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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 […]

Flipping

In the land of the trampolines, a visit to Flip Out

People love to bounce, if the early success of trampolining franchise Flip Out is anything to go by. Weekends and public holidays have been full to capacity, says Meredith Hetherington, manager of the Hume trampolining facility. “It’s been huge – we’ve only been open for a few weeks and people are already booking in advance […]

Auditor-General slams hospital management

THE Auditor-General has delivered a scathing report on Canberra Hospital’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit. “The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit (the Unit) outpatient waiting list is not being managed effectively which is due to inadequate strategic management rather than a lack of resources. The Unit has the capacity to see more outpatients,” said Auditor-General Maxine Coopers. […]

Half of Canberrans vitamin D deficient over winter

EARLIER this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the most accurate estimate of vitamin D levels in the Australian population, which showed that nearly one in four Australians are deficient in vitamin D. However, this figure rises significantly over winter – for example, during a Canberran winter, half of all ACT residents are deficient. […]

Canberra Hospitals going completely smoke free

THE ACT’s Chief Health Officer has announced the ACT’s hospital campuses will be completely smoke free from September. “Smoke free environments will be introduced at the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital campuses from September 2014. This means that there will be no designated smoking areas and no smoking on the campuses,” Dr Peggy Brown said. […]

More health money for Women’s Youth and Children’s services

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr have announced $10.7 million in funding in the 2014-15 Budget for the expansion and enhancement of Women’s Youth and Children services. “$8.8 million will be provided for the expansion of services and $1.9 million to enhance current services for Women, Youth and Children. This continued investment will see high quality […]

“CityNews’” Michael Moore elected president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations

WORD has reached us from Geneva that Canberra’s Michael Moore has been elevated to the vice presidency of the World Federation of Public Health Associations with the Presidency to follow in 2016-2018. Professor Heather Yeatman, President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) said “The overwhelming support for Michael’s nomination from other public health […]

Liberals hosting a forum for Therapy ACT clients

THE Liberals’ Andrew Wall is organising a forum next week for Canberran’s concerned about the winding up of Therapy ACT during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “Katy Gallagher and Joy Burch have announced the phased withdrawal of Therapy ACT and early intervention services commencing at the end of this year as the […]