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Disability Forum in Holt

By 23 July, 2013

Belconnen Community Services are hosting a one day workship with world renowned disability advocates John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien on Tuesday the 30th of July, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the Holt Community Centre. The forum will cost $60, however if you are living with disability, or a family member is, you can attend [...]

Shoulder expert in Canberra?

By 19 July, 2013

Needing a shoulder expert in the ACT.

Vaccination rates by postcode

By 17 July, 2013

It started with wondering whether certain schools should be avoided as unvaccinated measles factories. I couldn’t find any statistics on vaccination rates in schools but I found great vaccination rates by postcode [xls file sorry] published by National Health Perfomance Authority [same database only for Internet Explorer victims].
Skipping the statistics for one year olds because [...]

Closing the Gap 2013

By 12 July, 2013

Shane Rattenbury is taking some joy from the 2013 Closing the Gap report:
“The 2013 Closing the Gap Report shows that significant progress has been made in the last year to improve the life outcomes for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“When compared nationally, Aboriginal and [...]

UC study finds exercise is the best medicine for breast cancer survivors

By 11 July, 2013

Lynohoedema is a common condition found in people recovering from surgery or radiation therapy that affects the lymph nodes, such as those who have had breast cancer. It causes painful swelling in the limbs, and it was widely believed that exercise would increase the swelling and therefore should be avoided.
New research from UC’s Dr. Kate [...]

Health grants refocused on fat kids

By 5 July, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is declaring war on the porkers by way of the health grants program:
“Obesity is a growing problem in our community and it is placing extra stress on our health system. The ACT Government is investing in programs to combat this problem and the refocused ‘Healthy Canberra Grants’ program will enable community groups [...]

Katy Gallagher, the misogyny card and abortion rights

By 2 July, 2013

In the context of the new RU480 legislation, The Project on Channel 10 has just screened the story of a young Canberra woman who was recently refused medical treatment (morning after pill) by publicly funded Calvary Hospital. She was also refused a referral to an alternative doctor.
Katy Gallagher has been playing the “Gillard sisterhood” card [...]

In defence of the Nanny State.

By 2 July, 2013

One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us
By Simon Chapman
In Australia, anyone who supports rules and regulations that make products safer or improve public health can expect to come under attack from critics arguing they’re restricting freedom and turning the country into a “nanny state”.
These “nanny state” critics are everywhere and [...]

Surgeon for inguinal hernia in Canberra?

By 29 June, 2013

Hi there, anyone out there had surgery on an inguinal hernia?
Looking for surgeon recommendations in Canberra. Appreciate hearing good reports.
Thanks.

Atlas of ACT health launched

By 25 June, 2013

Today Katy Gallagher launched the ACT Population Health Commissioning Atlas.
The Atlas aims to be a snapshot of the ACT’s health, showing us how people are doing in different areas and at different ages. The ultimate goal of course being an improvement to ACT Health’s ability to meet the needs of the ACT.
“This local population health [...]

Stromlo asbestos cleanup completed

By 21 June, 2013

The Economic Development Directorate* is letting it be known they’ve cleaned up the asbestos along the Red Rock realignment:
The section of the main trunk trail between ‘Red Rock’ and ‘Tall Trees’ was closed in April 2013 after pieces of asbestos containing material (ACM) were found on two sections of the track.
The section running between ‘Red [...]

Kronic crackdown

By 20 June, 2013

The Office of Regulatory Services is directing attention to Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2013 – Imposition of Interim Ban on Certain Consumer Goods Containing Synthetic Drug Substances:
The effect of this Notice is to ban the supply of such consumer goods for a period of 60 days [...]

ACT Health gets top marks

By 20 June, 2013

The independent Australian Council on Healthcare Standards have given the thumbs up to the ACT’s health system today, says Katy Gallagher.
The team of surveyors evaluated all aspects of the ACT Health system and assessed them against 47 criteria. ACT Health met all criteria to achieve accreditation with 28 marked as achievements, 18 extensive achievements and [...]

GP Recommendations on the Southside?

By 20 June, 2013

Hi Rioters,
So I know this topic comes us quite often but there doesnt seem to be any recent chats on GP recommendations for the Southside of Canberra…..
My husband and I currently go to different GP clinics as the books at mine are ALWAYS closed! Im due to give birth in a few weeks and want us [...]

Danielle Dries takes out the first Peter Sharp Scholarship

By 19 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a new scholarship recipient:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher, has presented the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship to first year Australian National University medical student Danielle Dries.
“I congratulate Danielle Dries on being selected to receive the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship and recognise her commitment to working with Indigenous communities [...]

Federal grant to Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility helps provide aid

By 18 June, 2013

Catherine King, Gai Brodtmann, and Mike Kelly today all combined forces to announce a $500,000 federal grant to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility to aid them in providing emergency services.
Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said the funding will provide for the construction of a training and administration centre next to the organisation’s current helicopter [...]

