Health & Wellbeing

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
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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...
Thousands of dollars’ worth of vaccines destroyed in South Coast blackouts
News
A Moruya doctor estimates thousands of dollars worth of refrigerated vaccines have been lost during frequent and widespread power outages in the area. Queen Street Medical Centre co-owner Dr Neil Starmer says $5000 worth of vaccines purchased by the practice and $15,000 worth of vaccines supplied by NSW Health were lost during power outages throughout the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires....
Coping with the psychological impact of mouse plagues
Health & Wellbeing
The current mice plague in parts of NSW is taking its toll on many rural and regional individuals and communities, with some people simply unable to cope with the magnitude of rodent numbers. Hundreds of thousands of mice have been plaguing parts of NSW since last year's harvest, with farmers, householders and businesspeople affected. Amid images of drowned mice being plucked...
Goulburn’s famous curve model teaches us to love the skin we’re in
Health & Wellbeing
Mixed-race curve model, April Hélène-Horton, from Goulburn in southern New South Wales, says there needs to be more representation of marginalised people in mainstream media. The 36-year-old says she was excited to be the first plus-size bikini model to appear on a towering Melbourne billboard in February but will be more excited if she's not the last. "I certainly can't say...
Hot in the country: Sink into serenity at Jugiong’s state-of-the-art spa
Best of Region
Any woman would be impressed when scrolling through Parlour J’s Instagram page. Beautiful, clean photos ooze serenity and showcase the facial, massage, eyebrow and nail treatments on offer at the new spa in the regional NSW town of Jugiong. This is a credit to owner Emma Graham, who was working as a marketing professional in Sydney, managing AMP Capital’s Australian...
New service to help stay-at-home seniors keep connected with their community
Health & Wellbeing
A new mental health education and support service will assist people over 65 years of age impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Summer bushfires across south-eastern NSW. The 'Continuing to be Me @ Home' program ([email protected])  which is being funded by Coordinare, is designed to reinforce identity and purpose, increase connectedness and help to ensure older Australians continue...
Farewell for Harden-Murrumburrah couple with health at their heart
Health & Wellbeing
Harden Health Service has farewelled two much-loved and active members of its Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) who have retired after many years of service to the community. There’s little doubt the efforts, counsel and vocal campaigning of health advocates John and Carol Ford will be sorely missed as they step down from the local committee. Both joined LHAC in...
Council to consider Crookwell District Hospital redevelopment plan this March
News
Upper Lachlan Shire Council will consider plans for a $2.5 million upgrade of Crookwell District Hospital this March. Under the plans, a new emergency department and ambulance bay will be built at the front of the hospital. The emergency department will include two holding bays, a resuscitation bay, an IV dialysis sitting room, a triage assessment room, three public toilets,...
‘Incredible discovery’ could hold natural key to treating allergies
News
The findings from two researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) on stopping allergies such as asthma and hay fever will come as a relief to many people across the region who sneezed and wheezed through one of the worst pollen seasons on record. With Canberra known as the pollen capital of Australia, the researchers say their findings are "an incredible...
Endometriosis isn’t all in your mind – despite what the doctor tells you
Opinion
As a journalist, I'm always asking others to share personal stories so it seemed reticent not to share mine this March, which is Endometriosis Awareness Month. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with the disease that's since inhabited my uterus, ovaries, bladder and bowel. It seems surprising now that I had never heard of endometriosis at the time, given...
Free fitness classes in Eurobodalla parks encourage community to Live Life Get Active
Health & Wellbeing
The Live Life Get Active program will be offered across the Eurobodalla Shire, with cross-training, boxing and yoga classes to be held in parks at Batehaven and Narooma on the NSW South Coast. The program is the brainchild of Amanda King, who, seven years ago, invited former Olympian Jane Flemming to help launch and grow entry-level classes for people looking to...
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