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    Vector mosquito survey, Galiwinku
    (N.T. Dept. of Health, Medical Entomology Branch, 1984)
    Davis, Geoff (Geoffrey Peter)
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    Northern Territory. Medical Entomology Branch.
    The Aboriginal community of Galiwinku is situated on the west coast of the southern tip of Elcho Island approximately 525 kilometres east of Darwin. The Island itself is of considerable size ( approximately 300sq km ie 50km x 6km average width) and lies adjacent to the north coast of the Northern Territory about parallel to the Napier Peninsula. The community lies within the Northern Territory Department of Health East Arnhem Region and is directly accessible by air and sea. Two Officers from the Medical Entomology Branch, Mr Geoff Davis, Medical Entomologist and Mr Andrew Masters, Technical Assistant visited the community during the period 16 to 19 April 1984 to conduct a vector mosquito survey.
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    Implementation of nursing career structure, 1987
    (Northern Territory. Dept. of Health and Community Services., 1987)
    Northern Territory. Dept. of Health and Community Services. Central Oversight Committee.
    During September 1985 a joint Departmental and RANF Task Force was established to investigate and report to the Minister for Health on a suitable career structure for Northern Territory Nurses. An Interim report was submitted in January 1986 and the final report in August 1986.
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    1993-1994 Department of Health and Community Services Annual Report
    (Dept. of Health and Community Services, 1994)
    Dept. of Health and Community Services
    Submitted in accordance with the provision of Section 28 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act and Section 12 of the Financial Management Act. The report summarises activities and outcomes during the year against the government’s framework for action, informs our stakeholders of progress, and future challenges, in improving the health of Territorians.
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    Tuberculosis (TB) treatment translations
    (Department of Health, 2012)
    Department of Health
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    Medical Entomology Branch Annual report 1992-93
    (Dept. of Health and Community Services, 1993)
    Northern Territory. Medical Entomology Branch.
    There was a widespread Australian Encephalitis outbreak in the "Top End" of the Northern Territory this year following near record rainfall and a general rise in mosquitoes numbers. At least five cases of Australian Encephalitis due to Murray Valley Encephalitis virus were recorded, with additional suspect cases due to Kunjin virus. The branch responded with mosquito vector investigations at the various places of infection and the organization of mosquito control in risk communities and a Northern Territory wide public awareness program.
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    Genomic epidemiology links Burkholderia pseudomallei from individual human cases to B. pseudomallei from targeted environmental sampling in Northern Australia.
    (2022-01-26)
    Webb JR
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    Mayo M
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    Rachlin A
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    Woerle C
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    Rigas V
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    Harrington G
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    Kaestli M
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    Each case of melioidosis results from a single event when a human is infected by the environmental bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. Darwin in tropical northern Australia has the highest incidences of melioidosis globally and the Darwin Prospective Melioidosis Study (DPMS) commenced in 1989, documenting all culture confirmed melioidosis cases. From 2000-2019 we sampled DPMS patient's environments for B. pseudomallei when a specific location was considered to have been where infection occurred. With the aim to use genomic epidemiology to understand B. pseudomallei transmission and infecting scenarios. Environmental sampling was performed at 98 DPMS patient sites, where we collected 975 environmental samples (742 soil; 233 water). Genotyping matched the clinical and epidemiologically linked environmental B. pseudomallei for 19 patients (19%), with the environmental isolates cultured from soil (n=11) or water (n=8) sources. B. pseudomallei isolates from patients and their local environments that matched on genotyping were whole genome sequenced (WGS). Of the 19 patients with a clinical-environmental genotype match, 17 pairs clustered on a Darwin core genome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) phylogeny, later confirmed by single ST phylogenies and pairwise comparative genomics. When related back to patient clinical scenarios, the matched clinical and environmental B. pseudomallei pairs informed likely modes of infection: percutaneous inoculation, inhalation, and ingestion. Targeted environmental sampling for B. pseudomallei can inform infecting scenarios for melioidosis and dangerous occupational and recreational activities and identify hot spots of B. pseudomallei presence. However, WGS and careful genomics are required to avoid overcalling the relatedness between clinical and environmental isolates of B. pseudomallei.
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    A case of mistaken identity: bile duct masquerading as gallbladder.
    (2023-01-19)
    Jolly S
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    Kundu N
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    Rathnayake S
    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a common surgical procedure, with potential for significant morbidity. The incidence of bile duct injuries has increased with the advent of laparoscopy, occurring in up to 1% of cases. Risk of injury increases with aberrant anatomy, acute inflammation and fibrosis. Preventative strategies include obtaining the critical view of safety, using a fundus-first approach and performing a subtotal cholecystectomy in the difficult gallbladder. Although controversy exists for routine cholangiography, its use is helpful in situations of obscure anatomy. We describe the case of a chronically inflamed and unusually small 1.5 cm gallbladder with an obliterated cystic duct. The critical view of safety was not able to be achieved and intraoperative cholangiography enabled identification of aberrant anatomy, with a dilated common duct mistaken as the gallbladder infundibulum. This case highlights the need to be vigilant to structural variation and the utility of selective cholangiography to clarify anatomy.
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    Statistical Tables for 1991 Northern Territory Maternal & Child Health Committee
    (Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, 1992)
    Durling, Gypsy
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    Woods, Maxene
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    Statistical Services
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    Maternal and Child Health Committee
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    Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services
    Northern Territory Maternal & Child Health committee Meeting 1991 statistical Tables
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    Surgical workload of a foreign medical team after Typhoon Haiyan.
    (2016-05)
    Read DJ
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    Holian A
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    Moller C-C
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    Poutawera V
    On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines causing widespread loss of lives and infrastructures. At the request of the Government of the Philippines, the Australian Government deployed a surgical field hospital to the city of Tacloban for 4 weeks. This paper describes the establishment of the hospital, the surgical workload and handover to the local health system upon the end of deployment. A Microsoft excel database was utilized throughout the deployment, recording demographics, relationship to the typhoon and surgical procedure performed. Over the 21 days of surgical activity, the Australian field hospital performed 222 operations upon 131 persons. A mean of 10.8 procedures were performed per day (range 3-20). The majority (70.2%) of procedures were soft tissue surgery. Diabetes was present in 22.9% and 67.9% were typhoon-related. The Australian Medical Assistance Team field hospital adhered to the World Health Organization guidelines for foreign medical teams, in ensuring informed consent, appropriate anaesthesia and surgery, and worked collaboratively with local surgeons, ensuring adequate documentation and clinical handover. This paper describes the experience of a trained, equipped and collaborative surgical foreign medical team in Tacloban in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Sepsis from foot injuries in diabetic patients constituted an unexpected majority of the workload. New presentations of typhoon-related injuries were presented throughout the deployment.
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    Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform : Frequently Asked Questions
    (Department of Health, 2016-12)
    Department of Health
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    Women’s Health Strategy Unit