- A reproductive rights group has raised concerns about Queensland’s health system after a mentally ill female prisoner with a drug problem was barred from having an abortion. The patient applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy at twenty weeks because she did not want anymore children.
- South Australia’s $ 2.3 billion dollar new Royal Adelaide Hospital has officially opened, and ambulances have started the huge task of moving patients — but the State Government has warned people to stay away from the emergency department until Tuesday morning.
- The New South Wales Government will consider tightening laws around the beauty industry after beauty-salon owner Jean Huang died after a botched breast surgery.
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A reproductive rights group has raised concerns about Queensland’s health system after a mentally ill prisoner with a drug problem was barred from having an abortion. The thirty three-year-old woman, referred to by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal as “QDB”, applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy at twenty weeks because she did not want anymore children. QDB has a history of mental illness, drug use, has outstanding criminal matters and is hepatitis C positive. She was taken into custody at the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre in June for breaching a bail order and has since been living at a Brisbane mental health facility to treat her relapsed schizophrenia. QDB is now a classified patient under the Mental Health Act and requires ongoing psychiatric and professional health care to manage her mental illness, and her complex care needs, including her pregnancy.
The QCAT can decide whether an adult without legal capacity can make a decision to have an abortion. QDB’s parents have indicated they do not oppose the approval of the termination procedure, predominantly on the basis that they do not think she is capable of looking after children. In her decision, QCAT member Joanne Browne said the woman could not be granted an abortion because she did “not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her diagnosed mental illness”.
Abortion up to and beyond twenty weeks is legal in many states including Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In Queensland, abortion is still criminalised, however it is lawful when a doctor believes a woman’s physical and/or mental health is in serious danger. As well as a history of drug use, QDB has a low-lying placenta and is a moderate-to-heavy smoker. The tribunal found that while QDB’s pregnancy was higher risk than a standard pregnancy, it was not risky enough to terminate. Reproductive Choice Australia president Jenny Ejlak said the case was incredibly complex but it should have been dealt with earlier. She said the decision would probably have been different if this case were in another state where abortion was legal.
South Australia’s two point three billion dollar new Royal Adelaide Hospital has officially opened, and ambulances have started the huge task of moving patients — but the State Government has warned people to stay away from the emergency department until Tuesday morning. The mammoth task of moving patients from the old RAH to the new began in earnest on Monday morning, before the emergency department opens to all comers from seven AM Tuesday. By four PM, eighty five patients had been moved in a rotation of sixteen ambulances as well as the ambulance bus. That was about two-thirds of the day’s target of one hundred thirty patients. Ambulances began couriering patients between the hospitals just after seven AM, after a “ramp down” in activity at the old RAH over recent weeks reduced its activity rates to about half that of normal levels.The move has been running smoothly, with the RAH ramped down to three hundred eighty three patients as of this morning. This includes patients who will be discharged rather than moved to the new hospital.
South Australia Ambulance Service chief executive Jason Killens, who is in command of the move, said it was going to plan after some initial “lumps and bumps” with equipment, which were resolved immediately.
The New South Wales Government will consider tightening laws around the beauty industry after beauty-salon owner Jean Huang died after a botched breast surgery. Miss Huang, aged thirty five, underwent the surgery at the Medi Beauty Clinic in Chippendale on Wednesday and died at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Friday afternoon. A Chinese tourist, thirty three-year-old Jie Shao, supposedly administered a local anaesthetic and breast filler to Miss Huang, despite having no medical qualifications in Australia. Miss Shao remains in custody after being charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and using poison to endanger life on Thursday.The Medi Beauty Clinic, located in the Central Park Mall on Broadway, near Central Station, has been closed since Miss Huang’s death.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the regulatory framework around cosmetic clinics would be reviewed. “Generally beauty therapy facilities that only do beauty therapy and don’t enter into any surgical issues are not required to be registered,” Mister Hazzard said. He also said that
some medical bodies had expressed concern.