ABC News Kathy McLeish 21 July 2016
The Public Service Commission is investigating whether any Queensland Government employees will face disciplinary action after the release of the Barrett Adolescent Centre inquiry report.
The agency, which is tasked with ensuring integrity in public service delivery, is independently reviewing the findings.
The Barrett Centre was the state’s only residential mental health unit for young people with severe and complex mental illness, but it was shut down by the LNP government in January, 2014.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-21/public-servants-linked-to-barrett-centre-closure-discipline/7648390
The Conversation Simon Gandevia 19 July 2016
A report on the issue, published in Nature this May, found that about 90% of some 1,576 researchers surveyed now believe there is a reproducibility crisis in science. Spectacular failures to replicate key scientific findings have been documented of late, particularly in biology, psychology and medicine.
One contributing factor is easily identified. It is the high rate of so-called false discoveries in the literature. They are false-positive findings and lead to the erroneous perception that a definitive scientific discovery has been made.
ABC News | 7:30 Kathy McLeish 18 July 2016
The Queensland Premier has revealed the findings of the inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Centre which found that the Health Minister at the time was not adequately advised, consultation with families was not idea and no-one took responsibility for the decision to close the centre.
The coroner will now consider the report, while parents say their quest for answers is not over yet. They will apply for information from the second confidential volume of the report which contains findings on individual cases.
The Public Service Commissioner will advise whether action should be taken against any individuals and the external reviews that have been recommended will be shared with other states in an effort to improve youth mental health, nationwide.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-18/barrett-centre-inquiry-brings-grief-to-families-of-dead-teens/7638144
View the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Report
View the Queensland Government Response – Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Report
Barrett Centre closure inquiry: Former health minister ‘poorly advised’ when funds redirected (ABC News)
Vox Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, Brian Resnick 14 July 2016
In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science.
As reporters covering medicine, psychology, climate change, and other areas of research, we wanted to understand this epidemic of doubt. So we sent scientists a survey asking this simple question: If you could change one thing about how science works today, what would it be and why?
Today, scientists’ success often isn’t measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. It’s instead measured by how much grant money they win, the number of studies they publish, and how they spin their findings to appeal to the public.
Sydney Morning Herald Anna Patty 9 July 2016
Performance reviews are universally unpopular with employees and managers because they can be confronting, awkward and overly bureaucratic. A new study now suggests that in getting rid of performance appraisals, some companies may have also stopped having valuable conversations with their staff, who are becoming less engaged as a result.
ABC News Adam Stephen and Sharnie Kim 7 July 2016
A Queensland woman who fell ill with dengue fever was infected with a variety usually transmitted between monkeys, researchers say.
Queensland Health researchers made the discovery after investigating a strain the woman picked up during a 2014 trip to Brunei, in South-East Asia.
A team led by Dr Alyssa Pyke from the Public Health Virology Laboratory sequenced the strain, and found it was only 83 per cent similar to any other dengue viruses reported in humans.
“Given her travel history and some other parameters we decided to look more closely at the virus,” she said.
“The virus itself was completely different to any other dengue-1 strain we’d ever seen before, let alone any other dengue virus that we’d ever seen before.”
Dr Pyke said Brunei is in the hotspot for finding rare varieties of dengue.
“These are dengues which are primarily transmitted between monkeys and forest-dwelling mosquitoes in those regions, they’re called sylvatic dengues,” she said.
“We believe this is a representative sylvatic dengue strain, and hence it’s a strain that isn’t normally seen in the human population.
“So we were very excited by this and did a lot of other analysis.”
Dr Pyke said the strain was a distant relative of the more common dengue-1 virus.
“It has been previously thought that other dengue-1 viruses may have diverged from a common ancestor around 120 years ago,” she said.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/monkey-link-to-queensland-womans-dengue-fever-diagnosis/7577348
Link to full-text research article in Scientific Reports: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22356
‘Rare and distant relative’ of common dengue virus found in Queensland woman
ROSE BRENNAN, The Courier-Mail July 8, 2016
BRISBANE scientists have discovered a new human strain of dengue virus previously believed to be confined to animals.
Queensland Health researchers stumbled across the “extraordinary” discovery while running routine tests on a middle-aged woman who travelled to remote jungles in Brunei and returned to Queensland with dengue symptoms in 2014.
Until now, researchers thought this genotype, described as a “rare and distant relative” of the common dengue type 1 virus, only circulated between mosquitoes and monkeys.
Queensland Health’s Dr Alyssa Pyke said it was the first time this strain of dengue fever had been identified in a human.
“I’ve been in the game a couple of decades and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Dr Pyke said. “What we discovered was completely different from any other dengue we’d previously seen, so that was quite exciting.”
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rare-and-distant-relative-of-common-dengue-virus-found-in-queensland-woman/news-story/68089c339ecb2e84b290548ddc94e1db?from=public_rss
Second Form Of Dengue Detected
7 July 2016 SouthBurnett.com.au
A new strain of dengue virus discovered by Queensland scientists could help researchers evaluate the effectiveness of potential vaccines and treatments for the disease.
Researchers at Queensland Health’s Forensic and Scientific Services have described the discovery as a rare and distant relative of the more common dengue Type 1 virus.
Dr Alyssa Pyke, from the Public Health Virology laboratory at FSS, said that until now researchers believed this particular strain only circulated between mosquitoes and monkeys.
Read more: http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2016/07/second-form-of-dengue-detected/