Health (831 Stories)

Queanbeyan Relay for Life 2014

By 11 October 2013

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: You can also check the event’s Facebook Page to learn more.
They’re also looking for local business to [...]

ACT Mental Health going great?

By 10 October 2013

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 [...]

NDIS grants a-go-go

By 8 October 2013

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 [...]

Bugger the ED, just look at the elective surgeries!

By 4 October 2013

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, [...]

42,000 litres of water dampen cancer centre plans

By 3 October 2013

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 [...]

Is it failing when you move the goalposts?

By 27 September 2013

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 [...]

August influenza actually on the rise

By 27 September 2013

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.

More beds at the hospital

By 26 September 2013

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, [...]

Health turns 100

By 24 September 2013

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 [...]

I do not like caged eggs and ham

By 19 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Give me 5 for Kids makes $108,000 for Canberra Hospital Foundation

By 16 September 2013

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 [...]

Tuck shop reforms

By 16 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Mindscapes Festival coming in October

By 12 September 2013

[ 3 October 2013 to 17 October 2013. ]

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.

Parents coached by ninja therapists

By 12 September 2013

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 [...]

Canberran mates hit the road for Brain Cancer research

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Coe uses parking at Calvary as excuse to fingerpoint

By 10 September 2013

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 [...]

Another medical records dump

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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

Sandor Earl the latest Raider to fall from grace, accused of trafficking peptides

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

$2.1 million to reduce obesity rates in Canberra

By 28 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 Helicopters gets to the snow

By 27 August 2013

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 [...]

The Luton Ball kicks in $84k

By 26 August 2013

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 [...]

A worksafe app

By 26 August 2013

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 [...]

Not guilty of murder by reason of mental illness

By 23 August 2013

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 [...]

Helping you to care for a person with dementia at home

By 22 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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. [...]

New ambulances

By 22 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced four new meatwagons hitting the ACT’s roads:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today handed over the keys to four new ambulance vehicles for the ACT Ambulance Service, worth a total of $1 million.
“Funded in the 2012/13 budget at $250,000 each, two of the vehicles will support the increase in [...]

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 [...]

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