Doctor and Tradesman

550 men to put tools down for health checks in Coomera today

More than 550 men working at the Westfield Coomera construction site will put their tools down on Friday morning to focus on their health.

In celebration of Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Cancer Council Queensland, My Health for Life, Workplace Health and Safety, and Quitline, will offer free health checks, healthy resources and referrals to workers at the Scentre Group construction site on Foxwell Road, Coomera.

Cancer Council Queensland General Manager, Advocacy and Public Health, Dr Peter Anderson said Men’s Health Week was a pivotal time to raise awareness of health disparities and encourage men to lead healthier lifestyles.

“We’re proud to partner with My Health for Life, Workplace Health and Safety, and Quitline to raise awareness of the role between healthy lifestyle habits and wellbeing,” Dr Anderson said.

“Around 5000 cancer cases diagnosed among men in Queensland each year could be prevented simply through healthy lifestyle changes.

“Preventable cancers are mainly attributable to six factors; tobacco smoking, UV exposure, an unhealthy diet, being overweight or obese, alcohol consumption, and lack of physical activity.

“Men currently have a 29 per cent higher smoking rate than females, are more frequently exposed to harmful levels of UV, are 30 per cent less likely to be a healthy weight, and 2-3 times more likely to drink alcohol at risky levels.

“In addition, men are 76 per cent less likely to consume the recommended daily serves of vegetables, and 44 per cent more likely to consume sugar sweetened drinks”

Dr Anderson said reducing alcohol intake, improving diet and exercising regularly, being sun safe and quitting smoking, and taking part in the national bowel cancer screening program to aid with early detection could help reduce the burden of cancer in Queensland.

To coincide with Men’s Health Week, Cancer Council Queensland has also launched a new webpage with helpful resources and information at cancerqld.org.au/go/mhw.

Pauline Hanson

Brian Burston quits Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party

One Nation senator Brian Burston has sensationally quit the party.

Burston announced his resignation on Thursday following a falling out with leader Pauline Hanson.

His departure has left Senator Hanson with only two members in Parliament.

More to come.

Car Fire

Caravan, car destroyed in ferocious blaze at Gold Coast business

FIRE crews have spent almost an hour putting out a ferocious fire which destroyed a car and caravan at Molendinar early this morning.

The blaze erupted at a business on Harper Street just before 4.45am.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson confirmed to myGC that two crews were called to the scene and managed to have the flames under control by 5.40am.

Queensland Ambulance Paramedics were also on standby for firies, however luckily, no one was injured.

Police say an initial investigation will now be launched to determine the cause of the fire.

Nurse Hospital Elderly Man

Qld Budget 2018 | Gold Coast to get $1.5b in health funding

Services to assist with the busy flu season and the rising demand for mental health will get a shot in the arm when the Queensland Government outlines its annual budget tomorrow.

Almost $1.5 billion will be invested in health care on the Gold Coast in 2018-19, as part of a record $18.3 billion allocation for the state’s health services and infrastructure.

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the money will go towards strengthening frontline services and managing rising demand.

“We are providing $34.5 million in growth funding to help our hardworking doctors and nurses meet the increase in demand for services including emergency department, elective surgery and outpatients,” Ms Scanlon.

“We’re also investing $2 million for the Winter Bed Strategy, to improve emergency access during the busy flu season and winter period.”

Also included in the funding will be $3.9 million for community mental health treatment services as well as $8.7 million to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services.

Speaking on the eve of the budget announcement, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate outlined his ‘wishlist’, which strangely didn’t include any health-related requests.

Mayor Tate said he would like to see continued investment in light rail, particularly Stage 3 from Broadbeach South to Burleigh.

“I would love to see people who live around Burleigh (be able to) go all the way to Brisbane,” the Mayor said, while adding that he is on board with getting Brisbane’s Cross River Rail up and running to benefit those commuting between the cities.

Also on the Mayor’s agenda is ongoing funding to attract international film and television productions to the south east.

And, a financial commitment for a dive site off the coast.

“I believe we can get it for the same price as HMAS Tobruk, which is around $10 million.

“If the State Government can put in $8 million, we can top it up.”

Treasurer Jackie Trad will outline her first State Budget on Tuesday.

Vince Vaughn

Actor Vince Vaughn reportedly arrested for drink driving

Actor Vince Vaughn has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest, US media are reporting.

It’s understood the 48-year-old Dodgeball star was taken into police custody at 4am (6pm AEST) on Sunday in Manhattan Beach, California, after he was allegedly found to be driving under the influence.

According to gossip website TMZ, Police said the Wedding Crashers actor and his passenger initially refused to get out of the car and were ‘uncooperative’.

When he did comply, the man famous for the ‘motorboat’ returned a positive result and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and also for resisting, delaying or obstructing officers.

The passenger was also charged with public intoxication and they were taken to the local station where they both posted bail and have been released from jail.

Many people have taken to social media to comment on Vaughn’s grinning mug shot.