RU486 Abortion Drug Govt Funded?

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Commission is to determine whether to publically fund the abortion druge RU486. This would make the drug available for around $12 instead of the current $300. The GyMiso drug is also being considered by the Commission. CathNews reports on comments by the auxiliary bishop of Sydney Julian Porteous who said that the move to subsidies the drugs was anti-children, anti-women, and anti-family. “These drugs are not medicines as they are not used for the treatment of disease or illness: they are used to kill babies and have also caused deaths among women,” he said. 

For ACL article click here.

For Cathnews article “Cheap ‘baby killing drugs’ plan blasted’

For list of committee members and contact details click here.

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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Tassie ADHD Drugs

TASMANIA risks creating a generation of adults hooked on ADHD drugs because of its high child prescribing rate, says campaigner and West Australian politician Martin Whitely (ADHD Drugs alert on Kids, Michelle Paine, July 27 2012, The Mercury.) The perscriptions to children has risen 36% in tassie over the past 4 years to 16000 scripts last year. 


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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Drug Use Up

A new report, 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report released 27 July 2011 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the use of illicit drugs has increased. Between 2007 and 2010 the number of people aged 14 or older who had used illicit drugs in the previous 12 months had risen from 13.4% to 14.7%. For press release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=10737419581

For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=32212254712&libID=32212254712

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POSTED 15 Aug 2011
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Drug Laws

The WA Police Minister Rob Johnson has said tough new anti-cannabis laws have been implemented. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=142503

For detailed changes: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Lists/Statements/Attachments/142503/CannabisLawReform.pdf

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POSTED 15 Aug 2011
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WA Alcohol & Drugs Report

The Education and Health Committee of the WA Parliament has released its final report from its inquiry into the adequacy and appropriateness of prevention and treatment services for alcohol and illicit drug problems in Western Australia. For report overview (date: 23/6/11) and submissions: http://parliament.wa.gov.au/web/newwebparl.nsf/iframewebpages/Committees+-+Current

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POSTED 2 Jul 2011
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Clandestine Labs Increase

The Australian Crime Commission released its Illicit Drug Data Report 2009-10 which reported that 694 dangerous clandestine laboratories were detected nationally- a 245% increase since 2000-01. It included 118 labs in WA, a 51% increase from 2008-09.

For key findings and link to report: http://www.crimecommission.gov.au/media/acc_joint/2011/110628-iddr-launch.htm

For WA data: http://www.crimecommission.gov.au/media/acc_joint/2011/110628-wa.htm

For Tasmania data: http://www.crimecommission.gov.au/media/acc_joint/2011/110628-tas.htm

 

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POSTED 2 Jul 2011
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Drugs Awareness

On July 6, 2011 Southern River MLA Peter Abetz has organised a special community event for parents concerned about illicit drugs and their children. It will give parents to tools to help keep their children drug free. Speaking will be Prof Neil McKeganey, Professor of Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow. It will be held July 6 , 7.30pm at the Canning Vale College, Performing Arts Centre, 26 Dumbarton Road, CanningVale, 6155. RSVP July 4 by tel 9256 4900 or Sheridan.manning@mp.wa.gov.au

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POSTED 2 Jul 2011
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FreshStart Conference

On 8 July 2011, 8am- 5pm, FreshStart is holding a conference on recovery-orientated treatments for addictions. Speakers include Graham Mabury, Prof Neil McKeganey, Prof John Currie, Prof David Clark, Prof Gary Hulse, Dr Colin Brewer, Dr Stuart Reece and Dr George O’Neil. To register: https://register.freshstart.org.au/studentdb/stuweb.pl?mode=rego&staffkey=169

For more info: http://www.freshstart.org.au/information/2011-seminar

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POSTED 27 Jun 2011
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Youth House

The State Govt has given $50,000 to the Henri Nouwen House Youth Project in Bridgetown. Established in 1992, the house offers support and education to families affected by alcohol or drug dependency with the overall aim of empowering youth to make positive life choices. For press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=138987

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POSTED 19 Apr 2011
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Fresh Start

Fresh Start Recovery Programme, assisting patients with heroin, opiate and alcohol addiction, has been acknowledged by the State Government with approval of a $1.5million grant. It is run by Dr George O’Neil. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=138165

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POSTED 28 Mar 2011
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