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Significant government investment delivers Australia’s best ambulance response times

By 24 July 2014

Improvements in the ACT Ambulance service have resulted in the ACT now having the best priority one response times at the 90th percentile of any Australian capital city, according to an independent review.
Minister for Police and Emergency Service, Simon Corbell, today released the report, which showed significant financial investment from the ACT Government had led [...]

Legalise Pot

By 24 July 2014
Legalise Pot

I’m connected with a agency supporting people who are dealing with significant drug issues in their lives. But one of the the hidden issues around the use of so called illegal drugs is the application of some drugs for positive therapeutic use.
I speak of the application of marijuana for pain control in the terminal patients.
I [...]

New health care service opens at Civic Early Morning Centre

By 22 July 2014

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened a new health care service at the Early Morning Centre in the city centre which will provide health care to some of Canberra’s most vulnerable residents.
“The Early Morning Centre is funded by the ACT Government and through the assistance of volunteer staff provides [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

By 22 July 2014
The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

Whether it be for boot camp, boxercise or actual boxing, the amount of times I have seen people with extremely poor form is all too common. Poor form on the mitts can also lead to poor form with punches, which leads to poor technique and finally leads to injury.
The basic principle of holding the mitts [...]

Yoga at 40 degrees

By 17 July 2014
Yoga at 40 degrees

Fancy getting hot and sweaty in a room full of people, some near-naked? Try Bikram Yoga.
You’ll probably have heard of Bikram Yoga by now – it’s been around awhile. Well, yoga, of course, has been around a looong while. Bikram Yoga, or as I like to think of it, Sweaty Yoga, has surfaced more recently [...]

Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

By 15 July 2014
Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have always naturally dealt with pre competition nerves well. I always enjoy lightening the very stressful atmosphere in the change room before a fight with sometimes awful attempts at levity and schoolyard humour.
Everybody deals with stress in different ways, I’ve seen multiple people look like world champions [...]

New charity to deliver accounting and governance services to not-for-profits

By 14 July 2014

Long-time CPA and volunteer director Ted Sherwood has started a Christian charity, Business by The Book, a CPA accounting practice.  Based in Canberra, the practice offers not only financial management and audit services, but also help with governance.  Business by The Book is willing to partner with any not-for-profit helping those in need of care or [...]

New intensive therapeutic service for vulnerable children

By 10 July 2014

A $3.05 million intensive support service providing multi-disciplinary trauma support for vulnerable children was opened today by Minister for Children and Young People Mick Gentleman.
The Trauma Recovery Centre will provide a therapeutic service for children to the age of 12, who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.
“The Trauma Recovery Centre, or [...]

Jogging: Pro’s, cons and alternatives

By 8 July 2014
Jogging: Pro's, cons and alternatives

The benefits of jogging are well documented but what is less spoken about is the related injuries. People jog for fitness and fun and I, coming from a Rugby League and combat sport background enjoyed the benefits of the aerobic training and leg conditioning.
At the age of 15 and 105kg I used to jog [...]

Call for transparency in public buildings with asbestos

By 7 July 2014

We have received the following note from a reader, Maria.
With all the talk about asbestos being found everywhere including childcare centres recently, shouldn’t the ACT government release a list of affected public-use buildings that are known to contain asbestos? Such as scout halls and other childcare centres that people would visit for children’s [...]

Emergency Department Website goes live

By 1 July 2014
Emergency Department Website goes live

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher has today launched the ACT Emergency Department live data website to help patients make an informed decision about which public health facility will best meet the immediate needs of patients, particularly those with lower-urgency conditions.
“The website shows real time data about the current activity of both Calvary [...]

New era for people with disability in the ACT

By 1 July 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was officially launched in the ACT today, ushering in a new era for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the NDIS would transform the lives of more than 5,000 Canberrans who will gradually move into the new scheme [...]

At the barre – no leg-warmers required…

By 1 July 2014
At the barre - no leg-warmers required...

To get me to dance you have to a) ply me with alcohol or b) be Hugh Jackman. So I’ll admit to some trepidation when it was established that I would be attending my first Xtend Barre class.
For the uninitiated (ie, me, until last weekend) Xtend Barre is the new kid on the block of [...]

Understanding venom evolution as a guide for biodiscovery – Public Talk, Associate Professor Bryan Grieg Fry

By 30 June 2014

[ 1 July 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Since ancient times, humans have looked for medicines in some of the most unlikely places. Our next public lecture speaker Associate Professor Bryan Grieg Fry will explain how the toxic secretions of venomous animals can be studied to create lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs. After all, these toxins have evolved to attack specific biological targets and better [...]

Government delivers walk-in centres to Tuggeranong and Belconnen

By 26 June 2014

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has delivered on an ACT Government election promise and has officially opened a nurse-led walk-in centre (WiC) which is located in the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
The new Tuggeranong centre follows the success of the first walk-in centre, located on the Canberra Hospital campus, which saw over approximately 63,000 [...]

