The News – 10 March 2015

Overview

  • Health authorities say traces of legionella found in a south-west Queensland hospital’s water supply should not cause alarm.
  • The Chief Executive of the New England Medicare Local says he’s still waiting to find out if an application to run the new Primary Health Network has been successful.
  • We all know how hard it is to become a doctor. Hard work at school, years at university and long hours as an intern. Now imagine doing a medical degree in a foreign language — not once, but twice. Dr Jamal Rifi, an Australian Lebanese Muslim GP and community leader, has gained widespread praise and some criticism for the stand he has taken in denouncing Islamic State (IS).



News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 10th March 2015. Read by Rebecca Foster.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/traces-of-legionella-bacteria-found-again-in/6290244

Health authorities say traces of legionella found in a south-west Queensland hospital’s water supply should not cause alarm.

The South West Hospital and Health Service said traces of the bacteria had been found in some taps at the Charleville hospital during routine testing.
The hospital had a history of being more susceptible to legionella incidences but the service said there was a rigorous management plan in place.
Spokeswoman Dr Penny Hutchinson said remedial action was underway and the hospital’s management was reassuring people there was minimal risk to patients and staff.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/primary-health-network-announcement-due-by-end-of-month/6289936

The Chief Executive of the New England Medicare Local says he’s still waiting to find out if an application to run the new Primary Health Network has been successful.

Three Medicare Locals – New England, Hunter, and Central Coast – have joined forces to apply to run the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network.
The new organisation will cover an area from Gosford in the south, north to the Queensland border and further west than Moree, and will take over from the Medicare Locals from July 1.
Graeme Kershaw said notification of the successful applicant is due later this month.
He said some of the 130 staff of the New England Medicare Local have already started to leave, and there’s no certainty for those who stay on.

Due to this, Mr Kershaw said there will be less staff directly employed through the PHN.
He said Medicare Local staff are working to ensure the same level of health services are available in the New England but it’s proving difficult given there are less private providers in regional areas.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/sydney-gp-jamal-rifis-brave-stance-against-islamic-state/6288382

We all know how hard it is to become a doctor. Hard work at school, years at university and long hours as an intern.

Now imagine doing a medical degree in a foreign language — not once, but twice.
Dr Jamal Rifi, an Australian Lebanese Muslim GP and community leader, has gained widespread praise and some criticism for the stand he has taken in denouncing Islamic State (IS).
It is probably not a situation Dr Rifi envisaged for himself when he arrived in Australia 30 years ago determined to win a place at Sydney University Medical School.

For nearly 20 years, Dr Rifi has been a prominent figure in the Lebanese Muslim community of south-western Sydney.
A respected and hard-working GP, Dr Rifi provides much more than just medical care to people, helping with application forms, mediating in disputes and so much more.
But it is in the past 12 months that Dr Rifi has entered the national psyche as one of the most passionate voices from the Muslim community denouncing the barbaric behaviour of the IS group.
After he condemned Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf for allowing his son to hold up a severed head, he received a death threat from another Australian fighting with IS, the notorious Mohammed Elomar.

Social Services Minister and former immigration minister Scott Morrison said Dr Rifi’s stand was “brave”.
“That is a very brave thing for him to do,” Mr Morrison said.

His family was concerned about the threat and increased their security.

Dr Rifi has … been instrumental in helping families whose children are in danger of radicalisation.

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