Sexual abuse in Victoria’s mental wards is bad and getting worse

The Age, 11 December 2017
Author: Farrah Tomazin
“Fairfax Media can reveal that vulnerable people seeking psychiatric treatment in state-run hospitals continue to face unacceptable rates of sexual assault and violence, mostly from other patients, amid accusations that some staff are trying to cover up the extent of the problem.”
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Graduate refused registration as psychologist – after taking one year off

SMH, 3 December 2017
Author: Michael Evans
“A psychology graduate who has completed three tertiary degrees in 20 years since arriving in Australia has had her application to practise rejected under English language competency provisions because she took a year off her studies. In a case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the psychology graduate, identified only as Ms Han, appealed a decision by the Psychology Board of Australia as a “matter of principle”.”
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Controversial pelvic mesh devices banned in Australia by medical watchdog

SMH, 30 November 2017
Author: Ebony Bowden
“Vaginal mesh is to be banned in Australia after the medical regulator found the risk posed to patients by the device outweighed any benefits.The Therapeutic Goods Administration announced the ban this week after an investigation which followed widespread complaints from women who said the implants left them in debilitating pain.”
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‘I want control over my body’: Transgender kids in landmark court win

SMH, 30 November 2017
Author: Miki Perkins
“But in a landmark decision on Thursday, the full bench of the Family Court ruled young people who experience gender dysphoria and want to undergo hormone treatment would no longer need the approval of the court. Until this ruling, Australia was the only country in the world that required court involvement in stage 2 hormone decision-making.”
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Princess Margaret Hospital sued over treatment of toddler who developed cerebral palsy

ABC, 28 November 2017
Author: Frances Bell
“Sunday Mabior was just 16 months old when she was taken to hospital after being scalded by hot water — but instead of getting better, she ended up in a “life and death struggle” that left her with a severe disability, a Perth court has heard.”
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An open letter to the Australian Parliament regarding the health of asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island

MJA Insight, 27 November 2017
Author: David Watters et al.
“We are senior Australian clinicians who write in our individual capacity to express our concerns about the ongoing health and well-being of the former detainees still based on Manus Island and now in alternative accommodation. They, like all human beings, have a universal right – enshrined in the United Nations charter – to health and well-being. Their political and citizenship status should not affect this right. All politicians regardless of their political party should respect the human right to health and themselves be strong advocates of “health for all” without discrimination.”
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Australia urged to sue Big Tobacco for past healthcare costs

SMH, 20 November 2017
Authors: Steve Lillebuen, Neelima Choahan
“Australia should consider suing Big Tobacco to recover the tens of billions spent each year on smoking-related illnesses, health researchers say. More than $30 billion is estimated to be spent each year on the health, social and economic costs related to smoking as one of the country’s preventable causes of death.”
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Anna’s death leaves family asking why she needed surgery so soon after flight home

SMH, 20 November 2017
Author: Aisha Dow
“Anna’s death is set to be probed by a coronial inquest next month, while members of her family are suing two of the Australian doctors involved in her care. They will argue that Anna’s orthopaedic surgeon and anaesthetist should have picked up on the risks and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis before she was operated on. The doctors declined to comment.”
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