The other day I was assaulted in broad daylight in the Canberra region. One moment I’m minding my own business, the next I was running for my life. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and looking at the wrong young man who took offense. I didn’t do [...]
I went to my general practioner on 5/12 to confirm that I had a hernia. I was referred to a surgeon who was said to be the head of surgery at the Canberra Hospital. After numerous attempts to contact him over a few days commencing 6/12 I learnt by a third party that he was [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the launch of an exciting sounding Skyra 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
“This $2.4 million dollar purchase is an investment in the people of Canberra and surrounding region and brings with it many benefits including enhanced breast imaging and screening; improved and non invasive prostate screening; greater patient comfort and [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is brandishing with some relish the newly released Canberra Hospital emergency department waiting times once the fraudulent data tampering is taken out of the frame:
ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher was forced today to table the shocking truth about the deceit perpetrated on Canberrans in regard to how long they are [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the release of the Briggs report into workplace safety in the ACT construction industry.
“The Government commits to providing a detailed response to each recommendation of the inquiry by the end of February 2013. In the interim, I can announce today that the Government will immediately take action on the report’s findings [...]
My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children. The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies). I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child, kid cooties being the [...]
Hi – I am looking for a GP in the south-side /Tuggeranong area with experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs.
My first GP had no experience and I had significant difficulties in getting my claims processed.
I now need to make another claim and don’t want a repeat of my earlier problem.
The ANU has the bad news for parents that physical activity has more to do with childhood obesity than what they eat.
So blaming junk food advertising isn’t going to cut it.
Lead researcher Professor Richard Telford from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital said the [...]
This just in:
Free Community Breakfast
The annual World AIDS Day Community Breakfast will be hosted by the AIDS Action Council on the lawns of Westlund House from 8.00am Friday 30 November, bringing the community together to commemorate World AIDS Day 2012.
Time: 8.00 am to 10.00 am Friday 30 November
Venue: Westlund House 16 Gordon Street Acton
The ABC reports that overpaid ambulance officers are being asked to hand the money back, despite the overpayment not being their fault.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says 80 per cent of frontline ambulance officers have received letters saying they have been significantly overpaid because of errors in personal leave records.
The errors were revealed in [...]
Hello Mind Hive.
Does anyone know of a rheumatologist in Canberra that deals with Fibromyalgia patients?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Whilst at the Canberra Cavalry vs New Zealand baseball game (won 17-0 by the Cavs) it became apparent some of our more husky citizens were in attendance.
Case in point was a rotund, hotdog swilling individual, who in an apparent effort to save time and kilojoule expense tried to slip between the bench seat and [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s reached agreement with the Federales to place more interns into Canberra’s hospitals:
“The ACT Government has agreed to fund an additional five internships in 2013. In return, the Australian Government will fund five additional intern places in the ACT public hospital system, and a further five internships in ACT private [...]
Since BabyThreepaws entered the world I have had cause to contact after hours health help lines on a few occasions. Mostly minor stuff, but of course almost always on a weekend and definitely after hours. Prior to having a baby I was only vaguely aware of these services, but thankfully the contact information was thrust [...]
The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]
I’m looking at joining a women’s health club, mainly to use the creche, and as it’s close by to my work. I’ve just gone back part time, my daughter is 8 months old.
I am mainly looking at joining a Fernwood Woden/Civic, as they are the closest women’s gym to my work and home. Apparently, [...]
Hi everyone, I’m a newcomer to Canberra (having arrived in December 2010). Prior to that, I lived on the East Coast of the US and 3 years in Auckland. I’ve relied on the Riot Act heavily for suggestions for everything from doctors to restaurants for a special meal to hair dressers. So [...]
It’s about time Canberra Hospital got serious about enforcing the total smoking ban at this health care facility and backing it up with on the spot fines.
The inconsiderate desperadoes that blithely puff away under the no smoking signs could well contribute to the cost of their own treatment and should be actively deterred from [...]
Back in January we took an interest in Brad Carron-Arthur’s run to Cape York to raise money for the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research.
Last night Joy Burch announced he’s been named the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year.
Well done Brad.
By Professor Margaret Alston OAM
Director of Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability research unit, Monash University
This lecture will explore the changes and uncertainties relating to climate, policy, population movements and socio-economic factors on Australia’s rural heartland.
Tuesday 6 November 2012
Lecture and live streaming from 6pm, Refreshments from 5:30 pm (gold coin donation)
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry [...]
WorkSafe ACT is giving warning they’re preparing to prosecute employers who fail to report serious injuries and dangerous incidents:
“The ACT’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 places a requirement on employers to report notifiable incidents, that is, serious injuries or dangerous incidents, to WorkSafe ACT,” Mr McCabe said today.
“Once the employer becomes aware [...]
The ABC brings word that Andrew Leigh has opened a new government shopfront in Braddon:
The services hub houses Centrelink, Medicare and child support self-service facilities under one roof on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says it is a new approach for service delivery.
“The consolidation of Centrelink and Medicare services into single [...]
Another morning, another Labor health announcement:
A re-elected ACT Labor Government will provide another $15 million to further improve access to outpatient services, imaging and chronic pain care.
– $10m to increase access to general outpatient services at Canberra Hospital to provide for new treatment options and meet growing demand. This will enable us to employ [...]
A curious one here from Team Katy:
If re-elected ACT Labor, in partnership with the Federal Labor Government, will provide $5.8 million towards the establishment of a dedicated service for children in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (paediatric stream).
We will kick start this new paediatric response by providing ongoing funding for a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant [...]
The long awaited list of Liberal promises on health (at one page a bit light be called a policy document) is finally with us:
“A Canberra Liberals Government will get Canberra’s health system back on track by injecting $224 million towards:
– Delivering 5,500 more elective surgery operations over the next four years
– Providing 60 additional general [...]
At a party recently i was discussing the subject of the wait time in hospital waiting rooms with an off duty paramedic. He made an interesting comment that whilst most visitors get exceedingly frustrated at hospital wait times, patients in the waiting room are under constant medical observation.
At the time I thought it a [...]
MIKES Meats Pty Ltd has issued a voluntary recall of 600gm and 900gm Prager Leg Hams from Mikes Meats retail stores and three other butchers in the ACT due to bacterial contamination.**
“Routine microbiological testing conducted by the manufacturer has found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Prager Leg Ham, Batch numbers 120904 and 120925,” said [...]
The ACT Greens were joined by Australia on Tap today as they announced a $386,000 plan to increase access to free drinking water around Canberra with new drinking fountains in key public places and providing mobile water stations at events like Floriade and the Multicultural Festival.
“Providing better access to free drinking water will make our [...]
Team Katy is throwing another bucket of cash at the hospital despite telling us for years they were funding it adequately:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will invest $80 million to meet the growing demand for elective surgery.
Our commitment will deliver 5,000 more operations over the next four years. This includes a commitment to provide 30 more [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is seeking the reflected glory of Richard Di Natale (yes indeed, who?) while launching more health policy:
The Greens health election release today includes new funding of:
– $35 million for mental health, to support people living with a mental illness, with a focus on community-based and run services;
– $1.9 million for dental [...]
I am posting this partly as a rant and partly in the hope it will be picked up my a polly and something will be done about it. I intend to write to all candidates for all parties before the election outlining my concerns and experiences so something can be done. I don’t want sympathy [...]