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Monday, January 25, 2021

Category: Health

Safewards aims to decrease violence in ACT hospitals

Violence occurs daily in the ACT’s hospitals - but Safewards, a program to make wards safer for staff and patients, could offer a solution.

Patience needed for ACT’s growing number of hospital patients

The ACT’s hospital infrastructure is in an unhealthy condition, the Canberra Liberals say, but the government promises they're on track.

Keeping busy isn’t the best way to stay sane in quarantine

One year into the pandemic mandatory quarantine remains a common occurrence in the ACT, and a new RMIT University study reveals keeping busy may not be the best way to cope with...

‘Who owns the data?’: Fitbits and private health data give pause for thought

Australians who unwrapped a Fitbit at Christmas likely plan to use the data it collects to improve their health; however, researchers warn there are data privacy concerns to consider.

Death cap mushrooms sprout early in Canberra, foraging unsafe

Death cap mushrooms have sprouted early in Canberra this year, with experts warning the public not to eat or pick any wild mushrooms in the region.

Parents must demonstrate sun safety this summer for kids’ sake

Research shows kids of the 1980s and 1990s – many of whom now have children of their own – are failing to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays, with 25% reporting they get sunburnt on summer weekends.

Not sharing is caring when it comes to festive food and pets, RSPCA ACT warns

It’s hard to say no when a four-legged friend looks so cute begging for a bite from your plate, which is why RSPCA ACT is sending a friendly public service announcement that festive foods have the potential to make pets seriously sick.

Lifeline Canberra anticipates crisis support line Christmas surge

Lifeline Canberra is anticipating an additional spike in demand on their crisis support line during the Christmas/New Year period.

Be ready to Call.Push.Shock to save a loved one

Someone you know could have a cardiac arrest this holiday season; Call.Push.Shock could save that loved one’s life.

Government seeks feedback on Canberra Hospital Expansion

For the next two months, Canberrans can have their say on the design and build of the Canberra Hospital Expansion’s new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building.

New drug from ANU combats sepsis, set to save millions of lives

ANU researchers say they hope they can now treat the untreatable, and if the drug works as predicted it will be a game changer in treating sepsis.

Drugs peak body welcomes Pettersson’s decriminalisation bill

The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Association ACT (ATODA) supports Michael Pettersson MLA’s proposed bill to decriminalise hard drugs.

New alcohol guidelines: no more than 10 drinks a week

New alcohol guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) stipulate Australians should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and four standard drinks a day, for both...

Butt Out Boondah aims to improve Indigenous women’s health

Butt Out Boondah is a culturally appropriate health program to address high levels of smoking among pregnant Indigenous women In Queanbeyan.

Grants aim to improve inclusion for people with disability

Sporting groups, medical services and a choir were among the community organisations, not-for-profits and small businesses awarded a total of $125,000 in grants by the ACT Government

Canberrans with care dogs still face discrimination

It’s hard to overstate the benefits of assistance dogs; from guide dogs for the blind to therapy puppies for mental health, people living with Autism, ADHD, and cognitive and intellectual delay, man’s...

New tech to help older Canberrans age at home

InteliCare CEO Jason Waller says families often make decisions about whether to enter aged care based on emotions and fear, not facts and data, and often the data points to being able to stay home.”

ACT has lowest rate of heart disease deaths, hospital admissions

While the ACT has the lowest rate in the country for deaths and hospital admissions related to heart disease, almost two-thirds of Canberrans are not meeting physical activity guidelines, according to new data from the Heart Foundation.

Health warning: Fentanyl-related substances in heroin and cocaine

ACT Health is warning of the potential dangers of fentanyl-related substances that may reach Canberra following recent cases of serious harm in Sydney and regional NSW.

Need for early intervention identified in ACT mental health sector

A recent Productivity Commission report into the mental health system has found close to half of Australian adults have met the diagnostic criteria for mental illness at some point in their lives.

Canberra hospital staff said air ‘virtually unbreathable’ during bushfires

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has shown a short-term increase in respiratory issues from the 2019/2020 bushfires.