Children’s Hospital Lead Contamination Caused by Valve Corrosion

The WA Chief Health Officer Tarun Weeramanthri has just completed a month-long review at Perth’s Children’s Hospital to develop recommendations for dealing with the issue of lead in the water supply. The review has found the lead contamination was caused by the dezincification of brass fittings within the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Assembly Boxes, located near…

NRL Encourages Better Mental Health in Youth Rugby

Local rugby league players are set to benefit from a National Rugby League (NRL) program to de-stigmatise mental health issues and encourage young men and women to improve their mental health. The NRL’s State of Mind Program will be available to Australia’s 4,000 local rugby league players designed to help support and improve mental health.…

Inaugural Community Cabinet Meeting to be Held in Canning Vale

The McGowan government is set to hold its inaugural Community Cabinet event at Canning Vale College on August 21. Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss important local issues with Premier Mark McGowan and Cabinet ministers, in a bid to encourage greater community engagement. Mr McGowan said…

Perth Children’s Hospital Lead Level Testing

Perth Children’s Hospital has recently undergone formal testing under Chief Health Officer approved protocols. The State Government called on the CHO to oversee and manage lead levels in the potable water system and provide advice on treatment strategies to remediate the lead issue. The results showed 74 per cent compliance. Lead levels have improved after…

State Government Invest To Prevent Breast Cancer

A hand held imaging device created in WA to lower the number of breast cancer patients is being commercialised in the State as the starting point for local researchers and innovators to bring their innovations to market. The device will help reduce the amount of surgery needed by breast cancer sufferers and the State Government’s…

Government Launches Free Meningococcal Vaccine for Teens

WA teenagers are being encouraged to take advantage of the free meningococcal vaccine to help protect themselves and others from contracting the disease. Teenagers are the most at-risk of contracting the disease and passing it on to others, including young children. The three-year plan will target 15-19 year olds, to try and mitigate this disease’s…

State Government Launches Investigation Following PathWest DNA Mix-Up

Western Australia’s State Government is demanding answers after a DNA bungle by its state-run forensic laboratory resulted in an innocent man jailed for a serious crime while the real offender remained free. The government has referred the matter to the Corruption and Crime Commission while also calling for a Public Sector Commission audit of PathWest’s…

Children’s Hospital completed, lead concerns remain

By Christopher May The State Government has announced that construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital is complete, however that lead contamination remains in parts of the water supply. Health Minister Roger Cook was quick to lay blame on the former Barnett Government’s management of the new hospital.  “We have repeatedly stated there are no…

Health Department At Risk Of Corruption

The latest report tabled by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) warned the Health Department does not have adequate processes to prevent corruption and fraud. The CCC has identified a significant systematic failure and said the problem requires urgent attention from the department executives. The review was carried out after Wathumallage Wickramasinghe was jailed this…