Queensland abortion laws in spotlight


ABC Radio,  Monday, August 1, 2016 18:40:00 A group of Brisbane obstetricians and gynaecologists is calling for the right to opt out of performing abortions, if a bill decriminalising the practice gets through the Queensland Parliament.  The group has made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to take abortion out of Queensland’s criminal code.  The inquiry is...

Queensland syphilis cases on the rise, especially amongst Indigenous youth and gay men


ABC News, 28th April 2016 The sharp increase in syphilis cases seen in Queensland in 2015 has continued its trend, with Indigenous youth over-represented in infection statistics, Queensland Health says. Key points: Queensland Health records 238 cases of syphilis in the first quarter of 2016 Doctors say the rise in dating apps has contributed to an increase in the disease among gay men State...

PrEP: HIV drug trials expanding to 2,000 men in Qld after ‘brave’ government decision


ABC News, 27/04/16, 5:12pm
A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program.
The trials make Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available to men who have sex with men, as a means of preventing HIV transmission.
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Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years rampant in state’s north


Brisbane Times, November 12, 2015 Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years has spread across northern Queensland with 500 new cases since 2010. Only four years ago the Medical Journal of Australia predicted syphilis – which causes lesions in the brain and blindness – would be eradicated in remote Queensland with screening and basic penicillin shots. The escalating rate of...

Sex workers concerned by impact of possible new legislation in NSW


news.com.au, November 8, 2015 3:35pm FLEUR* is worried. Worried she will be blackmailed into sex, worried she will be forced underground, most of all, worried the police will turn from her protector to her persecutor. Her worries have risen due to a recent NSW inquiry into the regulation of brothels which is due to hand down its recommendations next week. Currently the state is one of the few...

Outdated abortion laws create ‘medical tourism’ for interstate procedures


The Guardian, Monday 26 October 2015 09.39 AEDT Improved technology has made testing for foetal abnormalities easier and more accurate, but inconsistent state legislation means women do not have equal access to abortion should they choose to terminate their pregnancy as a result, an editorial published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says. With the exception of Victoria, doctors...

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