The Health News Australia January 21 2018

  • According to new research, straight male baby boomers are less likely than younger men to use condoms or know much about sexual health, leaving them vulnerable to infections. Family Planning NSW surveyed 2,339 heterosexual men who were using an online dating service in 2014. The survey found 49% of men over 60 did not know that Australia’s most prevalent sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia, often does not cause any symptoms.
  • An international survey has found that 14% of NSW patients aged over 65 are skipping medical care because it’s too expensive. More than 1 in 10 people aged over 65 in NSW have skipped medical care due to the cost.  The results of the 2017 survey, which questioned people over 65 from 11 countries on their views and experiences in healthcare systems, were published on Thursday, finding a number of areas of concern in medical care in the state.
  • SA Health says that the needs of the elderly, frail, young and those with cardiac and kidney complications could stretch medical services during South Australia’s three-day heatwave. Temperatures hit 41C in Adelaide early Thursday afternoon and are unlikely to dip below 27C overnight as the state braces for another 41C scorcher on Friday.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 21st of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-18/baby-boomers-back-in-the-dating-game-not-using-condoms-research/9337160

According to new research, straight male baby boomers are less likely than younger men to use condoms or know much about sexual health, leaving them vulnerable to infections. Family Planning New South Wales surveyed two thousand three hundred thirty nine heterosexual men who were using an online dating service in two thousand fourteen. The survey found men aged fifty or older were less likely to use condoms and more likely than younger men to think that condoms reduced sexual interest.

Family Planning NSW medical director Deborah Bateson said “Older men that may not have used condoms for decades, they may remember grappling with condoms in their youth and not know there’s been a change in technology.”

The survey found forty nine percent of men over sixty did not know that Australia’s most prevalent sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia, often does not cause any symptoms.

The study cited data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies showing the number of people divorcing after being married for more than twenty years had increased from thirteen percent in nineteen ninety to twenty eight percent in two thousand eleven.

Doctor Bateson wants governments to follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and New York City Council and run safe sex campaigns aimed specifically at baby boomers. But she also said dating websites had the potential to help raise awareness.

Older men were not the only ones who said they were unlikely to use a condom in the survey.
The survey found that seventy seven point five percent of all male respondents said that they had sex without using condoms in the previous year.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/primary-healthcare/49/news/aap/an-international-survey-has-found-nsw-patients-skip-medical-care-due-to-cost/3126/

An international survey has found that fourteen percent of New South Wales patients aged over sixty five are skipping medical care because it’s too expensive.  More than one in ten people aged over sixty five in New South Wales have skipped medical care due to the cost. The results of the two thousand seventeen survey, which questioned people over sixty five from eleven countries on their views and experiences in healthcare systems, were published on Thursday, finding a number of areas of concern in medical care in the state. Fourteen per cent of New South Wales patients surveyed said they skipped medication, a consultation, or follow-up care because of the cost – while twenty one percent said they didn’t visit a dentist at all due to financial reasons.

More than a quarter of those surveyed also said accessing out-of-hours medical care was “very difficult”. Bureau of Health Information acting chief executive Dr Kim Sutherland says while the state’s health system generally performs well, barriers to accessing healthcare could be improved.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/health-warning-as-heat-goes-on-in-sa

South Australia Health says that the needs of the elderly, frail, young and those with cardiac and kidney complications could stretch medical services during South Australia’s three-day heatwave. Temperatures hit forty one Celsius in Adelaide early Thursday afternoon and are unlikely to dip below twenty seven Celsius overnight as the state braces for another forty one Celsius scorcher on Friday.

SA Health spokesman Paddy Phillips said it was those people most at risk who accounted for the extra heat-related calls to ambulance services and hospital presentations. Professor Phillips told reporters: “So far our hospitals are coping very well but it’s over a prolonged period of heat where it’s hot during the day and the night that the numbers do increase.”

The heat forced organisers of the Tour Down Under cycling race to cut short Thursday’s third stage to ensure the safety of riders, officials and spectators. The Bupa Challenge, involving thousands of recreational cyclists riding the same course as the professionals, was also cancelled, in line with its extreme weather safety plan.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the blast of hot weather was being fuelled by a very hot air mass being dragged down from central Australia and while there would be some relief heading into the weekend and early next week, temperatures were then expected to rise again. The hot weather raised concerns for energy supplies with Australian Energy Market Operator expecting high demand and a lack of electricity reserves for short periods on both Thursday and Friday afternoons.

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