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Building underway for new hospital at Bruce

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
University of Canberra Public Hospital

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 [...]

Gastro ‘rife’ in capital this Christmas season

By 17 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Elective surgery ‘blitz’ to address long waits

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell via Facebook

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 [...]

1000+ ACT Govt staff to move to Woden

By 17 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
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 [...]

Bill to block anti-abortion protests

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Surviving the Godzilla pollen season

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Grass

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 to restrict e-cigarette use

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Hospital staff woes ‘diabolical’: Hanson

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Junk food vending machines in Canberra hospitals – why?

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Quality gym near Civic/Ainslie/Dickson?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am a student looking for a quality gym near Civic, Ainslie or Dickson. Hopefully I can get fit. I am looking for a price around $10 – $20 a week.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

Why we need safe access zones outside Canberra’s abortion clinics

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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, [...]

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

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 [...]

Local leaders – Kyle Webber (Nutrivolve)

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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, [...]

Rhinoplasty surgeon recommendation Canberra

By 4 August 2015
Ask Riot

Hi all,
I’m looking for recommendations for the best/most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon in Canberra? Thanks!

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 17 July 2015
canberra and region multiple birth association logo

[ 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 [...]

Fluffy factions: The sad side story of the asbestos saga

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Seminar: How to beat the cheat

By 15 July 2015
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[ 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 [...]

Research project: Greater ease with dental treatment

By 15 July 2015

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 [...]

Research participants wanted to investigate link between bodily sensations and anxiety

By 9 July 2015

I’m an honours student at the Australian National University and I would like to invite you to participate in an online questionnaire study investigating whether an awareness of bodily sensations and how they are interpreted by a person can explain their feelings of anxiety.
We are also examining the role of mindfulness in reducing people’s feelings [...]

Free online palliative care training

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you work in health or aged care, the Canberra-based Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association would like to invite you to take advantage of a new, free palliative care online training and information portal, launching today.
The portal provides a valuable resource for those involved in providing palliative care. It combines existing training modules, new resources, and specifically [...]

Local leaders – Sophie Hope (2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year)

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
sophie hope canberra

Sophie Hope is a 22-year-old neuroscience student who describes herself as an advocate for youth, mental health, refugees, human rights and animal welfare. She’s also the 2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year, and she has some big ideas for improving youth access to mental health services in Canberra.
Sophie first started volunteering as a teenager, fostering [...]

Mental health study examining sleeping habits – participants wanted

By 9 June 2015

I’m conducting an online study that examines how body weight, eating habits and physical activity can impact sleep.
So I’m looking for Australian residents age 18 years and older to take my quick 20-minute survey. If you are not convinced, all participants go in the draw to win one of three $100 Coles vouchers!
If you are [...]

An exclusive look at Next Gen, Lyneham

By 4 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I am a gym junkie. You could even call me a gym-tart because I’ll workout anywhere. So, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I leapt at the chance to check out the new Next Gen Health and Lifestyle Club that has totally revamped a large chunk of Lyneham.
I felt special to be one of the [...]

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
Kate and Rosanna

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
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

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