Doctors call for a national centre for disease control, as coronavirus outbreak spreads

Original article by Cait Kelly
The New Daily – Page: Online : 28-Jan-20

The Australian Medical Association has argued for years that the nation needs a national centre for disease control, and the coronavirus outbreak has led it to repeat its call. AMA president Tony Bartone says having a CDC offers a number of benefits, while he claims that all other OECD member nations have a national CDC. The coronavirus has resulted in at least 80 deaths and infected 2,744 people in China, while it has spread to a number of other countries. The World Health Organization has stated that it is too soon to declare the coronavirus a global health emergency.

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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Health authorities brace for coronavirus’ spread from China

Original article by Eryk Bagshaw
The Age – Page: Online : 24-Jan-20

Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, says health authorities are developing a one-step test for the pneumonia-like coronavirus. Chinese officials are preparing to seal off Wuhan, a city with 11 million people, in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus, with the last flight out of Wuhan to Australia arriving in Sydney on 23 January. Murphy says that if any passengers on the flight were infected, it could be weeks before they display any symptoms. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians not to be too concerned; he noted that there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in Australia.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

HIV rears ugly head again

Original article by Julia Medew
The Age – Page: 4 : 17-Jul-14

The 2014 version of the annual "HIV Surveillance" report has been released by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales. It shows that in 2013 there were 1,235 new cases of people contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a rise of 70% from the all-time low set in 1999. The figure is also the highest in two decades, and health officials are concerned many of those transmitting the virus may not be aware they are carrying it. The university’s Centre for Social Research in Health has issued its "Report of Trends in Behaviour", indicating that HIV testing rates are declining among homosexuals

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UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. KIRBY INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. CENTRE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH IN HEALTH, LIVING POSITIVE HIV PTY LTD