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Are you part of the sandwich generation? Take this survey

By 22 May 2015

Do you assist an elderly parent or relative with everyday tasks? Are you also caring for financially dependent children? Welcome to Australia’s sandwich generation!
Please take a few moments to complete an online survey investigating the impact of stress and coping strategies on subjective well-being. Alternatively, send an expression of interest to u3083529@uni.canberra.edu.au and the survey link [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 21 May 2015
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[ 25 May 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association and topics include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.

The next session [...]

Funding boost to tackle ice addiction in the ACT

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Drug treatment and support services in the ACT will receive an $800,000 funding boost from the ACT Government to address ice addiction, Minister for Health Simon Corbell has announced today.
From the media release:
Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced an $800,000 funding boost that will see drug treatment and support services funding reach record levels [...]

Canberra writer Rosanna Stevens wants to talk about periods

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra writer and YWCA Great Ydeas grant recipient Rosanna Stevens was in the Philippines last week, but not for the tropical holiday you might expect.
Instead, she was trying (and failing) to buy tampons from pharmacies, asking strangers questions about their bodies and trying to understand how menstruation is perceived and treated by locals.
It was all [...]

Nicole Feely new ACT Health Director General

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Lead Partner for Health at KPMG Canberra and former chief executive of South Metropolitan Health (Western Australia) and St Vincent’s Health (Victoria), Ms Nicole Feely, will be the next ACT Health Director General, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today.
“I am very happy to announce that Ms Feely will be [...]

Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain

By 20 April 2015
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[ 9 June 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Come and join us at the Academy of Science for our public lecture series, Science stars of tomorrow.

This month: Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain.
“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy
When we think about [...]

Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am interested in doing some self defence classes. Mainly just to feel confident to be able to get myself out of a bad situation if I ever needed to.
Does anyone have any feedback on Krav maga in Canberra? Places you would recommend? Good instructors?
I am also open to other types of self defence for [...]

Patient undergoing Ebola testing at Canberra Hospital

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A medical professional who recently returned from West Africa has been admitted to Canberra Hospital’s isolation ward as a precautionary measure, ACT Health has confirmed.
Following the development of symptoms this afternoon, the person will be medically assessed, including undergoing testing for the Ebola virus. The person did not treat any cases of Ebola.

Free whooping cough vaccinations for pregnant women

By 7 April 2015

All pregnant women in their third trimester in the ACT will have access to a free antenatal pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination, Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today.
The introduction of the ACT Government funded program follows an update to the 10th Edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook on 27 March 2015 that recommended pertussis vaccination [...]

Free outdoor community fitness sessions in April

By 30 March 2015

[ 1 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 11 April 2015 at 10:00 am; 15 April 2015 at 5:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 10:00 am; ] Take your workout outdoors this Wednesday, 1 April 2015, and come along to a free outdoor lunchtime fitness session at the Deakin fitness station from 1 pm (adjacent to the intersection of Denison Street and Thesiger Court).

Local fitness trainer Lee Campbell will show you how to get a full body workout using the equipment at [...]

ACT Health to run Ebola simulation exercise

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced that ACT Health will tomorrow run an exercise simulating a case of ebola arriving at a Canberra health service.
“The functional exercise has been designed to practice and validate the preparedness of the ACT health sector to identify and treat a suspected ebola case,” Mr Corbell said.
“In the eight-hour [...]

Funding extended for ACT Indigenous health service

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator Zed Seselja has today announced that Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (ACT) Incorporated will have its funding extended for another three years as part of the Abbott Government’s investment in primary and preventable health care.
From the media release:
Indigenous communities across the ACT will benefit from a $8,470,312 investment in primary and preventable health care as [...]

Why is Canberra Australia’s fittest city?

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost three out of four Canberra residents participate in sport or some sort of physical activity – the highest rate out of anywhere in Australia.
It is pretty easy to see that Canberra is an active city. Everyone I know plays some sort of sport or regularly goes to [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]

Research program to examine Mr Fluffy health risks

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced a research program into the potential long-term health risks of living in a house with loose-fill “Mr Fluffy” asbestos.
The research will be undertaken by the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and overseen by the Chief Health Officer.
Chief [...]

