Join Drs Helen Lloyd and Susan Tyler-Free in this fascinating one hour webinar on mammalian meat allergy.

The session is facilitated by Dr Louise Imlay-Gillespie, co-chair of the Northern Rivers Medical Network.

MMA is an unusual disease secondary to tick bites and can result in delayed anaphylaxis. The condition is endemic to the North Coast.

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Recorded 10 March 2021


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  2. Patient care and testing
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  5. Review articles 

How much does the Government spend on each Australian in the current financial year, and what might this increase to over the next 40 years?

If asked in a trivia quiz few participants would get close to the ball-park figures. The answers are, respectively, $22,420 in 2021-22, increasing to $38,680 by 2060-6, with total government spending as a share of the economy projected to fall from a “pandemic-induced high”, before gradually increasing as a share of the economy over the next 40 years. 

While not intended as a pub quiz Q&A to test our knowledge about what makes Australia tick, financially at least, the fifth Intergenerational Report (the last was in 2015) is a fascinating insight into how the government raises and spends money, and views future developments. Not least is the finding – no surprise here – that health and aged care are projected to be the fastest growing areas of spending over the next 40 years. 

Among the standouts are the outlay on the MBS - expected to rise by 70% in the decade to 2031-32 - with federal health costs generally to rise by some 50% in the next 40 years. It’s the familiar story – we’ll live longer, hence sicker, the costs of treating us, or caring for us in old age, will be higher, and we will be ever more demanding on services, many of which haven’t even been thought of yet.

From 2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in the Northern Rivers will have access to a new training pathway on their doorstep. The Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy in Lismore is aiming to support education and increase career opportunities in the health and social assistance sectors, thanks to a new partnership between Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd (IAHA), the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) and local Aboriginal Medical Services. 

The Academy will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 11 and 12 in the Northern Rivers the opportunity to complete a school-based traineeship undertaking a nationally recognised Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (HLT33015) qualification through TAFE NSW. 

So you think you know what’s good For You
Dr Norman Swan
Hachette 418pp $32.99

With an apple (why a Granny Smith?) pictured on the cover, rather than a stethoscope or an ECG graph? This is clearly a book about preventive health rather than accessing medical care to rectify one’s lifestyle mistakes or misfortunes. Alas, as ‘Australia’s most trusted doctor’ (the cover blurb’s words) explains, we need to do a lot more than eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away.

Although the tone of the title suggests that the reader, presumably already concerned about their lifestyle, might be off-track, this ‘ultimate health guide’ (the cover again) does not have a moralistic tone, with Australia’s currently-best-known medico – this is true - delivering a grab-bag of good advice whilst busily hosting the ABC’s Coronacast and being Dr Everywhere on the national media. 

In his classic account of how the rival big powers were defeated by the indigenous Afghans in the 19th century Peter Hopkirk wrote in The Great Game – a term made famous by Rudyard Kipling, although he did not coin it – that if heeded, the lessons of long ago would have saved myriad lives and national reputations.

‘Little appears to have been learned from the painful lessons of the past,’ he said. ‘Had the Russians in December 1979 remembered Britain’s unhappy experiences in 1842, in not dissimilar circumstances, then they might not have fallen into the same terrible trap…

‘The Afghans, Moscow found too late, were an unbeatable foe. Not only had they lost none of their formidable fighting ability, especially in terrain of their own choosing, but they were quick to embrace the latest techniques of warfare.’