Public Health Alerts

Visit this Alerts page regularly to keep abreast of the latest health developments in our region as they unfold. On this page you will find important information on public health issues in the ACT.

Current Alerts

03.05.2017 - Recall of Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) System

ACT Health is alerting the community to the hazard alert and recall for Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) System that has been issued by Abbott Vascular Australia, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Absorb BVS System is an implanted medical device (stent) that opens blocked coronary arteries and is fully absorbed by the body overtime.

The device is also being removed from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

The decision to undertake this recall is in response to data from some recent studies showing an elevated rate of major adverse cardiac events, specifically heart attack and blood clot, when compared to patients treated with another alternate stent.

ACT Health is advising people who have received an Absorb BVS System and are concerned to talk to their health professional to ensure that they are receiving appropriate treatment and know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and blood clot.

If people are experiencing any new cardiac-related symptoms, such as irregular heartbeats, chest pain, or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention.

In the coming days, ACT Health will be providing any effected patients further information and advising them to speak with their health professional.

Abbott Vascular Australia has written to health professionals who have implanted Absorb BVS System to provide them further information about this issue, including details of the recall procedure.

Consumers and Health Professionals with concerns about this issue are also advised they can contact Abbott Vascular Australia on 1800 550 939.

Further information about the recall is available on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website at: www.tga.gov.au/alert/absorb-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffold-system


11.04.17 – Death Cap mushrooms found in Canberra

Death Cap mushrooms

ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly today alerted Canberrans that Death Cap mushrooms have been found in the ACT.

“Death Cap mushrooms are extremely poisonous and can be easily confused with other wild mushrooms”, Dr Kelly said.

With the recent wet weather, Death Cap mushrooms have been found in several locations across Canberra. They grow mainly near established oak trees in mild, moist weather.

The Chief Health Officer warned the public not to pick or eat any wild mushrooms.

All parts of the Death Cap mushrooms are poisonous and eating even part of a mushroom could be fatal. It is also important to note that cooking the Death Cap mushroom does not make it safe to eat.

Anyone who suspects they may have eaten a Death Cap mushroom should seek urgent medical attention at a hospital emergency department.

The sooner treatment begins, the better the patient’s chances of survival.

Since 2002, there have been four fatalities associated with Death Cap mushrooms in the ACT. During this time, there have also been a number of poisonings associated with Death Cap mushrooms.

The community is reminded to remain vigilant and tell friends and family who are visiting or new to Canberra not to pick or eat any wild mushrooms. For safety, purchase all mushrooms from a reputable supplier.

A Fact Sheet providing important information about the Death Cap mushroom is available online.


04.04.17 – Food Recall

FSANZ FOOD RECALL REFERENCE: FSANZ 2017/18

  • Organix Finger Foods Baby Biscuits 54g
  • Creamy Vanilla Baby Biscuits - Best Before (all dates up to and including) 10.10.2017
  • Strawberry Baby Biscuits - Best Before (all dates up to and including) 05.10.2017
  • Banana Baby Biscuits - Best Before (all dates up to and including) 13.09.2017

Food Recall, Organix Finger Foods

A recall of the above products is being conducted. The products have been available for sale at Coles and Woolworths Nationally.

Problem: The recall is due to a potential choking hazard

Food safety hazard: The product can crumble into pieces which may pose a potential choking hazard

What to do: Consumers should not eat these products and should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact: Organix Customer Care 0044 (0) 800393511 Consumer.care@organix.com


Previous Alerts

To view Alerts and Advisories that are no longer current, including alerts issued more than a year ago, visit the previous alerts section of this website.

Further Information

To find out more, visit the Population Health section of this website.

You can find information about consumer food recalls on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.