Hi, my 17 year old son has recently been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and is suffering anxiety and depression and may have to go on medication.
Can anybody recommend a good doctor on the southside that has experience working with teenagers on the autism spectrum?
Chief Minister Gallagher is thanking the Woden Rotary Club which has fundraised a Cough Assist Machine:
The Cough Assist Machine is designed for the treatment of patients with conditions such as muscular dystrophy and for those suffering spinal cord injuries.
“This new machine will be well used across the hospital to assist patients during their stay in [...]
Cracked’s Adam Tod Brown has written an excellent piece on just what is involved in getting marijuana in California these days (and a rapidly growing number of American states).
I recommend reading it, but basically if you’re willing to tell your doctor a white lie (hello ritalin and oxycontin) you can buy weed as readily as [...]
Here in the Eagle’s Nest we had wondered why the ACT’s Closing The Gap report had appeared without fanfare.
It’s a good looking document making all the right noises.
Sadly when you get down to the actual targets what do we see?
ACT data not available
And yet the process rolls on.
I know that I can gargle salt water and hopefully it will pop out by itself, but worst-case scenario, can anybody suggest an affordable and trust-worthy oral surgeon who can remove this?
It’s the second time it happened to me, but I got the first one removed overseas and I am not going anywhere until [...]
Mr Poetix closed a window over-vigorously, and it cracked. Time for new glass.
Problem; our house was built in the 1950s, and according to the window people, the putty around the glass may contain asbestos. This needs to be tested before they will replace the glass. Fair enough. I don’t want anyone [...]
It’s a funny thing trust. Once you lost a little bit of it the rest just disappears.
Trust and health statistics is harder still. They’ve always been the sequel to “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”.
But for whatever it’s worth Chief Minister Gallagher is congratulating the troops for significantly reducing the number of postponed elective surgeries:
ACT Chief [...]
Food safety at home is rarely as stringent as most restaurants.
In most homes fridge temps are really checked let alone food temps. Leftovers are often kept far too long and then insufficiently heated in a microwave. Food prep is rarely done in a safe environment and cleaning procedures usually only promote bacterial growth. The unsafe food [...]
This in from the Noble Palace:
Noble Palace would like to advise our customers that we have posted an update on our website outlining our view on the current food safety debate.
Over this long weekend we noticed a new set of articles and announcements published in the Canberra Times discussing the issue of Food Safety and [...]
ClubsACT is taking a red hot shot at the Health Protection Service over the recent rash of red prohibition notices going up around town:
The ACT Health Protection Service is inflicting significant damage to Canberra’s food industry whilst failing to address serious shortcomings in their own processes and procedures, according to ClubsACT’s Chief Executive, Jeff House.
Simon Corbell has announced he’s approved the bulldozing of more land around Calvary Hospital to build 110 more parking spaces:
Mr Corbell approved a variation to the Territory Plan to rezone the narrow strip of land and allow Calvary Hospital to build a formal car park on its northern boundary.
“The sale of this land to Calvary [...]
Justice and Community Safety have published their latest effort to recruit the next generation of police informants.
The Office of Regulatory Services monitors retail compliance with the cigarette ‘sale to minors’ provision of
the Tobacco Act 1927. The Act prohibits the sale of smoking products to anyone under the age of 18.
The Office is introducing a program [...]
The ABC has the happy news that a brain surgery patient has survived a deliberately induced blackout during their surgery after equipment was plugged into non-backed up powerpoints during a blackout test.
Freedom of Information documents obtained by the ABC, show a power blackout interrupted brain surgery in October last year causing computers and other [...]
The Liberals opened the election campaign tonight with a 2 minute attack ad on WIN News which we hear sells for around $2,000.
$2 grand isn’t that much in the course of an ad campaign but to blow it in one go, particularly after a lengthy segment and with station promos sending the audience off to [...]
The ABC has a tale of woe surrounding the MRI scanner at Canberra Hospital which has not had a happy history.
FOI documents show the scanner’s operating table has been subject to two recalls by the Canadian manufacturer because of problems with the hydraulics and locking mechanism.
Hospital staff were told last August not to book any [...]
