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Are we getting ready for flu season?

By 23 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Impacted Nurse has tweeted us (and Jeremy Lasek showing a keen understanding of who runs this town) with his concerns for the upcoming flu season and the impacts it has on the emergency department.
@the_riotact @lasekjeremy An open post to my community: impactednurse.com/?p=5443
— impactednurse (@impactednurse) January 22, 2013

I have been working as a nurse in [...]

96 interns hit the hospital

By 23 January 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is welcoming a big group of 96 medical interns:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has welcomed 96 new medical interns who have commenced their clinical work at Canberra Hospital after a week of orientation.
“This is the biggest intake of intern doctors to ever join the ACT healthcare system, and [...]

Majura Park gets a medical practice

By 22 January 2013

After a long silence since November the Chief Minister’s media release site has lurched into frenzied activity.
Amongst the announcements is the news that you can now see a doctor at Majura Park:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened the new Airport General Practice, located at the Majura Park Medical Centre. [...]

Birth centre not staffed up

By 21 January 2013

The ABC has the grimly familiar news of another cockup in health, this time at the Birth Centre which is turning away 400 women a year despite running at half capacity:
Last year the centre was expanded from three birth suites to five as part of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
But documents obtained under [...]

Access to Medical Records in Canberra?

By 16 January 2013

Does anyone here know anything factual regarding the rights and applicable law relating to patients obtaining their medical records?
What I want to know is if a patient can walk in to a medical practice and ask for their records to be handed over to them?
I could care less if they keep a copy [...]

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter zeros in on 5,000 missions

By 10 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Snowy Hydro SouthCare are making sure we know they’re approaching a major milestone:
Canberra and the region’s local rescue helicopter service is fast approaching a milestone of 5,000 missions in its 15th year of operation. Snowy Hydro SouthCare expects to perform its 5,000th mission before the end of January.
Since 1998 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Aero-Medical Rescue [...]

Medical care for arthritis in Canberra?

By 10 January 2013

I think I am probably developing osteoarthritis, and it is getting to the point where it intereferes with my life.
So I want some sound medical care and advice.
When I went to my GP he did no diagnosis at all, offered me a script and a sample pack of anti-inflammatories, and waved goodbye.
ny [...]

ANU links ice to psychosis

By 10 January 2013

The Australian National University is sharing the fruits of their research into methamphetamine:
Dr Rebecca McKetin, of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, and colleagues tracked 278 methamphetamine – commonly known as ice – users over several years and found a clear dose-related [...]

Belconnen GP who can talk to my old Dad?

By 10 January 2013

Hi. I am hoping someone can suggest a (preferably male) GP in the inner Belconnen area who is interested in older patients like my dear old Dad and actually has some space to take on a new patient….
It seems an impossible task.

Gungahlin GP’s with cardiology special interest?

By 7 January 2013

Hi all,
A friend of mine has recently arrived in Canberra and needs long term support for a heart condition and a referral to a Cardiologist,
I’m looking for  GP in Gungahlin/North that has a special interest in cardiology. Can anyone recommend one?
Many thanks
Terence

A concrete cutting saw to enhance the serenity of the hospital

By 4 January 2013

The Health Directorate has given warning that they’re cutting up a pedestrian bridge they don’t like at the hospital next week:
“Construction on the Canberra Region Cancer Centre ‘topped out’ in September – meaning the structure reached its highest peak,” Dr Brown said.
“To allow for continued construction and installation of the facade of the new building, [...]

Bedhead through the stomach in Reid

By 30 December 2012

A man is being rushed to hospital this morning after becoming impaled on a piece of furniture inside his home at Reid.
The ACT Ambulance Service was called to the Allambie Street property just after 9 o’clock.
Intensive care paramedics arrived a short time later to find the 60 year old impaled on a an ornamental bed [...]

Canberra piercing advice?

