The Health News – 5 July 2016

Overview:
• The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has received an increased number of complaints about cosmetic procedures being performed by non-medical people, particularly in the Sydney area. The medications used by the non-registered practitioners are imported and not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

• Female genital mutilation is an issue being tackled by New South Wales Health, which for more than 20 years has run an education program in places such as Wollongong, Newcastle, Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Orange and Gosford where refugee and migrant women have settled.

• Authorities have confirmed the fourth case of black lung disease in the past week, taking the state's total to 11 in the past year. The latest patient is a 56-year- old who has worked at an underground coal mine in the Bowen Basin, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-01/illegal-cosmetic-surgery-performed-unqualified-people-probe/7560382

Health authorities are investigating cases of people being injected with illegally imported Botox and other cosmetic products by unqualified people in residential premises and hotel rooms.

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has received an increased number of complaints about cosmetic procedures being performed by non-medical people, particularly in the Sydney area.

The cosmetic procedures — including double eyelid suturing, nose bridge lifts, protein suture facelifts, the administration of Botox, dermal fillers and …skin whitening injections — were advertised through social media, in particular mobile and text messaging service WeChat.

According to the HCCC, in one case a woman underwent a double eyelid suture procedure in a residential apartment in the Sydney area.

A search at the premises found a number of prescription-only medications illegally imported into Australia, including … Botox and … dermal fillers.

The medications used by the non-registered practitioners are imported and not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

The import and supply of medication not on the register is unlawful and potentially dangerous, authorities said.

The HCCC has urged people seeking cosmetic surgical and medical procedures to be vigilant in their research prior to undergoing any surgery.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-01/parliamentary-figures-shed-light-on-genital-mutilation-in-nsw/7556928

New state parliamentary figures have shed light on the practice of female genital mutilation, amid claims it is more widespread than the data suggests.

New South Wales Police Minister Troy Grant has responded to questions about genital mutilation, revealing police have dealt with eight matters between 2011 and 2015.

Female genital mutilation involves partial or … removal of the external female genitalia.

It is an issue being tackled by New South Wales Health, which for more than 20 years has run an education program in places such as Wollongong, Newcastle, Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Orange and Gosford where refugee and migrant women have settled.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-04/black-lung-disease-coal-miner-diagnosed-with-cwp/7568140

Authorities have confirmed the fourth case of black lung disease in the past week, taking the state’s total to 11 in the past year.

The latest patient is a 56-year-old who has worked at an underground coal mine in the Bowen Basin, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Black lung disease … is caused by extended exposure to coal dust.

It was thought to have been eradicated about 30 years ago.

Over the weekend, a 39-year-old man was confirmed to have the disease.

On Thursday, a 62-year-old underground coal miner who had worked in Bowen Basin mines for 20 years was diagnosed with CWP.

A day earlier, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines confirmed a 55-year-old man had the disease.

A spokesman for the department said Queensland’s mining companies were offering workers new X-rays and the opportunity to have old X-rays re-read.