Those health numbers are rubbish sayeth Hanson

By 13 June, 2013

This morning Katy Gallagher was telling us how great the latest health statistics were.
This afternoon the Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson says they’re not:
Despite claims from Katy Gallagher of ‘topping the nation’ on waiting times, the COAG report released today on the performance of public hospitals actually shows the ACT had the worst performance in the nation [...]

Some good looking health statistics. If you believe them

By 13 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating her elective surgery statistics:
A new report has found that the ACT was the only Australian jurisdiction to meet all nine targets for delivery of elective surgery and has made progress on meeting national benchmarks for emergency service delivery, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The results are [...]

Katy moves on commercial solariums

By 13 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s moving to do unto the solarium industry as they have done to so many of their customers:
The ACT Government will ban commercial solariums in the Territory by the end of next year to help lower the incidence of skin cancer among Canberrans, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy [...]

Child psychologist recommendations in Canberra?

By 12 June, 2013

Without going into the ‘why’ I need to look into psychologist / psychiatrist for my five year old.
Does anyone have any experience with them in Canberra as well as one that takes on child cases?

New Children and Young People Death Review Committee Chair appointed

By 11 June, 2013

Dr Penny Gregory, a former public servant, has been appointed the new Chair of the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee, announced Joy Burch today.
Dr Gregory has more than 30 years experience in the health and community sector, including heading the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the then ACT Department of [...]

Express baby Florey style

By 11 June, 2013

The ACT Ambulance Service have some good news:
ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) Intensive Care paramedics have today returned to visit a mother and the newest addition to her family following a baby delivery at a Florey home last month.
“It is a special moment for any ambulance officer when they are called to assist in an imminent [...]

Wifi for the Hospital

By 10 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a trial of free wifi in Canberra hospital:
A new trial of free public wifi at The Canberra Hospital has started which aims to make the stay of patients and their families a little bit easier, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The trial will include free public [...]

Peggy Brown gets a gong

By 6 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has the happy news that the Director-General of ACT Health, Dr Peggy Brown, has won the 2013 Margaret Tobin Award.
The Margaret Tobin Award was established in 2003, as a tribute to the memory of Dr Margaret Tobin and is made to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Fellow who [...]

Ever greater restrictions on where you can suck down a coffin nail

By 31 May, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s turning the screw even tighter on smoking:
Playgrounds, public swimming pools, sporting fields and bus interchanges are among the next locations that the ACT Government will seek to restrict smoking, potentially extending the list of places where smoking is banned in the ACT, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy [...]

ACT nurses offended by worst pay offer in 30 years

By 29 May, 2013

The Government has offered ACT nurses a wage increase of 2% a year, and the nurses are not very happy about it reports ABC News.
Australian Nursing Federation spokeswoman Jenny Miragaya says that is below the cost of living.
“Well this is the worst pay offer that’s been made, it doesn’t even compare with the conservative governments [...]

Hanson pins childhood obesity on Skywhale!

By 28 May, 2013

The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is very excited by the defunding of Robert DeCastella’s schoolyard anti-obesity campaign (apparently successful?).
Hanson knows where he would have saved the money:
“Last week, Katy Gallagher said that the increase of Canberrans who were overweight was the most concerning element of the COAG report, and that the Labor government would put more [...]

Anyone know a good acupuncturist?

By 27 May, 2013

Seems as though it’s been a few years since this topic was covered here.
Just wondering if anyone knows of a good acupuncturist anywhere in Canberra, or surrounds? Thanks.

Cancer research gets a Centenary Chair at ANU

By 26 May, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s chipped in $1.5 million to get the ANU to name a chair after the Centenary:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced funding in the 2013-14 Budget for the appointment of a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research based at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). [...]

Copa says sorry

By 23 May, 2013

This just up on Copa’s facebook page:
Statement:
Due to the ongoing investigation, we have not been able to make an official statement as yet.
It is with sincere compassion and genuine sorrow that we apologize to all the people and their families affected by the recent tragic sequence of events. We hope this apology is received to [...]

ANU “bullying” students out of interstate internships

By 22 May, 2013

ANU Medical School graduates are usually guaranteed a first round offer to intern at the Canberra Hospital, however as of this month a new policy will deny them that if they choose to also apply for positions interstate. Outside of the ACT, graduates with multiple offers are given two days to make a decision.
The students [...]

Unvaccinated kids may be banned from schools during outbreaks

By 21 May, 2013

ABC News are reporting that the ACT may follow NSW’s lead in considering to allow childcare centres and preschools to excuse children who have not been immunised during outbreaks.
Katy Gallagher is against the idea.
Ms Gallagher says ACT’s chief health officer is looking at better ways to keep non-immunised children at home when cases of whooping [...]

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