GPs prescribe superbugs in medical trial
The Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) have released the findings of a 12-month trial of trying to reduce antibiotic prescriptions, reporting that Australia’s General Practice doctors prescribe more antibiotics than any other health professionals in the country (29 June 2020). More...
Decision to restrain patient who later died not warranted, coroner finds
A coroner delivers her findings into the death of 44-year-old Taare Tamakehu Rangi, who died after being restrained by Townsville Hospital security officers and nurses who were trying to inject a sedative (29 June 2020). More...
Stemming the flow: how much can the Australian smartphone app help to control COVID-19?
Danielle J Currie, et al Public Health Res Pract. 2020;30(2):e3022009.
Modelling suggests that a second COVID-19 wave will occur if social distancing declines (i.e. if the average number of contacts made by each individual each day increases) and the rate of testing declines. The timing and size of the second wave will depend on the rate of decrease in social distancing and the decline in testing rates (30 June 2020). More...
Inquiries into the Queensland Government's economic and health responses to COVID-19
The Queensland Economics and Governance Parliamentary Committee is calling for submissions on their inquiry into the Queensland Government's economic response to COVID-19. Further information and details on the terms of reference can be found on the Inquiry homepage. Submissions close on 30 June 2020.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
From 1 July 2020 in Queensland, the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica will be halved from a time-weighted average airborne concentration of 0.1 milligram per cubic metre (mg/m3) to 0.05 mg/m3.
You should review current work practices — you may need to improve dust control measures to meet the new standard. Visit our website to find out more and for practical controls for workplaces. More...
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