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ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

$2.1 million to expand palliative care services

Children in hospital

Children and their families needing palliative care will have access to a dedicated nurse as part of a $2.1 million investment over the next four years to expand services in the ACT.
Assistant health minister Meegan Fitzharris said palliative care was not just for the elderly; tragically, children also often needed such services.
“In this year’s budget [...]

Expanded trauma service at Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital

The expansion of Canberra Hospital’s trauma service will include an additional six doctors and one new nurse, with an extra $5.3 million in funding to be provided over the next four years in the upcoming ACT budget.
Health minister Simon Corbell said the new funding would provide Canberrans with more timely access to effective, efficient and [...]

Stefaniak in serious condition after heart attack


Bill Stefaniak, the former ACT attorney-general and opposition leader, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving last week.
Stefaniak, 64, was driving on a service road outside Narrabundah College when he suffered a medical episode and crashed into a street light on Friday, the Canberra Times has reported.
He was [...]

Murder suspect under police guard at Canberra hospital

The Canberra Hospital

The man who allegedly bashed his former partner to death with a cricket bat at the weekend is under police guard at Canberra Hospital.
Stephen Boyd, a suspect in the death of Tina Kontozis in her Bundeena home on Sunday, was transferred to the hospital on Tuesday morning.
He received treatment for a broken jaw and injured neck sustained [...]

Driver charged over serious bus crash near Goulburn last November

Windellama locator map

A man has been charged following investigations into a bus crash that left three people with serious injuries in the Southern Tablelands last year.
Shortly after 10am on Saturday 21 November, a bus carrying 57 passengers rolled on to its side on Sandy Point Road, Windellama, about 50km south-east of Goulburn.
Police from the Hume Local Area [...]

Obstacle event a disgrace, dangerous: participants


Participants in an obstacle course event at Bungendore over the weekend have labelled the event as “disappointing”, “dangerous” and “a disgrace” and set up an online petition calling on the organisers to refund their tickets.
The petition is online here.
Dozens of ticketholders who participated in the first session of ObstaSplash on Saturday morning posted complaints on [...]

Elective surgery ‘blitz’ to address long waits

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell via Facebook

The ACT Government has announced an elective surgery “blitz” in the first half of 2016 that will see the city’s surgeons perform an extra 1000 procedures in a bid to reduce the number of long-wait patients in the territory.
ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the Government would direct $11.8 million towards the program in [...]

Hospital staff woes ‘diabolical’: Hanson

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Nurse job ad

Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]

Parking fines at hospitals – if only all visitors had someone like Laura


Hearts were warmed around the world on Monday when a post from popular Facebook page Canberra Mums went viral. A mum had been in hospital with her nine-week-old baby and after being discharged she found a parking fine on her car.
She opened the envelope to find a note from ‘Laura’ who had paid the fine [...]

Patient undergoing Ebola testing at Canberra Hospital


A medical professional who recently returned from West Africa has been admitted to Canberra Hospital’s isolation ward as a precautionary measure, ACT Health has confirmed.
Following the development of symptoms this afternoon, the person will be medically assessed, including undergoing testing for the Ebola virus. The person did not treat any cases of Ebola.

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Excuse me, ACT Health. I would like to choose where I birth, thanks.

By 19 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

By now we are all aware of the proposal by ACT Health that pregnant women in the ACT should be allocated their birthing hospital depending on their postcode – Calvary for the North, TCH for the South. The new facilities at TCH are reaching capacity – they are state of the art and give women [...]

Canberra Hospital emergency department to receive more beds

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Major expansion works to be undertaken at the Canberra Hospital emergency department will refurbish the busy frontline of the health system and deliver more beds while improving emergency services, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
“Investment in health infrastructure is one of the ACT Government’s highest priorities and this $23m expansion of [...]

Family Christmas Fair

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 29 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

Costco’s Family Christmas Fair at Majura Park is being held this Saturday to support the NICU at Canberra Hospital.