By 28 December 2012

Hi! I’m after a nose piercing next week and was wondering where the best place to get it done would be? Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!
At the moment I’m considering Redpath? Someone else told me to go to Hairhouse Warehouse but I’m not sure.
Also anyone with a nose piercing what should I expect??
Also I’m under 18, [...]

A mosquito survey underway

By 22 December 2012

The Chief Health Officer is letting it be known that ACT Health are trying to find out more about what our mosquito populations are up to:
ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly today announced that the first stage of a mosquito survey is currently being conducted in Canberra to enable a better understandingof the mosquito [...]

Listeria warning on soft cheeses dated best before 21 December

By 20 December 2012

The Health Directorate is calling time a day early on Jindi and Wattle Valley 1kg soft cheeses:
ACT Health is warning against eating a number of 1 kg Jindi and Wattle Valley-branded soft cheeses sold at delicatessens and independent supermarkets throughout Australia with best before dates of 21 December 2012.
“A national investigation is currently underway into [...]

UC takes pharmacy undergrad

By 18 December 2012

The University of Canberra has announced they’re opening the study of pharmacy to undergrads.
The new Bachelor of Pharmacy allows high-performing high school students to go straight into a pharmacy program, instead of taking an undergraduate degree then applying for the University’s master’s program.
The popular Master of Pharmacy will continue to be offered to students [...]

Canberra Symphony Orchestra making music for the deaf

By 18 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has announced a rather clever partnership with Cochlear to bring music to the hearing impaired:
Cochlear was approached to provide seed funding for a trial involving Better Hearing ACT and members of the SCIC Music Group who work specifically with people with Cochlear implants. Cochlear agreed and a group of musicians were [...]

Good general surgeon in Canberra?

By 18 December 2012

Just thought I’d make use of the vast array of knowledge that is RA!
I need to get  a relatively small procedure undertaken here in Canberra (removal of a smallish ‘cyst’ sort of thing from my arm). My GP (based where I am from in NSW) isn’t willing to do it because of its location, and he originally referred to [...]

Help for finding a dentist who will consider full extraction

By 17 December 2012

Hi
My partner has had major gum disease and teeth loss, combined with trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ for over 7 years.
Every time we go to a dentist, we’ve been told that the remaining teeth are “fine” to stay in, but after the fourth occasion that the “perfectly fine” teeth have started to fall out, we’re at wit’s [...]

Blue Christmas?

By 17 December 2012

[ 23 December 2012 at 3:00 pm; ] Blue Christmas service: a reflective service acknowledging feelings of grief, pain and loneliness that Christmas sometimes brings.

At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook, Sunday 23 December, 3 pm.    

Katy wants a star for effort

By 14 December 2012

The ABC has some first rate glitter rolling by Chief Minister Gallagher after her data manipulating staff at the health directorate failed to meet their targets for emergency room performance:
But Chief Minister Katy Gallagher believes the so-called reward money will be made available.
“They’ve actually looked at what we are doing to address the timeliness, the [...]

Emotional help after an assault

By 12 December 2012

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 [...]

Canberra health follies

By 11 December 2012

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 [...]

A new MRI for Canberra Imaging Group

By 30 November 2012

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 [...]

With the election out of the way we can tell you just how bad the hospital is

By 30 November 2012

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 [...]

Improving Canberra’s woeful workplace safety record

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By 26 November 2012

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 [...]

GP with Veterans Affairs Experience

By 23 November 2012

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.

Don’t blame Maccas for your fat kid

By 22 November 2012

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 [...]

Red ribbon appeal 2012

By 19 November 2012

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
RSVP: www.aidsaction.org.au/breakfast
Contact: [...]

Should ambos pay for someone else’s cockup? [With Poll]

By 15 November 2012

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 [...]

Looking for a Rheumatologist for Fibromyalgia in Canberra?

By 15 November 2012

Hello Mind Hive.
Does anyone know of a rheumatologist in Canberra that deals with Fibromyalgia patients?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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