Aged Care

Australian pensioners selling pain medications to pay bills and more zedlines

The Rural Doctors Association believe elderly people in regional Australia are on-selling their prescription painkillers so that they can pay their bills with the profit they make from the illegal trade. Picture source: Flickr.

President of the Rural Doctors Association, Ewen McPhee said he is not aware of how widespread the problem is, but said misuse of prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin and Endone was rife in rural areas.

Mildura Pharmacist, Eric Oguzkaya said elderly customers tend to fly under the radar and on-sold drugs more than professionals suspect.

Mr Oguzkaya has also heard reports of elderly people being intercepted and intimidated by drug dealers outside of doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.

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Tarragindi Bowls Club redevelopment could set land zoning precedent

Residents in the southside suburb of Tarragindi have been opposing a proposed redevelopment of the Tarragindi Bowls club by Retire Australia, which would see the site house a 6 storey apartment complex for the elderly.

If the project is given the go ahead, it may affect residential zoning laws, allowing for the building of apartments in low density or character residential areas. Since late 2015, the Tarragindi Bowls Club redevelopment proposal has been an ongoing community issue for the residents of Tarragindi.

Lung disease antibiotic could reduce risks for asthma sufferers and other Zedlines

New research suggests an antibiotic used to treat lung disease patients could reduce risks for adults suffering severe asthma (Image: Flickr).

Experts from the Hunter Medical Research institute in New south wales trialed the drug azithromycin to 200 patients three times a week for almost a year resulting in a 40 percent decrease in asthma attacks.

HMRI also found the drug reduces swelling in the lungs of asthma sufferers and is currently working on antibiotic resistance in patients who take the drug.

Capricorn Coast celebrates NAIDOC week

People are celebrating the formation of the Capricorn Coast Indigenous Mob during this year’s Naidoc week.

Afghanistan Girl Robotics Team Denied U.S. Visas

A young, all-girl Afghani robotics team have been refused visas from the U.S. after spending months building a robot to compete in an international competition.

The team received their materials later than every other team due to terrorism concerns but still scrambled to build a ball-sorting robot as their entry.

The competition takes place in Washington this month, with competitors invited from all around the world set to take part.

Aged care provider cuts staff

Not-for-profit aged care provider, Southern Cross Care, is under fire after announcing cuts to nursing staff as a part of their restructure.

Hogtying Youths Reported In Queensland Detention Centres and more Zedlines...

Several Queensland Youth Detention Centres have been reported to be hogtying youths, even though the controversial restraining method has been recommended by the Youth Detention Management in Queensland to be abandoned. (Wikipedia Commons)

The Independent Review of Youth Detention was released on Wednesday; one of the cases included a youth being tied by his legs and arms for 20 minutes so he could be sedated.  

However reports have shown while hogtying is not taught to staff in training, there are legal grounds to prohibit it.

 

Aveo Retirement Village In Trouble, Again 

Gold Coast Aveo Retirement Village has come under fire for its’ low service standards and allegedly breach of contracts.  

Western Queensland Dinosaur Fossils Could Reveal Sauropod Diet and more Zedlines

Digging has commenced at a sheep station in Winton as the discovery of dinosaur fossils has scientists hopeful the skeleton could reveal the diet of the sauropod dinosaur from 95 million years ago.

The fossilised dinosaur skeleton, discovered in Western Queensland, is the most complete sauropod skeleton ever discovered in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sauropods had a length of up to 33 metres and a height of 18 metres, making them the largest animals to have ever roamed the earth.

 

Group of Whitsunday Karate Students Selected for Japanese Karate Competition

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Experimental military drill program to teach young students life skills

A group of Queensland students are the first inductees into an experimental program using military-style tactics to teach life skills at schools. (Image source: WikiHow).

Dressed in army fatigues, cadets from Mabel Park High School take instruction from former Air Force member and youth support coordinator Lisa Henderson in a new disciplinary program coined "Mabel Force".

This voluntary initiative mimics the Australian Defence Force and aims to equal the number of boys to girls in The Australian Army Cadets over the next ten years where it is thought girls will soon outnumber boys.

Queensland MPs, council election candidates face corruption probe over misconduct claims

Gay concentration camps open in Chechnya and more Zedlines

The nordic online publication, UpNorth, has uncovered Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov has opened the first concentration camp for sexual minorities since Hitler did so, in the 1930’s. (sourced: Novaya Gazeta)

 

Kadyrov has adopted a plan known as “the final solution of gay issue”, and with the aim of the concentration camp to “completely cleanse Chechnya from men of nontraditional sexual orientation, it is believed inmates are either killed or forced to promise to leave the republic.

Though several Russian news outlets have reported on the repression of homosexuality in Chechnya face, the Kadyrov regime has denied all repressions.

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