This article is from the June 28, 2019 of The Herald Sun Digital Edition, Reporter, AARON LANGMAID
MIDDLE aged men have been identified as the most common victims of coward punch attacks with alarming research revealing the average age is actually trending up.
Males in their 50s have been identified as the most likely to be targeted in random acts of violence.
The research from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine showed there had been 127 coward punch attacks in Australia from 2000-16 .
The study also found: ALCOHOL was a contributing factor in 73 per cent of cases; MOST deaths occurred at homes, pubs or clubs between 12pm and 3am; and NINETY-four per cent of victims were men.
A decrease in the prevalence of drinking in young people — and the success of campaigns to end the random attacks — have been pinpointed as a factor in the results.
Monash University Senior Research Fellow Jennifer Schumann said “While the data is focused on the number of associated deaths, just as many victims survive and few get away without permanent physical, mental or psychological disability.
“Survivors never really get better. They just learn to adapt.”
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and full Forensic Report can be obtained at https://www.vifm.org/wp-content/uploads/Cowards-Punch-Research-Update-2019.pdf
June 14, 2019
The rate of chronic liver disease in Queensland is rising, with experts warning the state has only dealt with the “tip of the iceberg” if more is not done to combat the debilitating condition.
Researchers from QIMR Berghofer medical research institute looked at every patient admitted to hospital in Queensland with chronic liver disease over a nine year period from 2008 to 2016.
Over that time, there was a 62 per cent increase in the number of patients being treated for the chronic liver condition cirrhosis at Queensland hospitals, from 2701 admissions in 2008 to 4367 in 2016.
“Also patients in the early stages of cirrhosis don’t have any symptoms, so they may not even know they have it.”
The lead researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital hepatologist Elizabeth Powell, said the study found excessive alcohol consumption accounted for 55 per cent of all the cases of cirrhosis.
“Just as we’re seeing an epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes, fatty liver is the liver complication of the metabolic syndrome, so it’s something the needs to be recognised and looked for,” she said.
The overall deaths from cirrhosis-related admissions to hospitals was 9.7 per cent for men and 9.3 per cent for women.
The study results have been published in the journal EClinical Medicine.
The report, Impossible to escape: The need for stronger restrictions on the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia released by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) at Curtin University, found almost two-thirds of complaints made to the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) over the past seven years had raised concerns about the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia.
The report found that 760 of the total 1126 complaints were about where alcohol marketing was placed in the community. Of the 760 placement-related complaints, almost 40% raised concerns that the advertisements were placed where young people were likely to be exposed or with content that would appeal to them. The report highlights the need for governments to introduce stronger restrictions to better protect children and young people from exposure to alcohol marketing.