Climber plum­mets hun­dreds of me­tres to death

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - SO­PHIE CHIRGWIN

AN EX­PE­RI­ENCED climber was killed when he plum­meted hun­dreds of me­tres off Mount Bar­ney, leav­ing the climb­ing com­mu­nity dev­as­tated.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Warren Parker said the 50-year-old man from Betha­nia “some­how came de­tached from the climb­ing rope and had fallen a sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance – some 300400m – to his death”.

The man was with two other ex­pe­ri­enced climbers as they ab­seiled down the sum­mit of Mt Bar­ney at a sec­tion called The Gover­nor about 12:30pm on Satur­day.

Insp Parker said the two climbers, aged in their 30s, were shaken af­ter the in­ci­dent.

“I’d ac­tu­ally de­scribe the climber as very, very ex­pe­ri­enced – so ex­pe­ri­enced he knows the area very, very well and has ac­tu­ally per­formed res­cues down at that area him­self,” he said. “And that is ac­tu­ally his em­ploy­ment, that sort of ex­pe­di­tion-type, ad­ven­ture climb­ing, that’s what he does for a liv­ing.”

The man’s fam­ily were “ob­vi­ously dev­as­tated”.

“(They are) quite up­set but they have taken a lit­tle bit of so­lace out of the fact that he was ac­tu­ally do­ing some­thing he loved when he did pass away,” Insp Parker said.

A report will be given to the Coro­ner. AL­LOW­ING phar­ma­cists to ad­min­is­ter more vac­cines and treat mi­nor con­di­tions would save up to $6.6 bil­lion over 20 years, a new report says.

The Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia’s Queens­land branch pres­i­dent Trent Twomey said an Ernst and Young report, Scope of Prac­tice Op­por­tu­nity As­sess­ment, found that ex­pand­ing the role of phar­ma­cists would save on hos­pi­tals, aged a care and GPs.

The report’s re­lease co­in­cides with a Queens­land Parliamentary in­quiry into the pos­si­ble es­tab­lish­ment of a Phar­macy Coun­cil and ex­pand­ing their scope of prac­tice.

An over­haul of the role of phar­ma­cists may al­low them to pre­scribe drugs, such as the con­tra­cep­tive pill, in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

Moves to re­lax the re­stric­tions is ex­pected to be met with op­po­si­tion from doc­tor groups.

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