Health (807 Stories)

ANU establishes new chair

By 21 August 2013

A new industry sponsored chair was announced today at the ANU.
The Sirtex chair (funded by Sirtex Medical Limited) will be held by Professor Ross Stephens will focus on research into localised cancer treatments.
Sirtex has made a commitment to sponsor the Chair for a total of up to three million dollars over three years.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor [...]

Chisholm health cooperative opens its doors

By 21 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Joy Burch is making it known that she’s opened the Chisholm Health Co-op:
The Chisholm Health Co-op is an innovative one-stop shop offering a range of health and support services, including access to bulk-billing, to Tuggeranong residents.
Ms Burch said the capital funding for the clinic was a partnership between the ACT Government, business and the community.
“The [...]

You Can’t Eat Your Words at Gungahlin College Lecture Theatre

By 21 August 2013

SEE-Change are holding a public lecture on food security, and several senate candidates are speaking to voice their positions on the subject.
As someone who relies quite heavily on food, this is of interest to me.
Before the people of the ACT vote at the next election, they can find out for themselves where their local candidates [...]

Need help finding a psychologist in Canberra for Depression

By 21 August 2013

My GP has advised me to chat to a psychologist for help with depression + anxiety issues.
The psychologist the GP referred is unable to see me due to age restrictions so I am looking for other alternatives.
I found an old article on this site from 3 years ago, so am hoping people [...]

Flu report ever less alarming

By 20 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Despite efforts by the Chief Health Officer to turn a slight seasonal uptick into reasons for concern the latest Influenza report shows even that uptick diving for the floor.
But sure, ED waiting times, factors beyond control or anticipation.
Yep, sure.

There’s always time for lubricant!

By 19 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was considering letting this one through to the keeper but Nik The Pig has prevailed upon me.
The Canberra Times is having a field day with the trials of a 70 year old man who put a fork where it shouldn’t have been.
The fork was not visible but doctors were able to feel it from [...]

ANU strides out onto the Breastfeeding minefield

By 19 August 2013

There can be few places where angels fear so much to tread as the subject of breastfeeding.
But fresh from declaring their encryption unbeatable this morning the ANU is continuing down the path of nigh insane courage by going to that scariest of places:
“Time demands on exclusively breastfeeding mothers are particularly high. Exclusively breastfeeding mothers spent [...]

Respite for the leccy leechers at Canberra Hospital

By 19 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher has a nod to modernity in the form of Chargebars going in across Canberra Hospital thanks to Dry July:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today welcomed the addition of mobile phone Chargebars across several areas of Canberra Hospital.
The mobile phone Chargebars were installed as a result of donations from Dry [...]

Unfair lane hire increases at public pools

By 17 August 2013

The ACT government is proposing to allow the management of Civic and Tuggeranong to impose a lane shortfall charge on clubs hiring lanes at Civic and Tuggeranong Pool.
The shortfall applies if clubs have less than 10 swimmers in a 50 m lane of 5 in a 25 m lane. It is an [...]

Halton swings the axe at Health

By 15 August 2013

Yahoo has word of 400 job losses at DOHA:
In an email to all DoHA staff, departmental secretary Jane Halton said everyone would need to work together to urgently save money.
She said the Federal Government’s recent decisions to cut Executive Level and Senior Executive Service staff across the Australian Public Service, and to increase to [...]

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter hard at work

By 15 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Snowy Hydro SouthCare are letting you know what their helicopter has been up to in the last financial year:
The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter has experienced another increase in missions in the past year, recording 498 aero-medical retrievals and 65 road retrievals.
In the past two years helicopter missions in the ACT and Southern NSW have [...]

Thinking about End of Life

By 13 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is kicking off a long overdue discussion on end of life issues. With a forum report on the issue:
new report on end of life issues has called for increased community engagement and awareness on end of life care and suggested some clarification to the laws dealing with advance care directives, Chief Minister [...]

Please don’t forget about flu prevention crieth the Chief Health Officer

By 13 August 2013

On Friday ACT Health released statistics showing a 2013 flu year so benign they had to break 2009 out of the historical data to make this year’s numbers show up at all.
But good news does not sustain health budgets so the Chief Health Officer is finding cause for alarm in the miniscule seasonal uptick of [...]

The Cancer Council looking for prize donations!

