The Health News – 20 May 2015

Overview:

• A Queensland paramedic seriously ill with measles attended four Brisbane hospitals last week not knowing he was contagious.

• Thousands of Australian parents are seeking help from police and courts to protect themselves from a little-talked about aspect of domestic abuse: violent children.

• The share market has suffered another sharp fall, with all sectors except healthcare losing ground.

Health News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20TH May 2015. Read by Rebecca Foster.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-19/paramedic-visits-four-brisbane-hospitals-infectious-with-measles/6481864

A Queensland paramedic seriously ill with measles attended four Brisbane hospitals last week not knowing he was contagious.

The 32-year-old man was also on Moreton Island from May 14 until late on Monday.
He has since been admitted to hospital in a serious condition.
While he was working on May 11 and 12, the man visited Princess Alexandra Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and QEII Hospital on multiple occasions.
The state’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said they were calling on anyone who might have been exposed to [him]…

“One in three adults that gets measles does end up in hospital.

Metro South health unit director Dr Brad McCall said they were firstly concerned for anyone who had travelled to Moreton Island since May 14.
He said such people should be thinking about their measles vaccination record and if necessary contacting their GPs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-19/parents-seek-police-help-over-domestic-abuse-violent-children/6481442

Thousands of Australian parents are seeking help from police and courts to protect themselves from a little-talked about aspect of domestic abuse: violent children.

It is a significant and growing problem, estimated to account for about 9 per cent of all domestic violence.
In Victoria alone last year, police were called to more than 4,000 domestic incidents where children were the perpetrators.

A program called Time for Youth in Victoria is one of a handful of agencies offering counselling and other support to families and their violent children.

Police said responding to assaults by children was one of the most difficult parts of their job, as parents are reluctant to press charges even when assaults become extremely serious and even life-threatening.

When child protection authorities become involved, they are more likely to remove the siblings of the violent child rather than the perpetrator of the violence.
Jo Howard, from Kildonan Uniting Care, is an expert in the area of adolescent violence, and said removing siblings actually did nothing to address the use of violence.
“In many ways [removing the siblings] penalises the mother because she’s separated from her children,” she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-19/share-market-suffers-sharp-fall/6481888

The share market has suffered another sharp fall, with all sectors except healthcare losing ground.

The All Ordinaries retreated 0.7 per cent to 5,619, while the ASX 200 lost 0.8 per cent to 5,615.
It follows the market’s 0.3 per cent fall on Monday.
One shining stock on the market was South32, which soared 13 per cent to $2.33 following gains on London’s market overnight and some positive broker reports.
The improvement made up for closing at the bottom end of expectations at $2.05 on its market debut on Monday.
BHP Billiton lost 1.7 per cent as the company’s chief Andrew Mackenzie hit out at calls for an inquiry into the iron ore market …
Fellow miner Fortescue lost 3.1 per cent.
Of the banks, only Westpac managed to turnaround earlier losses to close with a 0.2 per cent gain.
ANZ and NAB lost 0.9 and 1 per cent respectively.
Supermarket giants were also hit hard on Tuesday.
Woolworths closed down 2.6 per cent after an analyst report warned the supermarket’s drive to lower prices would cost it as much as $1 billion.
Wesfarmers, owner of Coles, also fell by 1.8 per cent.
Healthcare was the only sector that gained ground, with ResMed recovering a little from last week’s big losses following a bad product trial.
Ramsay and Pharmaxis also enjoyed tidy gains.

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