Thursday 1st November 2018
Page 15 - Abortion service ‘imminent’. A new low-cost abortion service in Tasmania is imminent, but has taken longer than expected, the state’s Health Department secretary says. Michael Pervan yesterday said commercial negotiations were continuing between the service provider and a surgical facility.
Page 13 - Start to new abortion service is "imminent". Pervan. The state’s Health Department secretary says the return of a low-cost abortion service in the state was “imminent” even though the October deadline had been missed. Labor health spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said the service should have been a key priority for Health Minister Michael Ferguson. “Tasmanian women have been given only a vague undertaking that the government is “hopeful” arrangements will be put in place at some stage but with no guarantee around the frequency of service or around future costs,” she said. “This legal service has not been available to Tasmanian women since January.” Health Department secretary Michael Pervan said commercial negotiations between the abortion provider and a facility still needed be finalised. “This has taken longer than initially expected,” he said. “Ultimately, it is a matter between two private entities, and it is important that this is finalised to the satisfaction of both parties.”
ONLINE - Gillard to launch kids mental health aid. Former prime minister Julia Gillard says early intervention can help young people's mental health. The mental health of Australian school children will be addressed in a new program launched by former prime minister Julia Gillard.
Page 8 - No need to be in hospital. Almost 12,500 hospital beds across the North-West Coast could have been freed up for patients, according to a report on potentially preventable hospital stays. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said Devonport had the highest rate of possibly preventable hospital stays at 3095 stays per 100,000 people. Burnie-Ulverstone was next at 2242 and the West Coast at 2192. However West Coast patients tended to stay longer at an average of 4.5 days, with Burnie at 3.7.
Page 10 - New abortion service start ‘imminent’. The state’s Health Department secretary says the return of a low-cost abortion service in the state was “imminent” even though the October deadline had been missed.
Tuesday 30th October 2018
Page 14 - Take it easy with the booze this summer. As we edge closer to another hot summer, and the lure of beer gardens and pool parties, it is timely to remind ourselves that levels of alcohol consumption – and the associated harms – peak in the warmer months. This is particularly true during end-of-year festivities such as Schoolies, the last working day before Christmas and New Year’s Eve.