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Bought a Ham recently?

By 12 October, 2012

MIKES Meats Pty Ltd has issued a voluntary recall of 600gm and 900gm Prager Leg Hams from Mikes Meats retail stores and three other butchers in the ACT due to bacterial contamination.**
“Routine microbiological testing conducted by the manufacturer has found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Prager Leg Ham, Batch numbers 120904 and 120925,” said [...]

ACT Greens promise to bring back the bubbler

By 10 October, 2012

The ACT Greens were joined by Australia on Tap today as they announced a $386,000 plan to increase access to free drinking water around Canberra with new drinking fountains in key public places and providing mobile water stations at events like Floriade and the Multicultural Festival.
“Providing better access to free drinking water will make our [...]

Katy promises more for elective surgery even though everything was fine

By 9 October, 2012

Team Katy is throwing another bucket of cash at the hospital despite telling us for years they were funding it adequately:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will invest $80 million to meet the growing demand for elective surgery.
Our commitment will deliver 5,000 more operations over the next four years. This includes a commitment to provide 30 more [...]

Greens on mental health and dental

By 9 October, 2012

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is seeking the reflected glory of Richard Di Natale (yes indeed, who?) while launching more health policy:
The Greens health election release today includes new funding of:
– $35 million for mental health, to support people living with a mental illness, with a focus on community-based and run services;
– $1.9 million for dental [...]

My patience with the mental health system has run out

By 7 October, 2012

I am posting this partly as a rant and partly in the hope it will be picked up my a polly and something will be done about it. I intend to write to all candidates for all parties before the election outlining my concerns and experiences so something can be done. I don’t want sympathy [...]

Team Katy pouring still more loot into Canberra Hospital

By 5 October, 2012

It feels like another day brings another health funding promise:
As part of our commitment to provide a further 170 beds by investing almost $170 million in our public hospital capacity, provide at least $19 million to boost emergency care, and employ more than 500 doctors, nurses and health professionals a re-elected ACT Labor Government will:
Invest [...]

Team Katy on health

By 4 October, 2012

Katy Gallagher is telling us how great we are again. Also how she’s planning to improve our health services (not that she’s saying there’s anything wrong with them):
If re-elected, ACT Labor will provide $10 million to boost health services at the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres.
We will also provide $7 million for 30 additional [...]

Katy promises more cancer treatment and reserach

By 24 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced another bung for cancer issues:
If re-elected ACT Labor will invest almost $20 million to provide more cancer outpatient services, employ more doctors and nurses, expand lymphoedema services and support ANU cancer research.

Motorists on euthanasia and public housing

By 19 September, 2012

When you get an email at 10pm from Chic Henry holding forth on euthanasia and public housing the mind fairly boggles.
But it appears the two are unrelated.
Firstly Chic wants higher standards for and from public housing tenants:
The policy of the Motorist Party will be to improve the standards of properties within the ACT Housing Trust [...]

Zed looking after the wrinklies

By 18 September, 2012

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced his “Seniors Plan”:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will establish a land bank for aged care accommodation and retirement villages, re-establish the Office of Ageing in the Chief Minister’s Department, review seniors’ concessions for retirement village residents and conduct a seniors’ [...]

The pollen rising from the pines

By 17 September, 2012

Another John has sent in a picture of the pollen cloud rising from the pine plantations.
Today I was up on Mt Ainslie and looking to the east and a strange sort of haze caught my eye, a yellowy sort of dust cloud not normally seen, then it occurred to me that it was almost [...]

Katy makes motherhood statements about motherhood

By 15 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that if elected she’ll get an adequate number of beds into the women’s hospital she’s only just finished building:
If re-elected ACT Labor will continue our investment in women’s, children’s and babies’ health investing $30 million to add an extra 19 beds to our Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, increase [...]

The abortion wars return

By 14 September, 2012

ACT Health’s offices at the Corner of Moore and Alinga Street have been mercifully clear of pro and anti abortion protests for the last few months while the achingly slow pavement works have been underway.
But the sculpture is back and with it the devout.
(Also a lady in a snazzy red coat with no connection to [...]

How to run a go slow to tricky questions

By 13 September, 2012

One presumes it was Jeremy Hanson who FOI’d the emails surrounding his Question on Notice about hospital emergency department waiting times.
But the resulting paper trail is certainly intriguing.
Messages misplaced, key people going on leave, eventually deciding that the investigation of their own scandal means they can’t give an answer at all.
In my opinion Sir Humphrey [...]

Peggy Brown’s plan for Canberra Hospital

By 12 September, 2012

Director-General of the Health Directorate (that’s a lot of directing) Dr Peggy Brown has announced her plan to speed up the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital:
“The Health Directorate is in the process of implementing a number of initiatives to make our ED the best it can possibly be,” said Dr Brown.
The ED is increasing its [...]

Katy’s plan for cancer research

By 12 September, 2012

Another day, another aspirational policy from Chief Minister Gallagher.
Today we’re going to tackle cancer:
if re-elected ACT Labor will partner with the ANU to provide $1.5 million to support the establishment of high profile Centenary Chair in Cancer Research at JCSMR [John Curtin School of Medical Research].
The Chair will be closely linked with the Canberra Region [...]

