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Category: Health

New project supports middle-aged ACT women to avoid risky alcohol use

A project to discourage “risky levels” of drinking amongst middle-aged ACT women launches this week, using an online tool to intervene.

Embracing a cochlear implant in adulthood

Louise Irvine was managing a pharmacy in Canberra, married and raising two kids when she first considered a cochlear implant.

Calls for federal government to get moving on Heart Foundation funding

With Federal funding for Heart Foundation Walking groups set to expire in June, the national charity is calling for an investment of $9.5 million over three years to keep Australia’s largest free walking network striding forward.

ANU study: Indigenous women left behind in cervical cancer elimination

Australia is tracking to become one of the first countries to eliminate cervical cancer, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will miss out unless we act urgently to change this, according to a new study.

Older women at higher risk of finance, housing, health issues

The Council on Ageing ACT (COTA) is choosing to challenge the constellation of issues women face as they age, which place them at heightened risk of homelessness and financial insecurity.

Experts, advocates and survivors stress importance of access to defibrillators

St John’s Ambulance volunteer Tom Cressy initially thought his gym buddy was having an asthma attack, but when he curled in the recovery position he knew it was something more serious.

Carers ACT thanks Royal Commission for praising role of unpaid carers

Carers ACT has thanked the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety for praising the role of unpaid carers in the midst of a damning report. Lisa Kelly, CEO of Carers ACT,...

ACT sees ‘significant’ increased demand for LGBTIQA+ support services

There has been a significant increase in demand for LGBTIQA+ support services in the ACT, according local LGBTIQA+ organisation, Meridian.

$13 million ICU construction project begins

The construction of the Canberra Hospital Intensive Care Unit has begun and is on track to be completed by the end of the year. Over $13 million will be spent on the project,...

Fatal flaw in parasite’s armour could be used to treat malaria

Researchers from ANU have exposed a fatal flaw in the deadly parasite that causes malaria which could potentially be used to treat one of the world’s biggest killers.

Bee stings cause most venom-related hospitalisations

More than a quarter of 3,500 hospitalisations due to contact with a venomous animal or plant in Australia in 2017-18 were caused by bee stings.

MoodOff Day 2021: could you cope for five hours without your phone?

If you’ve ever been phubbed – that is, phone snubbed – and felt second best to a smartphone, challenge yourself and your nearest and dearest to go five hours without smartphones this Sunday, 28 February.

Grants to get outdoors and stay active

Local organisations can apply for funding for new outdoor equipment, nature play spaces, or learning to ride a bike or camping.

ANU invention may help prevent deaths caused by blood clots

In a world first, the Australian National University (ANU) has invented a biomedical device to measure a blood clot’s “stickiness” and “optically weigh” it, to assess a person’s disease risk. The new portable...

Update: Eden-Monaro frontline workers offered vaccine in Bega

The news follows public outcry about a potential 11-hour return trip for some frontline workers to access the jab.

Death Cap mushroom warning as peak season nears

Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman has warned against eating or picking any wild mushrooms, as the growth of the fungus tends to increase as the weather cools down and autumn begins.

Strong calls for assistive technology bring pop-up back to Canberra

Assistive Technology Australia’s pop-up clinic was back at the University of Canberra (UC) today, Tuesday 23 February, after a strong call for its return. People living with a disability, seniors, carers and occupational...

First Canberrans are vaccinated against COVID-19

The ACT received its first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine today; among the first were a nurse and a woman of 86.

UC seeks school-aged children to trial new head lice treatment

Researchers from the University of Canberra are seeking volunteers for a free clinical trial involving a new natural head lice treatment in school-aged children across the ACT. The project began after Associate Professor...

Vaccine resistance on the rise among Australians

New analysis from the Australian National University (ANU) has found a substantial increase in Australians’ resistance and hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccines. More than one in five Australians (21.7%) said in January 2021 they...

Update: ACT Government pages affected in Facebook ban

Today social media giant Facebook blocked Australian media sites from sharing news stories; however, ACT Health and ACT Government sites have also been blocked from view.
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