By Martine Dennekamp, Monash University and Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania
In recent days, we’ve seen dramatic pictures of thick smoke from bushfires hanging over Sydney. Our first thoughts are with people living in the immediate vicinity of the fires, and the threat to their lives and properties. But there’s another matter that affects a lot [...]
Normally when there are health statistics out the Chief Minister’s office can cherry pick something that is either good or improving.
Today they’re silent while the Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson takes the free kick:
The ACT continues to flounder as the worst in the country on emergency department waiting times according to the latest figures from the [...]
The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society compares states and territories on a range of obesity prevention priorities, and apparently the ACT is ranked first in every one of them and so has been awarded the gold medal for obesity prevention.
We’re number one! We’re number one!
I bet Katy is pleased.
“It is a great honour to [...]
Tomorrow Simon Corbell will officially open the new West Belconnen Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Charnwood.
The station is the first dedicated ambulance facility for West Belconnen and will assist in providing enhanced emergency service coverage for the West Belconnen area as it continues to grow.
“This project was delivered on time and under [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is scenting blood over how dodgy defibrillators came to be fitted in the ACT’s ambulances:
Millions of dollars of public funds have been allowed to be spent on cardiac monitors with alleged faults, including, batteries which lost power, monitor leads which couldn’t be cleaned and required disposal after use, faulty blood pressure [...]
I don’t mind too much the Hierophant herbalist above the Griffith Shops charging high prices for plastic dragon and dolphin figurines, and if many of their clients are people whose “spiritual” schtick is to buy blown glass “cosmic” objects made in sweatshops by Chinese workers, I guess whether that’s ultimately harmful is for economics experts. [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his feet and releasing quite alarming clinical notices on the ACT’s new defibrillators not playing the way they’re supposed to:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers from Simon Corbell after at least two Clinical Safety Notices, and one Clinical Safety Alert were issued following problems with lifesaving defibrillators rolled [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has unveiled a plan to enable droves of public servants to pretend to be doing something about obesity in the ACT.
(Which is a farce because the BMI records people at peak fitness as being obese but moving on…)
The laughably named “key actions” include:
– improve the availability of healthy food and drink options [...]
Registrations are now open for the 2014 Queanbeyean Relay for Life. If you like life, relays, Queanbeyan, or just helping raise money for the Cancer Council then this might just be for you.
You can register here: http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2014/queanbeyan_2014. You can also check the event’s Facebook Page to learn more.
They’re also looking for local business to [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is sounding the trumpets on the ACT’s mental health performance:
A report released today comparing mental health services in Australia shows that the ACT is performing well across a range of service categories including the lowest rate of seclusion events and the highest rates of community mental health contacts, Chief Minister and Minister [...]
Joy Burch has announced the first NDIS grants:
More than $4 million in life-changing grants have been awarded to Canberrans with disabilities in another milestone towards the ACT roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the first round of the Enhanced Service Offer grants would see more than 800 people with [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is making sure we all know that elective surgery waiting times are improving in Canberra:
A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows record levels of elective surgery operations performed and significant improvements in elective surgery waiting times in the ACT during 2012-2013.
Released today, the Australian hospital statistics 2012-13, [...]
A burst hot water pipe in the $45 million cancer centre has pushed back the centre’s opening, reports ABC News.
Originally due open in November, the Hospital new predicts that the cancer centre will not be ready until early next year.
CT Health Directorate director-general Peggy Brown says the hospital is still assessing the damage bill.
“There’s quite [...]
The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is fulminating over the ACT Health annual report revelations on hospital waiting times:
After revelations that ACT Labor altered targets to disguise the fall in performance of Canberra Hospital, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has renewed his call for the Auditor-General to investigate.
“The 2012-13 annual report into the ACT Health [...]
ACT Health has released their latest influenza report to 6 September.
August actually had a bit of an uptick, but still nothing close to 2009. Certainly a lot of people had varieties of lurgy last month.
Chief MInister Gallagher has proudly announced the expansion of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit at Canberra Hospital:
Capacity in the Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has received a boost following the opening of a new three storey extension to existing clinical space by Chief Minister and Minister for Health, [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating 100 years of health services in the ACT:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today marked 100 years of healthcare in the ACT and celebrated the 40th birthday of the Canberra Hospital.
