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1. Teenagers now required to see a psychologist before getting a breast enlargement or a nose job.

New guidelines by The Australian Medical Board will require teenagers wanting to have major cosmetic surgery performed such as a breast enlargement or a nose job to first receive a psychological assessment.

The new guidelines, set by the Medical Board of Australia, will see children and teenagers have to wait for a three-month cooling off period after the assessment.

The Daily Telegraph reports that teenagers who want minor procedures done, such as piercings, mole removal and the treatment of varicose veins, will only need to wait a week.

The cooling off period also affects adults, who will now face a one week cooling-off period before they can undergo any major procedure such as a breast enlargements, face lifts, nose jobs.

All patients would also need to consult a doctor before receiving injectable treatments such as botox.

Joanna Flynn, chairwoman of the medical board told Fairfax Media the guidelines should send the message that all surgery is serious.”Ultimately our job is to protect patients and we are aware that some patients are harmed by cosmetic procedures and we want to reduce that risk,” Dr Flynn said.

“We want to do it in a way that doesn’t absolutely restrict patients’ rights, but to make sure that the doctors’ responsibilities are very clear.”

Fairfax Media reports that the board also made recommendations on the competitive cosmetics sector that they had no power to regulate, including strengthening the regulation of private cosmetics facilities, including their use of sedatives and anaesthesia.

2. GPs to launch targeted Medicare campaign.

Doctors will today launch a campaign asking patients to join their fight against the government’s freeze on Medicare rebates.

The campaign will see GPs warning patients about the budget measure that extended by two years to 2020 a four-year indexation freeze on the Medicare rebate the federal government pays for services like GP visits.

The government expects the move will save almost $1 billion, but the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says it will leave patients worse off, especially the disadvantaged.

The college says sick people may delay GP visits and they will eventually cost the system more when they present to a hospital with potentially worse symptoms.

3. Waleed Aly takes out Gold Logie.

Waleed Aly has taken out the top prize at the Logies dedicating his Gold Logie to “Dimitri, Mustafa, and all other people with unpronounceable names like Waleed”.

Aly, who also took home Best Presenter, told the audience people from diverse cultural backgrounds deserved greater representation on the small screen.

“Do not adjust your sets … there’s nothing wrong with the picture. I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal,” he said.


“This is happening, it’s true. Finally a male presenter on commercial TV has won the Gold Logie.”

Aly told the audience that his win mattered.

“That reason was brought home shudderingly not so long ago when someone who is in this room — and I’m not going to use the name they use in this industry — came up to me and said: ‘I really hope you win. My name is Mustafa. But I can’t use that name because I won’t get a job.’ And it matters to people like that that I am here.

“To Dimitri and Mustafa and all the other people with unpronounceable names like Waleed, I want to say one thing: that is that I am incredibly humbled you would even think to invest in me that way.”

For more Logies go here.

4. Two-year-old dies after suffering burns to 90% of his body.

A two-year-old, from Queensland,  has tragically died in hospital after his family made the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support machine following a house fire that left him with horrific burns to his legs, arms and stomach.

Austin Cotterill, 2, was pulled by his mother from a blaze at his family’s home at Eidsvold, southwest of Bundaberg, about 8.30pm on April 26.

He underwent surgery last month.

The Logan House Fire Support Network, announced Austin’s death on its Facebook page.

“Little Austin put up a brave fight, but sadly he has succumbed to his injuries”

“The family are understandably deeply upset and devastated at his passing.”

“The group asked that the family’s privacy be respected to allow them to grieve.”

5. Coalition and Labor 50-50 in poll.

On day one of the election campaign the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows the government is level pegging with the opposition.

The poll shows that with a lead of 51-49 or 50-50 if voter preferences are taken into account, the election result cannot be predicted.

53 per cent of voters still expect the Turnbull government to survive.

Mr Turnbull remains strongly favoured by voters leading Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister 51-29.

The coalition’s primary vote came in at 44 per cent compared to Labor on 33 per cent.

The poll also showed voters marking down the recent budget as unfair, 43 per cent to 37 per cent.

6. First election campaign advertisements begin.

First election campaign advertisements begin. Via Facebook.

As soon as the double dissolution election for July 2 was called the first of the Labor and Liberal election campaign advertisments began.

The Labor ad is called '100 Positive Policies.’

It outlines  the opposition's plan to keep weekend award rates, deal with multinational tax avoidance and make health number one.

"100 positive policies can't fit into one ad"  Shorten says.


The Liberal party's ad also features Bill Shorten.

Set to circus music “Bill Shorten has no plan for Australia” features his policy backtracks over his career,  it mentions his previous stances on personal income taxes, a temporary tax levy and company taxes as will as a reference to his backing of Gillard and Rudd in the respective leadership spills.

7. Mother fights for the right to breastfeed her baby.

Victorian mother has gone to court to get access to her newborn to breastfeed. Via IStock.

A Victorian mother with a history of substance abuse is fighting for 24-hour access to her newborn baby so she can breastfeed.

Shortly after the baby’s birth he was placed with a relative, other children of the woman’s are in the care of DHS.

Last week a court issued a temporary order saying the the mother can see the baby during the day, but not at night.

A lawyer for the father said the parents could live together at the father's home and share care of the newborn, enabling the mother to breastfeed the child at any time.

“A newborn child feeds through the night and it's a significant period of time the child is not with the mother,” the lawyer said

The mother's lawyer said it was a fundamental right for the parents and child to form a unit.

But, AAP reports a lawyer for the Department of Human Services fought for the baby to stay at the relative's house until the couple's parenting abilities had been assessed.

The court heard the mother had other children in DHS care.

The court heard that the mother, who has been clean for a year had a history of substance abuse and mental health issues.

The father too previously had issues with alcohol and family violence.

8. Man removed from US flight after writing 'suspicious' maths equation.

A man has been taken off a US flight and questioned by officials after a fellow passenger spotted him working on a mathematical equation.

Guido Menzio, an Italian maths professor, was removed from the Philadelphia-Syracuse flight after the woman sitting next to him told cabin crew that she was suspicious of the differential equation he was working on.

Mr Menzio showed agents what he had been writing and the flight eventually took off more than two hours late.

The University of Pennsylvania associate professor wrote on Facebook that the experience was "unbelievable" and made him laugh.

"The lady just looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and concluded I was up to no good," he said. "Because of that an entire flight was delayed."

Mr Menzio added that not seeking additional information after reports of suspicious activity "is going to create a lot of problems, especially as xenophobic attitudes may be emerging".

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