Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher has today launched the ACT Emergency Department live data website to help patients make an informed decision about which public health facility will best meet the immediate needs of patients, particularly those with lower-urgency conditions.
“The website shows real time data about the current activity of both Calvary [...]
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was officially launched in the ACT today, ushering in a new era for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the NDIS would transform the lives of more than 5,000 Canberrans who will gradually move into the new scheme [...]
[ 1 July 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Since ancient times, humans have looked for medicines in some of the most unlikely places. Our next public lecture speaker Associate Professor Bryan Grieg Fry will explain how the toxic secretions of venomous animals can be studied to create lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs. After all, these toxins have evolved to attack specific biological targets and better [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has delivered on an ACT Government election promise and has officially opened a nurse-led walk-in centre (WiC) which is located in the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
The new Tuggeranong centre follows the success of the first walk-in centre, located on the Canberra Hospital campus, which saw over approximately 63,000 [...]
I went to have some tests done at capital pathology today.
The staff member pointed out that the Dr had not written bulk bill on the form so it wasn’t bulk billed as my tests have always usually been. (That is not their fault of course but led to the problem)
I asked then how much the [...]
Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]
[ 16 July 2014 at 7:00 pm; ]
The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a pedal powered screening of Canberra director Simon Cunich’s ‘Growing Change’, which documents his investigation into the food crisis of 2012 and subsequent travels to Venezuela to study the country’s rising food revolution.
We’re going to get cosy at the co-op with chai and muffins, and then talk about the [...]
A draft special variation has been prepared to accommodate a secure mental health facility in Symonston for treatment and rehabilitation of vulnerable members of the community, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
DSV S323 follows the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Act 2014 passed by the Legislative [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]
I was recently reminded that registrations for the Canberra Time Fun Run are open, and this sent me on a stumble down memory lane, thinking about my first CT 10km, and fun runs more generally.
‘Fun run’ is an oft-maligned term. Granted, it seems an oxymoron. As far as I understand it, a fun run is [...]
Catching up with a group of close girlfriends for dinner last week, conversation turned to mental health. As we talked about our experiences and thoughts, the tone was gentle and understanding, the content frank.
It occurred to me a few days later just what an extensive web is spun by mental health issues. From four of [...]
Sadly, the time has come, after decades of recurrent tonsillitis, I have been advised to have a tonsillectomy. However, I find the idea of two weeks post-operative pain, something I just do not want to endure.
Thanks to the joys of the internet, there are a couple of newer tonsillectomy techniques that have shorter recovery times, [...]
Are you one of those people who seem to be constantly fighting colds? This year as usual there are a variety of flu strains arriving from overseas as well as bacterial infections. Most recently, the news reported on a particularly nasty strain of virus named MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome). If you don’t already have [...]
Wednesday morning, Dr Chris Bourke, Member for Ginninderra will open the Men’s Health and Suicide Prevention Conference 2014, focusing on ways to increase men’s awareness of mental health issues and how organisations can assist men in Canberra to seek help.
“Mental illness is common. One in 5, or 20% of Australians experience a mental illness in [...]
Community service providers planning to operate in the ACT under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it officially begins on 1 July can now register online.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the registration process would help providers deliver services to NDIS participants who elect to have their funds managed by the National Disability Insurance [...]
Older Canberrans, young children and school leavers will be among the first to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it commences in the ACT from 1 July, Minister for Disability Joy Burch said yesterday.
The NDIS trial in the ACT will run for two years, with people gradually transitioning into the Scheme according [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]