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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 December 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2018 9 NEWS Nurse caught on camera abusing Greek Australian patient to face court A 30-year-old Cranbourne West man is due to face Moorabbin Magistrates' Court on 21 February 2019 for a contest mention hearing regarding two counts of unlawful assault. The man, a former nurse employed by Caulfield hospital was caught on camera abusing a defenseless patient suffering from cerebral palsy and recovering from a car accident. Billy Aivaliotis, 33, after being treated in the Royal Melbourne Hospital immediately after he was struck by a car, was transferred to Caulfield hospital by his family to receive care. The incident was revealed after the Aivaliotis family, concerned about the patient's weight-loss and signs of bruising hid a camera in a picture frame after their persistent attempts to raise the matter with staff kept kept being ignored. Indeed, on 22 January, the footage from the secret camera revealed a male nurse grabbing Mr Aivaliotis by the throat, before moving him aggressively on to a bed at 8.06am that day. At 8.10am the nurse stood over Mr Aivaliotis attempting to clean him, but forcefully pushed the patient in the neck or face area. The family shared the story with the Herald Sun, which was also later aired on A Current Affair. The male nurse does not work at the hospital anymore and following a thorough investigation, a report in July made 26 recommendations which Alfred health promised to implement by the end of the year. In a statement, the Avaliotis family said: "To leave a loved on in the care if a hospital and their staff demands total trust and support, which we were committed to. After this devastating realisation, we have absolutely no faith in this broken and failed system of care. We had to take matters into our own hands after zero action from the hospital. Billy cannot voice his feelings. He is incapable of demonstrating his fears and concerns. His family is his voice, and we do everything possible to ensure his safety and well-being." One in four breast cancers could be prevented, says Cancer Australia CEO Dr Helen Zorbas New research lays down long list of modifiable and protective factors following exhaustive evidence review One in four breast cancers are potentially preventable, an exhaustive evidence review the Breast Cancer Risk Factors website has shown. A 563-page review of evidence which was launched on Monday, goes over evidence-based information about 68 personal, family, genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors that can raise or lower the chances of developing breast cancer. The report has in fact been uploaded in the form of a website by Cancer Australia that provides the most upto-date information, explaining the magnitude of risk for each factor, and the strength of the research supporting them. With breast cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, accounting for over 13 per cent of all new cancers in 2018, this website is bound to be a powerful tool.. Other than the factors that cannot be changed -such us sex, ageing, family history and genetic mutations - the website lists how, according to the data, one in four breast cancers can potentially be prevented, as Cancer Australia CEO Dr Helen Zorbas declared. Smoking may increase the risk of breast cancer, and the case for recommending a diet rich in vegetables, dairy and calcium is also beneficial. Alcohol, for example, significantly raises the risk of developing breast cancer with one standard alcoholic drink a day raising the risk of breast cancer by 7 per cent. Factors like stress, living in major cities, higher socio-economic status, higher breast density, younger age of menarche, older age at menopause, being overweight, having a first child at an older age and not having children can also have an impact and are therefore listed under the "convincing" category. Another category, labelled "probable" – lists risk factors likely to be linked to breast cancer, without as much strong evidence to support the information. For pre-menopausal wom- strong enough to be more certain – includes eating processed meats, shift work, and having a previous cancer other than breast cancer. On the bottom tier of evidence are abortion and miscarriage, which have no association with breast cancer, according to information on the Breast Cancer Risk Factors website. "We sometimes tend to Cancer Australia CEO Dr Helen Zorbas. PHOTO:ARCHIVE/SUPPLIED en, those who exercise vigorously probably have around 17 per cent lower risk of breast cancer than women who do low levels of vigorous physical activity. At the same time, nearly 8 per cent of post-menopausal breast cancers in Australia each year are linked to a lack of physical activity. "That's really powerful in- formation to act on," Dr Zorbas said. "The more active you are, the greater the benefits." Meanwhile, the "sugges- tive" risk factor category – defined as having some evidence of a link but not focus on rare or unproven risks instead of what the evidence is really telling us," Dr Zorbas said. "Women can now readily access the most accurate information, based on the highest quality evidence, on which they can act. Having one or more risk factors doesn't mean an individual will develop breast cancer. Most people with a number of risk factors won't." "In practice I see women who develop breast cancer and there is no obvious or no risk factors," Dr Zorbas stressed. "But we should not resile the importance and power of knowledge on which women can act to reduce their risk." Police probe over retired Greek Australian GP accused of sex abuse Neos Kosmos first became aware of the allegations against Dr Constantine Kyriacou over sexual misconduct following three of his former patients coming forward to share their harrowing stories of inappropriate comments, fondling and sexual assault. Maria Moutsidis, 61, Sandra Rokebrand, 52, and Suzii Crowley, 49, independently lodged official complaints over their medical consultations at Dr Kyriacou's practice on Barkers Road in Hawthorn having been far from professional. Following their statements, it was revealed by The Age that complaints regarding Dr Kyriacou's misconduct were first raised with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) almost 20 years ago, but a complaint was withdrawn and no action was taken. AHPRA, which regulates the nation's health practitioners, is currently under investigation over the long delays with its current probe into Dr Kyriacou, which was finally launched in February It was revealed by The Age that complaints regarding Dr Kyriacou’s misconduct were first raised with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) almost 20 years ago. 2016 but surprisingly, is still months from being finalised. Meanwhile, Dr Kyriacou, removed himself from the register of medical practitioners in August 2017 claiming he was suffering from a brain injury, however, it appears he was trying to avoid AHPRA. "You have questioned how it could be that Dr Kyriacou cannot recall these patients but can deny the alleged actions," Mr Kyriacou's lawyer, John Petts from Kennedys, told the press. "The answer is that when these allegations were first made, Dr Kyriacou was able to provide clear instructions and he denied the allegations," he added stressing his client's diagnosis of "significant cognitive impairment". Well known Greek Australian actress Maria Moutsidis, also known as Maria Mercedes, said she suffered from panic attacks and chronic anxiety in her early 20s, following her experience as a patient of Dr Kyriacou's. "I would be asked to stand with Dr Kyriacou standing behind me and him directing me to lean backwards onto him, whereby he proceeded to stretch my body and I would feel his erect penis, pressing behind me," she said in her sworn statement to AHPRA on 31 January 2018. "For whatever medical reason that I came to see him, sore throat, anxiety, abdominal pain, he would ask me to fully undress. Always," she said in a disturbing report. Ms Crowley and Ms Rokebrand who are represented by Arnold Thomas & Becker, also lodged writs in the Supreme Court that accusing Dr Kyriacou of sexual assault and professional misconduct. Following the publication of their stories several other women have come forward, contacting police and AHPRA sharing similar stories.
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