The global shortage of iodinated contrast media (contrast) diagnostic agents is impacting some health screening and surgical procedures in Australia and around the world, including some cancer assessments. The TGA has urged conservation of stock until the shortage is resolved.
Prof Clare Delany, Clinical Ethicist and a member of the VCCN Taskforce, supports the group’s consideration of complex issues using ethics principles to enable discussion and to progress resolutions. Here Prof Delany outlines how the Principle of Justice can be applied to two recent VCCN Taskforce resolutions that call for changes to currently imposed restrictions on the delivery of health care and availability of resources.
Victoria has reserved COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people aged 16 and over deemed to be vulnerable and at high risk from COVID-19, including people with or recovering from cancer, as well as children aged 12-15 years who are immuno-compromised.
These priority appointment are effective from Wednesday 3 August 2021.
COVID-19 vaccination is highly recommended for people with cancer due to the higher risk of morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 infection.
The Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Taskforce has launched a new campaign urging all patients affected by cancer to get vaccinated after the latest research revealed alarming statistics relating to the effects of COVID-19 infection on people with cancer.
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