Health (862 Stories)

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

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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

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)

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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

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
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[ 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

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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


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)

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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


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 and the survey link [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 21 May 2015

[ 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


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

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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


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

[ 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?


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


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


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


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?


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

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

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 [...]

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