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Therapy Assistants Program a success

By 22 March, 2013

Over 250 Canberra students with disabilities received support from the Therapy Assistants in Schools program said Joy Burch today.
The program provides children with a disability and children with developmental delays with additional therapy intervention to ensure that functional deficits affecting the child’s capacity for communication, learning, mobility and self-care are addressed.
Ms Burch said results from [...]

Beware the death caps

By 22 March, 2013

Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]

Health researchers hate puppies and presumably sunshine

By 19 March, 2013

ABC News are running a story about health researchers who want to blame poor innocent puppies for old people getting sick. I assume these health researchers are actually Skeletor, the Joker, and Shredder in disguise.
A paper to be presented to a Communicable Diseases Conference in Canberra starting today looks at two gastro outbreaks at [...]

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March, 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

Good Northside Doctors in Canberra?

By 19 March, 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for a good doctor on the North-side. Like the recent question I’m more comfortable with a female doctor, but my main criteria is that I’d like a doctor who keeps up with the latest research and who is pro-active in getting to the bottom of things.
Any suggestions would be welcome.

Need at-home aged care?

By 19 March, 2013

“…when our mother passed away we promised our father that we would always care for him and would never put him in a home. Unfortunately our father developed Alzheimers Disease. I moved in with him and my brother would come and stay for a few weeks at a time to give me time away. The [...]

Haylee gives it up for the World’s Greatest Shave

By 16 March, 2013

Haylee’s proud mum has sent this in:
My Daughter, Haylee, shaved her head for the worlds greatest shave.
A little further information;
Haylee chose to enter of her own accord. She is selfless, sweet, kind and loving.
Two years ago, Haylee lost her young friend, Shanice Johnson of gordan (8yrs old) to a rare platelet disorder, Shanice [...]

Hospital planning? Who the hell knows?

By 15 March, 2013

The ABC has the strange news from Assembly committee hearings that Chief Minister Gallagher is wrestling with where to build health infrastructure costing nigh on a billion dollars as she tries to decide whether Canberra Hospital needs a new tower block:
She says she will make a final decision before the budget in June on [...]

Grants available to support organisations for women

By 14 March, 2013

Applications for the Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Program are now open, as part of the 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants.
Applications for a new $30,000 Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Program are now open, as part of the 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants that are now open, ACT Minister for Women Joy Burch announced today.
The 2012-13 ACT Women’s Grants [...]

$7.8m National Disability Scheme detailed

By 13 March, 2013

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch outlined the plans for the National Disability Scheme today.
“From July eligible ACT residents with disabilities or mental illness will be able to apply for one-
off grants that may be used in a variety of ways to improve their quality of life,” Ms Burch said.
“These grants may be for aids [...]

Electronic database of problem gambling in the works

By 7 March, 2013

Problem gambling is an odd thing, and a difficult problem to deal with. I spent a rather unfortunate part of my youth working at a Labor club, a business that survived purely on the losings of gamblers. Yes there were memberships, meat raffle tickets, and pints of Tooheys being sold, but these were done generally [...]

Care and protection in the ACT a mess

By 7 March, 2013

The Auditor-General has announced the first report of 2013 Care and Protection System.
The report is vast, and the conclusions lengthy.
But it appears we don’t know where the children are, or how they are.
It is, apparently, hoped that things are getting better, but we can’t know that either.

UPDATE: Joy Burch is taking a glass half full [...]

Asbestos scare from level 8 of Canberra Hospital

By 7 March, 2013

The Health Directorate have posted a remarkable warning:
ACT Health is today advising staff, patients and visitors who visited levels 7 and 9 of the main tower block at Canberra Hospital yesterday about the detection of airborne fibres following recent air monitoring.
It is important to note that the steps that the hospital is taking are [...]

Mental health facility opens in Kambah

By 6 March, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has opened a new Step-up, Step-down supported accommodation service for mental health treatment:
Ms Gallagher launched the sub-acute youth (18-25) Mental Health Step-up, Step-down supported accommodation service on site in Kambah.
The provision of the mental health step-up, step-down service addresses key priorities identified in the ACT Mental Health Services Plan 2009-2014.
“This [...]

You are now aware it’s Snowy Hydro SouthCare Awareness Month

By 1 March, 2013

This month is Snowy Hydro SouthCare Awareness Month, which is a pretty cool thing to be aware of.
This March the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter Fund is urging the public to support their
local rescue helicopter during their dedicated ‘Awareness Month’. There are many ways
individuals, groups, schools, workplaces and businesses can be involved and help keep their
local [...]

Joy Burch responds to Masquara on the NDIS

By 28 February, 2013

In response to Masquara’s post about the NDIS this morning Joy Burch’s office has sent in this response:
The $5000 per person funding is separate to the $10.6 million from the NDIS agreement signed by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments that has been referred to in several public statements the Government has made recently.
The $5000 figure [...]

