Health (878 Stories)

Cancer research gets a Centenary Chair at ANU

By 26 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s chipped in $1.5 million to get the ANU to name a chair after the Centenary:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced funding in the 2013-14 Budget for the appointment of a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research based at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). [...]

Copa says sorry

By 23 May 2013

This just up on Copa’s facebook page:
Due to the ongoing investigation, we have not been able to make an official statement as yet.
It is with sincere compassion and genuine sorrow that we apologize to all the people and their families affected by the recent tragic sequence of events. We hope this apology is received to [...]

ANU “bullying” students out of interstate internships

By 22 May 2013

ANU Medical School graduates are usually guaranteed a first round offer to intern at the Canberra Hospital, however as of this month a new policy will deny them that if they choose to also apply for positions interstate. Outside of the ACT, graduates with multiple offers are given two days to make a decision.
The students [...]

Unvaccinated kids may be banned from schools during outbreaks

By 21 May 2013

ABC News are reporting that the ACT may follow NSW’s lead in considering to allow childcare centres and preschools to excuse children who have not been immunised during outbreaks.
Katy Gallagher is against the idea.
Ms Gallagher says ACT’s chief health officer is looking at better ways to keep non-immunised children at home when cases of whooping [...]

Copa’s doors are open again

By 21 May 2013

Copa, the restaurant at the heart of Canberra biggest salmonella outbreak ever has reopened its doors with the blessing of ACT Health reports ABC News.
This is good news as I really would like to go…
I may avoid the mayonnaise.

Intentional Community starts up for disability housing

By 20 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has launched a new program today:
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher together with The Governor General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO today formally opened the Intentional Community, a new public housing development designed to better support the needs of people with disability in our community.
The Intentional Community in Phillip is a unique development [...]

Our Hungry Future

By 17 May 2013

Campaign Launch, 10 am today – Friday 17th May, outside Tuggeranong Library
Time Travellers return to Canberra from the year 2020.  They’ve got a message for you:  Our Future is Hungry
Food Security is gaining prominence as an issue of global importance, yet most of us have not considered how threats to food security would impact upon [...]

Seminar: “Work’s not working: How to shift to healthier more productive work” with ergonomist Wendy Elford

By 16 May 2013

A recent study of over 1300 Australian Public Service staff has found that more than 70 per cent experienced neck pain in the last year, well above the average of 12 to 34 per cent. Does the answer lie in improvements in ergonomics like sit-stand desks or in the way that work is organised-or what?
What [...]

Please don’t spread salmonella

By 16 May 2013

Hi guys
Just wanted to remind everyone that salmonella and other food borne illnesses are also transmissible person-to-person. We’ve all seen how diseases can spread rapidly through Canberra so here’s some tips from everyone’s favourite waitress (me!) to help keep this outbreak contained.
Please stay home from work if you’ve been sick (particularly vomiting, diarrhoea, fever) and [...]

Second food poisoning outbreak in Canberra


Emergency wards are clogged up with over 80 people suffering from food poisoning, and things look like they’re about to get worse.
Another food poisoning incident has occurred, reports ABC News.
ACT Health has also confirmed a second and unrelated food poisoning outbreak at an unnamed venue in Canberra’s south, with up to 150 people potentially exposed [...]

Salmonella outbreak advice and update


In response to the recent outbreak of salmonella at The Copa Brazilian Churrasco, the ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly has today activated emergency response protocols at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital in order to help cope with the increased workload.
The ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly said “Canberra is experiencing an outbreak [...]

Budget goodies for Canberra in the budget.

By 14 May 2013

Taking a browse through Budget Paper 2 we find:
For the Hospital:
The Government will contribute $5.0 million to the Australian Capital Territory in 2014-15 towards the development of a dedicated service for children within the Emergency Department of the Canberra Hospital. This will help streamline and better coordinate paediatric emergency and inpatient services for around 15,000 [...]

Were you hit by the lurgy? Copa the suspect


2CC is tweeting that 22 people were hospitalised by a food poisoning outbreak over the weekend.
Were you hit? And what have you heard?
22 people presented to Calvary and Canberra Hospitals yesterday with food poisoning. More in 2CC news at 10am #canberra #2cc
— 1206 2CC (@2CC) May 13, 2013

UPDATE 14 May 2013 13:10: We’re hearing from [...]

ACT Chronic Conditions Strategy for 2013-18

By 14 May 2013

ACT Health released their Chronic Conditions Strategy for 2013 until 2018 yesterday.
The increasing prevalence of chronic conditionsis one of the biggest burdens facing the Australian
health system and has significant ramifications for the Australian economy and the lives of those living
with one or more chronic conditions.
The whole report is available here if you’d care to [...]

Nothing good happening with the Emergency Department

By 13 May 2013

Normally when there’s hospital data out the Chief Minister can be relied on to put a rosy spin on even the worst numbers.
Today there has been curious silence.
Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson on the other hand has lots to say:
ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today that the emergency department waiting times over the past three [...]

Lower back pain specialist in Canberra?

