In the media

Silicosis death dust audit reveals 'major epidemic worse than asbestos' An audit of Queensland's manufacturing stone industry has revealed 98 workers have contracted the potentially deadly lung disease silicosis — 15 of those terminal — with more than 550 workplace breaches in what health experts are calling a major epidemic (21 February 2019). More...

Ethical principles for AI in medicine The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has developed a draft set of eight ethical principles governing the adoption of AI in medicine. Principle six addresses ‘liability for decisions made’, which touches on the potential for ‘shared’ liability, being liability other than that of the responsible medical practitioner. A consultation paper is available for download here, with comments requested by 26 April 2019.

MBA: Public consultation on clearer regulation of medical practitioners on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments The Medical Board of Australia has released a public consultation paper to seek feedback on options for clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. More...

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights consultation The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of all people accessing the Australian healthcare system. It applies in all healthcare settings in Australia including public and private hospitals, general practice, day procedure services, dental and other community settings. You can provide your feedback via an online survey until 1 March 2019. View the draft Charter here.

Queensland health alert: The long-term impacts of non-fatal drowning While the rate of fatal drowning accidents for young kids has declined over the last 15 years, there’s been an increase in non-fatal drownings – leaving many children and their families suffering – at times serious - lifelong consequences after drownings (18 February 2019). More...