Weekly News Round Up

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Making news this week: A cartoon published in The Australian has been slammed by Indigenous Affair Minister Nigel Scullion as ‘racist,’ world-first replica 3D body parts are being used to train medical students, the gas contracter linked to a newborn death at a Sydney hospital will continue to supply, and a rare beached whale has been euthanised following failed rescue attempts.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion condemns ‘racist’ cartoon published in The Australian

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has labelled the Bill Leak’s cartoon in The Australian “racist”, saying he was appalled by the publication.

“Although Australian cartoonists have a rich tradition of irreverent satire, there is absolutely no place for depicting racist stereotypes,” Mr Scullion said.

The cartoon portrays an Aboriginal man holding a beer can, not remembering his son’s name as an Indigenous police officer grabs the boy by his collar.

World-first replica 3D body parts teach medical students anatomy

Replica 3D-printed body parts, created using world-first technology, are now being used to train medical students.

For universities in regional areas, or those establishing a medical training facility, the replica plastic parts are an alternative to the expensive licensing that comes with accessing dead bodies.

While many people donate their bodies for medical training and research, the storage and use of bodies are subject to strict rules, and institutions need licences to store and use bodies.

It takes weeks to print an entire replica body that can be used multiple times, and a whole set of 57 pieces costs about $250,000.

Gas contractor linked to Sydney newborn death to continue supplying Canberra hospitals

The gas contractor linked to a mix-up that killed a newborn at a Sydney hospital also supplies gas to Canberra and Calvary hospitals, the ACT Government has confirmed.

BOC Ltd has come under scrutiny after a mistake which saw two infants at Bankstown-Lidcome Hospital given nitrous-oxide instead of oxygen.

One of the babies died, while another suffered suspected brain damage.

NSW Health has stopped using BOC until a full investigation into whether the company is responsible is complete, and a hospital engineer has been stood down.

Beaked whale that beached euthanaised after rescue effort fails at Minnamurra

A rare beaked whale that became beached on the New South Wales south coast has been put down after a failed rescue effort.

Rescuers euthanased the 3.75-metre deep-sea whale, which had washed up on a beach in the Killalea State Park on Thursday afternoon, after a vet assessed its condition.

A team of rescuers had moved the whale to a calmer beach to prepare it for release, but it was deemed too weak to survive at sea.

The whale became stranded on Mystics Beach at Minnamurra, near Kiama, on Thursday afternoon.

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