Health (796 Stories)

Baseball heavies

By 12 November 2012

Whilst at the Canberra Cavalry vs New Zealand baseball game (won 17-0 by the Cavs) it became apparent some of our more husky citizens were in attendance.
Case in point was a rotund, hotdog swilling individual, who in an apparent effort to save time and kilojoule expense tried to slip between the bench seat and [...]

More interns for the hospitals

By 9 November 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s reached agreement with the Federales to place more interns into Canberra’s hospitals:
“The ACT Government has agreed to fund an additional five internships in 2013. In return, the Australian Government will fund five additional intern places in the ACT public hospital system, and a further five internships in ACT private [...]

Call me maybe

By 9 November 2012

Since BabyThreepaws entered the world I have had cause to contact after hours health help lines on a few occasions. Mostly minor stuff, but of course almost always on a weekend and definitely after hours. Prior to having a baby I was only vaguely aware of these services, but thankfully the contact information was thrust [...]

Beware the Paralytic Shellfish Toxin contaminated mussels

By 6 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]

4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

By 5 November 2012

[ 15 November 2012 to 21 November 2012. ] “They will love me for that which will destroy me.”

Fernwood – Should I Join?!

By 2 November 2012

Hey Guys,
I’m looking at joining a women’s health club, mainly to use the creche, and as it’s close by to my work. I’ve just gone back part time, my daughter is 8 months old.
I am mainly looking at joining a Fernwood Woden/Civic, as they are the closest women’s gym to my work and home. Apparently, [...]

Best Eye Doctor in 20+ Years, Here in Canberra

By 1 November 2012

Hi everyone, I’m a newcomer to Canberra (having arrived in December 2010). Prior to that, I lived on the East Coast of the US and 3 years in Auckland. I’ve relied on the Riot Act heavily for suggestions for everything from doctors to restaurants for a special meal to hair dressers. So [...]

Smokers at Canberra Hospital

By 29 October 2012

It’s about time Canberra Hospital got serious about enforcing the total smoking ban at this health care facility and backing it up with on the spot fines.
The inconsiderate desperadoes that blithely puff away under the no smoking signs could well contribute to the cost of their own treatment and should be actively deterred from [...]

Brad runs into young citizen of the year

By 27 October 2012

Back in January we took an interest in Brad Carron-Arthur’s run to Cape York to raise money for the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research.
Last night Joy Burch announced he’s been named the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year.
Well done Brad.

Australian Academy of Science’s public lecture – Rural policy, people and place: sustainability in an uncertain future

By 26 October 2012

By Professor Margaret Alston OAM
Director of Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability research unit, Monash University
This lecture will explore the changes and uncertainties relating to climate, policy, population movements and socio-economic factors on Australia’s rural heartland.
Tuesday 6 November 2012
Lecture and live streaming from 6pm, Refreshments from 5:30 pm (gold coin donation)
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry [...]

WorkSafe going after employers who fail to report

By 23 October 2012

WorkSafe ACT is giving warning they’re preparing to prosecute employers who fail to report serious injuries and dangerous incidents:
“The ACT’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 places a requirement on employers to report notifiable incidents, that is, serious injuries or dangerous incidents, to WorkSafe ACT,” Mr McCabe said today.
“Once the employer becomes aware [...]

Service delivery hub for Braddon

By 22 October 2012

The ABC brings word that Andrew Leigh has opened a new government shopfront in Braddon:
The services hub houses Centrelink, Medicare and child support self-service facilities under one roof on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says it is a new approach for service delivery.
“The consolidation of Centrelink and Medicare services into single [...]

Labor promises $15 million for outpatients and imaging

By 19 October 2012

Another morning, another Labor health announcement:
A re-elected ACT Labor Government will provide another $15 million to further improve access to outpatient services, imaging and chronic pain care.
This includes:
– $10m to increase access to general outpatient services at Canberra Hospital to provide for new treatment options and meet growing demand. This will enable us to employ [...]

Labor promises a paediatric stream at the Emergency Department

By 17 October 2012

A curious one here from Team Katy:
If re-elected ACT Labor, in partnership with the Federal Labor Government, will provide $5.8 million towards the establishment of a dedicated service for children in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (paediatric stream).
We will kick start this new paediatric response by providing ongoing funding for a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant [...]

Colonel Hanson declares “war” on hospital waiting lists

By 17 October 2012

The long awaited list of Liberal promises on health (at one page a bit light be called a policy document) is finally with us:
“A Canberra Liberals Government will get Canberra’s health system back on track by injecting $224 million towards:
– Delivering 5,500 more elective surgery operations over the next four years
– Providing 60 additional general [...]

Hosptial waiting rooms

By 12 October 2012

At a party recently i was discussing the subject of the wait time in hospital waiting rooms with an off duty paramedic. He made an interesting comment that whilst most visitors get exceedingly frustrated at hospital wait times, patients in the waiting room are under constant medical observation.
At the time I thought it a [...]

Bought a Ham recently?

