The Health News – 16 March 2016

• Peter Dietz, one of Australia’s leading experts on gynaecological injuries, said a crisis in Australian hospitals’ maternity wards was a direct result of efforts to bring down the rate of caesarean sections. 

• Along with Professor Steve Wilton, Dr Rakesh Veedu from Murdoch University’s Centre for Comparative Genomics is developing a new drug and drug delivery method to treat multiple sclerosis in a more targeted manner.

• A study published by Orygen found young people who self-harm continue to be subject to stigma from the wider community and health professionals. The researchers called for detailed research to better understand how social media could have positive or negative impacts on young people at risk of self-harm.

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Counselling Support thru Papua New Guinea’s First Toll-free Domestic Violence Helpline [Interview][Transcript]


Guest: Nigel Spence
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Nigel Spence is the CEO of ChildFund Australia. Since joining ChildFund in 2006, Nigel has overseen the expansion of its child-focused development programs in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, as well as continuing aid and development work through ChildFund Alliance partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Nigel has a long history of working with vulnerable and marginalised children, both in Australia and internationally. Prior to his role at ChildFund, he was CEO of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), and Director of Children and Youth Services with Centacare, Catholic Community Services, Sydney.

Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, let us welcome ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence as he shares the various programs that they have in order to help reduce poverty for children in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. Nigel has just returned from Papua New Guinea after launching a counselling helpline and spending some time with the counsellors who are staffing the phone lines where the endemic violent abuse of women and children is recognised as the most pressing human rights issues. Women are already being helped by the service, they have received 40 calls on the first day and the phones have been busy ever since.

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Research on the Different Treatment Options to Match Lower Back Pain Patients’ Needs [Interview][Transcript]


Guest: Professor Mark Hancock
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Mark Hancock is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Macquarie University. He has 20 years of clinical experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working in a primary care setting. Mark now works full time as an academic/researcher. His research focuses on the diagnosis and management of back pain. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and received over 2.7 million dollars in funding. He has published in leading medical journals (e.g. Lancet, BMJ and Annals of Internal Medicine) and discipline specific journals (e.g. Spine, Physical Therapy).

Segment overview: For our Health Academy Series today, our guest is Associate Professor of Physiotherapy Mark Hancock from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science at the Macquarie University. He has a particular research interest in better understanding the causes of low back pain and identifying subgroups of patients who respond best to specific interventions. Today he will be sharing his thoughts about the different approaches which may lead to better outcomes. Many believe in better matching of treatment to individuals but how we do this is controversial and interesting.

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The Health News – 18 Nov 2014


  • One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin feature in the video for the new Band Aid single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities that has premiered on British television on Sunday.
  • Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant says she would like to see the court’s jurisdiction tested in cases involving medical treatment for transgender children.
  • A senior Indian health official has warned that an antibiotic linked to the deaths of at least 13 women who underwent sterilisation operations may contain a toxin found in rat poison.
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Australia’s High Asthma Rate and How Premature Children are more Likely to have It [Interview][Transcript]

associate_professor_graham_hall_asthma_researchGuest: Associate Professor Graham Hall
Presenter: Patrick Reyes
Guest Bio: Professor Graham Hall is a Research Strategy leader and the Head of the Paediatric Respiratory Physiology group at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. Graham completed his PhD at the Telethon Institute before working in the University Children’s Hospitals in Zurich and Bern in Switzerland. In 2003, he was appointed as Senior Respiratory Scientist of the Respiratory Laboratory at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth before returning to full-time research at the Telethon Kids Institute in mid-2010 as the Head of Paediatric Respiratory Physiology. Prof Hall an internationally recognized pediatric respiratory physiologist and contributes to a number of national and international working groups aimed at improving the standard of lung function testing.

Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, Associate Professor Graham Hall joins us to discuss health issues associated with preterm birth, among these is the possibility of having asthma in light with the celebration of Lung Health Awareness Month this November. Professor Hall will talk about current statistics for asthma in Australia, why does Australia have one of the highest asthma rates in the world as well as some of the common triggers for asthma. November 17 commemorates World Prematurity Day and Professor Hall will also share his thoughts the health issues associated with preterm birth, among these is the increased possibility of having asthma.

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Dr. Mardia Stone Shares What She Learned With Ebola Survivors


Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest: Dr. Mardia Stone
Guest Bio:
Dr. Mardia Stone is an International Medical and Public Health Expert. Currently, she is Senior Advisor to the Chester M. Pierce, MD, Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) /Harvard Medical School and Senior Advisor to the Liberia Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Psychiatry, working extensively on mental health issues, coordinating mental health research and training activities for MGH Psychiatry residents in Liberia.

Segment Overview
Dr. Mardia Stone shares what she learned by talking with Ebola survivors. Also discussed is the situation in West Point when a quarantine was enacted.

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Paramedics bouncing back after a serious injury on the job


Presenter: Neal
Guest: Bob Holdsworth
Guest Bio: An active paramedic, speaker and consultant, Bob Holdsworth has spent more than 33 years in emergency medicine, including executive leadership positions in the private sector, volunteer positions in both EMS and Fire agencies, and the role of EMS coordinator, where he developed and ran a hospital-based, regional paramedic service. He is the author of WADING INTO CHAOS: Inside the Life of a Paramedic.

Segment Overview
Bob Holdsworth talks about the process of dealing with a serious injury while on the job as a First Responder.  He also contrasts the standard operating procedures of Police and EMS as those differences pertain to getting back to work after injury.

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Quality of Life for the Epileptic [Interview][Transcript]

dr_ahmed_abdelmoity_vns_therapyGuest: Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity currently serves as Associate director, division of Neurology, Section Chief of epilepsy and neurophysiology at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is also the Director of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s level 4 epilepsy center, which is one of the few level 4 pediatric epilepsy centers in the country. He has developed and is directing the clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He has also developed and is directing the Neurodiagnostic Program. He finished his medical degree at Cairo University in Egypt. Dr. Abdelmoity then started molecular neurobiology research at UT Southwestern at Dallas, where he later started his pediatric Neurology residency.

Segment overview: Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD, Director of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s level 4 epilepsy center, discusses quality of life, treatment options, and compares the different therapies available, for those living with epilepsy.

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The Health News USA 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.
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Chris Wildeboer – Patience part 4 of 5


Presenter: Katherine
Guest: Chris Wilderboer
Guest Bio: Chris Wildeboer is the founder of Balance Central and has been working in the Wellness Industry for over 15 years – today she is one of the highest qualified Qld practitioners currently working in her field.

Chris was a Kinesiologist and from there she discovered many other techniques but the one that she has been using now for 14 plus years is R.A.W. (Rekindled Ancient Wisdom).

Segment Overview
Chris joins us to talk about her book Balance Central in a 5 segment special.


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