Queensland Health issue Rubella alert

HEALTH ALERT: Queensland Health has been notified of a case of Rubella virus, with the patient having travelled on international and domestic flights.

Queensland’s Acting Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Alun Richards said this person travelled from South Africa to Brisbane via Sydney at the beginning of their infectious period but appeared well during the flights.

The patient flew from Johannesburg to Sydney on 25 December 2013 at 1750 arriving at 1445 on Qantas Flight 64.

They then travelled from Sydney to Brisbane on 26 December on flight Qantas flight 542 departing Sydney at 1735 and arriving in Brisbane at 1805. They may also have been in contact with other interstate passengers at the Brisbane airport.

Dr Richards said people are encouraged to notify their family and friends if they travelled on the flights noted above.

“In most cases, Rubella (also known as the German Measles) is a mild illness, but it can be a serious disease if contracted by pregnant women as it can cause serious birth defects if infection occurs during early pregnancy,” he said.

“We normally see about six cases of Rubella per year, so it is not a common disease anymore.

“This is a timely reminder for people to get vaccinated against Rubella as this case demonstrates this virus is still circulating in our community,” Dr Richards said.

The symptoms of Rubella will appear between 14 to 21 days after exposure and they include fever, headache, loss of appetite and feeling generally unwell about five days before the development of a rash.

The rash normally lasts between three to five days.

It is a highly contagious disease and spread by droplets from the nose and throat through coughing or sneezing or by direct contact with an infected person.

People displaying Rubella symptoms should contact their doctor immediately. They should also stay away from childcare, school or work until fully recovered and until at least four days after the rash appears.

Chopper assisting police in search and rescue

UPDATED 3pm: A 65-year-old man who fell overboard in waters off the Gold Coast Seaway this afternoon has been located safe and well by rescue crews.

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter and full search crew were called to assist police and lifeguards with the search and rescue operation at around 2pm.

The man fell into the ocean from the back of his Catamaran around one nautical mile north of the Gold Coast Sea Wall.

By 2.15pm, police, the coast guard, a rescue boat and multiple jet skis were involved in the search.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue Aircrewman Luke Pagano said thankfully the man was found by a police vessel a short time later.

“The man wasn’t wearing a life jacket when he fell,” Mr Pagano said.

“He was shaken up but otherwise in good health. It’s a positive outcome for everyone involved,” he said.

It is understood there were two other people onboard the vessel at the time however were unable to pull the man back on deck.

At 3pm, police confirmed the man had been located safe and well.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital as a precaution.

Magic Millions Raceday 2014: What you need to know

The Gold Coast Turf Club is set to host one of the biggest racedays of the year tomorrow – the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.

Horse lovers, socialites and celebrities from around the globe are expected to join thousands of locals at the track for the event.

With a full day of activities planned both on and off the track, we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Here is a guide of everything you need to know for the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday:

Event Schedule
10am – Bars to Open
11am – Function Venues Open
11am – Myer Magic Millions Fashions on the Field  Registrations Open
12pm – Trackside Entertainment with Marcus Mercer on the Southern Lawn
12:20pm – Myer Fashions on the Field Heats & Finals Begin
2:55pm – Gold Coast $1million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas
3:35pm – Jeep $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic
4:30pm – Body & Soul in the CPR Bar to Begin
*Times Subject to change due to race schedule

TransLink is encouraging raceday fans to leave the car at home and travel to the Gold Coast Turf Club for free on public transport.

Customers can travel free to and from the Gold Coast Turf Club on hail ‘n’ ride shuttle buses from the following locations:

To the Turf Club
Tweed Heads – 9am, 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am
Surfers Paradise – 9am, 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm, 12.45pm, 12.45pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 1.45pm
Jupiters Casino – 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 12.45pm, 1.45pm
Southport Workers’ Club – 10.30am
Runaway Bay – 10.30am
Evandale car park – loop service at regular intervals from 9.30am to 7pm

From the Turf Club
Tweed Heads – 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm
Surfers Paradise – regular intervals between 4pm and 7pm
Jupiters Casino – regular intervals between 4pm and 7pm
Southport Workers’ Club – 5.30pm
Runaway Bay – 5.30pm
Evandale car park – loop service at regular intervals from 9.30am to 7pm

Fashions on the Field
Myer Fashions on the Field will once again give trackside fashionistas the chance to showcase their unique summer racing style at the 2014 Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.

An amazing prize pool is on offer this year, including Myer Gift Cards, a ten day trip of a lifetime to the Melbourne Cup Carnival to compete in the National Final on Crown Oaks Day – The Ultimate Style Day, Calleija Jewellery to the value of $20,000, first class weekend stays at The Oracle in Broadbeach, R.M.Williams Gift Cards and much more.

Women’s Racewear
11am – 12pm sharp Registration (for pre-registered and on-the-day contestants)
12.20pm – 12.40pm Heats
12.45pm – 12.55pm Preliminary Finals
1.10pm – 1.25pm Final

Men’s Racewear
1pm – 1.35pm sharp Registration (for pre-registered and on-the-day contestants)
1.40pm – 1.50pm Heats
2pm – 2.15pm Final

Myer Ambassador Kate Peck said the judges will be looking for someone who shows style and originality.

“The judges are always looking for someone who is well groomed and presented,” she said.

