Health (843 Stories)

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 [...]

Convoy for cancer ruffling feathers and raising money

By 2 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Threepaws has sent in some video and pictures of the Convoy for Cancer which has been exciting those portions of the media who’s lips move when they reas.
On facebook and twitter I’m sensing some anger from Tuggeranonites over the noise.

The ever worsening emergency department

By 30 January 2013

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is taking a swing at the latest awful numbers coming out of the emergency department:
“Waiting times are worse in every category, worryingly 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.
“For six years Katy Gallagher [...]

ACT Health Directorate Australia Day Awards Craziness

By 30 January 2013

Firstly I don’t want to cast aspersions, nor infer any wrongdoing on the part of this individual but I noted in an ACT Health Directorate Director General’s News Bulletin that one of the staff members named during discussions over the ED data tampering affair (no not KJ) was awarded an ACT Health Directorate Australia Day [...]

Total power outage at Calvary Hospital, but Code Yellow not activated?

By 29 January 2013

On Saturday, the Canberra Times brought word that the Australia Day storm caused a total power outage at Calvary Hospital:
Calvary Hospital lost all power, both main and auxiliary, for about 30 minutes during the storm.
No patients were affected and no operations were being conducted during the storm.
But the hospital came close to declaring a “code [...]

Canberra Hospital, waiting over a month for triage

By 26 January 2013

I submitted a referral to canberra hospital outpatient clinics well before xmas. I have confirmed that they recieved it, but apparently it is still waiting to be triaged. I asked about the xmas shutdown for this clinic and it was only very minimal, so no real explanation as to why it is taking [...]

Drawtism for Autism

By 24 January 2013

This just in and looking like fun:
Drawtism for autism: Retro games are back
The young-at-heart get sketching, guessing and laughing for autism.
Retro games are back in 2013! Sharpen your pencils for Drawtism. Host your own guessing word game at home, for kids, in the classroom, at a dinner, for a birthday, or a hold a [...]

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 (@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

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 [...]

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