The News – 19 August 2014

Overview

  • The team of paramedics and explosives experts who worked on the 2006 Beaconsfield mine rescue in Tasmania are among a host of recipients of this year’s National Bravery Awards.
  • The latest jump in antibiotic resistance across Australia could leave doctors with fewer treatment options, researchers have warned.
  • The Arts Health Institute presents the 2nd National Play up Convention, “Creative Ideas In Ageing”, 24th And 25th November 2014, Luna Park Sydney.


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News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 19th August 2014. Read by Rebecca Foster.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-18/national-bravery-awards/5677554

The team of paramedics and explosives experts who worked on the 2006 Beaconsfield mine rescue in Tasmania are among a host of recipients of this year’s National Bravery Awards.

In all, 78 awards have been announced by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who has expressed his admiration for those honoured.

Eight years after the mining disaster gripped the nation, 11 Ambulance Tasmania paramedics have been honoured with a group bravery citation for their role in saving the lives of Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb.

However, team member Ian Hart said there was still sadness that all the miners were not saved.

In total, 11 Group Bravery Citations, 44 Commendations for Brave Conduct, 22 Bravery Medals and one Star of Courage will be awarded.

Sir Peter expressed admiration for the award recipients.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony next year.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-18/rise-in-antibiotic-resistance-may-affect-treatment-options/5678152

The latest jump in antibiotic resistance across Australia could leave doctors with fewer treatment options, researchers have warned.

More people may also end up requiring hospital treatment as a result, experts at Adelaide University said.

Team leader Professor John Turnidge said Australians had developed a culture of entitlement over the past half century about being prescribed antibiotics, often when there was little or no likelihood the drugs would cure an ailment.

A national study carried out by Professor Turnidge and his team has confirmed antibiotic-resistant strains of disease-causing bacteria, such as E.coli, are rising steadily.

Professor Turnidge said their report, compiled for the federal Health Department, had found antibiotic resistance was now showing up in the wider community and not just among hospital admissions.

Professor Turnidge said Australians had become too reliant on antibiotics and their use was excessive compared to prescribing rates in other countries.

He cited the Netherlands as an example of where prescribing rates were vastly lower than in Australia.

Professor Turnidge said antibiotics achieved only side effects when used against some ailments, such as viral infections, and even some bacterial infections got better without their use.

He warned the rise in antibiotic resistance in Australia might not be steady, or slow.

In the latest research, Australian teams collected and tested thousands of samples of E.coli and other bacteria from 29 health centres.

They found general community resistance to three types of antibiotics in more than 7 per cent of E.coli samples, compared with 4.5 per cent when studied four years earlier.

The results of the study carried out for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance are available on the Health Department website.

http://www.artshealthinstitute.org.au/Events/Play-Up-2014.aspx

THE ARTS HEALTH INSTITUTE PRESENTS THE 2ND NATIONAL PLAY UP CONVENTION, “CREATIVE IDEAS IN AGEING”, 24TH AND 25TH NOVEMBER 2014, LUNA PARK SYDNEY

[with registration opening this week]

THE ARTS HEALTH INSTITUTE BRINGS THE ARTS AND HEALTH TOGETHER TO CHANGE WORLDS

… This convention is not only about the arts in ageing, it is also about the art of creativity showcasing important ideas in ageing we need to share. Never has there been a more urgent need to host a convention that playfully explores ageing and the business of ageing. Creativity is essential for innovation, it is good for business and can be so powerful it has the potential to change our world. Creativity is a process of finding a new solution to an existing problem, bringing an idea to reality.

CONVENTION THEMES

Imaginative workforce – Innovation in skill development of the aged care workforce that fosters creativity
Role of the creative in the aged care team – Influence of the artist in creating connected aged care communities
Inspirational leadership – Creative leadership, thinking differently and inspiring change
Creative design – Design and the environment that supports creative and engaging connection between people
Arts therapy – Arts as a therapy that enables self-expression for older people.
Edgy creative solutions – New research in creative thinking, design, programs or organisational change
The creative business case – Creativity in business and the return on investment.

This is the convention that encourages you to be more creative at work. Be inspired by leading speakers and practical workshops. A convention for aged care leaders, managers, clinicians, care workers, artists, educators, researchers and policy-makers and anyone who has an interest in aged care.

DON’T MISS OUT – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW – www.artshealthinstitute.org.au

Remember it’s National Science week this week – for loads of educational experiences for yourself or your school, go to http://www.scienceweek.net.au

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