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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

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06 NEWS THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THERE will be no Medicare rebate for a breakthrough new test that could save thousands of women with breast cancer from debilitating chemotherapy treatment. The $4500 test, which can also identify aggressive breast cancers that do need chemotherapy, is subsidised in the UK and US, Canada and Europe. But for the fifth time, the government body in charge of which treatments get Medicare rebates in Australia has rejected a funding request for the Oncotype DX test. The decision has outraged women with breast cancer, who claim the best treatments will now only be available to the rich, and doctors fear lowincome earners will never even be offered the test. Breast Cancer Network Australia, which is very disappointed at the decision, said: an Australian study found that 24 per cent of women were able to avoid chemotherapy and all its toxicities after having an Oncotype DX test, which showed the risk that their breast cancer would recur was low. Chemotherapy causes nausea, hair loss, tiredness, risk of developing infections and infertility, cardiac and nerve problems, and can take six months. Explaining its decision, the MSAC said the test had only an incremental benefit over the usual care of women with breast cancer. Melbourne breast surgeon Dr Jane OBrien said MSAC was missing the point the test was not about saving lives, it was about stopping the overtreatment of women who were given chemotherapy that made no difference. Sydney mum Kari Svensen, 71, who was able to avoid chemotherapy after the test, said it was beyond belief they can be so hard-hearted, they must be a bunch of men. A spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said MSAC is an independent advisory committee of experts who have made this decision based on their expert evaluations. Opposition Health spokeswoman Catherine King said genomic testing for cancer was the way of the future and governments needed to do more. The genomic test is performed on a small amount of tissue removed during a lumpectomy and measures the expression of 21 cancer-related genes. Between 900 and 2000 Australian patients a year would benefit from the test if it were funded. Cancer patients denied a rebate SUE DUNLEVY Its beyond belief they can be so hardhearted C A N C E R P A T I E N T K A R I S V E N S E N WHEN Paul Fitzsimons arrived in the Territory in 1970 to teach Grade 5 at Ross Park Primary School in Alice Springs, he did what most young arrivals did to get involved in the community he became an active sportsman. He played football for Melanka, basketball for West, cricket for Hotel Alice Springs and squash before moving on to administrative roles as chair of the AFLCA advisory committee, being on the board of Tennis NT and the president of the Federal Sports Club for nine years. GARY SHIPWAY THE Territorys mayors, council presidents, deputies and their chief executives will take part in a two-day leadership symposium this week learning tricks of the leadership trade. Hosted by the Local Government Association of the NT, the event will introduce new and experienced leaders to skills and expectations required for leadership roles. LGANT president Damien Ryan said the event would serve as an opportunity for those in the local government sector to build and strengthen relationships. It will run on October 5-6. Online donors in Territory hit new peak The death of Paul Fitzsimons has prompted hundreds of fond tributes Larger than life Paul farewelled Like Charlie King is to Dar win, Paul Fitzsimons was to Alice Springs as an ABC sports broadcaster. He was a largerthan-life character who touched the lives of thousands over his Territory lifetime from Darwin to the Alice. His sad passing this week has seen hundreds of tributes flow for a life well lived and a community well served. On his retirement from CDU as director for Central Australia in December 2014, Paul said his favourite part of Territory life was running into former students now in their fifties who were the parents and grandparents of children he was still involved in educating. Fittingly, the current CDU director Central Australia (acting) Lyle Mellors was one of those. He said he would remember Paul Fizzer Fitzsimons as a larger than life and highly respected individual within education in Alice Springs. I first met him when I was a student at Ross Park Primary School and Mr Fitzsimons was my teacher for whom we had great affection, he said. Later he was a work colleague and boss. He was a creator of memories and will not be forgotten. Conference to shape leaders THE Northern Territory is leading the pack as one of Australias most generous regions, with donations of more than $1.1 million to social fundraising platform GoFundMe. In addition to this, Darwin has ranked in Australias top 25 most giving suburbs, showcasing the community-minded spirit of Territorians. Aussies have started a total of more than 72,000 GoFundMe campaigns and more than 1.4 million have donated to support a wide range of worthy causes related to education, sport, medicine, animals, disaster relief and charities. GoFundMe chief executive Rob Solomon said the rise in social fundraising had sparked a giving revolution. We have become part of the social fabric across the world, and Australia is no different. Whether its a family member who has fallen on hard times or simply a stranger helping out another stranger, when Australians see a need, they are turning to GoFundMe to help, he said. Our campaigner organisers and donors are drawn to the ... sense of community that GoFundMe provides. Earlier this year the company announced the GoFundMe community had raised over $4 billion in donations and grown to more than 40 million donors. FREE* Madagascar DVD and Collectors Album COMING SATURDAY, October 14 ONLY AT PARTICIPATING NEWSAGENTS AND SUPERMARKETS Collect all 15 ntnews.com.au/Greatnightin *1st DVD and Collectors Album are FREE when you buy NT News (RRP $2.20) on 14/10/17. DVDs 2-15 are available from 15/10/17 to 28/10/17 for $2.60 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian. Total collection $62.00 max. Available at participating outlets while stocks last. One DVD per original from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. MADAGASCAR 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. $220 *Paper + Madagascar DVD + Collectors Album

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