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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
‘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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 – [...]
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 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 [...]