“Our healthcare system has come a long way from humble beginnings back in 1913 when Canberra [...]
Pigs and hens rejoice, more appropriate accommodation all around!
Today Shane Rattenbury presented a bill to prohibit the use of battery cages and sow stalls in the ACT.
In the future we will be able to enjoy our ACT made breakfasts completely guilt free, assuming the only thing you felt guilty about what the inability of the [...]
Katy Gallagher, on behalf of the Canberra Hospital Foundation, today accepted a cheque from Southern Cross Ten Canberra for $108,000.
The funds were raised during June by the Give Me 5 For Kids Month campaign.
“I would like to thank Southern Cross Ten for their extremely generous donation that will enable the Foundation to purchase items for [...]
Joy Burch has announced the outcomes of the loftily titled “High Level Ministerial Taskforce on Canteens”:
“The 2013-14 ACT Budget committed $200,000 to support our school canteens, and the Taskforce’s report gives us clear direction on how we can use these funds to simplify canteen operations for schools and families,” Ms Burch said.
“The $200,000 for Canteen [...]
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October the 6th to the 14th is mental health week, and Mindscapes Festival has a stack of events during and surrounding that week for you get sink your mind-teeth into.
Have a look at the flier above (larger version here) or head over to the Facebook page to get started with the mind-teeth sinking.
A new method of parent-child interaction therapy is being trialed at the Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre.
Remember that episode of the Brady Bunch where Greg hid in the bushes so he could coach Peter on how to talk to girls?
This is kind of like that but not as funny.
ACT Minister for Children and Young People [...]
Heads in the Clouds, Wheels on the Ground is a 6 month long undertaking by Canberran mates Jimmy Leahey-Butler and Chris Ryan to raise money and awareness for Brain Cancer.
They started their journey from Alaska on the 1st of August and plan to be in Argentina in 6 months time. They’re chronicling their adventures on [...]
It’s almost comforting to see how quickly politicians have slunk back into their usual day to day roles post election.
Oh look, it’s one politician claiming to be doing the community a service by pointing at another and “calling on” them to do better.
This time it’s Shadow Minister for Urban Services Alistair Coe, and the [...]
Gerry-Built has sent in these pictures:
Interesting dump at Belconnen recycling depot
Boxes of prescriptions with patient names etc… Are there not laws protecting against this?
All imprinted with Amcal Pharmacy Jamison… Thousands of scripts with personal details including addresses and there may be credit card imprints, too
The ABC brings word Sandor Earl is joining the club’s extensive list of shame:
The NRL has handed Canberra’s Sandor Earl an infraction notice and a provisional suspension following his admission to the use and trafficking of a peptide.
The sanction follows an Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) investigation, in which Earl admitted to the use [...]
Community Groups aiming to reduce obesity in the ACT are being encouraged to apply for a Healthy Canberra Grant.
Katy Gallagher launched the $2.1 million 2014 program today.
Community groups with program and project ideas to reduce obesity in the ACT are being encouraged to apply for a Healthy Canberra Grant, following the launch of the $2.1 [...]
Snowy Hydro SouthCare is letting us know about their latest daring rescue:
On Monday 26 August, the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Schlink-Hilton Hut (near Guthega) in the Kosciusko National Park to retrieve an injured cross country skier. The 84 year old male had sustained injuries including possible broken ribs.
He was initially [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is letting the world know the big end of town have opened their wallets for the Canberra Hospital Foundation:
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, has today accepted a cheque worth $84,000 for the Canberra Hospital Foundation raised at the recent Luton Charity Ball and will be used to help buy new medical equipment at [...]
Justice and Community Safety have the strange news that there’s a funny little app for fruity devices only to appeal for Elf fanciers:
ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe today announced the launch of the new WorkSafe ACT app available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad through the Apple App Store.
“I am delighted to launch [...]
If you want an insight into why ACT courts are so slow, and also therefore expensive, have a read of this.
Mr Aranyi killed his mother, he was mentally ill at the time, but it takes the finest legal minds in the ACT 16 months to come to that conclusion.
The Judge’s torturous reasoning for his decision [...]
Did you know that one person in Australia is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes? That’s 1700 new cases every week. As our population ages, more people are being diagnosed with dementia, although it’s not always an aged person’s disease.
Around 15% of people with mild cognitive impairment will progress to having dementia each year. [...]