The Health News Australia November 24 2017

  • Victoria will enact the only legal voluntary assisted-dying scheme in the country in a move met with mixed emotion. Labor government-proposed legislation won narrow support in the state’s upper house on Wednesday after 28  hours of continuous debate and the second of two overnight sittings. Advocates for voluntary assisted-dying welcomed the passage of the legislation through the state’s upper house despite the amendments.
  • With the evolution of smartphones, the Australian Communications and Media Authority reported in 2016 that 5.78 million Australians had a mobile phone, but no fixed-line phone. When children were once taught to dial 000 on the landline, the raft of security and user features on mobiles is adding complexity to teaching kids how to respond in an emergency. An app called Emergency + had been developed to help make it easier for kids when responding to an emergency using a smartphone.
  • According to reports, some well-known Australian companies are investigating whether they can encourage female employees to focus more on their careers by paying for their eggs to be frozen. News Corp reports that the companies are already in negotiations with Australia’s first dedicated egg-freezing clinic. The move would follow the lead of major US companies including Apple, which pays up to $20,000 to freeze its workers’ eggs.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 24th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/11/23/mixed-emotions-as-vic-passes-euthanasia-bill.html

Victoria will enact the only legal voluntary assisted-dying scheme in the country in a move met with mixed emotion. Labor government-proposed legislation won narrow support in the state’s upper house on Wednesday after twenty eight hours of continuous debate and the second of two overnight sittings. Premier Daniel Andrews said after the vote: “Today is all about emotion and it’s all about compassion.”

Voluntary assisted-dying will only be accessible to terminally ill Victorian adults with less than six months to live. The bill wasn’t without its opponents and Labor only attracted the support it needed by conceding a number of amendments, including halving the initial life-expectancy of twelve  months.The legislation returns to the lower house next week where the amendments need ratification in what is considered a formality, allowing the scheme to be operational by June two thousand nineteen. Advocates for voluntary assisted-dying welcomed the passage of the legislation through the state’s upper house despite the amendments.
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Victorian branch president of the Australian Medical Association Lorraine Baker said it was a ‘challenging day’. People applying to use the scheme must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind. Except in cases where patients are too incapacitated, the scheme stipulates lethal medication is self-administered.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-23/paramedics-warning-parents-to-teach-kids-about-emergency-phone/9180948

With the evolution of smartphones, the Australian Communications and Media Authority reported in two thousand sixteen that five point seventy eight million Australians had a mobile phone, but no fixed-line phone. When children were once taught to dial triple-zero on the landline, the raft of security and user features on mobiles is adding complexity to teaching kids how to respond in an emergency. New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Luke Wiseman said:
“Once upon a time we used to just have home phone lines, and they’ve all got caller line identification,”
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He said an app called Emergency + had been developed to help make it easier for kids when responding to an emergency using a smartphone. He also stated:
“It actually gives your exact location as an address, it gives you your cross-street, and it also gives you a latitude and longitude, so if you are in rural and remote areas, we can actually get a latitude and longitude and then start planning how we make our way to the patient.”
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Inspector Wiseman said parents should also consider the language they use when explaining emergency procedures to children. “Kids watch a lot of other programs that are American-based, and they get quite confused regarding what is the appropriate number to call.”
The message to teach kids about emergency procedures comes with summer on Australia’s doorstep. Paramedics said responding to children being left in hot cars remained an issue.

https://www.9news.com.au/health/2017/11/23/06/05/australian-companies-want-to-help-by-paying-to-freeze-female-workers-eggs

According to reports, some well-known Australian companies are investigating whether they can encourage female employees to focus more on their careers by paying for their eggs to be frozen. News Corp reports that the companies are already in negotiations with Australia’s first dedicated egg-freezing clinic. The move would follow the lead of major US companies including Apple, which pays up to twenty thousand dollars to freeze its workers’ eggs. The new Sydney clinic, Genea Horizion, is aimed at clients who want to freeze their eggs as an option for the future, the company’s website states.

Egg-freezing may help women “press pause” on their “biological clocks”, the website states. It reads: “It can give you an opportunity to take control of your fertility and it is an option increasingly being considered and taken up by women around the world.” As well as Apple, US tech giants Facebook and Google also pay to freeze their workers’ eggs, in an effort to improve the range of their family-planning options.

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