TL;DR news on Queensland Health at February 19, 2023

On its official Facebook page, Queensland Health shared a post about masturbation, which was accompanied by brightly coloured infographics detailing its health benefits. Mask restrictions where you can socially distance will also lift once the first dose rate of Queenslanders over 16 hits 80 per cent, which is expected on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ms D'Ath said 79.49 per cent of Queenslanders over 16 have now received their first dose and 67.14 per cent of Queenslanders have had both. Queenslanders were urged not to block the number on their phone because it is also the same number that is used to send disaster alerts. Despite the above, the State and local governments need to undertake infrastructure projects for the public good and growth of Queensland. The program aims to provide palliative healthcare services for individuals living in rural, regional and remote Queensland who have been diagnosed with life limiting illnesses. A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website. WA previously reported only WA Health data. The Victorian Department of Health reported five deaths of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, which takes the total number of fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,182. Upon leaving hospital, Mr Raman has denied this was the case.Mr Raman said then Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young 'exaggerated' about his condition, despite spending two weeks in hospital. He added he'd like to apologise to residents of Queensland and ask for forgiveness, acknowledging his branding by many as "public enemy number one", over the last two weeks. With COVID cases still mounting in the southern states, it's a race against time to get Yarrabah vaccinated before the Queensland border opens and the virus finds its way here. Later, Ms Andrews confesses she lost her temper on a conference call with the federal and state health departments and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, or NACCHO. Major changes foreshadowed by Health Minister Yvette D'Ath on Wednesday could see motorists randomly checked at the border or waved through instead of each car being stopped. Princess Alexandra Hospital Mental Health Director Dr Manaan Kar Ray said normalising and talking about mental health was the first step in addressing stigma around mental health. Queensland will reopen its interstate borders on December 17, when double vaccination rates of residents aged 16 and older are expected to have hit 80 per cent. Health impacts of bushfires and smoke pollution and other extreme weather drives up demand for urgent health care. It developed a Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Adaptation Plan in 2018, offering high level guidance for managing the health risks of climate change and realising the benefits of climate action. One of those addressing the crowed was former Qantas pilot Graham Hood who resigned because of the vaccine mandate, which this week also saw about 4,000 Queensland Health workers being suspended. Health authorities say it is safe for people who have previously received the AstraZeneca vaccination to receive the Pfizer vaccine as a third dose.