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Hosting a White Ribbon Night on Friday 29 July


To: info@rebeccawardconsulting.com
Subject: It's cold outside
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 04:12:00 -0400
From: events@whiteribbon.org.au

Dear Rebecca, 

Many homeless women have fled domestic violence. For them, sleeping on the cold streets tonight is the better option. Domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children. This must stop.  You can help by hosting a White Ribbon Night on Friday 29 July. 

If you are looking for ideas, why not cook up a feast, have a movie marathon, or watch the footy, all in the comfort of your own home?

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds
Veronica Hackethal, MD
May 13, 2016

DALLAS, TX — The risk of falls that cause serious injuries goes up over 2 weeks after changes in antihypertensive therapy in the elderly, whether starting or adding an agent or intensifying the current medication, suggests an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries published May 10, 2016 inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

"If I'm initiating or intensifying meds, I may want to be careful in the short term, but after patients have been on the medications for a while, the risk has probably disappeared," lead author Dr Daichi Shimbo (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY) told

Five Point Plan for Flu Season

Media Release 
Minister for Health and 
Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Five Point Plan for Flu Season

The Palaszczuk Government is preparing Queensland’s public hospitals for a tough flu season with a five point plan to drive efficiencies, keep emergency departments moving and get ambulances back on the road.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today unveiled the government’s five point plan to prepare the health system for the challenges of the flu season.

Workplace Violence Rampant in Healthcare

Workplace Violence Rampant in Healthcare

Workplace violence against healthcare workers is rampant, but solutions remain unclear, largely as a result of underrecognition and underreporting of the problem and poor-quality research, according to a review article published in the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article stems from the tragic death of a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2015. The surgeon was shot and killed by the son of one of his patients, who had died.

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 

How Much Grog Is Too Much?

How Much Grog Is Too Much... or How Much Does Alcohol Cost Your Organisation? 

We work with a number of mining, construction, manufacturing and professional services companies and one question keeps coming up “how much grog is too much?” Our reply is always the same, “well… it depends.” It depends on what other drugs (medically prescribed) you are taking, how much you weigh, how long is it going to be before you operate heavy machinery, how sleep deprived you are, what are your co-morbidities, whether you are male or female etc.

New campaign says GP not ED


Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

 
New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presentations to Queensland hospitals every year.
“We have a strong commitment to improving frontline health services and ensuring that Queenslanders get the very best of care,” Mr Springborg said.

100,000 avoidable deaths - Ian Bushfield

From: Ian Bushfield
Subject: 100,000 avoidable deaths
To: Rebecca Ward Consulting
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:52:06 +0000

Dear friends,

Watch and share our 3 short new videos that show why we urgently need all clinical trials registered and results reported.Withholding results costs lives - The results of a 1980s clinical trial on heart drug Lorcainide were never published. Doctors didn’t know that more people died in the trial who were given Lorcainide than who were taking the placebo. It has been estimated that over 100,000 people died avoidably because they were prescribed drugs in the same class.

The Seven Dwarfs of Safety

The Seven Dwarfs of Safety...
Recently I was asked to speak at a safety conference where we discussed risk carried by an organisation and the impact this could have on the bottom line. Essentially, looking at risk is akin to peering into a crystal ball and gives you the ability to assess and meet current needs while addressing the future requirements of the business. This is a distinct competitive advantage.
 
I wanted to take a very serious and complex issue and present it in a simple yet memorable way to help organisations identify potential threats.
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