Qld Health criticised for disaster advice

QUEENSLAND Health has rejected allegations that it provided residents with inappropriate and inconsistent public health advice during the recent floods and cyclones that devastated much of the state.

In a letter to MO, Federal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health Dr Andrew Laming listed a range of concerns over Queensland Health’s handling of public health issues during the natural disasters.

Dr Laming, an ophthalmologist and former relief worker, said information disseminated by Queensland Health regarding food spoilage during and after power failures had varied and may not have been appropriate for the state’s tropical climate. Dr Laming said that information on the Queensland Health website prior to the floods advised that frozen foods not stocked with ice would begin to spoil after 36 hours.

“Then on 14 January [during the flood disaster] conflicting statements appeared on their site,