The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019
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08 NEWS TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Palmerston and beyond A MISTAKEN belief coronary heart disease (CHD) affects only middle-aged men could be the reason why both women and younger people with the disease are not receiving optimal care, says a new study into Australian general practice care. The study, led by La Trobe University epidemiologist Professor Rachel Huxley, analysed GP records of 130,926 patients with a history of CHD from 2014 to 2018. It found women were less likely than men to be prescribed with any of the four recommended medications for CHD, namely antiplatelet agents, ACE inhibitors, betablockers and statins. Of the four medications, Alice Springs writer Sue Fielding has won the Northern Territory Writers Centre Poetry Award for her piece Lyapirtneme/No return Picture: SHANE EECEN PHOTOGRAPHY ALYCE MOKRZYCKI Heart disease not limited to just our men only approximately 22 per cent of women and 34 per cent of men were prescribed all four. In contrast, 21 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men were not prescribed any of these four medications. Theres a widely-held assumption that CHD only affects older men, but almost half of people who die from the disease are women, Professor Huxley said. A family history of heart disease and diabetes meant Martha Coomber acted quickly when she woke in the early hours of the morning with pain in her throat and shoulder. Ms Coomber arrived at her local clinic in Central Australia in cardiac arrest before being resuscitated and flown to Adelaide for treatment. Hours earlier, she had been told by medical professionals her heart condition was stable. Ms Coomber said: Trust your intuition. Insist on timely follow-ups. Reach out, and keep reaching out until you find someone that gives you the response you need. Julie Anne Mitchell, director of prevention at National Heart Foundation of Australia, said research consistently highlighted that women were invisible when it comes to heart disease. Australian research highlights that total healthcare spending on women with heart disease is less than half that spent on men, and this latest research shows yet again why we need to redress the imbalance, said Ms Mitchell. ALYCE MOKRZYCKI THE winners of this years Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced, with Alice Springs Sue Fielding taking out the NT Writers Centre Poetry Award for her piece Lyapirtneme/No return. Ms Fielding said her poem speaks to the devastation of global warming and the affect the climate crisis is having on not only the local environ Fielding wins top NT poetry award ment in Central Australia, but its people. It is a sombre poem in a way, as its referring to loss and damage, said Ms Fielding. A fire that ravaged parts of Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges, rendering some plant, seed and root life obsolete, served as inspiration. I hear a lot of people talking around town about not wanting to experience another summer like the one we had, and its my hope that the poem provokes thought and spurs discussion, said Ms Fielding. The Northern Territory experienced its hottest January this year, with temperatures reaching 45.6C. Held at the Northern Territory Library in Darwin, the NT Literary Awards have celebrated the unpublished work of Northern Territory writers for more than 35 years. Couple who stabbed attacker go free AN ALICE Springs couple who got into a knife fight with a man in the street have walked from the Supreme Court on suspended sentences. Yari Dixon, 21, and his partner, who cannot be named as she was a youth at the time, both pleaded guilty to causing harm to the man following the fight in 2017. The court heard the couple were walking around town in the early hours of November 29 when they bumped into the other man, who asked them for a cigarette. The ensuing argument turned violent and the victim followed the couple, pulled a knife and stabbed Dixon and his girlfriend multiple times. Dixon fought back, punching the other man in self-defence and the victim fell. It was then, in a heighten ed state of emotion and bleeding from (her) own wounds, Dixons girlfriend dropped to her knees and continued to stab the other man. In handing the couple partially suspended sentences, Justice Graham Hiley said kicking the victim while he was on the ground went beyond self-defence and the stabbing amounted to unnecessary and excessive force. LUKE GOSLING OAM MP Federal Member for Solomon (DARWIN & PALMERSTON) PO Box 43300, Casuarina NT 0811 | t (08) 8928 0180 DARWIN e firstname.lastname@example.org | w lukegosling.com.au Authorised by Luke Gosling, Australian Labor Party, 3/266 Trower Road, Casuarina NT 0810 Darwin Ship Lift Australia's strategic northern harbour needs an Australian owned Ship Lift capable of lifting the Navy's new OPVs, Border Force, oil and gas, and other vessels out of the water for maintenance and repair. Immediate Federal investment into a Darwin Ship Lift will create local jobs and stamp Darwin as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.