The Health News – 5 August 2016

Overview:
• Salmonella poisoning linked to a Canberra restaurant in 2013 had the quickest incubation period health authorities had seen, the ACT Magistrates Court has heard.  The court heard the outbreak was linked to aioli in the potato salad made with eggs from Victoria.

• The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association has reached an agreement with Victorian Hospital Industrial Association over its long-running pay dispute just hours after staff walked off the job. Under the new deal, staff at public hospitals will receive a 12.5 per cent pay rise over the next four years.

• The Government has released its Illicit Drug Data Report (IDDR) 2014-15, which found there had been a record 133,926 national arrests during the same period, a 19.5 per cent increase on the previous financial year. Arrests for cannabis were by far the most numerous at 56.1 per cent but in second place was amphetamine-type stimulates (ATS) at 26.5 per cent, particularly ice.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-04/canberra-salmonella-outbreak-quickest-incubation-period-seen/7690606

Salmonella poisoning linked to a Canberra restaurant in 2013 had the quickest incubation period health authorities had seen, the ACT Magistrates Court has heard.

The owners of the now closed Copa Brazillian Churrasco restaurant are fighting two criminal charges of selling unsafe food.

The outbreak affected 161 people who had eaten from an all-you-can-eat deal at the restaurant.

Many of those affected joined a class action against the restaurant.

Lawyer Ben Aulich said of the 74 people his firm represented, all cases had now settled.

The court heard the outbreak was linked to aioli in the potato salad made with eggs from Victoria.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-04/victorian-hospital-professionals-reach-pay-deal-after-strike/7689468

The union for allied health workers has reached an agreement with Victorian Hospital Industrial Association over its long-running pay dispute just hours after staff walked off the job.

Those affected include radiographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and radiologists.

Under the new deal, staff at public hospitals will receive a 12.5 per cent pay rise over the next four years.

The union, the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, said it would also see the end of junior staff doing the work of medical specialists.

It had been negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement with the industrial association since December last year. It will need to be signed off on by the Victorian Government.

The sticking point had been the use of “advanced practice work”, where hospitals employed junior staff to do the work of medical specialists, in order to cut waiting lists.

The union’s Craig McGregor said before the deal was struck that patient care was being put at risk.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-04/illicit-drug-use-soaring-in-australia/7689330

A record 105,862 illicit drug seizures were made by Australian authorities in 2014-15, while wastewater analysis and arrests show the use of crystal methamphetamine has exploded.

The Government has released its Illicit Drug Data Report (IDDR) 2014-15, which found there had been a record 133,926 national arrests during the same period, a 19.5 per cent increase on the previous financial year.

Arrests for cannabis were by far the most numerous at 56.1 per cent but in second place was amphetamine-type stimulates (ATS) at 26.5 per cent, particularly ice.

In every other state and territory, cannabis was the most seized drug by numbers.

It was also the biggest by weight, accounting for more than 50 per cent in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Canberra, and accounted for the greatest proportion of actual drug arrests across the country.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said …the Australian market remained very lucrative for people who “like to pedal in the misery of illegal drugs”.

Mr Keenan said the ice taskforce recommended more wastewater testing be undertaken and announced $3.6 million would go towards doing so.

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