Health & Wellbeing

Yass welcomes Bush Bursary nursing student
Health & Wellbeing
A University of Newcastle nursing student will have the chance to experience a two-week placement in Yass this summer after he was awarded a NSW Rural Doctors Network Bush Bursary scholarship. Peter Matthews has long desired to be a nurse, however life took him in a different direction before he landed in his chosen career. Growing up in regional Victoria, Peter first completed...
Southern NSW Local Health District’s review of mental health services ‘concerning’
Health & Wellbeing
Carers of family members whose lives depend on non-acute mental health services in southern NSW have expressed concern about the announcement of a review of those services by the local health district. The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) says the review "will consider and make recommendations for the enhancement of non-acute mental health services" in the area. However, Helen Delany...
Bega Valley Shire Library schedules three writing workshops for bushfire survivors
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley Shire Library has scheduled three writing workshops for people affected by the Black Summer bushfires in Bega, Bemboka and Eden in January and February. The 'Where There's Smoke' writing workshops will be led by local author and therapeutic arts practitioner Katherine Boland. The COVID-Safe workshops are an opportunity for people to share their stories in a supportive environment....
Get down at Groove is in the Park along the coast this summer
What's On
This summer, you will have the opportunity to groove along the NSW South Coast, shake off some of those isolation kilos and lift your spirits. From Corrigans Beach to Narooma, Just Dance Eurobodalla is presenting Groove is in the Park, a series of five outdoor community dance events across the Eurobodalla Shire. The events will be held in five locations...
Andrew Oberg’s creed: Revere every day on the river
Health & Wellbeing
Dynamic and mysterious, the Shoalhaven River meanders in chocolate froth after rain. Then the water settles into a silver ribbon that is so clear the swaying current reveals fish darting off into its depths. Rolling hills on either side give way to thick scrub, stone-strewn foreshores and sandstone gorges. The water’s depth increases as the drama heightens. Sheer cliffs on...
The day my phone rang and he said, ‘I’ve been in an accident’
Health & Wellbeing
On 10 June, I got the call every partner dreads. “I’ve been in an accident,” said Will. Then the call cut out. Mobile signal is patchy at the best of times on our remote property at Bigga, NSW, about two hours north of Canberra. Will, a farmer, wasn’t calling from the back of an ambulance or hospital, he was calling from...
Southern NSW records 35 straight days of no new COVID-19 cases
News
The Southern NSW Local Health District has gone five weeks without recording a locally acquired COVID-19 case. The area is home to about 200,000 residents and includes Batemans Bay, Bega, Bombala, Braidwood, Cooma, Crookwell, Delegate, Goulburn, Moruya, Pambula, Queanbeyan and Yass. The last locally acquired case was on 19 October in Goulburn. READ ALSO: Batemans Bay Hospital nurse a finalist...
Batemans Bay Hospital nurse wins Judith Meppem Leadership Award
Health & Wellbeing
Nurse Lisa Wilson from Batemans Bay Hospital has been named the winner of the Judith Meppem Leadership Award in the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards. The award highlights an outstanding nursing and midwifery leader who continually exhibits excellence in leadership, focusing on values of teamwork, innovation, service, quality, compassion and integrity. Lisa was one of four finalists for the...
South Coast psychologist runs online support program for bushfire victims
Health & Wellbeing
Clinical psychologist Stacy Shepherd has been working with bushfire victims since the 2019-2020 Black Summer, which burnt 79 per cent of her region. Her psychology practice, based in Broulee on the NSW South Coast, still has clients who are living in temporary housing, caravans or couch surfing. Stacy says Eurobodalla residents and many Australians who lived through the Black Summer...
Canberra universities provide boost for health training in Cooma, Bega
Health & Wellbeing
Two Canberra universities have joined forces to deliver new clinical training facilities in southeast NSW, which aim to make healthcare more accessible in regional areas. The University of Canberra (UC) and Australian National University (ANU) officially opened two new clinical training facilities in Cooma and Bega on Friday, 13 November, as part of the South East NSW Health Collaborative project....
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
News
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
News
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
Community
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...
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