Health & Wellbeing

Buddy system makes life a little brighter for dementia patients
Health & Wellbeing
Dementia nurse consultant Cath Bateman often saw dementia patients distressed in a hospital, especially those whose family couldn't visit regularly. The only way a patient's anxiety and fear were eased was if a staff member sat with them. However, on a busy ward, staff didn't always have time. That's when Cath and Barbara Williams from Dementia Australia came up with the...
Isolated and trapped: how living remotely allowed Catherine’s abuser to hide
Health & Wellbeing
WARNING: This story contains graphic details that some readers may find upsetting. When Catherine (name withheld) moved to a secluded farm near Goulburn, she thought she'd be living the country dream. Little did she know the farm's isolation, away from close friends and family, would conceal escalating violence at the hands of her partner. He had been the perfect guy...
Short-term fix in place as regional doctor shortage strikes Bombala
News
Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has extended its employment of a locum medical officer in Bombala following news the rural community's only medical practice would close due to a staff shortage. A media release from SNSWLHD on 25 May said the medical officer who began work at Bombala Medical Centre on 3 May will stay on until the middle of July....
Expert urges people to take care when handling wild mice
Health & Wellbeing
While people across multiple Australian states are worrying about how to trap mice during the current plague, a Charles Sturt University expert has warned we should be equally concerned about how we handle and dispose of them. Andrew Peters, an associate professor in wildlife health and pathology at the university’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said contact with wild mice could be...
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is ‘falling short’ in regional areas
Health & Wellbeing
Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, Dr Johanna Kovats has been ready to run a vaccination clinic from her general practice in Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands. She hired and trained four extra nurses, purchased a $3000-plus vaccine fridge and submitted an order of 250 vaccines per week. However, they were told they would only receive 50 vaccines per week...
TAFE Bega’s accidental-counselling course to give people tools to help those suffering from trauma
Community
Following the devastating Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic that impacted so many people on the NSW South Coast, a new TAFE course aims to empower members of the community to reach out to those in distress. The Statement of Attainment in Accidental Counselling – a one-day course delivered by virtual classroom – offers basic counselling skills to residents who are not...
New Katungul CEO Kayeleen Brown returns to South Coast
Health & Wellbeing
Kayeleen Brown will take the helm of Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Regional Health and Community Services on 24 May. She will replace Joanne Grant as the organisation's new CEO, bringing extensive experience working in senior positions across government, not for profit, and Indigenous bodies such as YWCA Australia, South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service and Carers NSW. A proud Yuin Walbunja and Bundjalung Koori woman...
Goulburn Health Hub to open day surgery unit and retirement village
News
Goulburn Health Hub, located in the city's suburb of Bradfordville, will be the site of a major development during the next few years. The organisation will spend millions of dollars to build a three-theatre day surgery unit and about 40 retirement houses at the rear of the existing medical practice. The hub previously gained development approval for the $10 million...
Aged care worker sacked for refusing flu shot loses unfair dismissal case
News
A NSW South Coast aged care worker who was sacked because she refused to get a flu shot has had her unfair dismissal case rejected. In a recently published decision, the Fair Work Commission ruled in favour of her former employer, Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care, due to new government rules requiring aged care workers to be vaccinated against influenza....
Men from southern inland region sought for MRI study
Health & Wellbeing
Men who have experienced distress during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan are being asked to take part in a study. Such has been the response to Charles Sturt University PhD candidate Johnathan Hewis's initial study of female participants on the NSW Mid North Coast and NSW Central Coast, he is now expanding his parameters to include men aged 18...
Residents respond after COVID-19 fragments found at Merimbula
News
The Far South Coast community has responded proactively to renewed COVID-19 fears, with 40 people turning out for testing over the weekend. NSW Health appealed for Bega Valley Shire residents with even the mildest symptoms to get tested after fragments of the COVID-19 virus were detected in the sewage system at Merimbula last week. As a result, there was a 16...
Warm weather brings out the mozzies, but chooks are ready on the disease frontline
Health & Wellbeing
It might not seem the time for it, but mosquitos aren’t paying much attention to the cold fronts passing through Southern NSW as they enjoy a mid-autumn hatching period. However, a clutch of Riverina chickens are providing frontline detection services for the scourge of mozzie-borne diseases. Inches of rain, warm days and puddles of stagnant water are providing a delightful...
Bombala left without a GP as medical practice closes
News
The remote community of Bombala, on the edge of the NSW Snowy Mountains, will soon be forced to travel hours to see a doctor in Cooma, Jindabyne, Bega or Merimbula when their only medical practice closes. Bombala Medical Centre owner Dr Hamish Steiner said he will be forced to close the practice when its GP retires at the end of...
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