“They want to see your take on the current fashion trends and how you can apply it to racing. Don’t forget, the winner’s outfit needs to be able to carry on through to Melbourne Cup in November, so they are looking for an outfit that has longevity too.”


Top 5 tips for contestants:
•Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your outfit and be brave with the use of colour and bold fabric prints.
•Make sure to have a head to toe look. Include a statement head piece, as well as complementary shoes and accessories.
•Being an outdoor event in summer, a vital beauty tip is sun protection. Try Invisible Zinc Foundation SPF 30+, available at Myer.
•For men, a tailored suit with matching tie, cufflinks and hat will get you on the right track.
•Elegance and etiquette are timeless trends, smile and remember to have fun

Important Contest Criteria:
1. Contestants must be 18 years of age or more on event day
2. Contestants and their outfits are not permitted to have a commercial agenda (eg: cannot promote a brand, store, designer, milliner etc)
3. Contestants must not receive any compensation from a third party for entering this competition
4. In order to enter, female contestants must be wearing appropriate headwear
5. All prizes awarded to the contestant must remain their property
6. Contestants are not permitted to alter or add to their outfit in any way from the beginning until the end of the competition (including heats, preliminary finals, final and the National Final at the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Crown Oaks Day 2014.

Young skin cancer survivor warns: Get sun smart in 2014

Gold Coasters are being urged to commit to sun safety and skin protection in 2014 to reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

Sally Roebuck, 23, was shocked to discover she had a stage one melanoma, despite having regular skin checks throughout her life.

‘‘As someone who has lighter skin, I’ve always been wary about my skin and skin cancer,’’ Ms Roebuck said.

‘‘My grandfather died as a result of complications related to stage-four melanoma so sun safety and skin checks are something my family is vigilant about.’’

Despite having melanoma in her family, Ms Roebuck said her skin check regime became less frequent during her cash strapped university years.

‘‘I can remember when I would visit home on my university breaks my mum would always ask if I had a particular mole on my leg checked,’’ she said.

‘‘Eventually I did go and get it checked by my general practitioner who referred me immediately to a dermatologist who removed the mole an hour later.

‘‘The mole turned out to be a stage one melanoma so I had to have my skin checked every three months for the first two years and now every four months.

‘‘I now have a 15 cm scar on my right thigh. I’ve never been sun baking and I avoid the sun when I can.

‘‘I know how lucky I am that my melanoma was caught early and I would encourage others to be smart when it comes to sun safety.’’

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the UV index is three or more every day of the year in Queensland, so it is vitally important Queenslanders protect themselves.

“Tragically, skin cancer claims more than 365 lives each year in Queensland – one life every single day.  Yet it is preventable,” he said.

“Sun exposure is responsible for 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancer and 96 per cent of melanoma, yet the message still isn’t getting through.

“This year I would urge everyone to make an effort to be sun safe and have a skin check – it may just save your life.”

Cancer Council Queensland’s Katie Clift said Queenslanders needed to be SunSmart as part of their daily routine.

“Sun protection in Queensland is vital for all seasons, especially summer, when Ultra Violet Radiation is its most intense,” Ms Clift said.

“Queenslanders should look out for the SunSmart UV Alert which appears on the weather page of most daily newspapers and on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

“If you have a lesion that doesn’t heal, or a mole that has suddenly appeared, changed in size, thickness, shape, colour or has started to bleed, ask your doctor for a skin examination. Treatment is more likely to be successful if skin cancer is discovered early.”

You can protect yourself from UV radiation by:
1. Seeking shade when possible
2. Wearing sun safe clothing
3. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat
4. Wearing sunglasses to protect eyes
5. Applying SPF 30+ or higher broad spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapplying every two hours.

Airport on the ‘Countdown’ for Commonwealth Games 2018

The Gold Coast Airport today unveiled their latest attraction with the city’s second ‘Countdown Clock’ for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey revealed the 2.7 metre surfboard shaped clock bearing the Games emblem and an LED clock counting down to 4 April 2018.

Ms Stuckey said she was delighted that the airport had commissioned this GC2018 Countdown Clock given the potential exposure to an ever increasing volume of traffic through the terminal.

“This will be a great reminder to domestic and international visitors that the Commonwealth Games will soon be coming to the Gold Coast,” she said.

“Like the clock located on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise, it will be a popular attraction with tourists taking photos, ‘checking in on Facebook’ and uploading and sharing on social media, making a great contribution to the promotion of the city.”

Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd Managing Director, Dennis Chant said the design of the clock captured the city’s iconic beach culture and was a bright and welcoming feature in the terminal.

“This is a physical reminder that the Commonwealth Games is coming to the city and is indicative of the fact that Gold Coast Airport is part of a very proud and enthusiastic host city welcoming this event in 2018,” he said.

“The Countdown Clock will be seen by more than 5.7 million passengers currently transiting Gold Coast Airport annually and we see its positioning in the terminal as great promotion and exposure of Commonwealth Games.”

Ms Stuckey said the boost in airport passenger numbers over past 12 months is a testament to the Newman Government’s work to reinvigorate an industry which Labor neglected.

The Gold Coast Airport Countdown Clock was manufactured locally and custom shaped by a Coolangatta surfboard manufacturer, sponsor of world champion Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson.