Health & Wellbeing

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....
Rural risk to unvaccinated ‘getting higher every day’
Health & Wellbeing
Rural doctors are urging their local communities to be on the highest alert with the potential for a COVID-19 outbreak growing. Dr John Hall, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), said the inexorable spread of the delta strain across rural NSW was making heightened readiness essential. “We know it is on the way - so please, wear...
Support service for new parents on the South Coast to expand
Health & Wellbeing
They say it takes a village to raise a child and for parents in the Eurobodalla Shire, that village is about to get a whole lot bigger. New parents and their bubs will soon have access to renowned early parenting service provider Tresillian Family Care, as the service prepares to roll out in the region. A new Family Care Centre will...
UPDATED: Canberrans fleeing to the coast can expect compliance checks and large fines
News
UPDATED 4:35 pm: Canberrans who have fled the ACT for the South Coast as lockdown approaches can expect compliance checks from NSW Police and possibly large fines, according to Member for Monaro and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro. "Stay-home orders will apply to anyone who was in Canberra on or after 5 August. Stop the spread and don't leave Canberra," he...
As vaccination frustration grows, patients urged not to ‘bite the hand that jabs them’
Health & Wellbeing
Medical staff and doctors are being abused and threatened as frustrations over the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in regional areas reach boiling point. “Many rural practices and health services are reporting that their staff are facing verbal abuse, and even threatening behaviour, when they tell people their place in the vaccination waitlist has not yet come up,” said Rural...
Regional communities react as Pfizer vaccines sent to city
Health & Wellbeing
Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain claims regional communities are being treated as second-class citizens following moves to redirect Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses from regional NSW to vaccinate Year 12 students in Sydney’s eight local government areas of concern. Ms McBain said regional NSW residents are being left behind because Prime Minister Scott Morrison "didn’t think the vaccine rollout was a race...
Would you donate an organ to save a family member? Campaign calls for more donors
Community
Signing up to donate your organs only takes a minute of your time and saves lives – something Eurobodalla Renal Support Group's Brad Rossiter OAM knows only too well. He is calling on the public to show its support for Donate Life Week by getting involved in the Turn Your Front Light On For Organ Donation campaign.   "It's all about raising awareness of...
Moruya dragon boaters put out the call for new members
Sport
Moruya's Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club has put out the call for interested locals to give the 2500-year-old sport of dragon boating a go. The club, which was established in 2006, is encouraging anyone above the age of 12 to participate in a free five-week program. New members will get to experience paddling, learn some techniques both on and off...
Is it time we stopped talking about dieting and weight loss in public?
Opinion
At a recent dinner with a group of friends, one woman told the group as she perused the menu that she had lost weight recently and was trying to stick to a specific calorie limit each day. At the same table was someone who had suffered an eating disorder and who has been open about her experiences and the negative...
Green light given to paid vaccination leave for NSW council staff
Health & Wellbeing
NSW local government staff from several councils across the state have been reminded they are now eligible to take time off to get vaccinated without losing pay or affecting their existing sick leave entitlements. The development is thanks to a special splinter, optional award that was developed in 2020 in a partnership between the union representing council workers, United Services...
Longer lockdowns needed to crush COVID-19, says ANU study
News
Government should go hard and long to get the best value out of COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a new study from the Australian National University. Research just published by a team of modellers, economists and public health experts from the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and the University of Melbourne highlights the...
Marulan and Braidwood among 22 regional pharmacies to administer AstraZeneca
Health & Wellbeing
Marulan Pharmacy, near Goulburn, and Capital Chemist in Braidwood are among the first 22 pharmacies across regional and rural NSW that will begin administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the pilot program last week in a bid to boost the vaccine rollout, with only about 17 per cent of the Australian population vaccinated so far. “Local pharmacists...
Leanne needed a heart transplant after an angiogram went wrong
Health & Wellbeing
A year ago, Leanne (surname withheld) was working as a dental assistant in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Today, she's recovering from a major heart transplant at home in the village of Tarago, in the NSW Southern Tablelands. The transplant saved Leanne's life, but it's been a long journey and she still has a way to go to get...
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