By 13 May 2013

Hi Gang,
The missus is fighting some significant lower back pain, been a problem for her for about 3 years. Other than that, she is a fit and healthy specimen, maintaining a stunning appearance and physique.
She has visited a couple of doctors and both agreed with my diagnosis, weak core (stomach muscles) leaving the back to [...]

Giralang Doctors to close

By 10 May 2013

FYI, my family just got our letters today to inform us that the Doctors surgery in Giralang is being taken over by the owners of a medical surgery in Watson and ALL staff are moving to the Watson premises.
Great, no shops, no Doctor, no support from the government………………

Donna De Silva and Melissa Pearce the Nurse and Midwife of the Year

By 10 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the winners of the ACT Nursing and Midwidery Excellence Awards 2013:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has congratulated the 2013 Nurse of the Year, Donna De Silva and Midwife of the year, Melissa Pearce, during a awards ceremony at the Hellenic Club overnight.
“Nurses and midwives perform an [...]

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 8 May 2013

The theme for this the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is “30 Years in Solidarity”.
The 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Sunday 19th May.
The event is to honour, support and advocate for those affected by HIV – Friends, Family, Colleagues and the community. Please [...]

Joy Burch lays out the NDIS

By 7 May 2013

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch has revealed the funding details for the National Disability Scheme.
By 2019-20, the ACT Government will provide about $167 million a year to the cost of care and support for people with disability in the ACT through DisabilityCare Australia. This will be 49 per cent of the cost of the [...]

An outbreak of Strangles in Canberra’s horses

By 7 May 2013

The ABC has the worrying news that the charmingly named “Strangles” is attacking the region’s horses:
A highly contagious disease that has the potential to kill horses has broken out in the ACT and parts of southern New South Wales.
Strangles is a bacterial disease that causes nasal discharge and swelling of the lymph nodes around [...]

ACT Hospitals say no to sugary fatty delicious foods

By 6 May 2013

In an attempt to increase the percentage of healthy food options in Hospital cafeterias, snacks that are too sugary or fatty will be kicked to the curb, reports ABC News.
ACT school canteens have already dumped most fatty and sugary foods, now Canberra’s health sector is about to do the same.
A discussion paper has recommended at [...]

Looking for a dentist

By 3 May 2013

Wondering if anyone knows where Pegah from Curtin Dental Care is now practicing? 
I think she left CDC in September 2012.  
Any help appreciated.

Gallagher and Burch stand behind the NDIS levy

By 1 May 2013

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and ACT Minister for Disability Services Joy Burch have declared their support for the Medicare Levy to pay for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“Having signed up to be one of the first jurisdictions to see full implementation of the NDIS, the ACT is set to benefit from the funds made available [...]

Canberra Doctor wanted by Interpol

By 1 May 2013

Doctor Ammar Dhaimat was been charged with committing an act of indecency last week, reports ABC News.
It turns out that the good Doctor is in fact wanted by Interpol for doing the same thing in the UK and then fleeing the country on bail.
How did he end up being allowed to work here?
It prompted ACT [...]

Two locals Cycle for a Cure in Vietnam

By 30 April 2013

Jo Parkinson and Sandra Bown are to local ladies who are planning to ride the 565kms from North to South Vietnam in support of the Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Jo and Sandra have chosen the Cure Cancer Foundation because like most of us, they too have unfortunately both been touched by cancer, and with 1 in [...]

Health grant winners!

By 30 April 2013

The Chief Minister has announced the lucky supplicants for health grant largesse:
Twenty Canberra community groups have received their share in $950,000 of ACT Government health grants, designed to promote health and wellbeing in our city, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.
“Some of the best ideas for projects that will improve the [...]

Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 Consultation on the Second Exposure Draft [UPDATED]

By 26 April 2013

As the revisions to the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 seem to cover a lot of issues including treatment orders, search and frisking powers and, arrest without a warrant, some people may be interested in being involved in this consultation.
Consultation on the Second Exposure Draft: Wednesday 17 April – Tuesday 28 May 2013.
The [...]

High needs Canberrans costing a million dollars a year

By 23 April 2013

The Canberra Times has a look at the predictably disfunctional social services system and discovers the staggering amounts being spent achieving not very much:
There is also an over-reliance on expensive “crisis” responses, by health authorities, police or social workers, driving up the cost of service delivery to vulnerable families. The research found that an unofficial [...]

Doctors in Canberra?

By 21 April 2013

Hi there,
I am searching for a good doctor in Canberra preferably Northside.
I recently got some test results back and am not happy with how my current doctor handled the situation (she searched the condition on google, telling me just to leave it and see if it causes problems in the future). She didn’t make [...]

Secure mental health. More medium security beds. High security goes overboard

By 15 April 2013

The Chief Minister has announced she now has paperwork confirming the desperate need for a secure mental health facility in Canberra:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today confirmed changes to plans for the ACT’s secure Mental Health Facility with reviews of planning for a secure mental health facility in the ACT confirming the [...]

Canberra leading on immunisation rates

By 11 April 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is taking credit for Canberra’s good rankings on immunisation of children:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA has welcomed the ACT results in the report on Immunisation coverage rates in Australia released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA).
“The report shows that the ACT has high immunisation rates for [...]

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