Health (808 Stories)

Pregnant during a bushfire? Help out a PhD…

By 6 March 2014

Because bushfires are becoming more prevalent, it’s important to understand what their effects are and what support pregnant women may need during bushfires. A PhD candidate at the ANU is studying the impact of the 2003 Canberra Fire and the 2009 Black Saturday fires on pregnant women. She is seeking participants who were pregnant during [...]

Should Canberra legalise marijuana?

By 5 March 2014

Back in the 90s, Canberra flirted with decriminalising pot. The only noticeable effect at the time was that the police gave up policing it. The ACT has since pulled back from such a position.2013 was a breakthrough year for planet Earth’s pot-lovers. With states and nations across the globe considering, debating or outright legalising the [...]

Nicole Lawder whips them out for charity

By 24 January 2014

The Liberals’ Nicole Lawder is raising awareness of breast cancer screening:
Today, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will undergo a mammogram to encourage more Canberra women over the age of 40 to get their breasts checked and provide early detection of breast cancer.
Ms Lawder will take advantage of the free mammograms for women over the [...]

Change your Medicare address for a chance to win!

By 24 January 2014

Chief Minister Gallagher is offering a sniff of gold (but just a sniff mind you) in the hope it will motivate you to update your medicare address:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has called on new Canberrans to update their residential details with Medicare between now and March 2, for a chance to win $10,000.
“These figures [...]

UN Women Australia Color Run (TM) Team, “National Committee for UN Women (Rothnie-Jones)” Wants You to Run/Walk w Their Team 16/2/14, Sun

By 23 January 2014

Consider this your invitation to UN Women Australia Team, men and women, alike:
Sunday, 16 Feb at 8AM. Commonwealth Park.
 “National Committee for UN Women (Rothnie-Jones)” is the name of the team and it will be fun, inclusive, and there will be a range of fitness so you will have team mates to run/walk with….we promise. [...]

Paperwork moves ahead for the UC Hospital

By 21 January 2014

Chief Minister Gallagher and the University of Canberra have announced a deed signing today:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker have today signed a deed to allow for work on the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) to move into the design phase.
“Our [...]

Work Safety Commissioner says “how about this heat?”

By 16 January 2014

Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]

Travel vaccines in Canberra?

By 14 January 2014

Would anyone have any advice as to where to do travel vaccines in Canberra?
I’ve been told some G.Ps don’t stock them. Has anyone travelled to Bali and done the vaccines here? Thanks!

Anxiety Treatments in Canberra?

By 14 January 2014

A good friend of ours has suffered with high anxiety and OCD for many years.
Having attended many of the local mental health centres there has been little ongoing relief.
Recently they discovered a method advertised as the “Linden method” with guaranteed results via a UK website for Charles Linden.
I would like to know [...]

Extreme Heat Warning now stretching from Tuesday to Saturday

By 13 January 2014

This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]

Extreme heat warning

By 10 January 2014

The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.
“It [...]

Army medical records dumped in the Woden paper recycling skip

By 9 January 2014

It’s pretty bad that the complete dental records for a couple of guys was thrown in the paper recycling skip – the x-rays aren’t paper and shouldn’t be there.
I edited out names and numbers, inside the folders are the guy’s dental records in full and gross detail.

Hip Hop brings the pox (measles) back to Canberra

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chief Health Officer is warning that measles has been brought to Canberra through the ‘World Supremacy Battlegrounds’ Hip Hop dance competition:
“The dance competition is the likely source of infection and ACT Health is aware of other cases across Australia and New Zealand who had also attended the event,” Dr Paul Kelly said.
“We’re advising anyone [...]

What’s a GP worth?

By 7 January 2014

Let’s ignore the criminal case for now, and examine the claim that the defendant was earning between 12 and 15k a week [according to the Canberra Times].
I’d wager that as a GP the majority of that 600 to 750k per annum came from the taxpayer.

Crackdown threatened on malingering pubes

By 30 December 2013

The Australian is running with glee on news of a crackdown on sickies in the public service:
Senator Eric Abetz, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, said “taxpayers are entitled to expect that their money is spent efficiently and effectively, with minimum waste on excessive sick leave”.
“Managing unscheduled absence is a [...]

Moving office not a good reason for a breakdown

By 27 December 2013

The ABC brings word of one of the Public Service’s unique snowflakes who wanted cash money for the “adjustment disorder” that came from her office within the Department of Health being moved.
Sadly for her the AAT has upheld Commcare’s thinking that reasonable administrative action is not a good enough reason.

ACT’s Weight Action Plan is to not get worse

By 5 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Towards Zero Growth is ACT’s new inspirational health slogan.
“Let’s work towards not getting worse!”
I can see the t-shirts now.
Have a read of the Healthy Weight Action Plan here if you’d like to see what the Government’s plans are to make things exactly the same as they are right now.
The most interesting/distressing part are the stats [...]

