Up to 70 cancer patients at St Vincent’s Hospital have received an incorrect dose of the chemotherapy drug carboplatin.
ABC’s 7:30 program reported that oncologist Dr John Gyrgiel administered a lesser dose of the drug than recommended to all his head and neck patients.
Dr Richard Gallagher, director of cancer services at St Vincent’s, told 7.30: “I think that he felt that the dose he prescribed was genuinely effective and caused less side effects for patients. I still don’t understand where the mechanism or thought came from.”
Dr Gallagher blamed a “breakdown in clinical governance.”
Online piracy targeted
Foxtel and Village Roadshow are aiming to have piracy websites blocked, such as the Pirate Bay and Solarmovie (which are currently being looked at by regulators). The Federal Court injunctions could see internet providers in Australia blocking access to the sites. Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner said these sites enabled people to steal content and stop creators from receiving money for their efforts. “They (piracy websites) are nothing more than parasites living off the great work of others,” Mr Worner said. “It is not only illegal, it shows a complete lack of empathy for the many thousands of Australians who make their living by creating content we should be very proud of.”
Where are our $100 notes?
Revelations that there are few $100 notes in circulation, despite the bill having the highest production run of all Australian denominations, have sparked fears that the high value notes are being used for illegal activities such as tax avoidance, accumulating criminal wealth and potentially funding terrorism. “The RBA is printing a lot more $100 notes than are out there, so one must speculate they’re either being hoarded by people to avoid paying tax or by criminals to store wealth,” says Steve Worthington, who is an adjunct professor in marketing from Swinburne University. A number of countries, including the US and Britain, are considering dispensing with high denomination notes in an effort to curb illegal activities involving cash.
Nauru revokes Australian visas
Nauru has revoked the visas of all Australians travelling to the island. The announcement yesterday by David Adeang, Nauru’s justice minister, comes in the midst of a continuing dispute over the release of “baby Asha” from a Brisbane hospital to the Nauru detention centre.
Australian photographer snaps up prestigious prize
Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson has won the World Press Photo of the Year prize for his “haunting image” of an asylum seeker passing a baby through a barbed wire fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border. Richardson’s 2015 black-and-white photograph of the refugee crisis was praised by judges. “It’s subtle, and shows the emotion and the real feeling from the deep heart of a father just trying to hand over his baby to the world he was longing to be in,” Huang Wen said. Richardson received 10,000 euro for the photograph, which was selected from a pool of 80,000 images. – Compiled from news sources by Noel Fisher
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