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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
ACT Health have released their influenza report and it’s very meh for 2013.
For which we can all be thankful.
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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
This in from Joe Dempsey:
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Needing a shoulder expert in the ACT.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hi there, anyone out there had surgery on an inguinal hernia?
Looking for surgeon recommendations in Canberra. Appreciate hearing good reports.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]