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 [...]
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 [...]
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 guy is not a myth here’s the proof – http://youtu.be/-41frDsZs8c
Also, a map of the previous targets – http://imm.io/XkaY
Now if you should [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]