This in from the Noble Palace Chinese Restaurant getting ahead of the curve:
From: Noble Palace Chinese Restaurant
Subject: Noble Palace closed by ACT Health
The owners of the Noble Palace Chinese Restaurant in Woden would like to take this opportunity to advise our customers that as of Thursday 31st of May 2012, we have [...]
Alien Fiend Senior is rapidly approaching the time where he will need to go into full time high level residential care. Like his son, he has a sharp mind and can look after his lower bits, but alas, his sight is failing and he is old.
We have looked at Calvary and Goodwin in Ainslie and [...]
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Simon Corbell gets to play with all the cool toys.
Today he’s been taking delivery of five new ambulances.
Mr Corbell said the new ambulances will help bolster existing ACTAS fleet and ensure our frontline services continue to be well prepared for emergency patient care right around the clock.
The new vehicles represent the most modern technology and [...]
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at the Calvary John James Hospital complex, investigating reports of a chemical spill in a detached operating theatre building.
The building which is closed to the public after normal business hours, and does not house hospital patients, is currently being investigated by ACT Fire & Rescue’s Hazardous Materials [...]
The Open Government website has released an FOI request on suicides in the ACT by people in the care, or formerly in the care of Mental Health ACT between 2006 and 2012.
Majority men, but not overwhelmingly so. And hanging a clear favourite although carbon monoxide very popular.
Ingestion of caustic substance sounds like a particularly drawn [...]
Does anyone know where I can get a flu vaccination for a 4 year old? I am used to this being offered by the GP, but since Australia does not include the flu jab on the vaccination schedule for children, it is difficult to find someone who will actually do it. My GP [...]
Andrew Barr has announced he’s launching the Canberra Permanent AIDS Memorial Project.
This project will provide Canberra with a lasting commemoration to the lives of everyone affected by HIV/AIDS.
I will launch the fundraising drive at the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, to be held this evening at 6.00pm at the National Gallery of Australia.
Over the [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is asking Canberrans to stop making her emergency department numbers even worse by coming in for non-emergencies.
Instead she suggests these alternatives:
– Community Pharmacist – your local pharmacist is qualified to give you expert advice on many health issues;
– healthdirect – call 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1800 022 [...]
Marcothepolopony has sent in this intriguing example of parking in Belconnen.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to email@example.com .
The Liberals Jeremy Hanson has the worrying news that process seems to have broken down for elective surgery:
70 per cent of the Canberra Hospital’s elective surgery admission requests are not properly authorised, according to information obtained by the Canberra Liberals. ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said a Freedom of Information request shows that the [...]
[ 30 May, 2012; 12:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] The RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT presents a free seminar:
Dealing with Depression: For people with a chronic condition, with Professor Kathy Griffiths.
Room 6, Griffin Centre
20 Genge Street, Canberra City
You are invited to join us until 2pm for a light lunch following the seminar.
Professor Kathy Griffiths is the Director of the Centre for [...]
[ 12 June, 2012; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] A Canberra Skeptics Event
Venue: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton,
Members Free/Non-Members Gold Coin Donation
The topic of illicit drugs in Australia is a topic that attracts continued controversy. Some argue that drug policy should continue to remain based on the principle of prohibition while others argue that such prohibition should be repealed.
[ 19 May, 2012; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]
This in from the ANU:
The John Curtin School of Medical Research CLINICAL RESEARCH OPEN DAY
We invite you to come to our clinical research open day. View the newly opened clinical research suites with a guided tour of the laboratories and talk to a researcher about our studies on early childhood and adult obesity.
Learn about our [...]
Golden-Alpine sent in this message of woe in Kaleen.
See the infamous red notices? Take a picture and send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Auditor-General has announced just what she’s going to do with the health statistics scandal at the Canberra Hospital.
The objective of the audit is to provide an independent opinion to the ACT Legislative Assembly on:
• the circumstances associated with the alleged misreporting of Canberra Hosiptal Emergency Department performance information;
• the effectiveness of the Health [...]
The Greens are asking some sensible questions as to why teeth are excluded from publicly funded healthcare, and trying to get support for a fix up here in Canberra.
“It doesn’t make much sense that teeth should be excluded from the rest of the human body when it comes to healthcare,” Greens Health spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan [...]