Health (864 Stories)

Grants available to support organisations for women

By 14 March 2013

Applications for the Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Program are now open, as part of the 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants.
Applications for a new $30,000 Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Program are now open, as part of the 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants that are now open, ACT Minister for Women Joy Burch announced today.
The 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants [...]

$7.8m National Disability Scheme detailed

By 13 March 2013

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch outlined the plans for the National Disability Scheme today.
“From July eligible ACT residents with disabilities or mental illness will be able to apply for one-
off grants that may be used in a variety of ways to improve their quality of life,” Ms Burch said.
“These grants may be for aids [...]

Electronic database of problem gambling in the works

By 7 March 2013

Problem gambling is an odd thing, and a difficult problem to deal with. I spent a rather unfortunate part of my youth working at a Labor club, a business that survived purely on the losings of gamblers. Yes there were memberships, meat raffle tickets, and pints of Tooheys being sold, but these were done generally [...]

Care and protection in the ACT a mess

By 7 March 2013

The Auditor-General has announced the first report of 2013 Care and Protection System.
The report is vast, and the conclusions lengthy.
But it appears we don’t know where the children are, or how they are.
It is, apparently, hoped that things are getting better, but we can’t know that either.

UPDATE: Joy Burch is taking a glass half full [...]

Asbestos scare from level 8 of Canberra Hospital

By 7 March 2013

The Health Directorate have posted a remarkable warning:
ACT Health is today advising staff, patients and visitors who visited levels 7 and 9 of the main tower block at Canberra Hospital yesterday about the detection of airborne fibres following recent air monitoring.
It is important to note that the steps that the hospital is taking are [...]

Mental health facility opens in Kambah

By 6 March 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has opened a new Step-up, Step-down supported accommodation service for mental health treatment:
Ms Gallagher launched the sub-acute youth (18-25) Mental Health Step-up, Step-down supported accommodation service on site in Kambah.
The provision of the mental health step-up, step-down service addresses key priorities identified in the ACT Mental Health Services Plan 2009-2014.
“This [...]

You are now aware it’s Snowy Hydro SouthCare Awareness Month

By 1 March 2013

This month is Snowy Hydro SouthCare Awareness Month, which is a pretty cool thing to be aware of.
This March the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter Fund is urging the public to support their
local rescue helicopter during their dedicated ‘Awareness Month’. There are many ways
individuals, groups, schools, workplaces and businesses can be involved and help keep their
local [...]

Joy Burch responds to Masquara on the NDIS

By 28 February 2013

In response to Masquara’s post about the NDIS this morning Joy Burch’s office has sent in this response:
The $5000 per person funding is separate to the $10.6 million from the NDIS agreement signed by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments that has been referred to in several public statements the Government has made recently.
The $5000 figure [...]

Rubbery NDIS figures from Katy Gallagher

By 28 February 2013

So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout [...]

IT problems causing delays for Canberra Hospital

By 27 February 2013

Canberra Hospital and Health Services Deputy Director-General, Ian Thompson has warned Canberrans that technical issues are causing delays for non-urgent cases at Canberra Hospital.
“Work is currently under way to resolve these issues, but it is not clear when the work will be complete,” Mr Thompson said,
“Patients who present to the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department [...]

Somebody is a little upset about the ANU med school

By 27 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Also Chicken Gourmet, the lack of beaches in Canberra, and a bunch of other stuff.
It takes a certain amount of angry to make a Downfall video about something, I hope Andrew Stacey feels better now.

Early start for a good cause

By 26 February 2013

Mayor Rattenbury, and whichever poor members of TAMS staff couldn’t come up with an excuse, will be getting up bright and early tomorrow to take part in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk. At least they’ll know they’re sacrificing their sleep for a good cause.
“The DonateLife Walk gets people moving for a good cause, and I’m [...]

Improved disability and mental health services under the NDIS

By 26 February 2013

Joy Burch has released her Ministerial Statement on what we can expect from the National Disability Insurance Scheme later in the year:
From July 2013, the ACT and Federal governments will invest $10.6 million dollars to respond to the demand for disability and mental health services that we know exists today, and from July 2014 eligible [...]

HHH Run… and what’s this about Turner Bowls?

By 26 February 2013

[ 27 February 2013 at 6:10 pm; ] Hi all,

The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.

It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]

Alcohol related violence in Canberra

By 26 February 2013

After watching the Four corners – Punch drunk episode last night I was thinking that what they pictured was fairly consistent with nightlife in the ACT.
Some information and statistics on the Newcastle study on lockouts and trading restrictions can be found here.
Personally I’ve seen; drunk people passed out in the gutter vomitting on [...]

The flight of the Bumblebee mapped

By 25 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Five days ago DangerMouse alerted the community to the Ainslie S***ter.
Last night Justin Heywood suggested the more appropriate title of “The Bumblebee” (his motions are apparently regular but his movements are erratic).
This afternoon
This guy is not a myth here’s the proof –

Also, a map of the previous targets –
Now if you should [...]

