Friday, August 12, 2022



Dangerous levels of lead in wild ducks

It took a recent Freedom of Information request for documents to be released from the EPA stating that dangerous lead levels in wild ducks have been found in tests at four of 23 Victorian shooting waterways across Victoria. The documents were obtained by a not-for-profit group called Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting.

Dynamic dentist duo are thrilled to be in the bush

Alice Melita. Dentist Renae Philp and her dental assistant Melanie Villella believe they have one of the best jobs in Australia as they travel to remote communities across Queensland. This week, the Royal Flying Doctor Service duo will finish working in Dajarra before a trip to Boulia from August 23 ... “Meeting amazing country folks who are so excited to have us in their community and being able to service the community at no cost to them.”

Under the mask

Ali Bohn ... My loved one has dementia and they have no bloody idea who I am at the best of times, but add this freak show costume and it’s an impossible situation. But I am Covid-19 negative, so why am I wearing all the paraphernalia?

Locals voice concerns amidst restricted birthing services at GBH

Emma Pritchard. The Clarence Valley Independent hit the streets last week and asked members of the public to share their thoughts after the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) revealed Grafton Base Hospital (GBH) had no on-site obstetrician, or available locums to cover shortages, and subsequently, expectant and birthing mothers were being referred to Lismore Base Hospital and Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Jackson humbled by RFDS honour

A woman who helped save the life of her friend on a remote Cape York cattle station has been crowned the 2022 RFDS Local Hero Award winner for the Cairns region ... With Coen more than an hour’s drive away, and the nearest hospital at Weipa unable to be accessed due to flooding, Emma used the defibrillator machine on the property and performed CPR for an hour to help Peter bring his wife back to life.

Health centre a coup for Mapoon

Mapoon will this month get its long-awaited primary health care centre, designed in consultation with the community and operated by Apunipima Cape York Health Council ... Mapoon resident and primary health care centre manager Debra Jia said she was excited about the opening and having the modern and spacious new facility to service the needs of her community.

Designs unveiled for the new $260 million Eurobodalla Regional Hospital

The designs of the new $260 million state-of-the-art Eurobodalla Regional Hospital have been unveiled, showcasing an overall increase in bed capacity and significantly expanded health service. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the new hospital will provide more services than are currently available at the Moruya and Batemans Bay hospitals combined.

Free trauma workshops for Barkly residents

We Al-li is providing culturally informed-trauma integrated workshops in Tennant Creek and is planning to visit communities across the Barkly. The programs, which are free and open to all community members, are for health, sharing culture and regenerating the spirit.

Take A Breath Wellness Studio

Welshman’s Reef resident, and experienced yoga teacher, Amy Sonsie, opened Take a Breath Wellness Studio at the beginning of 2022. Amy offers a range of well-being services to people who are feeling overwhelmed and need valuable skills to help in times of stress, mental illness, and anxiety.

Raising funds to fight depression, post traumatic stress and suicide

On Saturday 10 September Maldon’s CFA Captain, Sean McCubbin, and 600 other firefighters and emergency services personnel will be climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel to raise funds for mental health. Participants will be wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus as they climb the steps for the ninth annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, which aims to break down the stigma around mental health, and be a leader in the emergency services community in the mental health space.

Cloncurry GP moving for better work-life balance

Alice Melita. After 11 years of service to Cloncurry and the surrounding district, Dr Leonie Fromberg has decided it’s time to trade stunning desert sunsets for beautiful ocean sunrises as she moves from the North West to the Cassowary Coast ... Dr Fromberg said working in remote areas often meant long hours and high stress, which meant the personal life suffered. “The flip side of that is the depth of knowledge and skill a doctor can develop out here,” she told North West Weekly.

Training our future rural doctors in the regions

Elspeth Radford. Izak Mentz family migrated to Australia from South Africa when he was four and after living in a few different regions across Australia, settled in Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula ... Having spent his formative years in a small rural community, Izak applied to be part of the Flinders University MD Rural Stream which would allow him to study for a full year in a regional location, developing his clinical skills and learning from rural doctors.

Wyreema medical centre in the works

Residents of Wyreema may no longer have to travel out of town to visit a doctor or dentist. A development application has been submitted to Toowoomba Regional Council to construct a dental and medical practice on the corner of Newman Road and Balfour Street (Toowoomba Karara Road).

Warwick Hospital welcomes donation

New equipment for the chemotherapy ward has been donated by the Leukaemia Foundation, to help honour a local woman's wish. Darling Downs Health Nurse Unit Manager Robyn Cameron said the staff at Warwick Hospital are extremely grateful.

Patients running out of patience as they wait for a doctor

Ally Scholl is looking for a general practitioner for her family but hasn’t been able to get any appointments yet. Laura Anderson Parker said she finally found a decent GP but then “they are gone again. And repeat”. Sheryl Nielsen said it took weeks to get in to see a doctor.

New committee aims to help people stay healthier for longer

Dhelkaya Health is setting up a new committee that will work behind the scenes to help people maintain their health and wellbeing for longer.

Healing with horses

Set on 22 acres in Shelbourne, Equine Healing Centre Bendigo was established in 2019, as a place to help people to recover from trauma or for those suffering from emotional and physical burnout to practice restorative self-care, through experiential learning. Owner, Tracey Kenny-Dive, studied at the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in Daylesford as an accredited Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner.

Launching Castlemaine Safe Space

The first rural Safe Space in Victoria, Castlemaine Safe Space (CaSS) is a non-clinical support service, staffed by trained Peer Volunteers, who have lived experience of emotional distress and/or suicidality. The pop-up Safe Space will initially be operated from two venues in Castlemaine, the Senior Citizens Centre and the Salvation Army hall on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

NSW backs industry calls for national electronic ID scheme for sheep and goats amid FMD threat

The NSW Government is backing growing industry calls for the urgent development of a national mandatory sheep and goat electronic identification system in light of the serious threat of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) entering Australia ... “Individual traceability for sheep and goats will be crucial during an emergency disease outbreak and deliver benefits across the supply chain" : Dugald Saunders, NSW Agriculture Minister.

Gruelling, yet cathartic experience for runner

Samuel Davis. Pacing across treasured destinations isn't anything unusual for distance runner Jamie Candler. But for some reason, every euphoric stride through Yarraden Nature Refuge felt unlike any trundle he'd been on before ... the mad dash between the remote communities was just a small part of a monumental 1000km journey for the Cairns-based youth worker.

Doctor shortages impact South East clinics

Sheryl Lowe. South East medical clinics have been affected by doctor shortages resulting in cuts to services and bulk billing. Clinic spokespersons say the Medicare rebate has not kept up with rising costs. Attracting doctors to the South East has been a topic of conversation for many years with one clinic manager saying a 12-month remote rural stint should be built into the training model.

NSW Government and industry team up to spread the word about Foot and Mouth Disease

Key members of the rural sector joined the NSW Government at Sydney International Airport to send a message to travellers to do their bit to keep the highly contagious Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) out of Australia.

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