Wellbeing (606 Stories)

Our Hungry Future

By 17 May 2013

Campaign Launch, 10 am today – Friday 17th May, outside Tuggeranong Library
Time Travellers return to Canberra from the year 2020.  They’ve got a message for you:  Our Future is Hungry
Food Security is gaining prominence as an issue of global importance, yet most of us have not considered how threats to food security would impact upon [...]

Seminar: “Work’s not working: How to shift to healthier more productive work” with ergonomist Wendy Elford

By 16 May 2013

A recent study of over 1300 Australian Public Service staff has found that more than 70 per cent experienced neck pain in the last year, well above the average of 12 to 34 per cent. Does the answer lie in improvements in ergonomics like sit-stand desks or in the way that work is organised-or what?
What [...]

Please don’t spread salmonella

By 16 May 2013

Hi guys
Just wanted to remind everyone that salmonella and other food borne illnesses are also transmissible person-to-person. We’ve all seen how diseases can spread rapidly through Canberra so here’s some tips from everyone’s favourite waitress (me!) to help keep this outbreak contained.
Please stay home from work if you’ve been sick (particularly vomiting, diarrhoea, fever) and [...]

Florey overdose

By 15 May 2013

ACT Policing is issuing a warning following the accidental drug overdose by a man yesterday (Tuesday, May 14).
A 52-year-old Florey man was located by a family member about 4am unresponsive. Around 6am the man passed away at Calvary Hospital.
The wife of the deceased was also admitted to Calvary Hospital and remains in a stable condition. [...]

Lower back pain specialist in Canberra?

By 13 May 2013

Hi Gang,
The missus is fighting some significant lower back pain, been a problem for her for about 3 years. Other than that, she is a fit and healthy specimen, maintaining a stunning appearance and physique.
She has visited a couple of doctors and both agreed with my diagnosis, weak core (stomach muscles) leaving the back to [...]

Best hair colourist in Canberra?

By 9 May 2013

Hi all. I’m on the search for a new hair hairdresser.
One that is great with colour.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :))

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 8 May 2013

The theme for this the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is “30 Years in Solidarity”.
The 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Sunday 19th May.
The event is to honour, support and advocate for those affected by HIV – Friends, Family, Colleagues and the community. Please [...]

Maybe we really were meant to fly?


Flyhighflyfar has posted to YouTube some stunning video of hang gliding around Canberra and other parts:
Over a year of footage piled together for 4 minutes of beauty……enjoy……we sure did making it!!!!

Closing the gates at Kambah Pool

By 6 May 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has announced that Kambah Pool is going to be harder to get to at night if you’re into that sort of thing:
In an attempt to reduce ongoing vandalism and antisocial behaviour at Kambah Pool, gates to the
recreation area will be closed overnight from 1 July 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane [...]

Watch out Kambah, they’re obviously trying to convert you!

By 3 May 2013

The Labor Party has the news of a Diversity ACT Hub opening. That is “a community centre and support service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) community”.
We shall move past the interminable debate on which acronyms they really should be using and instead consider the location of this service:
“These new premises in Kambah [...]

A theory on the Stromlo asbestos

By 1 May 2013

The asbestos on the Mt Stromlo bike path has been there for over 40 years. It is associated with the ruins of what is locally known as the Magnetic Hut (not to be confused with The Magnetic Hut on ANU Campus).
Back in 1973 it was situated in a pine forest. You could see [...]

Permanent Stromlo trail closures

By 1 May 2013

The ACT Government is throwing its hands in the air with the big asbestos finds on Mount Stromlo:
Investigations and rehabilitation activities regarding the discovery of asbestos containing material (ACM) found on two sections of the main trunk mountain bike trail at Stromlo Forest Park are continuing.
Testing was conducted earlier this month and the results of [...]

Lady cyclists: please be killed politely


I very rarely have a rant.  But today, I ventured onto the road in Challis Street Dickson.  There are little bicycles painted on the road.  I was riding right over them on the left hand side of the road, near Dame Pattie Menzies House.
Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, [...]

Two locals Cycle for a Cure in Vietnam

By 30 April 2013

Jo Parkinson and Sandra Bown are to local ladies who are planning to ride the 565kms from North to South Vietnam in support of the Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Jo and Sandra have chosen the Cure Cancer Foundation because like most of us, they too have unfortunately both been touched by cancer, and with 1 in [...]

ACT Emergency services have your hearts on their minds

By 29 April 2013

ACT Emergency Services are asking Canberrans to learn to look after their hearts, through exercise and education.
ACT Fire & Rescue has invited colleagues in other Emergency Services and the community to join them in the annual Darren Wall ACT Emergency Services Heart Challenge at Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday.
“To celebrate Heart Week, we have invited [...]

