The Health News – 01 August 2015

Overview:

• A new veteran mental health precinct will be located at Adelaide’s Glenside Health Service Campus, as the State Government prepares to close the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital.

• Cycling Australia’s She Rides program aims to promote the social aspects of riding among women, and get them out in groups in the same way so-called MAMILS (middle-aged men in lycra) take to the roads. The campaign was developed after a study found road safety, or the perceived lack of it, was the top impediment to women from getting on their bikes.

• Ten leukaemia patients in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre between July 2014 and January 2015 an error occurred that had been given half the recommended dose of a chemotherapy drug due to a typographical error, Health Minister Jack Snelling confirmed and apologised to the patients affected by the mistake.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-02/veteran-mental-health-service-to-move-to-glenside-in-sa/6666352

A new veteran mental health precinct will be located at Adelaide’s Glenside Health Service Campus, as the State Government prepares to close the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital.

The $15 million precinct, which will include the Centre for Excellence for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is part of the State Government’s Transforming Health plan which was announced earlier this year.

As part of the plan, the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital will be closed, including ward 17, which services returned veterans suffering from mental health illnesses.

The announcement has resulted in protests across Adelaide by a number of veterans, including a group which has been camped on the steps of Parliament House since early April.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said an advisory panel that included clinicians, veteran representatives and carers recommended the Glenside location as the best site for the new precinct.

“Glenside Health Service Campus is centrally located, can provide a private environment and has car parking, public transport links and access to recreational, community and garden spaces as well as other inpatient care provided on site,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we deal appropriately and our health system is well geared to look after the psychological scars that our returned service men and women come with.”

The portion of the campus dedicated to veterans’ mental health service will be renamed and have a separate access point to the main campus to provide a distinct area for veterans.

The new facility will have 24 beds.
Two buildings at the site will need to be demolished to make way for the new centre, which should be completed by 2017.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-02/cycling-australia-she-rides-program-encourages-women-riders/6666210

Australia’s peak cycling body is tackling the top fear of female riders – road safety – as part of a campaign to get them back on two wheels.

Cycling Australia’s She Rides program aims to promote the social aspects of riding among women, and get them out in groups in the same way so-called MAMILS (middle-aged men in lycra) take to the roads
The campaign was developed after a study found road safety, or the perceived lack of it, was the top impediment to women from getting on their bikes.

Participation Coordinator Alex Bright said while most females had cycled as children, encouraging them back on two wheels as an adult had been difficult.

“We wanted to create a program that connected them with likeminded women to help them get going and riding,” Ms Bright said.

The eight-week course now operates in 46 locations around Australia and is helping to grow a social riding community of women.

“We saw that a lot of women were getting into riding but not as much as the men,” she said.

Weekend road cycling is dominated by so called MAMILS (middle-aged men in lycra).

“We wanted to provide a way to support women to get on their bikes because a lot of women feel unsafe on the road,” Ms Bright said.
Charlene Bordley has coached three She Rides programs in western Sydney.

“It’s not just about your physical fitness … it’s also about mental fitness… this is freedom for some people,” Ms Bordley said.
Many women who now cycle with her on a weekly basis had little experience when they joined.

In the 83 programs that have already been held participants have reported significant changes in riding behaviours after completing the course.
Ninety per cent of the women who have taken part say they are more likely to ride in bike lanes or on quiet roads than when they started, while 78 per cent said they would now ride on busy roads.

The next program starts later this month and runs for eight weeks.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-01/adelaide-cancer-patients-given-half-chemo-dose-due-to-typo-error/6665154

Ten leukaemia patients in Adelaide have been given half the recommended dose of a chemotherapy drug due to a typographical error, the Health Minister has confirmed.

The error occurred at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre between July 2014 and January 2015.

The seriously ill patients were supposed to undergo intensive chemotherapy, but instead only received half the recommended dose of the drug Cytarabine to treat their acute myeloid leukaemia.

This continued for several months and impacted on some patients’ second and third round of treatments until a senior clinician discovered the error.
Patients have since been contacted and SA Health is investigating the incident.

Health Minister Jack Snelling apologised to the patients affected by the mistake.

Mr Snelling said the only explanation for the mistake was human error.

Clinical director of cancer services Professor Peter Bardy said a modification was made to the database, which resulted in the typographical error of the drug dosage.

Professor Bardy said it was unknown what impact the mistake would have on the patients’ outcomes.

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