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Key changes to the childhood immunisation NIP schedule with effect from 1 July 2018

20 June 2018
Immunisation
Key changes to the childhood immunisation NIP schedule with effect from 1 July 2018 Look out for Commonwealth resources providing clinical advice for vaccination providers and consumer information in mid June. Summary of the 1 July NIP schedule changes: Routine infant pneumococcal vaccination (Prevenar 13®) will now be given at 2, 4 and 12 months […] Find out more

Last flu season ‘deadliest’ on record

4 June 2018
Immunisation
Last flu season ‘deadliest’ on record AGE – Thursday, 31 May 2018 – Page 10 It was one of the worst weeks of Professor David Pilcher’s working life. Late in September last year, intensive care units around the country were flooded by a horrifying number of people experiencing severe complications from the flu . Some […] Find out more

Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

16 May 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
Health Alert Status: Active Health advisory: 180008 Date Issued: 15 May 2018 Issued by: Professor Charles Guest, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: Health professionals, consumers Key messages Extreme caution is advised when picking and consuming wild mushrooms – if in doubt, don’t consume. Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently […] Find out more

Food Recall: oh so natural Almond, Cashew and Cranberry Bites 200g

14 May 2018
Food Recall
Product Name: oh so natural Almond, Cashew and Cranberry Bites Packaging: 200g Affected batches: ALL Problem: The recall is due to the presence of peanuts which are not declared in the allergen statement. Country of origin: Thailand Click here to be directed to the full FSANZ recall site […] Find out more

More illnesses reported as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows

14 May 2018
Food Safety
(CNN)A salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 207 million eggs has worsened — with 35 people reported ill in several states, federal health officials said. The number of illnesses is a dozen more since the initial recall notice was issued last month. The outbreak is linked to Rose Acre Farms, whose eggs were […] Find out more

Food Recall: Red Kellys Tasmania Creamy Caesar dressing

10 May 2018
Food Recall
Product Name: Red Kellys Tasmania Creamy Caesar Dressing Packaging: 250ml Best Before: 31/07/2019 Batch 3 Problem: The recall is due to an incorrect back label which does not declare the allergens (fish, egg, dairy) that are contained in the product. The presence of undeclared allergens – Egg, Dairy and Fish. Country of origin: Australia Click […] Find out more

Filthy restaurant risked ‘manslaughter’ of customers

7 May 2018
Food Safety
A FURIOUS magistrate has torn strips off a filthy restaurant, saying its “disgusting” kitchen could have killed its customers. A MAGISTRATE has warned a dirty Sydney restaurant it risked “a manslaughter charge” because its kitchen was so filthy it could have “poisoned or killed” customers. Dainty Dumpling House in the southern Sydney suburb of Miranda […] Find out more

Travellers, basketball teams warned after new measles arrival in Melbourne

30 April 2018
Immunisation
Four teams of high-school basketballers and international travellers are being urged to check for signs of measles, after a passenger who arrived at Melbourne Airport on a flight from Singapore discovered he was ill with the infectious disease. The warning comes at a delay, sparking concerns that others may already be showing early symptoms. The […] Find out more

Mosquito culls to combat mystery ulcer

26 April 2018
Pest Control
Mosquito culls will be deployed in an attempt to halt the spread of Victoria’s mysterious flesh-eating ulcer. Cases of the Buruli ulcer have skyrocketed in recent years, with a record 275 infections across the state in 2017, compared to less than 50 in 2010. While experts believe mosquitoes are a big player in the spread […] Find out more

Food Recall: Creative Gourmet Pomegranate Arils

10 April 2018
Food Recall
Product Name: Creative Gourmet Pomegranate Arils Packaging: 180gBest Before: All Best Before Dates up to and including 21/03/20 Problem: The recall is due to potential Hepatitis A contamination.   Country of origin: Egypt Click here to be directed to the full FSANZ recall […] Find out more