Clin­ics push manopause lie to cash in

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

for NSW NSW, why h can’t we have some­thing sim­i­lar in Queens­land?

“It’s not about in­ter­fer­ing in spe­cific cases, it’s about re­form – are they get­ting through their cases, con­sis­tency in sen­tenc­ing, and are they spend­ing their money wisely?

“Why shouldn’t that be scru­ti­nised? The courts are not above the peo­ple.”

Mr Newman said a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion i could de­ter­mine whether in­di­vid­ual judges were car­ry­ing their fair share of cases.

“Some, per­haps, are not work­ing hard enough,” he said.

Mr Newman said a jus­tice com­mis­sion could also ad­dress the soar­ing cost of court ac­tion.

He said many peo­ple sim­ply could not af­ford the jus­tice they de­served.

The costs were higher if the courts were not op­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciently and cases were dragged out, he said.

“Why should it be so ex­pen­sive to go to court in Queens­land?

“Why should Queens­lan­ders be pre­cluded from go­ing to court sim­ply be­cause they can’t af­ford it?

“Le­gal aid is all very well, but if there is a se­ri­ous is­sue and you have to go to court, it is go­ing to cost you a lot of money.

‘‘Why is that the case? Why should it be only the rich who have ac­cess to jus­tice?

“What in­no­va­tions can the courts and our lead­ing ju­rists sug­gest that will make the courts more ac­ces­si­ble, rather than line the pock­ets of lawyers?”

Mr Newman also crit­i­cised the Law So­ci­ety.

“I am deeply dis­ap­pointed at the way the le­gal fra­ter­nity con­tin­ues to de­fend the sta­tus quo rather than be pre­pared to look at re­forms and ef­fi­cien­cies.”

He said all busi­ness, gov- ern­ment de­part­ments and even the not-for-profit sec­tor were sub­jected to on­go­ing re­form and scru­tiny. But some­how the courts had suc­ceeded in plac­ing them­selves “way above the peo­ple”.

‘‘Rather than seek­ing to do a bet­ter job, lawyers and the courts were con­stantly ask­ing, ‘Give me more staff, give me more money’.

“If we fol­low the NSW model, I think that out of 10 ju­di­cial of­fi­cers, in my hum­ble opin­ion, only three of them should be judges.” PRI­VATE doc­tors are push­ing the myth of a wide­spread male menopause to cash in on the fears of mid­dle-aged men wor­ried about their sex­ual per­for­mance, a lead­ing doc­tor has warned.

Dr Richard Quin­ton said there was no “an­dropause” or “manopause”, and 98 per cent of men con­tinue to pro­duce the male sex hor­mone testos­terone through­out their lives.

The con­sul­tant en­docri­nol­o­gist at New­cas­tle Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in the UK said that un­like the fe­male menopause, which af­fects all women, just 2 per cent of men suf­fer a shut­down of testos­terone.

“When you hear testos­terone pre­scribers say, ‘ Ah, an­dropause – that’s 40 per cent of older men’, that’s … com­plete drivel,” Dr Quin­ton said.

Pri­vate clin­ics are of­fer­ing testos­terone re­place­ment ther­apy, claim­ing it will re­store sex­ual de­sire and treat erec­tile dys­func­tion and de­pres­sion.

Dr Quin­ton said there was a group of frail men who would ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional testos­terone – those with anaemia. Of those, a study found one in five were pro­duc­ing no testos­terone but were not be­ing helped.

But Dr Quin­ton told the Bri­tish Sci­ence Fes­ti­val in Hull: “We know men hav­ing maybe a mi­nor sex­ual is­sue, hav­ing a ran­dom blood test and given testos­terone they re­ally didn’t need.”

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