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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 […]

Katy wonders where all the extra Emergency Department patients are coming from

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has expressed some satisfaction at improved statistics from Canberra’s emergency departments while expressing some concern at rising numbers of patients turning up seeking help. “The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report shows that ACT emergency departments saw the highest percentage increase in presentation numbers with a 5.8% when […]

New statistics on elective surgery waiting times

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher says she is encouraged by the latest data on elective surgery waiting times. “The ACT Government has been focusing resources on elective surgery wait times in the public health system and has developed partnerships with several local private hospitals to have more surgeries performed and I am pleased to see this […]

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Ebola preparations here in Canberra, local cases to be treated locally

WITH the deadly Ebola virus occupying minds we thought it was worthwhile asking what Canberra’s own health authorities have been doing should we be unlucky enough to have a case. An ACT Health spokeswoman confirmed that a local case would be treated here at Canberra hospital, not sent to Sydney. She offered up these points:

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What do you want from an outdoor fitness station in Theodore?

SHANE Rattenbury is asking for your thoughts on new outdoor fitness stations planned for three new locations across Canberra. “Fitness stations will be installed at Tuggeranong Town Park, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen and Theodore Neighbourhood Oval to provide for those with an active lifestyle and encourage others to get active as part of […]


Health grant recipients announced

THE ACT’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Pengilley has announced six successful Health Promotion Innovation Fund grant applicants, who will receive up to $15,000 for their innovative health promotion projects. “The Health Promotion Innovation Funding is aimed at improving overweight and obesity outcomes as well reducing smoking and harmful alcohol consumption,” Andrew said. The successful […]


Free public Wi-Fi for health care facilities

KATY Gallagher’s love of free wifi marches on with news she’s rolling it out across Canberra’s hospitals and health centres. The Chief Minister has announced that free public internet access is now available at the Canberra Hospital campus and at Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres. “Public wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) was switched on […]

Measles in Charnwood and at Calvary. Were you exposed?

ACTING ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Pengilley is asking Canberrans to be aware of measles symptoms after a case was notified to ACT Health today. “Health Protection Service (HPS) is following-up identified contacts in line with national guidelines,” Dr Pengilley said. People who may have been exposed to the case include: Anyone who attended […]

Ambulance service numbers much improved

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Ambulance service now has the best priority one response times at the 90th percentile of any Australian capital city, according to an independent review. Simon says the report showed significant financial investment from the ACT Government had led to major improvements in the structure, governance and performance of the ACT […]

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Real time data on the Emergency Department now available online

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced real time data from Canberra’s emergency rooms is now available online. “The website shows real time data about the current activity of both Calvary and Canberra Hospital emergency departments including the number of patients currently waiting for treatment and the number of patients likely to present within the following two […]

Lake Tuggeranong reopens

THE Environment Protection Authority has announced that for the first time since March Lake Tuggeranong is safe for recreational use. “Lake Tuggeranong was closed as a precautionary measure on 20 March 2014 after high levels of blue-green algae were detected in multiple areas of the lake,” said the EPA’s Chris Collier. “ACT Health confirmed that […]