Does ACTION need better protocols for blood borne diseases

By 22 February 2013

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has worked himself into a tizz over a mishap on a bus:
Minister Rattenbury confirmed in Estimates that ACTION has no written procedures for handling contaminations on board buses, said Shadow Transport Minister, Alistair Coe.
Yesterday, it was revealed in the media that a person with a blood borne virus alerted ACTION to [...]

Patients leaving mental health facility to have a smoke.

By 22 February 2013

ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]

Canberra teen snitches ratting out half of Canberra business?

By 20 February 2013

The ABC has the truly remarkable news that:
Almost half of Canberra businesses inspected have been caught selling cigarettes to children.
As RiotACT is amongst the we suspect large group of Canberra businesses that don’t even sell cigarettes our minds boggle as to which software consultancies and hairdressers are moonlighting in the ciggie trade.
Sadly it [...]

Ambitions for the Greater Capital Region

By 15 February 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her latest moves to integrate the surrounding countryside:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Katy Gallagher, will move to establish a parliamentary committee to inquire into and advance the ambitions of region cooperation and collaboration for the greater capital region.
Through its work the committee would be able to assist [...]

Time to sic the Auditor-General on the Emergency Department?

By 13 February 2013

Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is calling for an audit of the ever worsening hospital emergency departments:
“The latest figures show that only 42 per cent of patients requiring urgent treatment and 44 per cent of patients requiring semi-urgent treatment were seen on time,” Mr Hanson said.
“The lack of access to the emergency department is having a [...]

Speech therapy drop in centres are go

By 12 February 2013

Joy Burch has made known the Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinics have begun:
Minister for Disability, Children and Young People Joy Burch said parents could directly access information and advice from health professionals across Canberra without a referral.
“In 2012 more than 1200 children were seen through Drop-In clinics, with around half of these children being [...]

A Centenary Bonk for Valentines?

By 12 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from the Centenary team:
The Canberra Centenary message is everywhere – even in the bedroom.
The Centenary team was happy to agree to a proposal by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to place the Centenary logo on boxes of condoms they will distribute, including on National Condom Day (14 February) in Petrie Plaza. [...]

Sod turning for UC super clinic

By 11 February 2013

The University of Canberra is letting it be known it’s celebrity hard hat day for their new medical facility:
Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher turn the first sod at the Super Clinic site this morning at 10am. They will be joined by University of Canberra [...]

Female doctors in Canberra

By 9 February 2013

My previous doctor has unfortunately gone on materity leave and as I have a chronic illness I’m looking for a new doctor.
I was hoping to find someone who is youngish and female as I tend to feel more comfortable with women.
Experience with mental health is desired but not essential.

Are we to believe Canberra’s sports stars are islands of virtue in a sea of doping?

By 7 February 2013

No less an instrument than the front page of the BBC website has taken up the issue of the Australian Crime Commission’s report into organised crime and drugs in sport.
The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) said scientists, coaches and support staff were involved in the provision of drugs across multiple sporting codes.
In some cases, the drugs [...]

Canberra taking over renal care for southern NSW

By 7 February 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s sold the services of Canberra Hospital’s renal care and heart attack treatment to the NSW Government for the surrounding regions:
The renal agreement, which is for five years, commits the ACT Health Directorate and Southern New South Wales Local Health District (SNSWLHD) to providing renal care, including dialysis and post-transplant [...]

Canberra Hospital Frustration

By 7 February 2013

My 88 year old aunt has been in Canberra Hospital for 16 out of the last 18 days. After being discharged after 8 days she went home only to call an ambulance within 48 hrs. When back in casualty the second time, neither of the 2 doctors (although very friendly and nice) bothered to check [...]

The hallmarks of cancer at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Public lecture

By 7 February 2013

This has come across my desk and will no doubt be of interest to some.
Douglas Hanahan, PhD, is Director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer, ISREC), and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the School of Life Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Ecole [...]

More Canberrans give the gift of life in 2012

By 6 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 24 February 2013 to 3 March 2013. ] DonateLife ACT urge all Canberrans to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families
and to understand their decisions during DonateLife Week, which will be held on Sunday
24 February – Sunday 3 March 2013. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of
ten or more people. So please have the conversation about organ and tissue [...]

Kava exemption rides again

By 6 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Health Directorate has announced that kava will once again be gracing Beer And Meat On A Stick Day:
“The Pacific Island community has expressed the importance of kava use to their culture. This exemption will allow Pacific Island people to observe their customs on the occasion of the National Multicultural Festival each year, ACT [...]

All signed up for dental funding

By 4 February 2013

That dentistry is not treated like the rest of medicine in this country is a national disgrace.
But moving past that Chief Minister Gallagher has signed a deal with Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek:
Ms Plibersek said the Australian Government is investing $5.5 million in the ACT’s public dental system over the next two-and-a-half years to reduce [...]

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