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1. Hospital said baby girl just has a virus before she died.
A baby girl, just 18-months-old was diagnosed with just having a virus in the days before her death by The Northern Hospital in Melbourne.
Angela and Matthew Ebbage were told their little girl, Audrey just had croup by the staff at the hospital.
Audrey was admitted to the Northern on December 11 2014, her parents said they just knew there was something else going on but staff dismissed their concerns.
Audrey’s mother, Angela told a coronial inquiry into the baby’s death that she and her husband “regularly raised concerns” with staff at the hospital on that day about Audrey’s lethargy, the initial lack of blood tests and an x-ray, and an alternate diagnosis.
But their view was she “had a virus only.”
Audrey’s condition deteriorated and she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital on December 14 but she died.
“These concerns we expressed to The Northern Hospital doctors, we believe, were dismissed and we never felt heard, a fate we hope no other parent will have to endure,” Dr Ebbage said.
Northern Health made concessions to the Coroners Court yesterday about its failings. The hospital admitted Audrey’s blood pressure should have been recorded at least once, she should have been assessed by a consultant paediatrician, and a medical emergency team should have been put together given her heart and respiratory rates.
Coroner Jacqui Hawkins said it could not be said that Audrey would have survived had a heart problem been diagnosed earlier. However, Dr Ebbage said Audrey’s survival would have been “probable” The Age reports.
Audrey’s parents said, “We want Audrey’s little friends and soon to be little brother to be safe if an ambulance is required to transport them to their nearest hospital — the Northern.”
2. Kids as young as 12 could be given the pill at school without their parents’ knowledge.
Concerns over the availability of the pill. Via IStock.
Children in Victoria could soon access the contraceptive pill at school without their parents' knowledge, under a new 'doctors in schools' Labor initiative.
Fairfax Media reports that under the plan doctors will visit 100 disadvantaged state secondary schools from next year.
Students who use the service will be bulk-billed using their own Medicare cards.
Education Minister James Merlino told The Age GPs will follow clear guidelines set out by the Australian Medical Association.