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The Impartial Broad-based Anti-corruption Fee has resumed its hearings into the department stacking and the misuse of public assets throughout the Victorian department of the Australian Labor get together.
However the hearings are being carried out behind closed doorways this morning. It’s anticipated that Anthony Byrne, the federal Labor MP, will probably be cross-examined by attorneys for Adem Somyurek, the state Labor MP who allegedly orchestrated large-scale branch-stacking, this morning.
You possibly can comply with alongside right here, the place additionally, you will discover the transcript from Monday’s listening to. Our report on that listening to is right here.
A broader explainer on the investigation is right here.
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Queensland information full week of Covid-zero
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Vaccines provided to emergency division sufferers with ‘marked success’
Well being employees have been providing vaccines to individuals who current to the emergency division at St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne, with “marked success”.
In a letter to the editor of the journal Emergency Drugs Australasia, emergency physicians and a pharmacist at St Vincent’s mentioned they hoped it could spur different hospitals to determine related applications.
The crew audited the immunisation standing of the 400 sufferers who offered most steadily to the division, visiting greater than six occasions per 12 months. Solely 47% of those sufferers had acquired a primary vaccine dose in contrast with 69% of the Victorian inhabitants on the time.
They provided eligible sufferers a Covid vaccine on the time of presentation, with round 5 sufferers being vaccinated within the emergency division each day. Doses are offered by the St Vincent’s vaccination centre pharmacy.
The authors wrote:
Only a few eligible sufferers have declined vaccination … these sufferers are sometimes with out smartphones or the web entry required to barter on-line appointments.
We can’t solely supply vaccination the place we wish or hope folks will probably be.
We should additionally present protected and opportunistic immunisations the place we all know weak persons are, together with in our emergency departments.
A 2020 Australian Institute of Well being and Welfare report beforehand discovered that 23% of emergency displays have been by folks residing in probably the most socioeconomically deprived areas.
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As NSW enters its second day of vaccine-contingent freedoms, I took one other take a look at the persistent issues with the accuracy of information on the Australian Immunisation Register, the commonwealth’s database of vaccine info.
In current months, Guardian Australia has reported on dozens of circumstances the place totally vaccinated people had been left with both incomplete or inaccurate dose info on the (AIR).
An individual’s capability to acquire a vaccine certificates – and show vaccination standing to companies and venues – relies on the info within the AIR. Numerous the issues appeared to stem from NSW, notably the Olympic Park vaccination hub, the place affected person info being entered by vaccine groups on the bottom was not at all times matching the information held by the commonwealth.
The place these discrepancies occurred, dose info was not up to date to the AIR routinely.
Errors might solely be corrected via a laborious guide course of that usually took a month or extra. Now, the Sydney Native Well being District has overhauled its vaccine report preserving system to handle the issue.
A spokesperson advised the Guardian:
The district has labored arduous at addressing this by enhancing the validation steps concerned when a affected person makes a reserving to make sure information entered matches with Medicare information. New instruments have additionally been launched to seek for sufferers with lacking information.
Till lately, the accuracy of the AIR has additionally been undermined by the system’s incapability to recognise combined doses, or AstraZeneca or Pfizer doses administered abroad. These points have additionally been fastened by the federal authorities.
However the system nonetheless gained’t recognise vaccines administered abroad if they’re both not permitted in Australia, or weren’t permitted in Australia on the time they have been administered overseas.
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