NSW – One person dead, two hospitalised after music festival near Gosford

A man has died and two people are being treated after taking an unknown substance at a music festival west of Gosford yesterday.

The 22-year-old Queensland man was taken to Gosford Hospital about 8pm (Saturday 29 December 2018) but died a short time later.

Two other people, a man and a woman, remain in hospital being treated after ingesting an unknown substance and becoming sick after. They are reported to be in a stable condition.

An estimated crowd of 11,000 people attended the Lost Paradise Music Festival at Glenworth Valley, 20km west of Gosford, which started on Friday (28 December 2018), and continues until Tuesday 1 January 2019.

A total of 184 people and 97 vehicles have been searched during the police drug dog operation so far, with 50 people issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for drug possession. Seven cannabis cautions have been issued.

Three people have so far been charged with drug supply offences.

A 21-year-old man from Drummoyne has been charged after allegedly being found with 105 MDMA pills. He has been charged with supply of a prohibited drug (indictable quantity), and possession of a prescribed prohibited substance.

A 23-year-old man from Elanora Heights was allegedly caught with 80 MDMA pills and 65 bags of cocaine. He was also charged with supply of a prohibited drug (indictable quantity).

Both men are due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Friday 18 January 2019.

A 23-year-old man from Glendale was allegedly detected with 26 MDMA pills and was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for supply of a prohibited drug. He is due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

The police operation continues on-site, and inquiries into the death of the man are on-going.

QC – Une aide financière gouvernementale pour 29 municipalités et leurs citoyens

Le gouvernement du Québec annonce que les sinistrés de 29 municipalités du Québec sont admissibles au Programme général d’aide financière lors de sinistres réels ou imminents en raison des inondations survenues du 22 au 26 décembre 2018 et pour les travaux de bris de couvert de glace réalisés du 22 au 27 décembre 2018.

Citation :

La sécurité des citoyens est notre priorité. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement du Québec aidera financièrement les administrations municipales qui sont intervenues rapidement pour réparer les dommages et assurer un retour à la normale. »

Geneviève Guilbault, vice-première ministre, ministre de la Sécurité publique et ministre responsable de la région de la Capitale-Nationale

Faits saillants :

  • Le Programme général d’aide financière lors de sinistres réels ou imminents vise à soutenir les municipalités, leurs citoyens et les entreprises qui ont été victimes d’un sinistre ainsi que les organismes ayant fourni aide et assistance lors d’un sinistre.
  • Ce programme constitue une aide de dernier recours, notamment pour réparer certains dommages aux résidences principales, aux entreprises et aux infrastructures municipales essentielles.
  • Il peut également servir à indemniser les municipalités pour les dépenses additionnelles aux dépenses courantes occasionnées par la mise en place de mesures préventives temporaires, de mesures d’intervention ou de mesures de rétablissement.

Report – Chronic Disease After Natural Disasters: Public Health, Policy, and Provider Perspectives

Chronic Disease After Natural Disasters: Public Health, Policy, and Provider Perspectives

Source:Columbia University, Earth Institute, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)

Date Published: 11/27/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: The purpose of this 46-page report is to provide public and private stakeholders, especially at the state and local levels, with a resource to help them better understand and support the needs of individuals with chronic conditions, and the post-disaster burden on chronic diseases. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses that have been experienced or are anticipated in current approaches to this issue, and makes recommendations that include increasing the focus on the needs of these patients during the disaster recovery phase.

 URL:https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/D8ZP5Q23

Issue Paper – Enhancing the Resilience of Victims After Terrorist Attacks

Enhancing the Resilience of Victims After Terrorist Attacks

Source:European Union, European Commission

Date Published: 3/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 21-page issue paper looks into the resilience of victims and the broader society after a terrorist attack, and proposes how this can be strengthened, building upon the experience and advice of victims from past attacks. It discusses the importance of looking at the variety of reactions displayed by victims and society alike after an attack has taken place, and to explore the key principles when it comes to psychosocial care.

URL:https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/networks/radicalisation_awareness_network/about-ran/ran-rvt/docs/enhancing_resilience_victims_after_terrorist_attacks_032018_en.pdf

Gap Analysis – Understanding the Shortfalls within Radiation Preparedness

NACCHO/RITN Gap Analysis: Understanding the Shortfalls within Radiation Preparedness

Source:National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Date Published: 10/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This nine-page document, published by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN), provides information about a project to identify and understand the gaps that exist in public health, health care, and radiation control regarding outreach, training, and programmatic activities, and in turn create recommendations to address identified gaps. It provides a table of recommendations and the root causes of gaps that aligned to recommendations.  

URL:https://ritn.net/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=2147484410

Report – Public Health and Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the European Union

Public Health and Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the European Union

Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Date Published: 11/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 174-page report from the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission summarizes a joint 18-month project to analyze developments in health policies to address adaptation to climate change in European Union countries and to compile a selection of good practice case studies. Several specific areas for technical improvement can be identified from the results, especially overall strengthening of capacities to ascertain the climate-sensitive disease burden in populations.

URL:http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/Climate-change/publications/2018/public-health-and-climate-change-adaptation-policies-in-the-european-union-2018

Guide – Communicating Climate Change: A Practitioner’s Guide

Communicating Climate Change: A Practitioner’s Guide

Source:Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Date Published: 12/2018

Annotation: This 68-page guide to communicating climate change offers tips for practitioners to effectively communicate climate change and climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions, with a focus on convincing people of the need for immediate action. It discusses evidence on the broader public health costs and public harms caused by climate-related emissions, such as the health effects of air pollution.

URL:https://www.arc.byf1.io/resources/communicating-climate-change-practitioners-guide

Report – National Security: Long-Range Emerging Threats Facing the United States As Identified by Federal Agencies

Report – National Security: Long-Range Emerging Threats Facing the United States As Identified by Federal Agencies

Source:U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Date Published: 12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 27-page report focuses on long-range emerging threats—those that may occur in approximately five or more years, or those that may occur during an unknown timeframe—as identified by various respondents at the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The study developed four broad categories for 26 long-range emerging threats that officials identified: Adversaries’ Political and Military Advancements, Dual-Use Technologies, Weapons, and Events and Demographic Changes.

URL:https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-204SP

Guidance – Health of Refugee and Migrant Children: Technical Guidance Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Health of Refugee and Migrant Children: Technical Guidance

Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Date Published: 12/18/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 44-page document, part of a technical guidance series produced with the European Commission on the health of refugees and migrants, presents policy considerations for promoting refugee and migrant children’s health and well-being, and particularly their mental health. It includes an intersectoral approach that targets risk factors at the individual, family, and community levels. It emphasizes the important role of national/local governments in fostering or hindering equitable living conditions for refugee and migrant children in the areas of housing, healthcare services, and education.

URL:http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/migration-and-health/publications/2018/health-of-refugee-and-migrant-children-2018

Report – Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety

Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety

Source:U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Date Published: 12/18/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 180-page report from the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services’ Federal Commission on School Safety makes recommendations that address multiple aspects of school safety. The commission was created in March 2018 to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. Its work is detailed in categories of prevent, protect and mitigate, and respond and recover.

URL:https://www2.ed.gov/documents/school-safety/school-safety-report.pdf