A long, long time ago – in what now feels like the life of someone else, I did a lot of Pilates. I was strong and fit and recall that feeling of health and wellbeing with great fondness (a feeling that is somewhat further away thanks to three kids and, well, inherent laziness).
This Saturday is [...]
[ 11 May 2014; ] I heard once that Canberra has one of the highest participation rates for recreational running. I don’t know if that’s true but those of us who do lace on our sneakers for regular runs will already know about the Mother’s Day Classic fun run.
It’s a fund raiser for breast cancer research (you’ll see lots of [...]
The Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is out, showing some less than envious figures for the ACT.
59.4% of patients presenting to emergency were seen within 4 hours (compared to the national average of 70%), although this is an improvement on the previous year (as Katy Gallagher is [...]
Three people are in Calvary Hospital with what is suspected to be Death Cap mushroom poisoning, according to an article in the Canberra Times. The three claim to have eaten mushrooms purchased at Woolworths Dickson just before Easter.
ACT Health isn’t giving much away, but has confirmed all three live in the same [...]
Rural landholders have failed to overturn approval for a lease variation which could see a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility built on Paddy’s River Road near Tharwa.
A development application for the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm on the ACT Government owned block is currently being considered by the ACT Planning & Land Authority.
The Ngunnawal Bush Healing [...]
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 ACT Asthma Support Network (ASN) Survey being conducted by TNS on behalf of the ASN.
The purpose of the research is to gain detailed information regarding peoples’ experiences of asthma and linked conditions in the ACT.
Results of the survey will help the ASN in developing [...]
Would appreciate any recommendations for a counsellor who works with kids anxiety. We are booked in with the Canberra university health clinic but the waiting period is about 2 months. Wanted to get on top of it sooner than later. Our school counsellor is on leave for the next term. TIA.
Advocates are calling the government to force homeowners with properties containing ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose asbestos to have an asbestos management plan, as this would bring them under the same laws that govern commercial buildings.
The ACT government has issued a ‘recommendation’ that homeowners have inspections done and the subsequent report should be available to any tradespeople [...]
Because bushfires are becoming more prevalent, it’s important to understand what their effects are and what support pregnant women may need during bushfires. A PhD candidate at the ANU is studying the impact of the 2003 Canberra Fire and the 2009 Black Saturday fires on pregnant women. She is seeking participants who were pregnant during [...]
Back in the 90s, Canberra flirted with decriminalising pot. The only noticeable effect at the time was that the police gave up policing it. The ACT has since pulled back from such a position.2013 was a breakthrough year for planet Earth’s pot-lovers. With states and nations across the globe considering, debating or outright legalising the [...]
The Liberals’ Nicole Lawder is raising awareness of breast cancer screening:
Today, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will undergo a mammogram to encourage more Canberra women over the age of 40 to get their breasts checked and provide early detection of breast cancer.
Ms Lawder will take advantage of the free mammograms for women over the [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is offering a sniff of gold (but just a sniff mind you) in the hope it will motivate you to update your medicare address:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has called on new Canberrans to update their residential details with Medicare between now and March 2, for a chance to win $10,000.
“These figures [...]
Consider this your invitation to UN Women Australia Team, men and women, alike:
Sunday, 16 Feb at 8AM. Commonwealth Park.
“National Committee for UN Women (Rothnie-Jones)” is the name of the team and it will be fun, inclusive, and there will be a range of fitness so you will have team mates to run/walk with….we promise. [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher and the University of Canberra have announced a deed signing today:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker have today signed a deed to allow for work on the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) to move into the design phase.
Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]
Would anyone have any advice as to where to do travel vaccines in Canberra?
I’ve been told some G.Ps don’t stock them. Has anyone travelled to Bali and done the vaccines here? Thanks!
A good friend of ours has suffered with high anxiety and OCD for many years.
Having attended many of the local mental health centres there has been little ongoing relief.
Recently they discovered a method advertised as the “Linden method” with guaranteed results via a UK website for Charles Linden.
I would like to know [...]
This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]
The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.
It’s pretty bad that the complete dental records for a couple of guys was thrown in the paper recycling skip – the x-rays aren’t paper and shouldn’t be there.
I edited out names and numbers, inside the folders are the guy’s dental records in full and gross detail.
The Chief Health Officer is warning that measles has been brought to Canberra through the ‘World Supremacy Battlegrounds’ Hip Hop dance competition:
“The dance competition is the likely source of infection and ACT Health is aware of other cases across Australia and New Zealand who had also attended the event,” Dr Paul Kelly said.
“We’re advising anyone [...]
Let’s ignore the criminal case for now, and examine the claim that the defendant was earning between 12 and 15k a week [according to the Canberra Times].
I’d wager that as a GP the majority of that 600 to 750k per annum came from the taxpayer.
The Australian is running with glee on news of a crackdown on sickies in the public service:
Senator Eric Abetz, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, said “taxpayers are entitled to expect that their money is spent efficiently and effectively, with minimum waste on excessive sick leave”.
“Managing unscheduled absence is a [...]
The ABC brings word of one of the Public Service’s unique snowflakes who wanted cash money for the “adjustment disorder” that came from her office within the Department of Health being moved.
Sadly for her the AAT has upheld Commcare’s thinking that reasonable administrative action is not a good enough reason.
Towards Zero Growth is ACT’s new inspirational health slogan.
“Let’s work towards not getting worse!”
I can see the t-shirts now.
Have a read of the Healthy Weight Action Plan here if you’d like to see what the Government’s plans are to make things exactly the same as they are right now.
The most interesting/distressing part are the stats [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is drawing attention to the ACT Healthcare Patient Satisfaction Survey:
“The latest satisfaction survey shows that the ACT does have a health care system that the Canberra community is generally satisfied with and I am pleased to see that the latest results are showing anincrease with satisfaction when compared to the last survey [...]
Its been a few years since I’ve had any piercings done, but I’ m tempted to get another cartilage one (a daith, specifically).
Last time I had mine done it was at Justin’s studio / with Justin at Redpath, but since then I believe he’s shut down, and Freestyle no longer does piercings.
I know Redpath is [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has made known her response to the ACT Centenary Hospital for Women and Children – Maternity Model of Care and Demand Review:
“The key finding of the review into the model of care and demand for these services is that there is a safe and effective service that exists within the Canberra Hospital [...]
Tonight Joy Burch announced the 2013 winners of the YOGIE Awards which represent outstanding practice working with 12 to 25 year olds.
Congratulations to all the winners.
“Tonight’s nominees and winners demonstrate the commitment, dedication, excellence and support provided by the sector in supporting our young people,” Ms Burch said.
“I thank and congratulate all tonight’s nominees [...]
The ABC has word on the blithering incompetence of the ACT Ambulance Service and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate:
Last year 65 ambulance officers were asked to pay back tens-of-thousand of dollars in overpayments because of errors in their personal leave records.
A scathing report by the Fair Work Ombudsman says the Government will be formally [...]
In lieu of finishing anything we have a progress report on the Secure Mental Health Unit from the Chief Minister:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today provided an update on the ACT’s Secure Mental Health Unit planning, with the release of a draft model of care, the appointment of an architect, and [...]
I’m seeking the help of the hive-mind to try and get further help.
From around age 18 on I was repeatedly prescribed extremely high doses – including what I now know were overdoses, of a particularly nasty psychiatric medication, all the while being led to believe I was taking ‘normal’ doses. I’d been on something different [...]