Category Archives: Leadership / Management

Include FSS in the news, and articles where QH is mentioned or where issues raised may impact on FSS specifically or QH in general.

Labor dumps bio lab stand

Townsville Bulletin May 26, 2016

TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity lab is unlikely to be reopened after a government initiated review made no recommendations to restore biosecurity services in North Queensland.
The Biosecurity Capability Review handed down 32 recommendations last month to try to improve the state’s readiness for biosecurity threats but there was no mention of Townsville’s defunct lab.

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As WHO warns of the rising threat of mosquito-borne diseases, Queensland scientists profile the response to Zika Margaret Chan, Katherine E Arden, Sonja Hall-Mendelin and Ian M Mackay May 25, 2016

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva this week, the WHO’s Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan highlighted the challenges to global public health of infectious diseases in an interconnected world.
“Above all, the spread of Zika, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya are the price being paid for a massive policy failure that dropped the ball on mosquito control in the 1970s,” she said.  A related extract from her speech follows below.
Beneath this is an article by three Queensland scientists, Dr Katherine E Arden, Dr Sonja Hall-Mendelin and Dr Ian M Mackay investigating how scientists are responding to the threat of mosquito-borne viruses in Queensland, one of the most susceptible places in Australia.

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Queensland serial child sex offender released

Brisbane Times 24 May 2016

A Queensland pedophile with an “entrenched history of sexual offending” against young girls has been released from prison.

Promoting low-fat diets has ‘disastrous health consequences’, report finds

Brisbane Times 24 May 2016

Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a British health charity has warned.

In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration call for a “major overhaul” of current dietary guidelines.

Election 2016: Suicide prevention advocates want federal candidates to show their cards on issue

ABC News 25 May 2016

Suicide prevention advocates in south east Queensland have thrown support behind a national call for all federal candidates to declare what they will do to stem the staggering increase of suicides.

Do we need to restructure our primary care system?

ABC News 25 May 2016

The major parties pretty much stick to the script when it comes to health.

They say it’s important that they support Medicare, but that we must make choices to ensure a ‘sustainable’ sector.

Queensland health payroll: Premier to probe pay system after warning of errors

Sydney Morning Herald AAP 24 May 2016

Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington tabled an email in Parliament on Tuesday warning of pay errors for nursing staff at Queensland Health.

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