Morning Buzz: Public patients waiting four times longer for surgery

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Thursday, December 7. It’ll be mostly sunny today with temperatures are expected to reach 29 in the city and 33 in the west. Enjoy your day!​

Public patients waiting four times longer for surgery

The rules are simple. It doesn't matter whether you're a public patient or a health fund member, if you're a patient in a public hospital, treatment should be delivered based on clinical need not insurance status.

But the latest figures in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Private Health Insurance Use in Australian Hospitals report tell a very different, and worrying, story.

Public patients, for some elective operations such as a cataract extraction, are waiting four times longer than privately insured patients in public hospitals – 113 days compared to 29 days. Read more

The battle to save a 'remarkable' brutalist building in Sydney

Facing Glebe Point Road is a Victorian villa, Bidura House, 160 years old and preserved, as far as these things can be, on the State Heritage Register.

Behind Bidura House, in an unusually discreet location for a public building, sits a former Children's Court and remand centre. Unlike the Victorian villa, the Children's Court and Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) may not be long for this world.

Police to bill right-wing provocateur over protests

Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be slapped with a bill by Victoria Police over protests at his Melbourne event. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be slapped with a bill by Victoria Police over protests at his Melbourne event. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be slapped with a bill of at least $50,000 to cover the cost of the police numbers required to handle violent protests outside his shows in Melbourne.

Hundreds of left and right-wing protesters gathered in front of the Melbourne Pavilion on Racecourse Road and Stubbs Street, Kensington on Monday night where they faced off and fought with sticks. Read more

World renowned Finnish education expert heads to UNSW

Professor Pasi Sahlberg at the breakfast club at Walgett Primary School in 2016. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Professor Pasi Sahlberg at the breakfast club at Walgett Primary School in 2016. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Finland's leading education expert Pasi Sahlberg will move to Australia next year to take up a role at the University of NSW in a move described as a "huge coup" for the university and education research. 

The world renowned educator, who is the former director general of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland and a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been appointed professor of educational policy at UNSW. Read more

Ben McCormack sentenced over child porn charges

Former Channel Nine reporter Ben McCormack has been abused and drenched with a cup of water as he left court, where he was ordered to pay $1000 and be on good behaviour for three years over sexually explicit conversations he had about children online.

As news cameras surrounded McCormack at the Downing Centre District Court following his sentencing on Wednesday, a man approached and shouted "you f---ing filthy maggot". Read more

NSW women need to make small changes to drastically improve their health

Women need to get moving - even a small weight loss can make a big difference.  Photo: Supplied

Women need to get moving - even a small weight loss can make a big difference. Photo: Supplied

Women's health in NSW is improving overall, but there are still many communities and age groups suffering disproportionately.

The Health and Wellbeing report released by the NSW government provides a snapshot of the physical and mental health of women across the state.

The report also included a summary of government policy being implemented in response to the state's health issues. Read more