Fun for the whole family, the Christmas Fair will feature face painting, a jumping castle, petting zoo, a visit from the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter (subject to operational requirements), visits from the Canberra Raiders and Canberra Cavalry [...]

Witnesses sought to disturbance outside Canberra Hospital

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a disturbance that occurred outside the Canberra Hospital this morning (Monday, 20 October).
About 11.15am, police responded to reports of around six people fighting outside the emergency department of Canberra Hospital.
As a result two males were taken into custody with investigations into the incident ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the [...]

Canberra Hospital running over optimal capacity

By 3 September 2014

This is not exactly news to anyone who either works in the public health system in Canberra, or utilises it as a patient, but this is a fairly well-presented and succinct summary via ABC News this week:

Superstructure for the Super Sized

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I took part in a panel discussion Friday on Channel 9 Mornings where one of the topics that provoked a strong reaction was the decision by Canberra Hospital to include reinforced ceilings strong enough to support the super obese in their special harnesses to help them get around in the four fully equipped bariatric rooms.
Chief [...]

New Canberra Region Cancer Centre opens


Canberrans and residents from the surrounding region undergoing specialised cancer treatment will now benefit from a streamlined cancer centre, based at the Canberra Hospital, that will combine several elements of cancer treatment including screening, treatment and palliative options in a new state-of-the-art building.
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today joined Senator Zed Seselja, [...]

World Record Attempt at the Canberra Hospital


Hello all,
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]

$34 million injection to Canberra Hospital


The ACT government will invest an additional $34 million into elective surgeries with hopes of halving the wait list within a year, according to The Canberra Times.
The funding will include $250,000 for bariatric surgery, which will be the first stand-alone public funding of the procedure, used in the battle against obesity.
The $34 million is the [...]

Firefighters investigating smell of gas at TCH

By 14 May 2014

Firefighters are currently investing a smell of gas on level two at The Canberra Hospital.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated the building as a precaution.
UPDATE – 12.40pm
Three fire pumpers, the Hazardous Materials unit, the Bronto Skylift Hydraulic Platform and two commanders are on scene.
Crews are still investigating with the Pathology building, building number 10 only [...]

Paths for Yamba Drive

By 2 January 2014

They completed this link just before xmas. It goes under Melrose and links the footbridge (that they proposed not replacing!) with path that I assume links up further on. Congrats Gasman.
From the base work, and the colour difference, it will fork when the pitch n putt is developed.

Katy gets satisfaction

By 5 December 2013

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 [...]

Chaotic capers at Canberra Hospital. Shame they cost a life

By 19 November 2013

There’s an ABC story up about the inquest into the death of Suki Thurairajah who went to Canberra Hospital for dialysis and didn’t make it out alive.
First year registrar Clare Thomsett put an air tube down the wrong hole while working unassisted:
Today the doctor who incorrectly inserted the tube, first-year anaesthetics registrar Clare Thomsett, [...]

Health Directorate comes out swinging on waiting times

By 14 November 2013

I’m not sure what kicked it off but for a departmental media release Health’s latest effort is unusually fiesty:
“Contrary to the allegations made today about waiting lists for elective surgery, at the end of October 2013 the number of people waiting with extended waiting times is the lowest on record at 618, down from 922 [...]

Medical wait times unacceptable.

By 30 October 2013

Over the past few months I have been experiencing bouts of extreme fatigue and recently dizziness. I have had huge problems trying to get that diagnosed. On an APS2 wage I can’t afford to pay to see a doctor. I finally managed to get in to see a doctor at Winnunga who did a whole [...]

Health statistics so ugly the Chief Minister has nothing to say

By 18 October 2013

Normally when there are health statistics out the Chief Minister’s office can cherry pick something that is either good or improving.
Today they’re silent while the Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson takes the free kick:
The ACT continues to flounder as the worst in the country on emergency department waiting times according to the latest figures from the [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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