Capital Pathology Management – unethical treatment of patients?

By 24 June 2014

I went to have some tests done at capital pathology today.
The staff member pointed out that the Dr had not written bulk bill on the form so it wasn’t bulk billed as my tests have always usually been.  (That is not their fault of course but led to the problem)
I asked then how much the [...]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities prepare for NDIS

By 24 June 2014

Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]

Pedal powered cinema!!

By 24 June 2014
Pedal powered cinema!!

[ 16 July 2014; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]

The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a pedal powered screening of Canberra director Simon Cunich’s ‘Growing Change’, which documents his investigation into the food crisis of 2012 and subsequent travels to Venezuela to study the country’s rising food revolution.

We’re going to get cosy at the co-op with chai and muffins, and then talk about the [...]

Special Territory Plan variation to facilitate Mental Health Facility

By 19 June 2014

A draft special variation has been prepared to accommodate a secure mental health facility in Symonston for treatment and rehabilitation of vulnerable members of the community, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
DSV S323 follows the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Act 2014 passed by the Legislative [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]

Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

By 18 June 2014
Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

I was recently reminded that registrations for the Canberra Time Fun Run are open, and this sent me on a stumble down memory lane, thinking about my first CT 10km, and fun runs more generally.
‘Fun run’ is an oft-maligned term. Granted, it seems an oxymoron. As far as I understand it, a fun run is [...]

Mental Health – how to help when someone you love is suffering

By 18 June 2014
Mental Health - how to help when someone you love is suffering

Catching up with a group of close girlfriends for dinner last week, conversation turned to mental health.  As we talked about our experiences and thoughts, the tone was gentle and understanding, the content frank.
It occurred to me a few days later just what an extensive web is spun by mental health issues.  From four of [...]

Tonsillectomy – Laser or Thermal Fusion?

By 14 June 2014

Sadly, the time has come, after decades of recurrent tonsillitis, I have been advised to have a tonsillectomy. However, I find the idea of two weeks post-operative pain, something I just do not want to endure.
Thanks to the joys of the internet, there are a couple of newer tonsillectomy techniques that have shorter recovery times, [...]

Practical tips for facing Canberra’s Winter head on

By 12 June 2014
Practical tips for facing Canberra's Winter head on

Are you one of those people who seem to be constantly fighting colds?  This year as usual there are a variety of flu strains arriving from overseas as well as bacterial infections. Most recently, the news reported on a particularly nasty strain of virus named MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome). If you don’t already have [...]

Putting Men’s Mental Health in the spotlight

By 10 June 2014

Wednesday morning, Dr Chris Bourke, Member for Ginninderra will open the Men’s Health and Suicide Prevention Conference 2014, focusing on ways to increase men’s awareness of mental health issues and how organisations can assist men in Canberra to seek help.
“Mental illness is common. One in 5, or 20% of Australians experience a mental illness in [...]

NDIS registration now open for ACT service providers

By 5 June 2014

Community service providers planning to operate in the ACT under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it officially begins on 1 July can now register online.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the registration process would help providers deliver services to NDIS participants who elect to have their funds managed by the National Disability Insurance [...]

Transition plan announced for moving people to NDIS

By 5 June 2014

Older Canberrans, young children and school leavers will be among the first to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it commences in the ACT from 1 July, Minister for Disability Joy Burch said yesterday.
The NDIS trial in the ACT will run for two years, with people gradually transitioning into the Scheme according [...]

Commute in a suit with e-bikes

By 4 June 2014
Commute in a suit with e-bikes

We have received a media release that is a bit of a business plug, but as we would really like to see what Commonwealth Avenue would look like over-run with office workers commuting to the Parliamentary triangle on an electric bike – we had to share it.
Canberrans urged to ‘commute in a suit’ [...]

Secure mental health facility gets green light

By 3 June 2014

The development of a secure mental health facility in Symonston will be able to be given priority, with new legislation passing through the ACT Legislative Assembly today, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced.
“I am pleased to see this vital legislation passed through the assembly today, which will fast track Territory [...]

Canberra, 5kms at a time

By 3 June 2014
Canberra, 5kms at a time

One of the many great things about Canberra is its ability to show you something you’ve not seen before. This is what happened to me when I joined a running group last year. Now before you switch off right there, bear with me. I’d grown up on the South side of Canberra and moved to [...]

More government help for businesses to prepare for NDIS

By 30 May 2014

Disability service providers preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can now apply for Business Investment packages worth up to $50,000 each, providing tailored professional assistance to manage the transition to the NDIS from 1 July.
The packages come on top of Governance and Financial Management packages worth $20,000, which have already been offered to [...]

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