Health & Wellbeing

Bushfires and pandemic add extra pressure for new mums
Health & Wellbeing
Namita Mittal has a new perspective on balance after giving birth to twins during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown. Not only are both hands full with her newborns, but the pathologist at Canberra Hospital is also juggling her eldest daughter's schooling from home without the usual level of support from her extended family. Namita is one of 750 women...
Doctor says no guarantee of new Eurobodalla hospital for 10 years
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A Moruya doctor has told Region Media the Eurobodalla community could be waiting for a new hospital for up to 10 years. Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Michael Holland says the need to combine Eurobodalla's two hospitals – Moruya District Hospital and Batemans Bay Hospital – and make it accessible to the entire region existed before he began practising locally 18 years...
Southern NSW the only regional area with active COVID-19 cases outside of Sydney
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Southern NSW is now the only regional area outside of Sydney with active COVID-19 cases following two positive test results in Goulburn Mulwaree. The two people who tested positive for COVID-19 were living together, according to the Southern NSW Local Health District. The first person to test positive from Goulburn Mulwaree in the past two weeks was a close contact...
MP rushes to reassure patients and families: the Ron Hemmings mental health unit will reopen
Health & Wellbeing
Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman has moved to reassure worried residents that the Ron Hemmings mental health unit in Goulburn isn't slated for permanent closure. Ms Tuckerman says she had spoken to Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) and the Minister for Mental Health and can confirm that admissions would reopen on 16 November 2020 while a review was underway. According to Ms...
Yass mothers say ‘you can drive a truck through the data’ in new maternity report
Health & Wellbeing
Yass mothers have questioned the findings of a recent review of maternity services available in the regional NSW town. Bec Duncan and Jasmin Jones, who have campaigned for several years for women to be able to give birth at Yass District Hospital, said the report data is flawed. Jasmin gave birth by the side of Barton Highway - and Bec...
Churchill’s legacy reaches region’s passionate two
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Last week, two women from the NSW South West Slopes joined a distinguished circle of scholars who have, for 55 years, been intent on bettering the world. Danielle Allen, of Greenethorpe, and Bernadette Zanet, of Tumut, were named among 112 Australians who are now proud recipients of the prestigious 2020 Churchill Fellowship. The memorial Fellowships were developed as an expressed wish...
Crookwell is turning blue to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer
Health & Wellbeing
Brent Hall tells me he didn’t sleep well last night as we take a seat in the living room of his Crookwell home. It’s not often the 63-year-old receives a visit from a journalist. “It’s silly, I know," he says. "I don’t know what I’m actually worried about.” Brent has experienced anxiety and depression for most of his life, attributing...
Australian Breastfeeding Association provides free online support in Eurobodalla, Snowy Monaro
Health & Wellbeing
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) has teamed up with Eurobodalla Shire Council and Snowy Monaro Regional Council to ensure regional women can access the breastfeeding support they need in a COVID-19-safe way. The project will provide sponsored places at Breastfeeding Education Live sessions, and 12 months ongoing support via membership for up to 15 women in the Eurobodalla region, and up...
Murrumbidgee Local Health District relaxes visitor restrictions
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As COVID-19 numbers reduce across NSW, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is relaxing visitor restrictions for residential aged care facilities as well as paediatric patients in the region. From Wednesday, 30 September, aged care residents will be allowed two visitors per day aged 16 years and over. This is an increase from just one visitor for a total of one hour, which...
Southern NSW Local Health District restructure document “riddled with errors,” says union
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Last week, the Southern NSW Local Health District announced details of a restructure that has been in the making for four years. In a press release on Thursday, Chief executive Margaret Bennett said there will be no forced redundancies. However, staff and union representatives say they are very concerned about the changes being put forward, which will see 53 full-time...
‘I have people telling me I should end my life’: Love Island and Farmer Wants a Wife stars call out online bullies
Health & Wellbeing
Two years on from his appearance on Love Island and Canberra electrician Grant Crapp still receives death threats on Instagram. "To this day, I have people telling me I should end my life for what I've done to women, that I shouldn't be breathing," he told Region Media. "I had one yesterday that said they wished they could drag me behind...
Spring health warning for rural and regional residents
Health & Wellbeing
Spring may be here but beneath the wondrous green and gold patchwork landscape, with wafts of jasmine and fruit blossoms, hides a multitude of irritants that induce tears, sneezing and wheezing in many people in the community. Spring also means thunderstorms – of a sudden nature – which can also trigger asthma. On Thursday 3 September, Murrumbidgee Local Health District...
What will Father’s Day look like for families separated by borders?
Community
The pandemic is a running topic at the office, around the dinner table, and in news bulletins, but are we talking enough about the social impact of COVID-19, particularly for those separated from their families by state and international border closures? A survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that three in four Australians had weekly face-to-face contact with...
Free health program helps Jess get back on track
Health & Wellbeing
A young Broulee mum is emerging from winter full of vigour and vim thanks to an online wellness program being offered free of charge to drought and bushfire-affected residents of the Riverina and South East NSW. It was a Facebook post that caught Jess Buffier's eye in May, at a time when she was feeling particularly negative. She - like...
Drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic opens in Yass
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The free COVID-19 testing clinic in Yass has been relocated from the hospital to the former Landmark building at 1-5 MacDonald Street. The new site is a drive-through clinic, providing easier access for the community, and is open from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm. Yass resident Allie McClure visited the new clinic last week after feeling unwell. "It...
New wave of support for homebirth during COVID-19 pandemic
Health & Wellbeing
Women all over Australia have been asking for homebirth for decades, but have largely been hindered because of the difficulty and high cost for private midwives to purchase indemnity insurance. Homebirths account for less than 1 per cent of all births across the country, although that number is on the rise as cities have begun to roll out publicly funded homebirth...
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