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July 2015

Brisbane - Public Speaking for Professional Services

Public Speaking for Professional Services.

Brisbane session time and location change!! 
Due to overwhelming demand we have moved the public speaking workshop to the larger conference room at 123 Eagle Street on Thursday 6th August and changed the time from midday to 1pm (close now at 3pm). Please remember to RSVP before Thursday 30th July to book your place and also for catering purposes. NB: Refreshments and a light lunch will also be provided. 

There are places still available.

Antidepressant/NSAID Combo Linked to Brain Bleed Risk

Antidepressant/NSAID Combo Linked to Brain Bleed Risk

The combination of antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) is linked to an early increased risk for intracranial hemorrhage, regardless of the type of NSAID or antidepressant, new research shows.
"The take-home message for clinicians is that special attention should be paid [to] antidepressant users when they start an NSAID prescription," coauthor Byung-Joo Park, MD, MPH, PhD, told Medscape Medical News. 

A Budget for jobs, health and education

Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships: The Honourable Curtis Pitt 


A Budget for jobs, health and education

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget delivers on its election commitments to increase health and education funding – with record budgets for these key service delivery portfolios.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Budget also delivered for those Queenslanders seeking a job by implementing the Government’s commitment to the Working Queensland jobs plan.

Physician Who Gave Unneeded Chemo Gets 45 Years in Prison


Farid Fata, MD, the oncologist who got rich administering excessive or unnecessary chemotherapy to hundreds of patients, including some who DID NOT HAVE CANCER, was sentenced to 45 years in prison today by a federal judge in Detroit, Michigan.
The sentence came after the 50-year-old Dr Fata heard the judgement of patients and family members who testified earlier this week to the excruciating physical and psychological harm he caused.

One of them was Laura Stedtefelt, who said the oncologist had overtreated her late father for lung cancer to the point of killing him, according to an account in the 

Queensland Government celebrates opening of new Townsville Hospital facilities

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Too Many Patients With Migraine Receiving Opioids, Barbiturates

Washington, DC — Inappropriate prescribing of opioids and barbiturates for the treatment of migraine is common, a new study suggests. The study is the first to examine recent statistics on opioid and barbiturate-containing medication use in patients presenting to a headache center, said Mina T. Minen, MD, MPH, director of Headache Services and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
"We found it surprising that despite guidelines stating that these medications are not recommended as first-line treatments for primary headache disorders, [they] are still in use by a substantial number of patients," Dr Minen told 
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