Katy gets satisfaction

By 5 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is drawing attention to the ACT Healthcare Patient Satisfaction Survey:
“The latest satisfaction survey shows that the ACT does have a health care system that the Canberra community is generally satisfied with and I am pleased to see that the latest results are showing anincrease with satisfaction when compared to the last survey [...]

Cartilage piercing – piercer recommendations?

By 30 November 2013

Its been a few years since I’ve had any piercings done, but I’ m tempted to get another cartilage one (a daith, specifically).
Last time I had mine done it was at Justin’s studio / with Justin at Redpath, but since then I believe he’s shut down, and Freestyle no longer does piercings.
I know Redpath is [...]

Maternity review

By 28 November 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has made known her response to the ACT Centenary Hospital for Women and Children – Maternity Model of Care and Demand Review:
“The key finding of the review into the model of care and demand for these services is that there is a safe and effective service that exists within the Canberra Hospital [...]

Youth workers recognised at YOGIES

By 27 November 2013

Tonight Joy Burch announced the 2013 winners of the YOGIE Awards which represent outstanding practice working with 12 to 25 year olds.
Congratulations to all the winners.
“Tonight’s nominees and winners demonstrate the commitment, dedication, excellence and support provided by the sector in supporting our young people,” Ms Burch said.
“I thank and congratulate all tonight’s nominees [...]

Yet Another Second Rate Stand Alone Bureaucracy. ACT Ambulances

By 27 November 2013

The ABC has word on the blithering incompetence of the ACT Ambulance Service and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate:
Last year 65 ambulance officers were asked to pay back tens-of-thousand of dollars in overpayments because of errors in their personal leave records.
A scathing report by the Fair Work Ombudsman says the Government will be formally [...]

Secure mental health still rumbling along

By 25 November 2013

In lieu of finishing anything we have a progress report on the Secure Mental Health Unit from the Chief Minister:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today provided an update on the ACT’s Secure Mental Health Unit planning, with the release of a draft model of care, the appointment of an architect, and [...]

messed up situation, where to turn?

By 23 November 2013

I’m seeking the help of the hive-mind to try and get further help.
From around age 18 on I was repeatedly prescribed extremely high doses – including what I now know were overdoses, of a particularly nasty psychiatric medication, all the while being led to believe I was taking ‘normal’ doses. I’d been on something different [...]

Kyall Green’s Story

By 22 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A mother and father should not have to bury their son but this is what David and Jackie Green were faced with when their beloved 22 year old son Kyall died in a car accident earlier this year.
A few months before Kyall died, he had talked to his parents about wanting to help others by [...]

BBQ backdown on the food safety act

By 21 November 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has stepped outside the Assembly doors and announced she’s amending the food safety act to exempt temporary food stalls selling low risk food.
There’s no formal announcement and I’m not allowed to share the audio I have, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Chaotic capers at Canberra Hospital. Shame they cost a life

By 19 November 2013

There’s an ABC story up about the inquest into the death of Suki Thurairajah who went to Canberra Hospital for dialysis and didn’t make it out alive.
First year registrar Clare Thomsett put an air tube down the wrong hole while working unassisted:
Today the doctor who incorrectly inserted the tube, first-year anaesthetics registrar Clare Thomsett, [...]

Know any good accessible psychologists in Canberra?

By 15 November 2013

Hi fellow Rioters,
Could someone please recommend a good accessible psychologist in Canberra that specializes in psychopathology?  To elaborate I am after a Psychologist that specializes in abnormal psychology like Mental illness,  specifically on the anxiety spectrum – like OCD.
I have been attempting to book an appointment with the Psychologist I used to see for about [...]

Health Directorate comes out swinging on waiting times

By 14 November 2013

I’m not sure what kicked it off but for a departmental media release Health’s latest effort is unusually fiesty:
“Contrary to the allegations made today about waiting lists for elective surgery, at the end of October 2013 the number of people waiting with extended waiting times is the lowest on record at 618, down from 922 [...]

Parents fibbing to health surveys?

By 11 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Health Directorate has unveiled “Health status of children in the Australian Capital Territory Results from the 2007–10 ACT General Health Survey”.
Perusing the summary I was astonished to learn that 97% of houses are smoke free!
But then I came to the number that 49% of children do not eat fried potato products once a week!
Followed [...]

Bloody fools having a go at much needed regulation of charity BBQs

By 3 November 2013

The Canberra Times is carrying a chorus of idiots criticizing some very sensible regulation of charity barbecues.
This supposedly onerous regulation is requiring organisations that conduct more than five fundraising bbqs a year get a $150 certification to make sure at least one of them knows what the hell they are doing.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Andrew [...]

Medical wait times unacceptable.

By 30 October 2013

Over the past few months I have been experiencing bouts of extreme fatigue and recently dizziness. I have had huge problems trying to get that diagnosed. On an APS2 wage I can’t afford to pay to see a doctor. I finally managed to get in to see a doctor at Winnunga who did a whole [...]

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