News Updates

Statewide Mental Health Services update 

Dale Webster – Deputy Secretary, Community, Mental Health and Wellbeing The increased number of COVID-19 cases in Tasmania is continuing to present challenges for Statewide Mental Health Services, with impacts on staffing due to community transmission of the virus. As a result, SMHS has moved to COVID Escalation Level 3 for SMHS Community teams and community residential services. SMHS in-hospital

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TGA receives application for an increased dose of GlaxoSmithKline’s COVID-19 treatment sotrovimab (XEVUDY) for the BA.2 Omicron sublineage 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has received an application from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia Pty Ltd for a higher (1000 mg) dose of its COVID 19 treatment, sotrovimab (XEVUDY). This higher dose will be considered for treatment of patients suspected to have infection caused by the Omicron BA.2 sublineage. Currently, this monoclonal antibody treatment is provisionally approved by the TGA for

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Coordinated support for young people at risk of homelessness 

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Education, Children and Youth Coordinated support for young people at risk of homelessnessThe Tasmanian Government is launching the Under 16 Youth Homelessness Policy Framework for Tasmania, which will guide a coordinated response to young people in need. Our Government is committed to taking action to address youth homelessness and ensure young people have the necessary supports

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Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged breaches of therapeutic goods legislation 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, has issued an infringement notice of $13,320 to Sydney-based company Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (Ferngrove) for alleged contraventions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 in relation to pharmacovigilance (activities monitoring the safety of medicines). The infringement notice relates to the alleged failure to provide information on a contact person responsible for

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Kardwi Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged breaches of therapeutic goods legislation 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, has issued an infringement notice of $13,320 to Perth-based company Kardwi Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (Kardwi) for alleged contraventions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 in relation to pharmacovigilance (activities monitoring the safety of medicines). The infringement notice relates to the alleged failure to provide information on a contact person responsible for

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A 25-year-old Western Sydney man who coerced a child into sending him self-produced child abuse material has been sentenced to three years and nine months’ jail by the Parramatta District Court  

The man was arrested by AFP Eastern Command Child Protection Operations investigators in June 2020 as a result of Operation Albamarle. The investigation began after the AFP received information from New Zealand Police about the exploitation of a local child by a man who they believed lived in Sydney. NZ Police found an offender had targeted the child on Instagram

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The arrest formed part of a four-month Taskforce Icarus investigation into the importation of drugs into Melbourne from the United States. 

Three people have been arrested as part of a Taskforce Icarus investigation into the importation of methylamphetamine into Melbourne. A 24-year-old Glen Waverley man, 36-year-old Doncaster man and a 20-year-old Bundoora man were all arrested by police in Doncaster East on Monday night. The arrests followed the attempted importation of approximately 40kg of methylamphetamine, which was seized and detected offshore

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Motorist overtakes a Tasmania Police Inspector at 145 km/h evades Police, spikes deployed and rammed divisional van gets suspended sentence. 

STATE OF TASMANIA v W 1 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE Mr W you have pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving contrary to s 172A of the Criminal Code. You have also pleaded guilty to associated summary offences of evade police and resist a police officer, that later charge arising when police tried to apprehend you. I will

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7-Eleven to pay franchisees $98 million in class action settlement 

Convenience store giant 7-Eleven has agreed to pay almost $100 million in a class action settlement to franchisees who say they were misled about the profitability of the stores. The class action before the Federal Court alleged 7-Eleven enticed operators into franchise agreements even though stores could only turn a profit if they underpaid staff or worked … “for nothing”

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Zakharova announced the response of the Russian Federation to the expulsion of diplomats from European countries 

Russia will give an appropriate response to the expulsion of its diplomats from European countries and is already responding to unfriendly actions by European countries against Russian diplomats. This was announced on Wednesday, April 6, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, to Izvestia. “Mirror or symmetrical – this will be decided on a case-by-case basis. In any

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Crown Melbourne is facing fines of up to $100 million over a scheme that allowed the illegal transfer of funds from China.  

Victoria’s Gambling and Casino Control Commission has started disciplinary proceedings against Crown claiming it devised a process to evade Chinese currency restrictions and enable the illegal transfer of funds. Commission chair Fran Thorn said the role of the regulator was to hold Crown Melbourne to account. “As a first step, we are acting on the Royal Commission’s findings that Crown’s

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