Bulk billing on the rise in Canberra

By 4 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s now easier to see a general practitioner and bulk billing rates are on the rise, according to the Productivity Commission’s report on government services, released today.
Key report findings

There are now more general practitioners per capita in the ACT
Availability of GPs increased from 65.5 to 72 per 100,000 people between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

The ACT has the [...]

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015
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I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Excuse me, ACT Health. I would like to choose where I birth, thanks.

By 19 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

By now we are all aware of the proposal by ACT Health that pregnant women in the ACT should be allocated their birthing hospital depending on their postcode – Calvary for the North, TCH for the South. The new facilities at TCH are reaching capacity – they are state of the art and give women [...]

“I’d better go, I’ve got the kids in the car”

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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First up, I’m a young fit adult who does regular exercise through cycling throughout the year, including through the hottest parts of Summer. I have no particular predisposition to heatstroke.
The following events happened on Wednesday as a prelude to the topic of this discussion.
I met with a friend for Lunch, and was heading into work [...]

Elderly pets swelter – give them shelter

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With temperatures set to soar across Australia this summer, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners, that like elderly humans, many older pets need extra help to cool down.
AVA spokesperson, Dr Jacqui Ley said that older pets tend to find hot weather difficult to cope with.
“While younger animals can manage the heat by [...]

Local leaders – Billy Giampaolo (Elite Physique)

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Billy Giampaolo is an elite level powerlifter, a former Mr Australasia body building champion and the founder and executive director of one of Canberra’s most successful gyms, Elite Physique.
Billy started lifting weights when he was 13 and has an overseas world class deadlift personal best of 372kg. He says that he decided to open a [...]

Official opening of the Woden Specialist Medical Centre

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]

Frontline ambulance staff graduate today

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has congratulated 22 members of the ACT Ambulance Service who will graduate at a special ceremony at the ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume at 11am today.
“It is wonderful to recognise all of today’s graduates who have worked hard in their respective areas of study, [...]

Canberra Hospital emergency department to receive more beds

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Major expansion works to be undertaken at the Canberra Hospital emergency department will refurbish the busy frontline of the health system and deliver more beds while improving emergency services, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
“Investment in health infrastructure is one of the ACT Government’s highest priorities and this $23m expansion of [...]

Canberra’s Telstra Tower lights up purple all weekend for brain cancer

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The summit of Black Mountain in Canberra will glow purple tonight, November 29 and tomorrow night, November 30, to shine a light on brain cancer. Purple is the original colour for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation with Charlie Teo who are holding their first official Walk4BrainCancer event in Canberra on Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park [...]

New visual tool to help make cancer treatment less daunting

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has launched a new Radiation Oncology Patient Information DVD, which provides information to patients about radiation therapy, along with the practical aspects of treatment.
“After a diagnosis of cancer, patients and their carers can experience a wide range of emotional and practical challenges in a diversity of treatment settings,” the Chief Minister [...]

New ways of nursing at Canberra Hospital to improve patient experience

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today announced a suite of initiatives to further improve patient experience at Canberra Hospital and make it easier for nurses to continue to offer excellent care.
The new measures include: introducing ‘team nursing’, where nurses share care across a team rather than individual nurses concentrating on a [...]

Giving yourself permission to shine

By 20 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year where many of us put down our chocolate bars and pick up a set of weights. No I mean it, seriously put down the chocolate bar! For some peeling off the tracksuit pants and putting on a swimsuit is a frightening prospect. Many of us have trouble accepting our bodies [...]

New medical partnerships mark new era in Canberra based medical research

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as [...]

It’s time to prepare for a post-prohibition world instead of a futile war on drugs

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s time for the proponents of drug prohibition to take responsibility for their simplistic assertions.
Last week local 2CC radio presenter Marcus Paul and I shirt-fronted one another in a heated discussion concerning the failed world-wide war on drugs. It would be fair to say that we encountered some seemingly irreconcilable differences regarding our stances on [...]

Significant progress on delivery of Secure Mental Health Unit

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Construction of a new Secure Mental Health Unit is one step closer following the announcement by Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today that Richard Crookes Construction Pty Ltd has been appointed as the head contractor for the project.
“The Secure Mental Health Unit is the missing part of the mental health network in [...]

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