Smiths Alternative opens its doors


Smiths Alternative Bookshop was relaunched last night as Smiths Alternative under Jorian Gardner and Domenic Mico’s stewardship.
It’s going to be a very funky little venue, now with a dedicated stage so keep your eyes peeled.
David Howe has sent in some pictures from the opening. The man who looks like John Howard is in fact former [...]

Get on board for the million paws walk


This just in from the RSPCA:
Keep an eye out over the next month for these quirky white dogs. They appeared at Regatta Point on Monday 22 April as part of RSPCA ACT’s 2013 Million Paws Walk launch.
Million Paws Walk will take place at Stage 88 and Commonwealth Park on 19 May 2013. Registering [...]

Red Cross wants MORE volunteers

By 23 April 2013

Red Cross are in need of volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS).
CVS is for residents of aged care facilities in the ACT and South East NSW region who are socially isolated and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. Volunteers are matched with a client for social visits for about [...]

Tree Planting in the Cotter Catchment


Autumn is a beautiful time in Canberra, and what better way to appreciate it then with an afternoon of tree planting in the Cotter Catchment?
Join Jindii EcoSpa, SEE-Change Woden and Greening Australia at our second tree planting event to support the Jindii Sustainability Fund – a program of activities that includes planting trees and fund [...]

Ends without means. Images of Canberra


Was quietly minding my own business (as you do) whilst visiting the amenities in a local Australian Government building when I actually paid attention to the sign on the back of the door.
Good to see that all areas of government can offer useless bits of advice without actually giving you the tools to fix [...]

Yoga in Canberra?

By 15 April 2013

I’m looking for a yoga class that’s very gentle, as I’m recovering from surgery and have a weak right shoulder as a result.
Preferably northside, but I’m happy to travel for the right place.
It would need to be outside of work hours.
I identified a place in Torrens (but the class times don’t suit) [...]

Why have they decommissioned the BBQs in the John Knight Memorial Park?

By 13 April 2013

Katrina has mailed this in raising some pretty fair questions:
Hi, just want to make the public aware that the BBQ’s (near the park and carpark) at John Knight Memorial Park are out of order!
Just what we needed when we arrived to host a kids bday party for 27 kids!
No sign and when I [...]

Charity tokens; a limited International Study.


A dear friend of mine irregularly sends me snaps of the charity token bins at his local Waitrose supermarket in Suffolk. After discovering a similar arrangement at The Good Guys we did a brief desktop analysis.
The major findings were that:
— Tuggeranong likes Jamie Oliver better than Suffolk;
— The English support historic and [...]

Pedalecs coming to Canberra


Simon Corbell has announced that he’s raising the power ceiling on electric bicycles from an anaemic 200 watts up to 250 watts to allow pedalecs onto our roads:
“The changes to the laws that the government is proposing through the Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill, will allow higher performance electric bikes (pedalecs) under the European standard, [...]

What are you doing, Canberra drivers?

By 9 April 2013

Yesterday afternoon (08.04.2013) at around 2:30pm, I was t-boned driving home from work along Barry drive by what I now know was a stolen car on the intersection of Boldrewood street.
After pulling over to the median strip, assuming said car would also pull over, the driver swerved out and sped up along Barry drive [...]

Seminar on “Mindfulness to Manage Pain” with Psychologist, Randolph Sparks

By 9 April 2013

Mindfulness is a proven technique that goes back thousands of years and is now being widely used to manage chronic pain. Psychologist Randolph Sparks, who gave a very engaging and insightful talk on “Managing Chronic Pain” last year, will talk about how mindfulness can work for you.
WHEN: Monday 15 April, 12.30-1.30 PM
WHERE: Room 9, 2nd [...]

Horse riding holiday programs around Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

I’ve just been googling and decided I needed to consult the hive.
I would like to book my 8yo in for 2 days of horse riding during the 2nd week of school holidays. Can’t really afford 4 and have care for the other days.
But it looks like the main equestrian places I can find online require [...]

Riding the newly opened Civic Cycle Loop. Parts 1 and 2


I was summonsed this noon to the opening of stages 1 and 2 of the Civic Cycle Loop.
So with all the good will in the world I left the official ceremony to try out the new paths.
The above video I think speaks for itself. I solemnly swear I did not stage any of the difficulties [...]

Beware the death caps


Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]

225 litres into the pissoirs from 1,200 punters at 180ml each


Canberra CBD has kindly provided details on the usage of Canberra’s new open air pissoirs:
The urinal trial in late-night hot spots in the Canberra CBD has already proven extremely popular with the local community with 225 litres collected over the weekend.
Data showed that an estimated 1200 men had used the urinals over the four nights [...]

Blurring the intersex line

By 19 March 2013

Simon Corbell has announced the government’s response to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council’s report ‘Beyond the Binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in
the ACT’
Recognising that the old certainty that men are men and women are women doesn’t recognise the vast grey areas in between the response offers to major reforms:
Major [...]

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

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