Health (831 Stories)

Secure mental health facility gets green light


The development of a secure mental health facility in Symonston will be able to be given priority, with new legislation passing through the ACT Legislative Assembly today, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced.
“I am pleased to see this vital legislation passed through the assembly today, which will fast track Territory [...]

Canberra, 5kms at a time


One of the many great things about Canberra is its ability to show you something you’ve not seen before. This is what happened to me when I joined a running group last year. Now before you switch off right there, bear with me. I’d grown up on the South side of Canberra and moved to [...]

More government help for businesses to prepare for NDIS


Disability service providers preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can now apply for Business Investment packages worth up to $50,000 each, providing tailored professional assistance to manage the transition to the NDIS from 1 July.
The packages come on top of Governance and Financial Management packages worth $20,000, which have already been offered to [...]

Is Vitamin D magic in a capsule?


Do you have enough Vitamin D for winter, optimal fertility, healthy mood and healthy cholesterol?
Vitamin D accumulates and needs regular topping up from sun exposure.  Here in Canberra we are prone to spending a lot of time indoors while we’re at work.  When we do venture outside we have sun block on so how are [...]

GP co-payment could see a drop in Canberra’s immunisation rates


Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today welcomed the latest immunisation results which show that ACT community has the highest rates of immunisation amongst one year olds in Australia.
However, these results will be monitored closely in light of the proposed introduction of a GP co- payment to make sure that immunisation rates [...]

NDIS, therapy and early intervention community forum

By 27 May 2014

Parents and carers of children using therapy services and early intervention programs are invited to attend a community forum next week to discuss the services that will be available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“With the NDIS rolling out in Canberra in five weeks time, this is an exciting time for people with disability [...]

Canberra Liberals support continued Therapy ACT services

By 26 May 2014

The Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor government to continue to provide services through Therapy ACT, including early intervention services, for a further 12 months before withdrawing from its role as a service provider. In essence this would see early intervention services continuing as is until the end of the 2015 school year.
“After [...]

$34 million injection to Canberra Hospital


The ACT government will invest an additional $34 million into elective surgeries with hopes of halving the wait list within a year, according to The Canberra Times.
The funding will include $250,000 for bariatric surgery, which will be the first stand-alone public funding of the procedure, used in the battle against obesity.
The $34 million is the [...]

Control and Choice Expo

By 22 May 2014

Locals are being urged to attend today’s Control and Choice Expo to experience some of the supports and services that will be on offer under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said “The NDIS will begin in the ACT on 1 July this year. The Expo is the first of its [...]

Obesity Clinic for Canberra


A new obesity clinic has opened in Canberra, to tackle one of the region’s biggest health concerns, according to the ABC.
With almost one in three ACT adults and one in four Year Six children overweight or obese, the Obesity Management Service will assist by offering consultations with a range of medical professionals.
Services are available at [...]

Paediatric Emergency Department for Canberra Hospital


The Canberra Hospital is set to develop a new Paediatric Emergency Department, thanks to a $5 million commitment in the Federal budget, according to The Canberra Times.
For all of those parents who have sat in emergency with sick kids, sharing a crowded waiting room and hoping one of the 6 paediatric beds will come available [...]

Drawtism – Pictionary for a cause

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Drawtism is a fun game that uses Pictionary to help understand the communication challenges faced by people with autism while raising funds to overcome these challenges. Do you remember the last time you played Pictionary and you couldn’t be understood by your team? Frustrating right? That’s exactly what Drawtism is about! So this June, sign [...]

Royal Australasian College of Physicians responds to budget


The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) says the Federal Government’s first budget delivers mixed signals regarding its commitment to preventive health, and to reducing Australia’s burden of disease from smoking and alcohol.
The RACP’s incoming President, Professor Nicholas Talley, welcomed the recent increase in tobacco excise but questioned why the government didn’t take this opportunity [...]

Energy drink Dexaprine XR recalled after person hospitalised


One person has been hospitalised after consuming Dexaprine XR Green Apple, which contains illegal levels of caffeine and another substance not entirely unlike amphetamine.
The product was recalled on Thursday.
There was no detail on the location of the person in Australia.
According to The Canberra Times, an ACT Health spokeswoman said the product was sold [...]

Maggots found in Calvary Hospital recovery room


For a while now, we have been hearing a lot about people not wanting to stay in hospital longer than needed for fear of picking up any nasty infections. Not a great concern to have when you are recovering from illness or injury.
These concerns are not likely to be abated by news that six maggots [...]

Liquor law reform review confirms drop in alcohol related crime

By 1 May 2014

An independent review into the ACT’s 2010 liquor law reforms confirms the new laws are starting to tackle alcohol related harm and are improving community safety.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today released the two-year review of the 2010 reforms prepared by ACIL Allen Consulting.
“The report confirms stakeholders believe the ACT Government’s reforms have made a positive contribution [...]

International Pilates Day May 3rd


A long, long time ago – in what now feels like the life of someone else, I did a lot of Pilates.  I was strong and fit and recall that feeling of health and wellbeing with great fondness (a feeling that is somewhat further away thanks to three kids and, well, inherent laziness).
This Saturday is [...]

Mother’s Day Classic

By 30 April 2014

[ 11 May 2014; ] I heard once that Canberra has one of the highest participation rates for recreational running. I don’t know if that’s true but those of us who do lace on our sneakers for regular runs will already know about the Mother’s Day Classic fun run.

It’s a fund raiser for breast cancer research (you’ll see lots of [...]

ACT facing longest hospital waiting times


The Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is out, showing some less than envious figures for the ACT.
59.4% of patients presenting to emergency were seen within 4 hours (compared to the national average of 70%), although this is an improvement on the previous year (as Katy Gallagher is [...]

Three hospitalised with suspected Death Cap mushroom poisoning


Three people are in Calvary Hospital with what is suspected to be Death Cap mushroom poisoning, according to an article in the Canberra Times. The three claim to have eaten mushrooms purchased at Woolworths Dickson just before Easter.
ACT Health isn’t giving much away, but has confirmed all three live in the same [...]

Path cleared for Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm


Rural landholders have failed to overturn approval for a lease variation which could see a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility built on Paddy’s River Road near Tharwa.
A development application for the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm on the ACT Government owned block is currently being considered by the ACT Planning & Land Authority.
The Ngunnawal Bush Healing [...]

2014 ACT Asthma Consumer Survey

By 18 April 2014

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 ACT Asthma Support Network (ASN) Survey being conducted by TNS on behalf of the ASN.
The purpose of the research is to gain detailed information regarding peoples’ experiences of asthma and linked conditions in the ACT.
Results of the survey will help the ASN in developing [...]

Counsellor for 7yr old anxiety recommendations

By 12 April 2014

Would appreciate any recommendations for a counsellor who works with kids anxiety. We are booked in with the Canberra university health clinic  but the waiting period is about 2 months.  Wanted to get on top of it sooner than later. Our school counsellor is on leave for the next term. TIA.

Seeking tougher laws on residential asbestos management

By 7 April 2014

Advocates are calling the government to force homeowners with properties containing ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose asbestos to have an asbestos management plan, as this would bring them under the same laws that govern commercial buildings.
The ACT government has issued a ‘recommendation’ that homeowners have inspections done and the subsequent report should be available to any tradespeople [...]

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!

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