By 12 August 2013

The Cancer council are seeking donations for the Queanbeyan Relay for Life 2014.
On Saturday the 15th till Sunday the 17th of Feb thousands of people are going to be walking for 24 hours in order to raise money for cancer research.
If you or your business can help by donating a prize/gift voucher/pile of cash you [...]

A nothing year for flu

By 8 August 2013

ACT Health have released their influenza report and it’s very meh for 2013.
For which we can all be thankful.

Jeremy Hanson blows a raspberry at Katy Gallagher over waiting times


Jeremy Hanson has collected what he obviously believes is a large enough pile of mud pies and has started throwing them, asking for a performance audit into Emergency Department waiting times in an effort to get Katy back for not sharing her sooper dooper
“A review of the Nurse-led Walk-in Centre at the Canberra Hospital found [...]

Dance for people with Parkinsons + Dance teacher workshop

By 2 August 2013

Belconnen Arts Centre are putting together a dance program for people with Parkinsons, and running a workshop for dance teachers afterwards:
1:00–2:00pm, Tuesday 13 August, with Q&A following
Interested in building your skills as a dance teacher? Curious about new ways of using dance in your community? Want to connect with some new groups in the ACT?
Join [...]

Victory on the GP shortage front!

By 2 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced improvements in the availability of General Practitioners:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA, and ACT Medicare Local Chair, Dr Rashmi Sharma, today released the ACT General Practitioner (GP) Workforce Scoping Study Report for 2013 which shows that the GP shortage has eased.
The survey was commissioned by the [...]

Zed’s Agin’ RU486

By 1 August 2013

This in from Joe Dempsey:
Hi Johnboy!
I thought you might be interested in the some of the outcomes of the candidates Q&A that was held by the ANU Society for Arts & Social Sciences (SASS) at the ANU last night.
The two lead senate candidates for each of the Canberra Liberals (Zed Seselja) and the ACT [...]

Kiddies in grand health

By 1 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is using our entirely urban population to show high performance in children’s health:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher, has today welcomed the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) child health and education indicators with ACT children are doing well in a range of areas.
“The latest report from [...]

Watson Medical Centre re-opening today

By 31 July 2013

Katy Gallagher today re-opened the new and improved Watson Medical Centre.
“I am pleased to be able to open this updated medical centre which will provide members of the Watson and surrounding communities with an improved health service which can deal with a range of issues close to their homes and workplaces,” the Chief Minister said.
“The [...]

New service aims to spot signs of depression early

By 30 July 2013

Beyondblue are starting up a new program named NewAccess reports ABC News.
The goal of NewAccess is to help people identify the signs of depression early and seek help before their condition worsens, thus creating more problems for themselves and other support services.
CEO of Beyondblue Kate Carnell claims the new service which is due to start [...]

Grants available for Canberrans living with disability

By 29 July 2013

Some useful info for those looking to apply for an ESO grant:
Canberrans with a disability are reminded to apply for the $7.72 million in Enhanced Service Offer grants available as a result of the ACT Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme agreement with the Commonwealth, with more than 100 applications already submitted.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch [...]

Calvary ED going paperless

By 27 July 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that Calvary has rolled out a new paperless system:
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at Calvary Hospital are now using an electronic clinical information system following the successful rollout of the new ICT system MetaVision, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.
“MetaVision is [...]

ACT Nurses discussing strike

By 26 July 2013

The Nurses Union are talking strike if ACT Nurses don’t get a bigger pay increase this year, reports ABC News.
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) and the Government have been unable to reach a compromise over a new four-year pay and conditions agreement.
ANF ACT branch secretary Jenny Miragaya says the current offer is less than the [...]

SkyBalls – Giant flying balls of awareness


Man I hope they bring it to Canberra.
I mean they would have to right? We’re like capital of awesome hot air balloons with naughty bits.
Here’s FIVE REASONS why the world needs a hot air balloon shaped like a gigantic testicles right now:
1. The death of young men to testicular cancer can be prevented.
2. Ignorance [...]

Hanson gloats about walk in centre problems

By 24 July 2013

A report from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute has highlighted several flaws in the design, and day to day operations of the nurse-led walk-in centre.
The goal, as stated by the ACT Government was to reduce pressure on the emergency department at Canberra hospital.
Sadly, the research indicates it may have made things worse for [...]

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 [...]

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