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Mosquito-borne diseases on the rise in NSW

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly has urged ACT residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes following the large increase in detections of mosquito-borne viruses in NSW. “ACT Health is advising Canberrans to avoid exposure to mosquitoes over these Easter holidays. “There has been an increase in the number of notifications of mosquito borne diseases […]

The IGA East Row House Program launched at Calvary Hospital

THE IGA East Row House (IGAERH) Project has started at Calvary Hospital. The program is intended to minimise financial hardship by providing quality and affordable or free accommodation to visiting families who are seeking medical treatment in Canberra. This program will provide support for the visiting families through a referral system by the Canberra Hospital […]

abortion protests

Abortion protest jamboree on Alinga Street

EARLIER in the week Shane Rattenbury floated the idea of protest exclusion zones around health facilities, after Catholic Archbishop David Prowse took to the barricades outside ACT Health on Alinga Street to pray against abortions. Today the regular Friday morning protest saw four anti-abortion protestors setting up their crucifixes, while around 20 much younger pro-abortion […]

Shane wants anti-abortion protestors moved on

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT should have privacy zones around fertility control and reproductive health clinics to allow women to freely access safe and legal medical procedures without fear of condemnation or interference. “The ACT Greens will be looking into legislation to create a privacy zone to ensure women are able to access the health […]

Cross border surgery deal

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner and Simon Corbell have announced a new partnership to provide local surgical services for NSW patients who are currently on ACT waiting lists. The arrangement between ACT Health and the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) provides for some low-risk elective surgeries and caesarean births for NSW-based patients to […]

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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 […]