The Health News Australia September 11 2017


  • Leftover medical equipment from the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is now deserted, will be given to regional hospitals in South Australia and other developing countries.
  • Leading men’s health organisation the Movember Foundation will launch ads to help combat male suicide. The Unmute — ask him campaign encourages family members to really listen to what men are saying and discover their true feelings.
  • Gardasil 9 vaccine, marketed by Merck & Co., can reduce 90% of cervical cancers as well as vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers and genital warts caused by HPV.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Leftover medical equipment at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital will be given to regional hospitals in South Australia as well as developing countries. The Rotary Club will ship purpose-built beds to nearly thirty countries around the world. But Country Health SA will get first dibs on the remaining stock, which regional director Debbie Martin says will allow them to prioritise funds.

A re-use target at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has meant about twenty five per cent of equipment has moved over with the patients, executive director Paul Lambert said.

The old site was now deserted but Mister Lambert said staff would continue to move equipment to the new two point four billion dollar facility over the next two weeks. In November, work will also start on demolishing parts of the old hospital. Tearing down its eastern buildings would be the largest project of its kind in SA’s history, costing one hundred fifty million dollars and creating ninety five jobs. “Its transformation will open up this closed site making it accessible space for all South Australians to use,” Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan said.

Leading men’s health organisation the Movember Foundation will launch a series of ads today to help combat male suicide. The innovative campaign, called Unmute — contains a series of videos that have men explaining tips for fishing, BBQing or fixing a flat tyre with subtitles. But when the audience unmute the sound they actually hear the man revealing he is struggling with his mental health and asking for help, contrary to the subtitles on the video.
The campaign comes ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday and is designed to encourage family members to really listen to what the men in their life are saying and if they are hiding their true feelings. In Australia, eight people suicide every day, or one person every three hours. Men have the highest rates of suicide in the country. Males are three times more likely to suicide than women at nineteen point three deaths per one hundred thousand people according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Movember Foundation, Craig Martin, said while as a society we have become more aware of asking people how they are doing, many of us are not actually listening.

Mister Martin said he hoped the campaign — which would run predominantly on social media, would help to address this. “Our research has shown that a majority of men say they are there for their friends when they need support, yet considerably fewer men are prepared to go to someone when they’re struggling themselves — bringing to life the need for those around men to take themselves off ‘mute’ and start the conversation,” Mister Martin said.

Mister Martin said the Movember Foundation was aiming to reduce male suicide by twenty five per cent by two thousand thirty. Health Minister Greg Hunt congratulated the Movember Foundation for its campaign and said mental health was a key priority for the Turnbull government.

A vaccine that can literally eradicate the majority of cervical cancer cases shows long-term effectiveness in a study published today in The Lancet. This study of fourteen thousand two hundred fifteen women in eighteen countries extends and solidifies the initial phase three efficacy and safety trial of the nine-valent human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil nine, that was published in February two thousand fifteen in The New England Journal of Medicine. These new results strengthen the promise that vaccination with Gardasil nine can reduce ninety percent of cervical cancers.”There is no question that the vaccine works,” said primary author Doctor Warner Huh, professor and director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Gynecologic Oncology and a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and a coalition of Alabama health groups last year launched a formal call for action, urging Alabama parents and health care providers to get children—girls and boys—vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. The vaccine is unique in its ability to prevent certain cancers. HPV infections cause global disease, including an estimated two hundred sixty six thousand deaths from cervical cancer worldwide in two thousand twelve, according to the World Health Organization. Routine screening by Pap smears or tests for HPV infection has reduced death rates in developed countries compared to less developed regions of the globe. Still, an estimated twelve thousand two hundred U.S. women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Gardasil nine, marketed by Merck & Co., was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December two thousand fourteen. The vaccine immunizes against nine genotypes of HPV known to cause cervical cancer, as well as vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers and genital warts caused by HPV. It is an advance over the four-valent HPV vaccine, Gardasil, which was approved by the FDA in two thousand six.

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