Rubbery NDIS figures from Katy Gallagher

By 28 February, 2013

So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout [...]

IT problems causing delays for Canberra Hospital

By 27 February, 2013

Canberra Hospital and Health Services Deputy Director-General, Ian Thompson has warned Canberrans that technical issues are causing delays for non-urgent cases at Canberra Hospital.
“Work is currently under way to resolve these issues, but it is not clear when the work will be complete,” Mr Thompson said,
“Patients who present to the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department [...]

Somebody is a little upset about the ANU med school

By 27 February, 2013

Also Chicken Gourmet, the lack of beaches in Canberra, and a bunch of other stuff.
It takes a certain amount of angry to make a Downfall video about something, I hope Andrew Stacey feels better now.

Early start for a good cause

By 26 February, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury, and whichever poor members of TAMS staff couldn’t come up with an excuse, will be getting up bright and early tomorrow to take part in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk. At least they’ll know they’re sacrificing their sleep for a good cause.
“The DonateLife Walk gets people moving for a good cause, and I’m [...]

Improved disability and mental health services under the NDIS

By 26 February, 2013

Joy Burch has released her Ministerial Statement on what we can expect from the National Disability Insurance Scheme later in the year:
From July 2013, the ACT and Federal governments will invest $10.6 million dollars to respond to the demand for disability and mental health services that we know exists today, and from July 2014 eligible [...]

HHH Run… and what’s this about Turner Bowls?

By 26 February, 2013

[ 27 February, 2013; 6:10 pm to 7:45 pm. ] Hi all,

The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.

It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]

Alcohol related violence in Canberra

By 26 February, 2013

After watching the Four corners – Punch drunk episode last night I was thinking that what they pictured was fairly consistent with nightlife in the ACT.
Some information and statistics on the Newcastle study on lockouts and trading restrictions can be found here.
Personally I’ve seen; drunk people passed out in the gutter vomitting on [...]

The flight of the Bumblebee mapped

By 25 February, 2013

Five days ago DangerMouse alerted the community to the Ainslie S***ter.
Last night Justin Heywood suggested the more appropriate title of “The Bumblebee” (his motions are apparently regular but his movements are erratic).
This afternoon
GregJones
This guy is not a myth here’s the proof – http://youtu.be/-41frDsZs8c

Also, a map of the previous targets – http://imm.io/XkaY
Now if you should [...]

Does ACTION need better protocols for blood borne diseases

By 22 February, 2013

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has worked himself into a tizz over a mishap on a bus:
Minister Rattenbury confirmed in Estimates that ACTION has no written procedures for handling contaminations on board buses, said Shadow Transport Minister, Alistair Coe.
Yesterday, it was revealed in the media that a person with a blood borne virus alerted ACTION to [...]

Patients leaving mental health facility to have a smoke.

By 22 February, 2013

ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]

Canberra teen snitches ratting out half of Canberra business?

By 20 February, 2013

The ABC has the truly remarkable news that:
Almost half of Canberra businesses inspected have been caught selling cigarettes to children.
As RiotACT is amongst the we suspect large group of Canberra businesses that don’t even sell cigarettes our minds boggle as to which software consultancies and hairdressers are moonlighting in the ciggie trade.
Sadly it [...]

Ambitions for the Greater Capital Region

By 15 February, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her latest moves to integrate the surrounding countryside:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Katy Gallagher, will move to establish a parliamentary committee to inquire into and advance the ambitions of region cooperation and collaboration for the greater capital region.
Through its work the committee would be able to assist [...]

Time to sic the Auditor-General on the Emergency Department?

By 13 February, 2013

Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is calling for an audit of the ever worsening hospital emergency departments:
“The latest figures show that only 42 per cent of patients requiring urgent treatment and 44 per cent of patients requiring semi-urgent treatment were seen on time,” Mr Hanson said.
“The lack of access to the emergency department is having a [...]

Speech therapy drop in centres are go

By 12 February, 2013

Joy Burch has made known the Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinics have begun:
Minister for Disability, Children and Young People Joy Burch said parents could directly access information and advice from health professionals across Canberra without a referral.
“In 2012 more than 1200 children were seen through Drop-In clinics, with around half of these children being [...]

A Centenary Bonk for Valentines?

By 12 February, 2013

This in from the Centenary team:
The Canberra Centenary message is everywhere – even in the bedroom.
The Centenary team was happy to agree to a proposal by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to place the Centenary logo on boxes of condoms they will distribute, including on National Condom Day (14 February) in Petrie Plaza. [...]

Sod turning for UC super clinic

By 11 February, 2013

The University of Canberra is letting it be known it’s celebrity hard hat day for their new medical facility:
Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher turn the first sod at the Super Clinic site this morning at 10am. They will be joined by University of Canberra [...]

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