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 [...]
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:
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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’ [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
Joy Burch has announced that the West Belconnen Health Co-op is going to open a bulk-billing GP clinic in Chisholm with start-up funding from the ACT Governmetn and the Bendigo Bank.
ACT Minister for Community Services and Member for Brindabella Joy Burch said the new centre in
Chisholm is the result of an innovative partnership between the [...]
Katy Gallagher is promising to offer schools a teeny weeny little bribe in exchange for giving up the ongoing revenues of selling soft drinks to their students:
If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will establish a $500,000 fund
to install water bottle refill stations and supply reusable drink bottles to any school that agrees to end the [...]
On the last sitting day the Health Directorate has sent in the ACT Chief Health Officer’s Report 2012.
With no data since 2010 it’s a little hard to tell where we’re at, but here are the conclusions on demography:
The ACT is expected to experience significant changes in its demographic profile between 2010 and 2056:
– The [...]
The Walk-in Centre at Canberra Hospital has been in touch to let you all know they’re now doing free Chlamydia screenings:
Free Chlamydia screening for 16 – 30 year olds is on offer in the Walk-in Centre from 13 August 2012.
This will be offered for approximately 3 months.
Approximately 5% of 16 to 30 year olds may [...]