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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Katy Gallagher launched an “app” (it’s not an app it’s a website with a mobile interface dagnammit) today called Find a Health Service. You can download an “app” which is just a link to the site off the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, but why would you when it’s just a website [...]
Having never seen a form of middle class welfare he didn’t like the Liberals’ Steve Dozspot has bestirred himself to call for more autism support in the ACT:
ACT Shadow Minister for Education and Training Steve Doszpot is calling on ACT Labor to provide more support for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr Doszpot [...]
Mindfulness is a proven technique that goes back thousands of years and is now being widely used to manage chronic pain. Psychologist Randolph Sparks, who gave a very engaging and insightful talk on “Managing Chronic Pain” last year, will talk about how mindfulness can work for you.
WHEN: Monday 15 April, 12.30-1.30 PM
WHERE: Room 9, 2nd [...]
Got Chlamydia? Are you sure? How do you know? Does the guy in the picture have Chlamydia? Does the dog?
Happy Chlamydia Week ladies and gentlemen!
Here’s where you can get tested during chlamydia week 5-12th April
Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Bld 5 Level 1, Canberra Hospital; Ph: 02 62442184
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri Walk-in Clinic 9am-2pm, Wed 1:30pm-3:30pm
Hospital food is always going to be a vexed issue.
Every penny spent on it could be going towards another staff member’s salary, a piece of equipment, a secure multi user data entry system, a bottle of hand sanitiser, the list goes on.
On that constrained budget then consider the vast swathe of humanity to be catered [...]
Jessica Parker has been named the 2012 Allied Health Professional of the Year today by ACT Health Director-General Dr Peggy Brown.
“I would like to congratulate the winner of this year’s Allied Health Professional of the Year, Ms Jessica Parker, who is the Pharmacy Preceptor for Pharmacy Services across the Canberra Hospital and Health Services,” [...]
Over 250 Canberra students with disabilities received support from the Therapy Assistants in Schools program said Joy Burch today.
The program provides children with a disability and children with developmental delays with additional therapy intervention to ensure that functional deficits affecting the child’s capacity for communication, learning, mobility and self-care are addressed.
Ms Burch said results from [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]
ABC News are running a story about health researchers who want to blame poor innocent puppies for old people getting sick. I assume these health researchers are actually Skeletor, the Joker, and Shredder in disguise.
A paper to be presented to a Communicable Diseases Conference in Canberra starting today looks at two gastro outbreaks at [...]
I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.
I’m looking for recommendations for a good doctor on the North-side. Like the recent question I’m more comfortable with a female doctor, but my main criteria is that I’d like a doctor who keeps up with the latest research and who is pro-active in getting to the bottom of things.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
“…when our mother passed away we promised our father that we would always care for him and would never put him in a home. Unfortunately our father developed Alzheimers Disease. I moved in with him and my brother would come and stay for a few weeks at a time to give me time away. The [...]
Haylee’s proud mum has sent this in:
My Daughter, Haylee, shaved her head for the worlds greatest shave.
A little further information;
Haylee chose to enter of her own accord. She is selfless, sweet, kind and loving.
Two years ago, Haylee lost her young friend, Shanice Johnson of gordan (8yrs old) to a rare platelet disorder, Shanice [...]
The ABC has the strange news from Assembly committee hearings that Chief Minister Gallagher is wrestling with where to build health infrastructure costing nigh on a billion dollars as she tries to decide whether Canberra Hospital needs a new tower block:
She says she will make a final decision before the budget in June on [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]