Health & Wellbeing

Goulburn secures long-awaited MRI machine for hospital
Health & Wellbeing
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and the community's advocacy for a MRI machine for the region has paid off. An additional $15 million was revealed in the 2021-2022 NSW Budget announced on Tuesday, 22 June, for the purchase of a MRI machine for Goulburn Base Hospital. The MRI machine will be located inside the new four-storey Clinical Services Building, which...
Experts say governments must act on health risks from bushfire smoke
Health & Wellbeing
Experts claim governments must do more to tackle climate change and fight increasing health risks from bushfire smoke. The Global Climate and Health Alliance has released an international report, titled 'The Limits of Liveability', which states governments must prepare public health systems to tackle the effects of air pollution from bushfire smoke. The report found bushfire smoke has a range of...
NSW Health responds to criticism over Eurobodalla Regional Hospital’s bed numbers
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NSW Health says the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital is "expected" to provide level-four emergency, level-four maternity and level-three paediatric services, despite cutting the number of beds in those departments. The new hospital will replace Moruya District Hospital and Batemans Bay Hospital on the NSW South Coast. Responding to questions from Region Media, a Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) spokesperson promised...
Easier access to COVID-19 vaccine as more general practices get onboard
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People over 60 years of age now have more access to COVID-19 vaccines in the NSW South East with an extra 22 general practices accredited to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Tuross Head Medical Centre and Bombala Medical Centre will begin offering COVID vaccinations on 28 June, while two general practices in Crookwell and three general practices in the Shoalhaven are also now...
NSW Health cuts Eurobodalla hospital bed numbers, says Moruya doctor
Health & Wellbeing
A Moruya doctor says NSW Health has cut the number of beds intended for the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, which will replace Moruya District Hospital and Batemans Bay Hospital on the South Coast. Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Michael Holland was involved in developing the new clinical services plan for the $200 million hospital at Moruya. The March 2020 plan endorsed 165...
ANU medical students bring their skills and care to a coastal classroom
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What do weeds and ANU medical students have in common? They are both popping up everywhere. However, unlike weeds, the medical students are very welcome visitors to the Eurobodalla. As part of ANU Rural Week, a group of students from the ANU medical school recently swapped scrubs and masks for boots and gardening gloves, scalpels and stethoscopes for picks and...
Buddy system makes life a little brighter for dementia patients
Health & Wellbeing
Dementia nurse consultant Cath Bateman often saw dementia patients distressed in a hospital, especially those whose family couldn't visit regularly. The only way a patient's anxiety and fear were eased was if a staff member sat with them. However, on a busy ward, staff didn't always have time. That's when Cath and Barbara Williams from Dementia Australia came up with the...
Isolated and trapped: how living remotely allowed Catherine’s abuser to hide
Health & Wellbeing
WARNING: This story contains graphic details that some readers may find upsetting. When Catherine (name withheld) moved to a secluded farm near Goulburn, she thought she'd be living the country dream. Little did she know the farm's isolation, away from close friends and family, would conceal escalating violence at the hands of her partner. He had been the perfect guy...
Short-term fix in place as regional doctor shortage strikes Bombala
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Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has extended its employment of a locum medical officer in Bombala following news the rural community's only medical practice would close due to a staff shortage. A media release from SNSWLHD on 25 May said the medical officer who began work at Bombala Medical Centre on 3 May will stay on until the middle of July....
Expert urges people to take care when handling wild mice
Health & Wellbeing
While people across multiple Australian states are worrying about how to trap mice during the current plague, a Charles Sturt University expert has warned we should be equally concerned about how we handle and dispose of them. Andrew Peters, an associate professor in wildlife health and pathology at the university’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said contact with wild mice could be...
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is ‘falling short’ in regional areas
Health & Wellbeing
Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, Dr Johanna Kovats has been ready to run a vaccination clinic from her general practice in Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands. She hired and trained four extra nurses, purchased a $3000-plus vaccine fridge and submitted an order of 250 vaccines per week. However, they were told they would only receive 50 vaccines per week...
TAFE Bega’s accidental-counselling course to give people tools to help those suffering from trauma
Community
Following the devastating Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic that impacted so many people on the NSW South Coast, a new TAFE course aims to empower members of the community to reach out to those in distress. The Statement of Attainment in Accidental Counselling – a one-day course delivered by virtual classroom – offers basic counselling skills to residents who are not...
New Katungul CEO Kayeleen Brown returns to South Coast
Health & Wellbeing
Kayeleen Brown will take the helm of Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Regional Health and Community Services on 24 May. She will replace Joanne Grant as the organisation's new CEO, bringing extensive experience working in senior positions across government, not for profit, and Indigenous bodies such as YWCA Australia, South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service and Carers NSW. A proud Yuin Walbunja and Bundjalung Koori woman...
Goulburn Health Hub to open day surgery unit and retirement village
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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
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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...
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