By 12 October 2012

MIKES Meats Pty Ltd has issued a voluntary recall of 600gm and 900gm Prager Leg Hams from Mikes Meats retail stores and three other butchers in the ACT due to bacterial contamination.**
“Routine microbiological testing conducted by the manufacturer has found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Prager Leg Ham, Batch numbers 120904 and 120925,” said [...]

ACT Greens promise to bring back the bubbler

By 10 October 2012

The ACT Greens were joined by Australia on Tap today as they announced a $386,000 plan to increase access to free drinking water around Canberra with new drinking fountains in key public places and providing mobile water stations at events like Floriade and the Multicultural Festival.
“Providing better access to free drinking water will make our [...]

Katy promises more for elective surgery even though everything was fine

By 9 October 2012

Team Katy is throwing another bucket of cash at the hospital despite telling us for years they were funding it adequately:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will invest $80 million to meet the growing demand for elective surgery.
Our commitment will deliver 5,000 more operations over the next four years. This includes a commitment to provide 30 more [...]

Greens on mental health and dental

By 9 October 2012

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is seeking the reflected glory of Richard Di Natale (yes indeed, who?) while launching more health policy:
The Greens health election release today includes new funding of:
– $35 million for mental health, to support people living with a mental illness, with a focus on community-based and run services;
– $1.9 million for dental [...]

My patience with the mental health system has run out

By 7 October 2012

I am posting this partly as a rant and partly in the hope it will be picked up my a polly and something will be done about it. I intend to write to all candidates for all parties before the election outlining my concerns and experiences so something can be done. I don’t want sympathy [...]

Team Katy pouring still more loot into Canberra Hospital

By 5 October 2012

It feels like another day brings another health funding promise:
As part of our commitment to provide a further 170 beds by investing almost $170 million in our public hospital capacity, provide at least $19 million to boost emergency care, and employ more than 500 doctors, nurses and health professionals a re-elected ACT Labor Government will:
Invest [...]

Team Katy on health

By 4 October 2012

Katy Gallagher is telling us how great we are again. Also how she’s planning to improve our health services (not that she’s saying there’s anything wrong with them):
If re-elected, ACT Labor will provide $10 million to boost health services at the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres.
We will also provide $7 million for 30 additional [...]

Katy promises more cancer treatment and reserach

By 24 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced another bung for cancer issues:
If re-elected ACT Labor will invest almost $20 million to provide more cancer outpatient services, employ more doctors and nurses, expand lymphoedema services and support ANU cancer research.

Motorists on euthanasia and public housing

By 19 September 2012

When you get an email at 10pm from Chic Henry holding forth on euthanasia and public housing the mind fairly boggles.
But it appears the two are unrelated.
Firstly Chic wants higher standards for and from public housing tenants:
The policy of the Motorist Party will be to improve the standards of properties within the ACT Housing Trust [...]

Zed looking after the wrinklies

By 18 September 2012

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced his “Seniors Plan”:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will establish a land bank for aged care accommodation and retirement villages, re-establish the Office of Ageing in the Chief Minister’s Department, review seniors’ concessions for retirement village residents and conduct a seniors’ [...]

The pollen rising from the pines

By 17 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Another John has sent in a picture of the pollen cloud rising from the pine plantations.
Today I was up on Mt Ainslie and looking to the east and a strange sort of haze caught my eye, a yellowy sort of dust cloud not normally seen, then it occurred to me that it was almost [...]

Katy makes motherhood statements about motherhood

By 15 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that if elected she’ll get an adequate number of beds into the women’s hospital she’s only just finished building:
If re-elected ACT Labor will continue our investment in women’s, children’s and babies’ health investing $30 million to add an extra 19 beds to our Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, increase [...]

The abortion wars return

By 14 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Health’s offices at the Corner of Moore and Alinga Street have been mercifully clear of pro and anti abortion protests for the last few months while the achingly slow pavement works have been underway.
But the sculpture is back and with it the devout.
(Also a lady in a snazzy red coat with no connection to [...]

How to run a go slow to tricky questions

By 13 September 2012

One presumes it was Jeremy Hanson who FOI’d the emails surrounding his Question on Notice about hospital emergency department waiting times.
But the resulting paper trail is certainly intriguing.
Messages misplaced, key people going on leave, eventually deciding that the investigation of their own scandal means they can’t give an answer at all.
In my opinion Sir Humphrey [...]

Peggy Brown’s plan for Canberra Hospital

By 12 September 2012

Director-General of the Health Directorate (that’s a lot of directing) Dr Peggy Brown has announced her plan to speed up the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital:
“The Health Directorate is in the process of implementing a number of initiatives to make our ED the best it can possibly be,” said Dr Brown.
The ED is increasing its [...]

Katy’s plan for cancer research

By 12 September 2012

Another day, another aspirational policy from Chief Minister Gallagher.
Today we’re going to tackle cancer:
if re-elected ACT Labor will partner with the ANU to provide $1.5 million to support the establishment of high profile Centenary Chair in Cancer Research at JCSMR [John Curtin School of Medical Research].
The Chair will be closely linked with the Canberra Region [...]

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