- Australia’s peak psychiatry body has made a stinging assessment of Tasmania’s mental health system, saying it is critically understaffed and not up to national standards
- Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association members at Regional Imaging Gippsland rally at Latrobe Regional Hospital dressed in tutus. The Union say they have adopted tutus to symbolise the “silly dance” employees are required to perform to get a fair deal.
- Labiaplasty in is Australia on the rise. Last year, a study published in the British Medical Journal found a growing number of doctors had received requests from girls younger than eighteen for cosmetic surgery on their labias.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 9th of September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News
Australia’s peak psychiatry body has made a stinging assessment of Tasmania’s mental health system, saying it is critically understaffed and not up to national standards. In a submission to an Upper House inquiry into the state’s acute health services, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said there were not enough beds and specialist services for young people do not exist. College president Doctor Kym Jenkins said mental health resources in Tasmania were well behind other states and had fewer acute beds per capita. She said that
in Tasmania there are several problems that the rest of the country don’t have. She added: “I think the figures for Tasmania are nineteen per hundred thousand and states like New South Wales have thirty six per hundred thousand acute beds.” Doctor Jenkins also noted there were less psychiatrists in Tasmania per head of population than any other state and no specialised care units for children and teenagers.
The Tasmanian Government said eleven new mental health beds would be open soon, and a youth mental health unit would be ready by two thousand nineteen but other problems remained. The Royal Hobart Hospital, which is the state’s largest, has been stripped of some of its accreditation for psychiatry care training.It is unclear when it will be reinstated by the College of Psychiatrists.
Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association members at Regional Imaging Gippsland will rally at Latrobe Regional Hospital dressed in tutus this Thursday lunchtime.
The Union say they have adopted tutus to symbolise the “silly dance” employees are required to perform to get a fair deal. Staff at Regional Imaging Gippsland – which has the contract for imaging services at Latrobe Regional Hospital and Warragul Hospital as well as a number of private clinics – commenced industrial action on August twenty eight, as part of their campaign for a new Enterprise Agreement. Gippsland residents requiring radiology services are facing disruption and possible delays as the largest provider of imaging services in the region faces escalating industrial action.
“Regional Imaging Gippsland are leading workers on a little dance; this is demeaning and silly,” said Union Official Linda Jenkin. She added: “This company needs to understand that the people of Gippsland deserve quality clinicians like everyone else. Good clinicians will go elsewhere for wages and conditions that are respectful and fair.” This action will escalate from Thursday September seven following staff rejection of a second, sub-standard offer from the company. This will include restrictions on the performance of some normal duties and include stoppages.
The company is offering a two percent pay rise for imaging staff which VAHPA, the union representing staff at Regional Imaging Gippsland, indicates is below recent bargaining outcomes and not acceptable to staff.Regional Imaging Gippsland have responded to this feedback from staff by taking this marginally improved offer off the table and returning to their previous offer which has already been rejected by staff.
Labiaplasty in Australia is on the rise. Last year, a study published in the British Medical Journal found a growing number of doctors had received requests from girls younger than eighteen for cosmetic surgery on their labias. Doctor Magdalena Simonis from the University of Melbourne, the study’s lead author, says she has had girls as young as ten coming to see her with their mothers. Doctor Simonis says the way we talk to children about their bodies, in particular their genitals, as they go through puberty, is problematic.
And it’s not just younger women caught up in genital anxiety. Ninety seven per cent of general practitioners surveyed in the BMJ study reported women of all ages had expressed concern about their genitals and whether they were normal. When their doctors examined them, they found “they were perfectly normal or fitted within a range that is representative of the diversity that exists”. The number of labiaplasty procedures performed in Australia under Medicare increased from four hundred forty four in two thousand to one thousand six hundred five in two thousand thirteen, representing a more than three-fold increase. In NSW, seventy four percent of the labiaplasty procedures performed in hospitals from two thousand one to two thousand thirteen were through the private system. Most women say it’s because they don’t like the appearance of their labia. Some say they are motivated by functional reasons, such as discomfort during sex or while wearing tight clothing. A two thousand sixteen study found some women elected to have the surgery because of negative comments made to them about their genitals from a former sexual partner — causing long-term psychological distress.