Health & Wellbeing

Uni students face up to mask shortage
Health & Wellbeing
Students at the University of Canberra and the Australian National University are finding creative ways to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals. University of Canberra students Bryce Cronin and Jed Hodson recently won the Protecting Vulnerable Peoples Challenge of the Australian Computer Society’s Flatten The Curve Hackathon by using a 3D printer to produce face shields. The...
Celebrities kick-start students’ days
Health & Wellbeing
Students from Young North Public School were treated to a cooking class from celebrity chefs Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel last week. They also heard from former Canberra Raiders NRL player Alan Tongue, and next week will listen to artist Ben Quilty and environmental educator Costa Georgiadis, among others. The online initiative from the NSW Department of Education...
Canberra Airport leads way with COVID-19 temperature screening technology
News
Canberra Airport has become the first in the country to install temperature screening technology in its departure terminal, a COVID-19 measure that doctors hope is taken up by other transport terminals as an extra way to rein in the virus. The technology, first developed by electronic security firm EOS Australia for use in schools around the world, measures all human forehead...
Dogs allowed on ‘timeshare’ beaches from 1 May
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council has announced dogs will be allowed 24/7 access to designated 'timeshare' beaches from 1 May until 1 November. For the next six months, the off-season timesharing conditions will be in effect at designated dog exercise areas. Dogs will be allowed on timeshare beaches – on or off-leash – at all times under the care and control of...
Driveway death the catalyst for national safety campaign
Community
It was nine years ago that Peter and Emma Cockburn from Young lost their 15-month-old daughter Georgina in a driveway accident. Peter had arrived home from work and was reversing his builder's trailer into the garage of the family home when the curious tot, the youngest of four children, was fatally injured. Since then the couple has courageously and doggedly...
One new Murrumbidgee COVID-19 case, police enforce restrictions across Southern NSW
News
One new case of COVID-19 has been identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District bringing the total number of positive diagnoses to 46, as police continue to enforce social distancing restriction across the region. lt's the first positive result in Southern NSW for some time as infection rates in both the Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts have held...
Stay the course Australia, till we’re in the clear
Opinion
Forget the fact that we can't drive too far at these days, but Australians seem to be like the kids in the back crying ''are we there yet?'' The nation's COVID-19 containment measures appear to be working and we are the envy of countries where the death toll is and continues to be appalling. It's working so well that commentators,...
ANU Medical School research reveals exercise link to liver cancer prevention
Health & Wellbeing
Getting outside and exercising is not only a cure for having to currently isolate at home due to COVID-19, but it is also a possible cure for liver cancer, according to research at the Australian National University. People who are overweight and have type 2 diabetes are the most susceptible to liver cancer. However, research led by Professor Geoff Farrell,...
Goulburn Mulwaree Council closes Pejar Dam due to toxic algae bloom
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council has closed Pejar Dam, 25km northwest of Goulburn, advising that the area is not safe for swimming, boating and fishing, and that contact with the water may pose a threat to livestock and pets. High levels of potentially toxic cyanobacteria prompted the council to issue a red alert warning to recreational users after standard monitoring tests for...
Royal Flying Doctor Service supporting Murrumbidgee region during COVID-19
Community
If people in the bush can be thankful for one thing in an emergency, it’s the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). And right now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the service is proving it still has our backs. Built on Australia’s pioneering past – thanks to the vision of missionary Reverend John Flynn – the service offering medical services to remote...
No new COVID-19 cases in Southern NSW, but authorities worried by community transmission
News
The number of COVID-19 diagnoses across the two major southern NSW Local Health Districts is unchanged, but there are still concerns that community transmission may be occurring in the regions. There have been 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) since Saturday, April 4, while there have also been no new cases in the Southern...
MLHD smiles in a time of COVID-19
News
It’s been a good news weekend for the staff of Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) who have been tossed into 2020 like cats into a washing machine, first with bushfires on their doorstep and now COVID-19 trying to gain entry through their front doors. First and foremost came the news, and possibly hope, that the rate of infection of residents...
Parents asked to do “three jobs at the same time” during COVID-19 isolation
Health & Wellbeing
With daycares and schools reducing their capacity or moving online in response to COVID-19 regulations, parents are finding themselves with a triple-whammy situation – expected to work from home, parent full-time and deliver lessons to school-age kids. "It's literally doing three jobs at the same time: working, parenting and trying to teach," says Bemboka mum Paula Mathewson. While many people are...
The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis
Health & Wellbeing
Each day we live through the COVID-19 crisis, we see more of our life change. Work, family, connecting with friends, and our daily routines have fundamentally changed. There are few of us that have fully processed the gravity of what has happened, and what is still to come. In these early stages of the pandemic, much effort has been rightly...
Regional COVID-19 cases increase, calls grow to keep visitors away from South East
News
Regional COVID-19 diagnoses continue to rise across Southern NSW, while Cooma Monaro mayor Peter Beer has joined the call for people to stay away from the region in order for local health resources to manage the virus load. In the Southern NSW Local Health District, there are now 48 confirmed cases of the virus following 1846 tests. None of these confirmed cases...
Former Bega local’s fun face-masks a crafty response to COVID-19
Arts & Culture
Last week, Bronwyn Napiorkowski went to her local doctor to get a script filled. "I sat in the waiting room feeling really vulnerable," she says. "I wasn't showing signs of being sick but I knew people around were and I wished I had brought a face mask with me." When Bronwyn – a qualified art therapist who grew up in Bega and...
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