The Health News – 8 July 2016

Overview:
• NSW Health said Pu Liu, also known as Mabel Liu, was not a registered medical practitioner, but had been performing cosmetic treatments at her apartment in Five Dock. After receiving complaints from a client, public health officers raided her home and found injectable drugs not approved for use in Australia and evidence of poor infection control.

• One of Headspace’s founders, former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry, has been downplaying the turmoil, insisting Headspace has a promising future.  Professor McGorry, has confirmed that the organisation’s CEO Chris Tanti and five board members had resigned earlier this week.

• An independent review into the re-emergence of the deadly black lung disease conducted by Professor Malcolm Sim from Monash University, is expected to show several miners slipped through the net because Australian doctors failed to detect the disease on chest X-rays and spirometry tests used to assess lung function.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  8th of July 2016. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-06/nsw-cosmetic-patients-warned-about-blood-virus-risk/7574336

New South Wales Health is urging people who underwent cosmetic procedures at a woman’s home in Sydney’s inner west to contact their GP amid fears they may have contacted blood-borne viruses.

NSW Health said Pu Liu, also known as Mabel Liu, was not a registered medical practitioner, but had been performing cosmetic treatments at her apartment in Five Dock.

After receiving complaints from a client, public health officers raided her home and found injectable drugs not approved for use in Australia and evidence of poor infection control.

NSW Health authorities said Ms Liu did not keep client records.

“We are urging anyone who used her services to see their GP for advice and to seek tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV as a precaution,” NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant said.

“An infection may not present with symptoms right away, so the only way to know if you are at risk is to have a blood test.”

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has issued an order to Ms Liu preventing her from performing cosmetic procedures or possessing drugs including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-06/headspace-in-turmoil-as-ceo-and-five-board-members-resign/7574280

National youth mental health foundation Headspace appears to be in disarray after the resignation of its CEO and five board members.

One of the organisation’s founders, former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry, has been downplaying the turmoil, insisting Headspace has a promising future.

But others working in the youth mental health sector disagree.

Headspace was set up a decade ago to provide mental health services to Australians aged between 12 and 25.

Young people can seek help at a Headspace centre or through its online or phone services.

Professor McGorry, one of the architects of the Headspace model and also sits on the Headspace board, confirmed … that the organisation’s CEO Chris Tanti and five board members had resigned earlier this week.

Professor McGorry acknowledged there had been some tension in the Headspace organisation.

Former Headspace CEO Chris Tanti and Professor Ian Hickie, who resigned from the board in 2012, declined The World Today’s request for interviews.

Matt Noffs, CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation, which helps disadvantaged young people with drug and alcohol problems, said he was not surprised that Headspace appeared to be in trouble.

Mr Noffs said he questioned the announcement early on from Headspace of 100 new centres.

“Why was this number picked out when normally when we do things in the field of mental health or drugs, you’re thinking about what communities need, you’re thinking about where the communities are, you’re thinking about local needs, you’re not thinking about it like how McDonalds would … a cookie cutter sale approach fails.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-06/black-lung-review-critical-of-australian-doctors-detection/7575268

An independent review into the re-emergence of the deadly black lung disease is expected to deliver damning findings into the screening and assessment scheme designed to detect it.

The report, conducted by Professor Malcolm Sim from Monash University, is expected to show several miners slipped through the net because Australian doctors failed to detect the disease on chest X-rays and spirometry tests used to assess lung function.

The ABC understands that as part of the review process, several chest X-rays, deemed clear in Australia but reassessed in the US, have found further cases of black lung potentially missed by doctors.

It is understood the report will deliver 17 recommendations including a smaller pool of doctors performing the respiratory component of health checks; that they undergo formal training and visit mine sites; that testing meets international standards and health assessments be improved.

Eleven people have now been diagnosed with black lung in Queensland in the past year.

The disease was thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago.

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