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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 [...]

Just for ‘Movember’ Bulk Billed Men’s Health Consultations

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

‘Movember’ is a global initiative raising awareness of men’s health issues. Drs. Dawda and Harrison are delighted to be offering a bulk-billed men’s health consultation to new and existing patients throughout November.
This can be about heart and diabetes prevention, testicular or prostate cancer or anxiety and depression.
Don’t wait. Ring Ochre Health Bruce now and ask [...]

Government calls for public views on use and sale of ‘e-cigarettes’

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Options to reduce the appeal of personal vaporisers, or e-cigarettes, that include a ban on sales to persons under 18 years of age and restrictions on where they can be used have been released for public discussion by the Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher.
The discussion paper on the sale and use of [...]

The human body – the final frontier?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 26 November 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] Want to hear about a rainbow band-aid that can diagnose skin cancer and how ecstasy causes brain hypothermia? Come along!

Despite hundreds of years of advances, the highly complex workings of the human body are still largely a mystery. A group of researchers at a new ARC Centre of Excellence are aiming to change all that.

They [...]

NDIS funding now available to children under four

By 6 November 2014

ACT children under four years of age with a developmental delay or disability can now get access to funding if eligible through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch urged any families of young children currently accessing early intervention or therapy services who have not yet made contact with the National Disability [...]

Mr Fluffy – so much for Team Australia

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I was contacted by a Mr Fluffy homeowner Nicole McNamara. This is her story.
14 years ago, Nicole and her husband bought their dream property in Farrer. Her husband is a tradesman, and they are a single income family with three young children. Last year, the McNamaras paid off their home loan and after [...]

Fithabitz: mornings by the lake

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are two things that are important to me from any exercise class or event. I want to get a good, safe workout, and I want to have a good time doing it – two things that may seem mutually exclusive, but are not, I promise.
Last week I found myself at Lake Burley Griffin at [...]

New walk-in centres prove popular in first months

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has released new figures that show a strong take-up of services at the new Belconnen and Tuggeranong nurse-led Walk-in Centres, with 9310 presentations since their opening in June 2014. This is compared with 5,737 presentations for the same date range in 2013 at Canberra Hospital Walk-in-Centre.
“Canberrans have [...]

Possible ramifications for public servants from health insurance selloff

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Radio National is reporting plans on the part of Medicare and the Government to compulsorily take part of public servants’ superannuation on retirement, and use it to pay health care premiums, regardless of the choices and wishes of said retirees once Medicare is privatised. With no regard to whether said public servants have looked after [...]

Sex in the ACT (Podcast) – Fiona Patten

By 24 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mike Jeffreys talks to Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, about regulation and organisation of the sex industry in the ACT.

Tell us your ideas for better services in West Belconnen

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Do you use human services? Does the term ‘human services’ mean anything to you? It refers to the range of programs or supports that can respond to a person’s needs and can include public/social housing, health and wellbeing, education, disability, childcare, care and protection and justice.
Navigating these services - whether provided by government or non-government organisations – [...]

Big improvement in waiting times despite ED’s busiest year

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s emergency departments are facing unprecedented demand according to the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) into emergency departments across Australia, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
In 2013-14 Canberra’s emergency departments saw the highest number of people use the service on record with a six percent increase up [...]

New laws to reduce red-tape for community fundraising and food businesses

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New laws to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week will reduce red-tape for several food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced today.
“The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members [...]

ACT-based org Abundant Water launches campaign to deliver clean water to villagers in Laos

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access [...]

Brain stimulation and autism spectrum disorder – Public Talk, Dr Peter Enticott

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 5 November 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 1% of all children but at the moment, there are no specific biomedical treatments available.

The next speaker in our Science Stars of Tomorrow series Dr Peter Enticott will discuss his work on brain stimulation techniques and how they could potentially treat the disorder.

When: Wednesday November 5, refreshments from [...]

ACT to join medical cannabis clinical trial

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement of a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis to be led by New South Wales.
The Chief Minister confirmed the ACT would work with NSW on the Commonwealth-backed study.
“The NSW Premier and I discussed the clinical trial at Friday’s COAG meeting and agreed the ACT [...]

Life of a binge drinker

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My life as a binge drinker is a revised version of my first book Binge Drinking – How I dealt with it and how I improved my life. I wrote this version so I could publish the book and promote the book to schools and teenagers to hopefully help them think about the consequences of [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As I came through the door [...]

Local Leaders – Peter Cursley (Newborn Intensive Care Foundation)

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The death of their newborn daughter Hannah in 1993 led Peter (pictured) and Susan Cursley to start a foundation to raise much-needed funds for the Canberra Hospital’s Centre for Newborn Care. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation was their way of saying thank you to the medical and nursing teams who had supported them during the [...]

Open Letter to John Hargreaves on Aged Care

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi John.
I would like to respond to your recent RiotACT article on the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities. As the founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, I’m a passionate supporter of the aged care, disability and early childhood sectors.
Our beloved industry is in crisis. This will continue [...]

Seeking alternatives to the Emergency Department

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Chief Minister was forced to apologise last week over an elderly man being left in his own urine in The Canberra Hospital as nurses were too busy to clean him up. During an ABC666 discussion on the matter, someone sensibly (I thought) questioned why this was a job for highly skilled nurse busy with more [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

Aged Care Facilities

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many of us have really given much thought to the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities? I mean the quality of care in the nursing homes and lower care category facilities?
As I grow older and approach the time when “it could be me”, I start to reflect on this subject and [...]

Honey honey honey!

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

EATology: the science of eating

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]

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