An easy solution to the ED ‘crisis’

By 12 September, 2012

I was listening to Ross Solly hammer the Director-General of Health this morning on the radio and some of the feedback from listeners is a clear indication of why the ED in The Canberra Hospital is under such stress. People who cannot be in need of emergency treatment are showing up in droves. The [...]

Greens on feeding children

By 12 September, 2012

The Greens have announced their policy on feeding children:
– Legislate to protect children from junk food advertising to children, to help parents and children to make healthy choices, and to fight childhood obesity;
– Improve school canteens, by funding a high level task force, creating new jobs, and improving canteen infrastructure;
– Create new schools [...]

Chris Goodnow gets a GlaxoSmithKline Award

By 12 September, 2012

ANU is letting us know about another prize win:
Professor Chris Goodnow has claimed the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence for his pioneering work on autoimmune diseases. The prize includes $80,000 research funding.
The funding will allow Professor Goodnow from The John Curtin School of Medical Research to test a controversial theory, that autoimmune [...]

69 more beds at Calvary hospital? (stop sniggering at the back there) Also a birth centre for the consequences of sexytime

By 11 September, 2012

Katy Gallagher has promised a racy number of new hospital beds if she’s re-elected.
If re-elected, ACT Labor will invest in 69 more beds, more than 100 doctors and nurses and new services at Calvary Public Hospital.
Our commitment will help meet the demand for public hospital services in the rapidly growing suburbs in our cities north. [...]


By 11 September, 2012

Is there anything better than a Bat Warning?
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said today that in the past week the ACT Health Directorate has received a number of requests for anti-rabies treatment for people who have been bitten or scratched by bats. These injuries have occurred when people are picking up bats that [...]

eHealth records system kicks off

By 10 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher informs us that she’s launched an online health information system pilot:
My eHealth enables patients to access personal information relating to their health care.
“My eHealth is a secure, online service which improves patients’ access to their health information, and helps them keep track of their appointments,” the Chief Minister said.
“It gives patients [...]

University of Canberra Public Hospital named

By 10 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that she’s signed a Heads of Agreement with UC for the “University of Canberra Public Hospital”:
The Chief Minister and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker signed a Heads of Agreement this morning confirming the ‘University of Canberra Public Hospital’ will be built on the northwest of [...]

Researchers get the low down on female genital cosmetic surgery.

By 10 September, 2012

This just in:
Female genital cosmetic surgery: what do women think about it?
Two researchers from the University of Melbourne and ANU are about to find out.
The project is called Vulvatalk and the researchers are currently recruiting participants through social network giant, Facebook. This is the first major research project to actively seek out Australian women’s opinions [...]

Katy says you shall go no further fatties

By 8 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that she’s OK with the existing obese population but doesn’t want to see any more:
if re-elected ACT Labor will set a “zero growth” target by of making the current recorded rates of people
who are overweight and obese as the peak of the obesity epidemic in the ACT.
To achieve this she’s [...]

Chiefly media schedule trumps radiotherapy planning?

By 6 September, 2012

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is having a right old dig at the Chief Minister this morning:
ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson is calling on Katy Gallagher to apologise to the patients whose cancer treatment was reportedly changed at short notice to fit in with her media schedule. Mr Hanson said it is unacceptable for the [...]

Greens promise health on wheels

By 5 September, 2012

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has unveiled her policy for a mobile primary health clinic:
“The Greens want to ease the demands on the hospital system by providing health care to people before they become acutely unwell. We can do this by investing in primary health services,” Ms Bresnan said today.
In 2009-10, 20.7% of ACT’s hospital admissions [...]

Before you blame the wattle, consider the pine

By 4 September, 2012

This afternoon the Kelpie of Few Accomplishments and I managed to capture on camera the vast pollen output of the pines of Haig Park.
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Liberals policy dump

By 3 September, 2012

The Canberra Liberals have just dropped a huge slew of policies:
Today, ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja outlined a comprehensive plan to give Canberrans better basic services and lower rates and charges.

We’ll link them in as we get them online. But here are the headlines:
Cost of living:
– Libs won’t triple your rates
– Libs [...]

Gungahlin gets a Community Health Centre

By 3 September, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher yesterday announced the opening of a new Gungahlin Community Health Centre which is open to the public today:
The new $18 million health centre will offer: community nursing ambulatory clinics; allied health services including physiotherapy and podiatry; dental surgeries for children and youth; and a range of services for women and children including [...]

Skin Cancer checks in Canberra?

By 2 September, 2012

My husband is a moley moley moley man and wants to have a thorough check up to scan for any irregularities.
Have any Rioters got any experience with where is the best place to start in Canberra?
Is there a skin cancer clinic you can go to without a referral or do you start at [...]

TMJ Chiropractor in Canberra?

By 1 September, 2012

I have recently been diagnosed with TMJ and I’ve been told that a chiropractor might be able to help.
Does anyone have a good (or bad) experience to report, and has anyone had success in treating TMJ with chiropractic?


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