Children and their families needing palliative care will have access to a dedicated nurse as part of a $2.1 million investment over the next four years to expand services in the ACT.
Assistant health minister Meegan Fitzharris said palliative care was not just for the elderly; tragically, children also often needed such services.
“In this year’s budget [...]
The expansion of Canberra Hospital’s trauma service will include an additional six doctors and one new nurse, with an extra $5.3 million in funding to be provided over the next four years in the upcoming ACT budget.
Health minister Simon Corbell said the new funding would provide Canberrans with more timely access to effective, efficient and [...]
The emergency department at The Canberra Hospital will gain an extra 39 staff in 2016-17 and a further 15 workers by the end of the 2019-20 financial year as part of a $29 million commitment in next week’s ACT Budget.
A spend of $3.8 million in the 2016-17 financial year will fund four new doctors, 24 [...]
The privacy zone around a health clinic in Civic has been extended to provide further protection for women accessing legal medical treatments, including abortion.
ACT health minister Simon Corbell said the extension, effective from Thursday, will include any areas accessible by the public around the clinic at 1 Moore Street.
The protest-free zone was introduced in March to ensure [...]
ACT Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today that the requirement for alterations this week to ACT Health records including emergency department data was “an utter disgrace”, and that the ACT Government had misled the public in previously publishing the incorrect data.
“It has been revealed that ACT Health ED data was [...]
Stromlo Forest Park will be home to a 50m pool in 2019 after the ACT Government committed to spend $33 million in the upcoming ACT Budget 2016/17 on the facility for the Weston Creek and Molonglo community
Construction is expected to commence in 2017.
The announcement was part of the ACT Government’s Pop-up cabinet in Weston Creek [...]
Children and their families attending the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department will have access to dedicated paediatric treatment and waiting areas from tomorrow.
ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell opened the facilities this morning, saying they would improve care of younger patients by providing a separate area with six patient beds, two consultation rooms and a private [...]
ACT public hospital waiting times and timeliness in emergency departments have continued to improve during the past six months despite record numbers of presentations, according to the latest ACT Health Services Quarterly Performance Report.
Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the performance report showed the ACT Government was committed to providing quality healthcare services to Canberrans.
Manuka Oval is among six sites where ‘Water on Tap’ refill stations will be added around Canberra in coming weeks, with the sports venue station specifically designed to cater for large crowds.
The other new stations will be at Gungahlin, Civic Square, Belconnen, Cook shops and Kambah shops.
The Government has installed 30 refill stations in parks [...]
A new report into gambling in the ACT has found a significant drop over the past five years in the number of people gambling and how much money they spend on it, though problem gambling remained at similar levels with approximately 4,700 individuals affected by it in the territory.
The research found the proportion of people [...]
[ 1 April 2016 at 6:00 pm; 4 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] See Forgotten Plague in Canberra on Friday 1 April at 6pm and on Monday 4 April at 1pm.
Ryan Prior’s life imploded on October 22, 2006 when he was struck down by a disease that dozens of doctors were powerless to diagnose, let alone treat. Against great odds, he becomes a reporter and ventures to tell the story [...]
If you remember the 1970s, you probably also recall the sight of sunbathers lathering themselves with suntan oil in a bid to become “brown as a berry”, back in the days before kids wore rashies at the beach and legionnaire hats to school, when pale skin was out and sunburn and peeling skin were a [...]
Construction officially began today on the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital at Bruce.
The hospital will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital, focusing entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery. It is expected to be completed [...]
There is a pre-Christmas wave of viral gastroenteritis sweeping the capital this month and miserably for all concerned, party season is probably one of the reasons for its rapid spread.
RiotACT has conducted vox pops around town throughout the week after hearing of many friends and acquaintances being struck down with gastro.
It seems that if you [...]
The ACT Government has announced an elective surgery “blitz” in the first half of 2016 that will see the city’s surgeons perform an extra 1000 procedures in a bid to reduce the number of long-wait patients in the territory.
ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the Government would direct $11.8 million towards the program in [...]
The ACT Government is seeking up to 15,500 sq m of office space in the Woden town centre for more than 1000 Access Canberra employees and ACT Health Directorate staff.
The ACT public service staff will move next year as part of a plan to streamline government operations and improve health services. The mainly administrative [...]
It’s been a while since there was a pilates post on the site (2009) and I’m sure the pilates scene in Canberra has changed a bit since then. I’m keen to give it a try – ideally at a dedicated studio with well qualified instructors.
Is there anywhere that you recommend trying for a beginner [...]
Anti-abortion protests will be banned outside ACT abortion clinics after government MLAs rejected Liberal amendments to a Greens bill on exclusion zones in such scenarios.
Labor MLAs will support a Greens bill that would secure exclusions zones around abortion clinics; despite the Liberals submitting a proposal that removes critical parts of the legislation, according to Minister of Health Simon Corbell.
“People requiring [...]
Welcome to the hay fever capital, where we’re dealing with a record pollen count, so high that an asthma reliever may be a lifesaver for someone who has never had asthma till now.
According to ANU researcher Professor Simon Haberle pollen levels here are twice as high in 2015 compared to last season. And last season [...]
ACT regulation of electronic cigarettes will become more restrictive in line with NSW and Queensland next year under planned changes to legislation related to the devices.
The new laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on their promotion via advertisements, display and marketing. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
ACT Health [...]
Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]
Vending machines are everywhere these days. Most often, they sell soft drink and a couple of bottled water options. Otherwise, they’re filled with high fat, high sugar snacks (though I’ve seen thong vending machines around the place too).
Last year the ACT Government moved to ban vending machines in ACT public schools as part of its crackdown on [...]
Many years ago, as a student of the Australian National University, I’d often ride my bike past the ACT Health building in the city and wonder why the front was often tasselled with such a ghoulish gathering. Perhaps it was a mimed version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show… in slow motion?
Always in a rush, [...]
In Canberra, just over 50 per cent of us are overweight and 20 per cent of us are obese. The prevalence of obesity is now so high that the ACT Government has set up an obesity management service for very obese people.
We all know the potential consequences of being obese, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and heart [...]
I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]
23-year-old Kyle Webber (pictured above, left) has had an almost lifelong fascination with nutrition. So when two friends asked him to help them prepare for an upcoming bodybuilding competition in early 2014, he jumped at the opportunity. Both friends placed first in their respective divisions.
A little over 18 months later, Kyle’s online nutrition coaching business, Nutrivolve, [...]
[ 20 July 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 [...]
One of the saddest stories (and there are many) to come out of the Mr Fluffy fiasco is the emergence of what I’ve termed the ‘Fluffy factions’.
As the ACT Government has wrestled with how to respond, and negotiated the bum deal it got from the Feds, it has become apparent that no matter the solution, it [...]
[ 16 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Would you like to learn how to take control of your life through diet?
Nutrivolve and Legacy Apparel are hosting an interactive nutrition course on Sunday 16 August at Canberra Southern Cross Club.
Presented by Kyle Webber, this seminar will cover topics including managing stress through diet, improving self control and how to grow your willpower.
When: Sunday [...]
Feel nervous when due to see the dentist? Or “just hate going”? Tempted to put it off…and off again? Participate in a trial of therapeutic self-help technique shown to be helpful for many fears and phobias, and for reducing stress in measurable ways.
The trial is open to anyone less than comfortable with dental treatment. Even [...]