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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    $11.9 M Recovered from Fake Tahitian Prince

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    $11.9 M Recovered from Fake Tahitian Prince

    Thursday, 6 September


    $11.9M Recovered from Fake Tahitian Prince


    Funds from the sale of fraudulently acquired assets by “Fake Prince” Joel Barlow will be directly channelled back into a new human papilloma virus vaccination program for boys, expansion of Breastscreen Queensland, cancer research and other critical health and medical programs under the LNP Government.


    Media Note: Full list of program to be funded appears below.


    Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said next week’s State Budget would confirm that proceeds from the sale of the assets, conservatively estimated at $11.9 million, would feature in next week’s State Budget.


    “This scandal came to symbolise the care-free culture of waste, squander and mismanagement of the Queensland Health dollar by the previous Labor Government.

    “Now, with the change of government in this state, it speaks highly of the Premier and Treasurer’s personal commitment to the health of Queenslanders that they are ensuring the proceeds from the sales of these assets are directly returned to the health budget.

    “For me, and for so many Queenslanders, it gives great personal satisfaction to see the riverfront apartments, luxury motor vehicles and designer fashion-wear, purchased under the watch of Labor, converted into critical health programs under the LNP.

    Mr Springborg said the return of these funds (which are currently the subject of Crime and Misconduct Commission restraint under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002) will go a long way in the provision of essential frontline services.


    “Although returned to consolidated revenue, this funding will be re-directed to Queensland Health and will be used to provide:


    ·         $1.7 million to provide the human papilloma virus vaccine to boys

    ·         $1 million extra for Breastscreen Queensland

    ·         $2.5 million for Operating Room Management Information Systems

    ·         $1.1 million for the Enhance Outbreak Response Program at Forensic and Scientific Services

    ·         $1.37 million to continue the Know Your Numbers campaign administered by the National Stroke Foundation

    ·         $1.9 million to continue the Queensland Quitline telephone service

    ·         $850,000 in 2012-13 for Professor Ken O’Byrne to develop a comprehensive cancer translational research program including establishing a tissue biobank and conducting clinical trials at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

    ·         $850,000 in 2012-13 for Professor Robyn McDermott to establish a Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Care in Cairns which will serve the rural and remote communities of far north Queensland, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The centre will work closely with James Cook University and Cairns Base Hospital.


    “Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and there is no doubt about the success of Gardasil. This has been one of the most significant medical breakthroughs in the past decade,” Mr Springborg said. “We hope by vaccinating boys, it will help eliminate cervical cancer among Queensland women.”


    Mr Springborg said the LNP Government was committed to improving health services so that the State’s health system met the needs of all Queenslanders. Investment in research would help Queensland Health deliver health services in new and innovative ways.

    “Professor O’Byrne is a high calibre clinician scientist in oncology, with specialist experience in lung cancer and mesothelioma,” Mr Springborg said. “His clinical services will help patients from across Queensland, who attend the Princess Alexandra Hospital, to access novel therapies aimed at achieving advances in patient care.


    “Professor O’Byrne will be establishing a research team, in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology, and using fellowship funding to undertake novel research and clinical trials in medical oncology.


    “Professor McDermott is a public health physician with extensive experience in program quality improvement and health promotion, with a focus on Indigenous primary care. He will provide both direct care services to the community and clinically based research into improving the treatment and prevention of chronic illness in North Queensland communities, particularly among Indigenous populations.”



    Contact: Cameron Thompson 0407-585230