation aims to raise awareness of the disease, which it said was the fourth most common cancer in Australian men — despite receiving little attention.

About 3,000 Australians are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year, and urological surgeon Nathan Lawrentschuk said it was one of the hardest cancers to treat if detected late.

Associate Professor Lawrentschuk said he had teamed up with one of his former patients, Melbourne musician Tony Moore, in a bid to increase early detection rates.

Mr Moore was diagnosed with advanced invasive bladder cancer in November 2011 after ignoring his symptoms for six months.

“The first thing I noticed was that my urine was sitting a little bit heavier in the bowl, my urine had changed,” he said.

As a smoker, Mr Moore said he was among 70 per cent of all bladder cancer patients with a history of smoking.

Five years after recovering from the surgery, Mr Moore teamed up with Associate Professor Lawrentschuk to provide patient education, awareness, research and support.

Associate Professor Lawrentschuk said the foundation was mostly created out of frustration.

Mr Moore and Associate Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk are both in Canberra this week to attend the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

It was there they launched the charity’s first initiative — a free print book about the cancer specifically created for Australian patients and healthcare providers.

Associate Professor Lawrentschuk said too often patients had little information to make life-changing decisions and if resources were not readily available, the cancer could become fatal.

A new 14-storey health and medical sciences research facility, complete with a fully computerised simulated birthing suite, has opened in Adelaide.

The $246 million University of Adelaide tower is the latest addition to the North Terrace medical precinct, which is also home to the SAHMRI one and two buildings and the soon-to-open New Royal Adelaide Hospital.

On level two of the new university building, students will be able to study surgical procedures and simulate operations on computerised mannequins.

Inside the birthing suite, a life-sized mother and baby lay in waiting.

“This [room] is about preparing our students and theatre doctors and nurses for clinical practice,” Dr Simon Pattern told ABC Adelaide Breakfast.

“We can simulate any of the diseases that may face a newborn, so our students will not only learn how to deliver a healthy baby but what to do when things go wrong.”

Dr Pattern said lecturers would be able to run through a range of simulated emergencies with the students, with real life-like results.

The robotic mother will also be used in multiple training scenarios.

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