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Scary berries: how food gets contaminated and what to do

By Martyn Kirk, Australian National University FOOD distributor Patties Foods has recalled two brands of frozen mixed berries — Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet — due to reports of three people in Victoria, four in Queensland and two in New South Wales developing hepatitis A after eating the products. The cause of a fourth Queensland case […]

Simon finds silver linings on health while the Liberals see nothing good

THE Productivity Commission has turned the attention of its Report on Government Services (ROGS to its friends) to health. This has prompted the new Health Minister Simon Corbell to paint a rosy picture with some of the findings. Firstly with bulk billing: “The availability of GPs per 100,000 people continues to increase within the ACT, […]

Work underway at the Majura Pines mountain bikes trails

SHANE Rattenbury has announced the commencement of trail construction at the Majura Pines recreation area. “I am very excited to announce that construction of mountain bike trails in the recreation area at Majura Pines will commence on Monday 19 January 2015,” Shane said. “$270,000 has been allocated for works at Majura Pines which includes the […]

Jeremy Hanson sides with pregnant women against postcode discrimination

LIBERAL Leader Jeremy Hanson says reports that ACT Health is considering banning expectant mothers from the north of Canberra from having their babies at the Canberra Hospital should be ruled out by Health Minister Simon Corbell. “The reports that ACT Health is considering banning women from the north of Canberra from going to the Canberra […]

Now you can check to see how good the air in Canberra is online

DIRECTOR-GENERAL of ACT Health, Dr Peggy Brown, as launched a new Air Quality Index to let the ACT community to see air quality data in real time. “ACT Health carries out air quality monitoring for the Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM), which sets air quality standards for common pollutants,” Dr Brown […]


Beware the Aldi skinless hotdogs and Strassburg!

THE Director of the ACT Health Protection Service, John Woollard, is urging Canberra residents to check their refrigerators following a recall of smallgoods contaminated with Listeria. Tibaldi Australasia Pty Ltd in association with ALDI supermarkets is recalling ALDI Berg Strassburg and ALDI Berg Skinless Hotdogs from all ALDI stores in the ACT, Queensland, New South […]

Expansion works finally come for the hospital’s emergency department

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced major expansion works for Canberra Hospital emergency department to deliver more beds while improving emergency services. “Investment in health infrastructure is one of the ACT Government’s highest priorities and this $23m expansion of the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital is the latest strategy to help deal with increasing presentation […]

Hanson calls on Katy Gallagher to resign

LIBERAL LEADER Jeremy Hanson says it’s time for Katy Gallagher to resolve the ongoing issues with the Canberra Hospital Maternity unit or step aside as health minister. “After eight years of Katy Gallagher as health minister and five years since major problems surfaced within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit at the Canberra Hospital the Chief […]

Health risks of nicotine cast doubt on ‘safer’ e-cigarette

By Ross MacKenzie; Benjamin Hawkins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Thomas Novotny, San Diego State University BRITISH American Tobacco Australia has lobbied Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to have electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) classified as a harm-reduction pharmaceutical product. If successful, this would allow media advertising for e-cigarettes similar to that seen for nicotine […]

For the Centenary, we get a cancer chair

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as well as clinicians […]