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Canberra first time mums are older

By Thumper - 2 January 2008 15

The ABC is reporting that Canberra mums are choosing to have their children much later in life which is apparently against national trends.

ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher says the report by the ACT Health Department shows women having children in their mid 30s.

Canberra residents are also the most likely in Australia to have a first child at 35 years or more.

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Canberra first time mums are older
neanderthalsis 1:37 pm 07 Jan 08

But H, if you have them at the age of 13, you can get your new Plasma TV, pay off your drug debt and buy a life supply of boob tubes and white pants and live at home with your mum and 6 other kids or in public housing… Why wait until 35?

H 6:26 pm 03 Jan 08

“ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher says the report by the ACT Health Department shows women having children in their mid 30s.”

Well DUH. Of course we have our children in our mid thirties, can’t afford to have them when we are younger and healthier when we have to pay a fortune just for a roof over our heads in Tuggeranong.

Mr Evil 9:13 am 03 Jan 08

And Katy proves that not all older mothers are necessarily any wiser!

Vic Bitterman 6:41 pm 02 Jan 08

gallagher is one useless shelia.

astrojax 3:49 pm 02 Jan 08

a running TCH is all well and good, but where is the THC running at 90%, ‘s what i wanna know…

gun street girl 1:53 pm 02 Jan 08

That 10% don’t exist. Ask anyone who works there: TCH consistently runs at well over 100% occupancy. If it ran at an average of 90%, there would never be access block – but in the real world (not the Candy Mountain world inhabited by Katy et al), access block is almost a daily issue.

Mr Evil 1:45 pm 02 Jan 08

What about the other 10% of the beds; or are they reserved for the ACT Labor MLAs only? 🙂

gun street girl 1:43 pm 02 Jan 08

Katy is just riding high after totally cooking the books to make the announcement late last week that TCH is running at 90% bed occupancy.

staria 1:42 pm 02 Jan 08

I wouldn’t mind if they released these reports along with policies of how they’ll target funding or services to meet the changing needs of whatever group they’re concentrating on. The media release on the Chief Minister’s site link doesn’t really say much more than the ABC report. While it’s interesting to know how we compare to other states, it’s not as important as knowing what will be put in place to support the changes.

Thumper 1:37 pm 02 Jan 08

It was something about Katy telling us that the Canberra hospital is important to areas in the region.

And this woman gets paid from the public purse.

Mr Evil 1:32 pm 02 Jan 08

I must have missed it, Thumper, but if you find it again, I’d love to read it.

I wonder what her next portfolio will be? Maybe they should give her Potholes – she loves sticking her head in the sand, so it’d be right up her alley!

Thumper 1:29 pm 02 Jan 08

I did post another story about Katy’s part time, and utterly irrelevant statements, but it seemed to disappear….

Mr Evil 1:24 pm 02 Jan 08

Exactly! Again, it’s a good smokescreen to get Katy off having to deal with the real issues.

Bloody Part-Time minister!

Skidbladnir 1:17 pm 02 Jan 08

This is exactly what was reported by the Bureau von Stats several months back.
How much money did we taxpayers get charged so that information the average person on the street already knew could be slowly reported to Katy by people in suits?

Mr Evil 1:13 pm 02 Jan 08

Good work, Katy – lets waste time and money compiling a report about the age of new mums, whilst completely ignoring the important issues affecting the ACT health system – like why is it possible for someone to collapse whilst waiting in the Emergency Dept (and not be noticed for four hours!), why are nurses quitting the profession in droves, and why is a whistleblower treated poorly by Woden Hospital management after raising concerns about certain practices at the same hospital?

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