Fake Tahitian prince's spoils to fund health initiatives

AUCTION returns for exotic art and other assets formerly the property of fake Tahitian Prince Joel Barlow will be split among eight health initiatives across Queensland.

The sale of the alleged fraudster's possessions, believed to be part of the $16 million the former employee allegedly fleeced from Queensland Health, creates an opportunity for Queenslanders to help provide better health services at their local hospitals.

Queenslanders can support the Queensland Health cost recovery through bidding on the latest sale at Woolloongabba on March 10.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has earmarked proceeds from the asset sale to fund new initiatives including $1.7 million to provide the human papilloma virus vaccine to boys and $1 million for Breastscreen Queensland.

He said the distribution of the human papilloma virus vaccine to boys would help eliminate cervical cancer among Queensland women.

Other new initiatives to receive funds:

  • $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.

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