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Action Needed For A Healthy Future, Says The Australian National University

The draft National Primary Health Care Strategy, released last day, provides a clear direction for the future frontline health system and now's the time for action, says the Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) based at The Australian National University. APHCRI Director Robert Wells said this document confirms the key recommendations in the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report and is likely to be reinforced by the preventative health taskforce review, which is about to be released. "Primary health care is the frontline of the health system - it needs to be strong so that it can protect and promote the health of communities and provide care to Australians.

Canada's H1N1 Vaccine Plan Too Slow - Canadian Medical Association Journal Suggests Policy Change To Fast-track Vaccine

Canada must change its H1N1 vaccine policy to fast-track the vaccine to high-risk groups such as pregnant women, children and youth and people with chronic diseases, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Health Canada has chosen to include an adjuvant - a substance that will increase the immunological response to antigens - in the Canadian version of the vaccine, which will slow its use but allow more people to be immunized. The use of an adjuvant requires a more thorough review compared to a vaccine without an adjuvant. Dr. Paul Hebert, Editor-in-Chief and Dr. Noni Macdonald, Senior Editor, Public Health at CMAJ suggest providing the vaccine without adjuvant to high-risk groups to enable rapid vaccination, the same course the US and Europe will follow.

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Influenza Immunization Essential For Healthcare Workers

Amid reports that the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus could infect half of the U.S. population and the low rates of flu immunization among healthcare workers, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) urges healthcare institutions to require annual flu vaccines for all employees with direct patient contact. Immunization is a primary way to prevent the flu, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that only about 40 percent of healthcare personnel receive yearly flu shots. "Immunization will be especially critical for healthcare personnel during the 2009-2010 flu season because we will have more than one virus circulating, " said APIC 2009 President Christine J.

New Health And Safety Warning After Greater Manchester Dental Lab Puts Workers At Risk, UK

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging companies not to ignore enforcement notices after a dental laboratory in Greater Manchester was ordered to pay 4, 000. Rossford Dental Laboratory Ltd, which is based on Chorley Road in Swinton, was served with an Improvement Notice in March 2008 after an HSE inspector visited the site and found it to be extremely unclean, putting the health of workers at risk. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, by failing to comply with the Improvement Notice within the two-month agreed deadline. Rossford Dental Laboratory, which specialises in manufacturing dentures, gum shields and other dental products, was fined 2, 500 and ordered to pay costs of 1, 500 at Trafford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 26 August.

HSE Warns Of The Dangers Of Misusing Fork Lifts After Worker Hit By Falling Load, UK

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning companies of the importance of implementing safe systems for lifting loads and using suitable lifting equipment for the job. It follows the prosecution of a Birmingham company after an incident in which a worker was seriously injured. At a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court today, Secure IT Disposals Ltd was ordered to pay 8, 000 in fines, with 3, 500 costs, after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The court heard how, on 3 November 2008, a one ton mobile shredding machine was being raised by a fork lift truck for maintenance, at the company's premises at Woodgate Business Park, Birmingham.

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Big Brother's Star Builder 'Steps Up' To Promote Ladder Safety, UK

Professional builder and Big Brother star Craig Phillips says 'safety' is key when working with ladders. The construction entrepreneur and winner of the first series of the reality show today gave his support to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) ladder safety campaign for 2009. The campaign centres around a 'ladder exchange' which gives everyone the opportunity to get rid of old, damaged and broken ladders and trade them for new ones. Over 5000 ladders have been exchanged under this scheme since it first launched in 2007. Craig, currently on ITV1's 60 Minute Makeover is well aware health and safety at every level is important, he says "To be a winner in the construction industry you have to take health and safety seriously.

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