Health & Wellbeing

From riot-torn Cairo to the peace of regional NSW, Wael Fahmy makes a healthy career change
Community
Wagga Wagga's Wael Fahmy had a high-flying career in banking before moving from Egypt to Australia, but it came with one significant drawback. He worked for Barclays in Cairo’s central business district, leading performance improvement and then strategy and business development. While he enjoyed living in the city that never sleeps, some of Cairo’s most violent demonstrations occurred at the foot...
More COVID-19 cases at Queanbeyan, virus fragments in Eden
News
Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in southern NSW, all of them centred around the Queanbeyan area. Two new cases were reported in the Southern NSW Local Health District to 8 pm last night, bringing the total cases in the LHD to 24 since the start of the current outbreak in June. Both of the new cases are...
New COVID cases in Karabar, Goulburn; virus fragments in Moruya, Harden, Young, Yass and Jindabyne
News
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8 o'clock last night, bringing the total number of cases in the LHD to 22 since the start of the current outbreak in June. One new case is in Karabar, Queanbeyan, and one is in Goulburn. Both are under...
Goulburn mindful of the need to care for its young
Community
At a time of turmoil everywhere, a tranquil space for mindfulness has just sprouted - in the centre of Goulburn. An initiative of the Goulburn-Mulwaree Youth Council, the mindfulness garden has opened in the city's Victoria Park, complete with a conversation pit and a garden area where people of all ages can relax, talk or just experience the tranquillity. Youth Mayor...
The perils of admitting URnotOK in a world where notOK is still frowned upon
Opinion
Most of the time, admitting that URnotOK is literally putting your head on the chopping block. People will judge you forever, steer away from you in the supermarket and use a permanent marker to cross your name off the party list. In the work environment, it remains taboo. It is the badge of shame you bear every day you walk...
Sarah was struggling with perinatal anxiety, then she found her ‘tribe’
Health & Wellbeing
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but who can parents fall back on? Sarah Handley of Crookwell in the NSW Southern Tablelands, says parents need a tribe and has partnered with Tammy Hewitt, Renée Rooney and Chloe Love to launch a supportive group for parents experiencing depression and anxiety. The Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Warrior...
Knit one, purl one – one serious leisure proving a lockdown saviour
Health & Wellbeing
Robin Stevens of Bendick Murrell in the NSW South West Slopes would be the first to tell you about the benefits of knitting as a hobby. She’s been doing it since she was five but right now she’s particularly thankful for the positive vibes she gets as she settles down each day with the needles and yarn. It’s little wonder...
COVID vaccination rate target ‘within reach’ for NSW south east
Health & Wellbeing
Local government areas in south east NSW are on track to reach the State Government’s 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target soon if the combined efforts of the health workforce and the community continue. That's according to COORDINARE, the Primary Health Network (PHN) that takes in a region stretching from Helensburgh in the north, past Eden to the Victorian border in...
Planning starts for Batemans Bay’s one-stop health shop
Health & Wellbeing
Planning is underway for a new one-stop-shop healthcare facility in Batemans Bay with the NSW Government announcing $300,000 towards the process. Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the funding would help ensure the new HealthOne facility is developed with full community consultation. “The best way to build the most appropriate health facility that meets the needs of the local community...
Doctor shortage across parts of NSW at ‘crisis point’, says MP
Health & Wellbeing
The shortage of general practitioners across parts of regional NSW is at crisis point, according to Federal Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips. Welcoming a Senate inquiry into the provision of primary health services to rural and regional Australians, Ms Phillips said practical, positive solutions are needed. “The GP shortage issue in my electorate is at crisis point," she said. "In...
UPDATED: COVID-19 Delta variant fragments found in Merimbula sewage
News
UPDATED 12:15 pm: Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick says while a positive sewage result may indicate the presence of people who have recently recovered from COVID-19, they could also signal undetected cases in the Merimbula community. The Merimbula sewage treatment plant serves about 15,000 people. “These results do not necessarily mean there are active cases in the community, but...
Surviving (another) lockdown: Dr Thewes on finding routine, home-schooling and limiting screen time
Health & Wellbeing
The past two years have tested our resilience as a nation. It’s almost unnecessary to repeat the formidable four - drought, bushfires, floods and a global pandemic - because if you haven’t lived through them, you would have been touched by them in some way. So, as we face yet another lockdown while health officials grapple with the latest COVID-19...
Regional and rural health services shortage to go under the spotlight
Health & Wellbeing
A new Senate committee will consider the Federal Government's Stronger Rural Health Strategy, GP training reforms and what areas are defined as regional and rural. Labor Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain joined the call for the inquiry after 500 residents in her electorate signed her regional health petition and shared their stories. Ms McBain said the situation has hit crisis point....
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