The Health News Australia April 23 2018

  • The Federal Government is ordering aged-care homes to offer their staff a flu vaccination this year. The action comes after last year’s deadly influenza season that saw about one thousand people aged over 65 die of complications related to influenza. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said vulnerable people living in aged-care facilities were much more likely to be affected by the virus.
  • The first of three University of Queensland Regional Training Hubs supporting junior doctors to undertake specialist training in regional Queensland was launched on April nineteen.  The University’s Central Queensland Regional Training Hub (CQRTH) will help provide doctors with postgraduate training opportunities closer to home. Regional Training Hubs are one of three components of the Australian Government’s Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine (IRTP).
  • A shocking report has revealed that 1 in 5 mums smoked during pregnancy in western Queensland. Figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the western Queensland primary health network area had the fourth-highest rate of women who admitted smoking during pregnancy in the nation, at 20.6%. In western Queensland, 1 in 4 mothers identified as Indigenous, of whom almost half smoked while they were pregnant, in 2013-2015.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-22/flu-jab-made-compulsory-for-aged-care-centres/9684116

The Federal Government is ordering aged-care homes to offer their staff a flu vaccination this year. The action comes after last year’s deadly influenza season that saw about one thousand people aged over sixty five die of complications related to influenza.

As the death toll from this season’s deadly influenza rises, questions are being asked about the flu vaccine. Workers cannot be forced to accept the vaccine, but it will be compulsory for them to be offered it. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said vulnerable people living in aged-care facilities were much more likely to be affected by the virus. He pointed to the deaths of eighteen people at just two centres last year.
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The Government maintains that a vaccination rate of ninety five percent is needed among staff to create “herd immunity”. But according to a recent survey of two thousand six hundred nine facilities, there were only a handful of centres with that vaccination rate. The influenza vaccine is already free for people over sixty five years of age.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/nurse-education/41/news/nc1/uq-launches-regional-training-hub-in-central-queensland/3308/

The first of three University of Queensland Regional Training Hubs supporting junior doctors to undertake specialist training in regional Queensland was launched on April nineteen.  The University’s Central Queensland Regional Training Hub or CQRTH will help provide doctors with postgraduate training opportunities closer to home.

CQRTH Senior Academic Clinician Doctor Ewen McPhee said the hub built on the education and training experiences offered by UQ’s Rural Clinical School at Rockhampton.

Doctor McPhee stated: “We are going beyond medical school graduation to facilitate streamlined training pathways by providing additional clinical and academic staff in rural areas. We will work with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, training providers and professional colleges to map current training posts, advocate for new ones and provide support for junior doctors.”
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Regional Training Hubs are one of three components of the Australian Government’s Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine or IRTP. The CQRTH is part of UQ’s Rural Clinical School in Rockhampton.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/report-reveals-the-worst-towns-for-smoking-in-pregnancy-20180418-p4zae7.html

A shocking report has revealed that one in five mums smoked during pregnancy in western Queensland. Figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the western Queensland primary health network area had the fourth-highest rate of women who admitted smoking during pregnancy in the nation, at twenty point six percent. In western Queensland, one in four mothers identified as Indigenous, of whom almost half smoked while they were pregnant, in two thousand thirteen to two thousand fifteen.

The top three PHN areas for mothers smoking during pregnancy were western New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Gippsland in Victoria. Across the nation, one in ten mothers smoked at some point during their pregnancy, but in regional areas, the smoking rates (seventeen point four per cent) were more than double those in metropolitan areas (seven point nine percent). The data also reveals the Queensland towns and regions with the highest and lowest rates of smoking during pregnancy for all mothers. Queensland’s far north, Burnett, Bribie and Maryborough were among the worst for smoking during pregnancy for all mothers, while Brisbane dominated the ten zones with the lowest smoking rates.

For Indigenous mothers, about half smoked at some point during their pregnancy in Wide Bay, the Queensland outback, Logan to Beaudesert, the Fitzroy and Darling Downs to Maranoa.

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillan said it was crucial that pregnant women across the state continued to receive resources and support to quit smoking. She added: “Smoking while pregnant can cause a range of health complications for both the mother and child, including an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, SIDS and the likelihood a child will have problems with lung development and lung function.”

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