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The mystery of the bulge in North Queenslanders

In an attempt to understand why north Queenslanders are becoming so fat, a new group has been formed. ..The team comprises medical experts// from Townsville's James Cook University (JCU). Their task would beto explore the reasons behind the region's growing waistline. The parameters studied would be everything from its steamy temperatures to its vast and sprawling distances. .."Most obesity resea...

Queensland : Call for improved mental health services

Mental Health Campaigners in Queensland are of the opinion that the Police have become the frontline of mental health services// due to the inadequacy of prevalent services and support mechanisms amongst the community. ....This public comment follows close on the heels of an incident, where police shot dead a mentally ill person in West of Brisbane. "What we see is that an inadequate mental heal...

Queensland Bans OTC Sales Of Cold And Flu Drugs

Health Minister Stephen Robertson announced that cold and flu drugs containing pseudoephedrine will be banned from being sold over the counter in an effort to limit illegal manufacturing of such drugs. // ..This new rule is set to come into effect from January 1 in Queensland. Pharmacists have been asked to ensure that unknown and frequent buyers are thoroughly questioned in order to find out if...

Queensland Opposition not happy over hiring consultancy

Mr. Bruce Flegg, from the opposition party has strongly opposed the Queensland Government decision of hiring a private consultancy company to examine the different ways to develop the health system // and fixing the charges for health care facilities. Mr. Flegg accused the Government for unnecessarily spending towards private firm for survey and review of health care system. The Health Minister...

Mammograms in Queensland Reviewed

Over 9,000 mammogram test results of women in north Queensland have been reviewed following allegations of inaccuracy by the state government.// ..According to the Queensland Health Minister Stephen Robertson there was an unusually low pickup of cancer rates in the Cairns area in recent months. ..9,300 cases were reviewed. Among these 83 women had to be brought in for further testing and two s...

Queensland Government to Meet its Medical Targets

Although the Queensland Government claims to have reached, and exceeded, its medical recruitment targets six months early, mental health officials have stated the need// for an additional $5 billion for mental health services. ..Last year Queensland Health had planned to employ400 more allied health professionals, 500 more nurses and 300 more doctors, by December this year. ..According to Healt...

Meningococcal Scare in Queensland

Queensland Health has issued a warning asking parents to be vigilant about meningococcal disease after a two-year-old boy died from it. The boy was taken to the Mareeba Hospital on Saturday with fever-like symptoms, but was sent to the Cairns Base Hospital.// ....However he died there in the emergency department. Queensland Health spokesman Dr Jeffrey Hanna said that the toddler was seen by a chi...

Medical Person As Health Minister To Improve Queensland's Health System

In order to improve the management of the Queensland's health system, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for a doctor to head the system//. ....Dr Sam Baker, AMA northern branch councilor, has said that Dr Bruce Flegg, the new Liberal leader, could be the ideal choice to improve the ailing system and added that Peter Beattie Government has failed the people of Queensland when it...

Dentist Tested Positive For HIV - Queensland Health To Screen Patients

Queensland Health have stated that they are trying to contact up to 500 patients, for HIV screening as their// dentist has been tested positive for HIV. ....Authorities have explained that the dentist was practising in the Bowen and Collinsville hospital. Dr Jeannette Young, the chief health officer, has explained that though the risk of infection is almost negligible, several hundred patients...

Queensland Health Holding Back Dental Patients' HIV Results

Queensland Health is obstinate about holding back the HIV tests of dental patients in North Quensland. The trigger for this move came about after Dr Young, a dentist working// at Bowen and Collinsville hospitals, tested positive for HIV. This episode sparked off large scale testing of patients. Nearly 120 patients have already been screened for HIV. ....Queensland Health's Dr Jeannette Young ex...

Queensland Staff Shortage Crisis Escalates

100 health professionals put their heads together to thrash out the burning issue of dwindling staff numbers, which is weakening the healthcare system in Queensland. The// representatives speaking for nearly 800 radiographers, radiation therapists, sonographers and nuclear medicine technologists in state-run hospitals has warned that the crisis may result in mass resignations of staff, in the ab...

Unnecessary Diseases on the Rise in Queensland (Australia)

The Health of Queenslanders report, 2006, presents a grim fact. Diseases like diabetes, heart conditions,// kidney problems, stroke, etc. are peaking. The worst part is that fifty per cent of these diseases are avoidable. ..Health minister Stephen Robertson says that lifestyle diseases can be avoided by quitting wrong habits like smoking, drinking excessively, eating bad food, and not exercisin...

Queensland Men Need Push To Use Colorectal Cancer Screening

More than one-third of Queensland men have never been screened for prostate, colorectal or skin cancer, according to cancer researchers. // ....Screening for colorectal cancer currently has stronger scientific evidence for reducing the risk of death than screening for prostate or skin cancer, but a new study in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that fewer Queensland men undergo the colo...

Queensland- Sunny Side Up Please

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has depicted the somber state of affairs in Queensland. Nearly 20 to 50% of the population is grappling// with depressive symptoms, for which they seem to be relying on anti-depressants heavily. ....The situation is so grave, it seems an everyday affair in Queensland where nearly 11,500 prescriptions for anti depressants are ha...

Queensland Hospitals Reeling Under Norovirus Attack

Three hospitals in Queensland, Australia are battling outbreaks of the highly infectious norovirus, which has struck down almost 150 patients and staff . ...Queensland Health announced that the Royal Brisbane and Woman's (RBWH), Gold Coast and Cairns Base hospitals had been affected by the virus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, fever and headaches. ...It is estimated that...
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