Widespread misuse of antibiotics
is fuelling the spread of aggressive and
potentially fatal superbugs in Australian
hospitals, experts warn.
Statistics released by the National Prescribing
Service, which monitors drug use, show one in four
people believes antibiotics are effective against
colds, though antibiotics only fight bacterial
The service says the overuse of antibiotics could
be behind the scourge of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria in hospitals.
Specialists have warned golden staph, methicillin-resistant
staphylococcus aureus, is entrenched in hospitals.
Many patients stay longer or die through persistent
August 2, 2007 (p21)
One in four Australians take
antibiotics when they don't need to, a survey
The study by the National Prescribing Service also
found one in seven mothers of young children
mistakenly do the same, believing these drugs help
the common cold.
The organisation's chief executive, Dr Lynn Weekes,
said there appeared to be a widespread
misunderstanding that antibiotics worked on viruses
that caused colds.
In fact, they only work on bacteria related
June 9, 2007 (p28)
Inquiry Into Medication
The use and effectiveness of
complementary medicines, such as vitamins, will be
the subject of a $5 million research grant.
Health minister Tony Abbott yesterday said the funding would be provided
to the National Health and Medical Research Council
for the inquiry.
It will call on researchers to apply for the funds, with applications due
Studies show Australians spend $1 million annually on complementary and
alternative medicines, including vitamin
supplements, homeopathic medicines and traditional
Asian and indigenous medicines.
November 24, 2006 (p34)
Charles stirs doctors
Paul Kent London
Prince Charles has sparked
a controversy with British doctors proclaiming the
virtues of alternative medicines at the World
Health Assembly in Geneva.
The Prince called on governments to "abandon their
conventional mindset" while explaining how patients
should be able to benefit from the best of both
worlds - orthodox medical treatment as well as
complementary alternative medicine.
The Prince is attempting to get alternative
medicine listed as a viable alternative within
Britain's National Health Service - a move that
angered many of Britain's leading doctors. So much
hours of his controversial
speech, leading UK doctors were attempting to
overturn his campaign, which appeared headed for
success, by writing to every NHS trust urging them
to stop using alternative treatments and instead
invest in proven therapies.
Charles has been a avid user of alternative
medicine for more than 20 years, a point he made
clear in his speech to health ministers from around
"Orthodox practice can learn from complementary
medicine," he said.
"The West can learn from the East and new from old
The medical world is divided over the viability of
alternative medicines, mainly because there is a
lack of scientific data.
The Advertiser May 25, 2006 (p31)
Warning on use of antibiotics
AUSTRALIA must restrict the use of antibiotics to
prevent resistance to the drugs or it could face a
health crisis, an international expert warned
Professor Richard Laing, of the World Health Organisation, warned
antibiotics could be useless within a few decades
due to resistance if governments don't reduce
prescription rates and encourage research.
Professor Laing said Australia should cut antibiotic prescription rates
and increase awareness among patients that
antibiotics were not necessarily the answer to
The Advertiser June 9, 2006
bandaids and dressings are now available from
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