Two people in critical conditions after overdosing on ecstasy during Perth New Year's Eve celebrations


"TWO people remain in critical condition after overdosing on ecstasy, however the people of Perth were otherwise well-behaved as they welcomed in 2017.

Speaking to PerthNow at 10pm last night, St John Ambulance general manager James Sherriff said there had been 500 cases so far that day, with 50 cases involving drugs and alcohol.

He said a man and woman aged in their 20s were rushed to hospital after taking ecstasy.

The medical emergencies came after police and other authorities had warned of dangerous drugs that takers mistakenly believed to be ecstasy.

"Police have been speaking about [new mixable synthetic drugs] the last few days, we've seen it on the road... these are young lives," Mr Sherriff said.

He said the pair were in a critical condition.

Mr Sherriff said two people in Rockingham were also taken to hospital when the boat they were in overturned.

"It's been pretty quiet this year, it hasn't gone crazy," he said.

He said there had been no major road accidents on New Year's Eve."

Read the full article at Perth Now here.


Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) Review


"ABORIGINAL patients who sought life-saving treatment in Perth including dialysis and chemotherapy have died from inadequate support, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

THE patients were part of the state government's Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS), which helps people who must travel long distances for specialist health care to pay for their accommodation and transport.

Nyoongar Patrol Outreach Service chief executive Maria McAtackney said while PATS provided essential help for regional people, some were falling through the cracks because of the lack of support they received once they arrived in Perth."

Read the full article at The Australian here