Monthly Archives: April 2010

Cancer research in kidney transplant recipients

Results have been published today based on research into kidney transplant recipients, and their risks of cancer compared to the general population.

The research analysis was undertaken by researchers from The George Institute, the University of Sydney, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Statewide Renal Services using the ANZDATA Registry.

Data was evaluated from 1983, in a trial that consisted of 481 patients, which researchers reviewed trends over 20 years.

The results indicate that no particular immunosuppressive drug regimen appears to increase the risk of cancer among kidney transplant patients and the cancer risk is driven by many factors that are known at the time of transplantation such as age and smoking history.

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Politicians receiving millions after leaving office

New South Wales politicians who once held positions in high office receive millions of dollars in tax payers money for expenses years after leaving office.

A freedom of information release has uncovered that former News South Wales Premiers Neville Wran, Nick Greiner and Bob Carr received about $3.8 million in allowances from 2007 to 2009.

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon had called upon the Keneally Government to employ more strict limits on annual allowances for those who once held positions in high office.

Rhiannon said “It is 17 years since Mr Greiner was the NSW premier. It is a bit rich that he is allowed to spend half a million dollars of public money annually just because he was in the top job for four years.”

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2010 World Press Freedom Day to be Held at UQ

The 2010 World Press Freedom Day will be held for the first time in the Pacific region, at the University of Queensland over the long weekend.


Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of the 
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will also be visiting the conference in which the UN agency will discuss topics on international freedom of expression and press freedom.

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Artificial heart development

The Federal Government announced yesterday a grant of more than $70,000 for Queensland researchers developing a new artificial heart.

Researchers from Queensland, Malaysia, Germany and Japan are developing the heart which will replace the function of both sides of the heart in patients.

Associate Professor John Fraser from Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital, said he is hoping an artificial heart can be implanted in sheep by the end of the year.

Mr Fraser said he’d also love to see this developed and finished and ready for a humans within two to three years.

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Interactive Human Rights Education Resources Available to Teachers and Schools

Teachers and students now have access to a new range of interactive human rights education resources, released by the Australian Human Rights Commission today.


Commission President Cathy Branson, launched the new
rightsED resource this week by sending a complimentary DVD to schools around the country in a bid to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities.


Ms Branson said “the importance of human rights education should not be underestimated in our efforts to create a more respectful human rights culture in Australia.”

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Indigenous awards ceremony

Indigenous organisations and individuals that have promoted quality and excellence in health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been recognised in new national award ceremony.

Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, presented recipients with their awards at the inaugural Healthy for Life and New Directions Mothers and Babies Services Health Awards in Brisbane yesterday.

The awards follow a conference bringing together representatives who deliver Healthy for Life and New Directions Mothers programs, which together focus on child and maternal health care, early detection and management of chronic disease and men’s health.

Mr Snowdon congratulated the six award winners and said, “They highlight the innovation and leadership being demonstrated by organisations and individuals in addressing the Government’s targets to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”

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Changes to Criminal Justice System to Increase the Conviction Rate of Child Sexual Assualt Offenders

Australia’s state governments are considering a radical overhaul of the criminal justice system aimed at improving the conviction rate in cases of child sexual assault.


If the plan goes ahead, specialist courts would be established to ensure sexually abused Aboriginal children are not intimidated into silence by the formality of traditional courts.

New rules could also be introduced to ensure that convicted pedophiles would not be able to rejoin society unless they had completed rehabilitation programs.

The reform plan has been produced by the National Child Sexual Assault Reform Committee (NCSARC), which is made up of some of the nation’s leading lawyers, judges and academics.

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